THURSDAY, JANUARY 12, 2023
Also, Stephens and Brooks jump ship: Joe Biden had always been known as a bit of a gaffe machine. (That was before we started to learn about the various ways he failed to rein in his drug-addicted son.)
This latest gaffe—the error involving the classified documents—is one of the most unfortunate.
We just looked in on the first segment of this afternoon's Deadline: White House. Needless to say, the reporters and friends were busy reciting the differences between what Biden and Trump did.
This morning, on Morning Joe, they were still using an obsolete graphic based on Karl Rove's recitation, a few days ago, about those seemingly major differences.
Rove's commentary only involved the first set of Biden documents. As of this morning, the data Rove had cited were obsolete.
On Morning Joe, nobody noticed or cared! They just kept propagandizing viewers with the graphic which said that Biden's gaffe involved fewer than a dozen documents.
This gaffe was a gift to the GOP. Looking ahead to the rest of the year, and given the drift of the GOP House, we may all need to get ready for worse—for big-time substantially worse.
Stephens and Brooks jump ship: In this morning's New York Times, David Brooks and Bret Stephens describe the way they abandoned the Republican Party.
BROOKS (1/12/23): In the 2000 Republican primaries I enthusiastically supported John McCain. I believed in his approach to governance and I admired him enormously. But by 2008, when he got the nomination, the party had shifted and McCain had shifted along with it. I walked into the polling booth that November genuinely not knowing if I would vote for McCain or Barack Obama. Then an optical illusion flashed across my brain. McCain and Obama’s names appeared to be written on the ballot in 12-point type. But Sarah Palin’s name looked like it was written in red in 24-point type. I don’t think I’ve ever said this publicly before, but I voted for Obama.
Brooks broke bad in 2008. Later in the same conversation, Stephens offered this:
STEPHENS: I wouldn’t have had trouble calling myself a Republican till 2012, when I started to write pretty critically about the direction the party was taking on social issues, immigration and foreign policy. In 2016 I voted for a Democratic presidential candidate for the first time in my life, did it again in 2020, and I think of myself as a conservative-minded independent. If I haven’t finalized my divorce from the G.O.P., we’re definitely separated and living apart.
Stephens took his leave from the GOP in 2016.
We're a bit surprised to see the two discussing the possibility that the GOP can somehow still get itself straightened out.
Given the rise of talk radio, "cable news," the internet and social media, disinformation (tribally pleasing true belief) is major big business now. Given the way we fallible humans tend to believe the things we hear, it's hard to see an obvious way out of this ongoing mess.