WEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 2022
...Morning Joe debates "who we are:" The Morning Joe program began today with a lengthy, utterly pointless pseudo-discussion of the race for the GOP Senate nomination from the state of Pennsylvania.
As matters stood, the race was an unresolvable dead heat between the two leading candidates. There was absolutely no way to cipher out the basic question of who would eventually win.
Still and all, the topic carried the familiar thrill of an ongoing horse race. So Steve Kornacki stood before "the big board" and wasted astonishing amounts of time, speculating about what additional votes might still come in—or, of course, might not come in—from a wide range of Keystone State counties, large and small counties alike
It was the ultimate waste of time. Or so it might have seemed, until the gang began discussing what President Biden said yesterday—what he said about white supremacy and its role in American life.
The discussion didn't start until roughly 6:55 A.M. Eastern. But when the discussion finally started, it went on roughly forever.
What gave the discussion its high elan? It was the utterly pointless scripted claim, adopted by several members of the gang, that last weekend's murderous rage by one (1) teenager does in fact demonstrate "who we really are as a nation."
The claim could hardly be more pointless. True to form, the pundits loved it.
The later Wittgenstein seemed to think that most of our most highly exalted "philosophy" was really just meaningless pseudo-assertion. We're glad the later Wittgenstein didn't live to see this morning's pseudo-discussion.
If one deranged teenager shoots and kills ten people, can that crazy behavior actually show, in some sense, "who we really are?" If you think a question like that makes some sort of actual sense, you should perhaps be kind enough to abstain from further public discussion.
We expect to discuss this lengthy conversation in greater detail at some point. We're waiting for MSNBC to post the transcript from Monday evening's 11th Hour program, where a different pundit went on and on, then on and on, in a similar ludicrous vein, with the grossly disappointing Stephanie Ruhle dumbly agreeing and posturing.
(For reasons which strike us as perfectly obvious, MSNBC continues to slow-walk its production of transcripts. Generally speaking, the channel now waits roughly a week before allowing the world to see what its employees have said.)
Over at Mediaite, Tommy Christopher thought today's Morning Joe discussion was worth transcribing and recording. We're very glad that he did.
Thanks to Christopher, you can watch 17 minutes of this utterly pointless pseudo-discussion. You can even see short transcriptions of some of the pundits' comments, though Princeton peacock Eddie Glaude somehow escaped this fate.
(Further note: Eddie Glaude is a good, decent person.)
The woods are lovely, dark and deep. The rhetoric of our self-impressed tribe is routinely well past pathetic.
You should very much stop assuming that our tribal leaders are fundamentally intelligent, insightful or wise. First and foremost, they're reflexive performers of memorized script—and their performative scriptings routinely make societal matters worse. It's mandated Storyline, pretty much all the way down.
The other tribe has lost its mind. Our own flailing and floundering tribe is stunningly faux and unimpressive on the corporate "cable news" end.
Does a murderous rage by one teenager show "who we really are as a country?" You really can't ask a dumber question than that.
Our corporate pundit corps loves such games. This is who, and what, they are.