“I’m not saying they’re not a bunch of fuckers. Mitch McConnell is terrible.”
—Jen O’Malley Dillon, incoming Deputy Chief of Staff for Joe Biden, explaining to Glamour Magazine that bi-partisan deals are still possible with Republicans.
She continued to say that her boss, “set out with this idea that unity was possible, that together we are stronger, that we, as a country, need healing, and our politics needs that too.”
Why wouldn’t we all believe he’s sincere, when he hires staff like her?
“So [Dillon]would be the first to tell you her mom doesn’t approve of the spicy language but I would be the first to tell you that the point she was making in this conversation…is spot on: unity and healing are possible — and we can get things done.”
Hilariously self-contradictory statement? What hilariously self-contradictory statement?In fact, its a close call which of these statements is funnier, Bedingfield or O’Malley Dillon’s.
1. One of the weaknesses of the Trump administration was its often incompetent and untrustworthy staff, especially on the communications side until Kayleigh McEnany took over. Unlike President Trump, whose range of choices for key positions was seriously constrained by experienced Washington political professionals being intimidated out of working for him, Joe Biden presumably has the complete Democratic support universe to choose from…and this is the best he could do? Wow.
2. How can any official think it makes sense to say the administration is determined to “heal” the political tensions while in the same breath calling the opposing party “fuckers” and labeling the leader of that party in the Senate as “terrible”? How can such an official think doing so is anything but a signal that Biden’s words about wanting to stand for unity and bi-partisanship were just subterfuge and fake virtue-signaling?
3. If they do think that, they are incompetent, indeed stupid. If they don’t think that, then they have told us that they think the public is stupid.
4. A trustworthy President-elect who is serious about “healing” would begin by immediately firing Dillon after rejecting her remarks.
She still has her job.
5. As for Bedingfield’s tweet: It begins with misdirection, pretending that it was Dillon’s “spicy language” that was the problem. (And shrugging off such uncivil rhetoric as something only old people care about, being out-of touch and uncool.) Then it pretends that there was nothing in Dillon’s comments that would make anyone without a closed-head injury doubt that this is part of a gang dedicated to “healing.”
6. I regard these unforced errors as signature significance, indicating that the Biden administration has no sincere interest in healing or bipartisanship, and that the Democratic Party’s posturing about President Trump’s lies and divisiveness will be followed by Democratic lies and divisiveness, not that we haven’t had that all along.
7. Nonetheless, I am surprised. I thought Joe’s team would at least fake sincerity until the inauguration. They couldn’t even do that.