Jill Abramson was a New York Times executive editor and is a fairly representative example of what the Times culture nurtures. In a uniformly embarrassing column for The Guardian, she concluded with this:
“It’s easy to look at what’s happening in Washington DC and despair. That’s why I carry a little plastic Obama doll in my purse. I pull him out every now and then to remind myself that the United States had a progressive, African American president until very recently. Some people find this strange, but you have to take comfort where you can find it in Donald Trump’s America.”
1 There was a great deal to take comfort in last week “in Trump’s America.” The February job report shattered expectations, for example, sending the stock market soaring again,. Despite doomsday predictions that Trump’s refusal to pander to North Korea’s sabre-rattling dictator would trigger a nuclear war, it appears that the rogue nation wants to talk. For those American who are dedicated to the rule of law, the Attorney General’s aggressive action to challenge California’s revival of the pre-Civil War nullification doctrine was extremely welcome. Although the position of the Angry Left and “the resistance” is that the elected President remaining in the White House is itself cause for despair, more rational souls are willing to assess the administration on results more than style. Results have been, to an unexpected extent for those not ideologically inflexible, positive in many areas….and certainly not so negative that the only recourse is Obama dolls.
2. Abramson, like so many of her comrades, appears to dwell in a reality of her own construction. Contrary to her claims, the President’s approval ratings are not sinking, and some polls suggest the opposite. “The Blue Wave” she fervently hope for increasingly looks like wishful thinking and hype: citing the defeat of Roy Moore as indicative of anything (other than the fact that a racist, homophobic, law-defying judge can’t get elected Senator regardless of what party claims him), is an admission that real evidence of such an impending wave is lacking.
3. The United States had a progressive, African American President, and he was a near total failure, dangerously dividing the country, undermining basic rights, weakening the nation abroad, undermining law enforcement and the rule of law, and almost destroying his party. Makes me feel all squishy inside!
4. Citing such flawed and narrow-base candidates as Gillibrand, Warren, Booker, Murphy, and Cuomo, currently embroiled in a bribery scandal, as the party’s hopes for regaining the White House also smack of delusion. And was she serious when she wrote approvingly of Tim Kaine “that he recently brought donors in Boston to tears with a performance of This Land is Your Land, played on his harmonica’?
5. No wonder the New York Times has abandoned all semblance of objective journalism where politics are concerned, with characters like Abramson in charge. Her column shows a mind every bit as tainted by extremism, hysteria, and bias as Stave Bannon, Sean Hannity and Ann Coulter at their worst.
6. To me, the most amazing thing is that Abramson is so confident that her fellow Trump-haters will hear about her doll and not think, “What is the matter with that woman?”
7. No left-of-center publications that I could find thought the fact that Abramson resorts to a little Obama doll for comfort was newsworthy.
Maybe all of “the resistance” carries Obama dolls now.
Pointer: Jolie Smallwood