TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2022
An anthropology question: In this morning's New York Times, Jazmine Ulloa provides some (fairly standard) background on Kari Lake:
ULLOA (11/15/22): Former friends and colleagues of Ms. Lake described her as a liberal and a Buddhist who had a close circle of gay friends before she entered politics. But as she ran for office, she refashioned herself as a Christian conservative, among other things by assailing drag performers as bad influences on children.
Those flips have been widely reported. As we'll see below, it's a bit of an oddity on the part of the Times that the matter of the drag queens is the one item Ulloa cites.
That said, Ulloa also reports Lake's reaction to the fact that she has (narrowly) lost her bid to be governor of Arizona:
ULLOA: After the race was called on Monday night, Ms. Lake did not concede defeat, instead suggesting, without citing evidence, that the vote was marred. “Arizonans know BS when they see it,” she tweeted.
People like Lake don't bother with no stinkin' evidence. Meanwhile, do Arizonans know BS when they see it? Here is Vaughn Hillyard's instant description of Lake's campaign, as delivered on Morning Joe:
HILLYARD (11/15/22): Look, I covered Kari Lake for a better part of the last year and a half here, and I think it was fitting to be here at Mar-a-Lago. I finally flew yesterday from Arizona, and essentially felt like I was covering Donald Trump's campaign of 2024, but in Arizona over the last year.
She predicated her campaign on trying to sell the "big lie" and trying to sell the conspiracy theories. When she wonders how she lost this race, look at it...
In the final week of her campaign, who did she campaign alongside? She campaigned alongside Steve Bannon. She campaigned alongside one of the chief promoters of Pizzagate. She campaigned alongside an individual who promoted the notion of the war on white people. She campaigned alongside state Sen. Wendy Rogers, who just earlier this year was here in Florida speaking at a white nationalist conference, somebody who frequently spews antisemitism.
This is an individual who just last week called her Democratic opponent "a pervert." This is an individual who suggested there should be perp walks for elections officials, criminal charges against individuals who oversaw Covid response in 2020 in Arizona.
This is an individual who's celebrating putting a dagger into the, quote, "McCain machine." She asserted that Cindy McCain wants to end America. She called Mike Lindell one of the great patriots of our time. She said Dinesh D'Souza is one of the great patriots in America. She suggested Paul Gosar was the kind of lawmaker our founding fathers envisioned. She called the media "the right hand of the devil, the scourge of the earth."
Also, this is an individual who suggested, without citing evidence, that this election was phony too, just like the last election. Repeat:
Without citing evidence.
Thus campaigned the apparent former liberal, who tied her wagon to Trump. To see videotape of Hillyard's statement, you can just click here.
Who or what is Kari Lake? Do people really traffic in deliberate deception to this astounding extent? We will guess that many people, ourselves included, have never thought such questions all the way through.
We'd like to see medical specialists questioned about such topics. In our view, "these are the days of miracle and wonder" in the anthropological sense.