1 Signature Significance 1. You are a major political party. You have been repeatedly embarrassed in recent months and frequently outmaneuvered by a President who your base considers a compulsive liar fascist moron. In a moment of mass madness, you decide to pander to your most extreme Left base by forcing a government shut-down over the handling of non-citizens, the so-called “Dreamers.” As most semi-conscious observers predicted, your party, not the other one, was bound to be blamed for the shutdown, which was epically stupid like all the shutdowns, which the other party had crashed and burned trying multiple times. When even your unethically allied mainstream media supporters, like the New York Times, failed to support your crazy scheme, you abandoned it in record time, looking foolish, and angering that base you tried to suck up to.
Who do you send out to try to spin the fiasco on CNN?
If your answer is “Why, that esteemed former Chair of the Democratic National Committee, who even in her prime was noted for the most brazen lying possible, who lost her job as a result of a scandal in which she was found to be, if it hadn’t already been obvious, rigging the nomination for Hillary Clinton, and who her successor as DNC chair just accused in a book of allowing. illegally, the whole party mechanism to become an arm of the Hillary campaign before Bernie Sanders’ campaign had gotten out of the gate,! Debbie Wassermann Schultz, of course!” you are a) an idiot or b) the Democratic Party.
Could there be a worse spokesperson for the Democrats now? She is not only a habitual liar, but a bad liar. Appearing on Brooke Baldwin’s show, she began her spin by arguing that the shut-down was worth doing because it had the “potential for momentum.” What does that even mean? As always, Wassermann Schultz makes Kellyanne Conway seem like Cicero. Host Brooke Baldwin looked completely puzzled, and responded,
“I know Americans are listening, and they heard you say ‘potential for momentum,’” Baldwin said. “And they’re thinking, ‘Potential for momentum. Was that really worth shutting the government down for?’ The potential for something?”
Whereupon Debbie, predictably, lapsed into her trademark Authentic Frontier Gibberish:
“Republicans should be asking themselves that question because they shut that down. This is the Trump shutdown, Brooke. They control the White House, the House, and the Senate. They have the full ability to pass the budget, done whatever they wanted, and they couldn’t because they know that the way they’re trying to approach funding the government is irresponsible, and they could not get all of their own members to vote for it.”
And so the lie, the same lie emailed to me by Tom Perez and the current DNC, the same lie I saw my ignorant Facebook friends cite again and again, because if a progressive, “resistance” friend or blogger tells them so, it must be true. No, the Republicans could not pass a spending bill by themselves, because the filibuster is in effect. They needed 60 votes, not 51. The Democrats voted for the shutdown, and the Republicans voted against it. As soon as enough Democrats flipped their votes ( Bernie, Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, and Cory Booker, all determined to capture the Leftist/ resistance/ wacko vote in 2020, still voted to make the rest of the country suffer because the “Dreamers” are more important). the shut-down ended. Quick now, pop quiz: who does that suggest had control?
A party that voluntarily uses someone with the negative credibility of Debbie Wassermann Schultz to speak for it in the national media cannot complain about Donald Trump’s lies without provoking nationwide hilarity.
By the way, is her district really going to send her back to the House for two more years? How could the justify that? How could they look themselves in the mirror?
2. Signature Significance 2 So dependent are Democrats and the Left on the mainstream media manipulating the news to bolster their political agenda that when a particular distortion is a bridge too far, some progressives abandon all semblance of rationality. Here was MSNBC partisan hack Joy Reid on Twitter:
Boy, ain’t it the truth? All through the 2016 campaign, all those articles, editorials and news stories were promoting Donald Trump. And before that, for eight long years, it was as if poor Barack Obama couldn’t do anything right!
A pundit, commentator, or journalist who would express such a counter-factual opinion should be disqualified for employment in journalism or punditry. Either Reid is lying in order to spin for Democrats ( and should be fired) or her perception is so warped that it is irresponsible to allow Reid a platform to mislead the public (and she should be fired.) There is no third choice. By continuing to employ someone who says or believes that the media is pro-GOP, MSNBC demonstrates contempt for the truth as well as its audience.
UPDATE: The initial version of this Warm-Up was dated 12/23. It was posted late, but it wasn’t THAT late. I apologize, and thanks to the many readers who alerted me.