"The driftglass interlude": the 4-week industry-standard time-out to which Beltway insiders who shit the bed in public too spectacularly to be ignored are briefly subjected.
It's a thing (I seem to have fixed whatever was wrong with the PayPal button today):
See, when developing a theory, first, you observe (from 2010):
...Since the beginning of recorded time, Newt Gingrich has been a real curve-breaking innovatorin Republican lying, adultery, hypocrisy, racism and demagogy.He also hasn't held a single elected office since "Ally McBeal" was on the air.In case you are just skimming past en route to Alpha Centauri and have no idea about who or what a "Newt Gingrich" is, he is a multiply-humiliated Republican personality who gloms onto whatever wingnut conspiracy theory or demagogic lunacy Fox News is peddling this week and lends it a portion of his ever-diminishing credibility.He then collects money for rolling in his own shit until the results get too horrifying for even the clowns who run the American news media to ignore.Then he goes in the Villager penalty box for awhile, until the clowns who run the American news media wear the corners off of their short list of Conservative and "moderate" ass-lickers and apple polishers, and need someone to come on to add a little "fizz" to their stupefyingly turgid and deeply dishonest puppet show.Then the clowns who run the American news media draw straws to see who gets to let "Nazi" Newt out of the penalty box this time.And then the Circle of Corporate Media Fake Journalism Life is Complete.
Then you theorize (from July, 2011):
Somewhere in America, Mark Halperin
is standing with nose pressed flush against the screen of a 124" plasma teevee, screaming,"For the love of God, pleeeeease let me back on camera to talk about Centrism and the unreasonableness of Democrats and stuff!"
Then you refine your theory (from August 2011 with emphasis added):
This time around and right on schedule, it fell to the vapid, unctuous Charlie Rose to let one of the Villager's favorite naughty clownsback out of the penalty box (h/t Harvey Chess)I guess since David Gregorywas tapped to retrieve the little lost lamb de jour last time -- expertly fellating disgraced Republican pervert Newt Gingrich back to Beltway Respectability at the tail end of 2010 -- it's only fair that Rose would have to be the one to lay back and do his bit for the Empire.I also note for the record that Rose performed his duty almost exactly one month to the day after Halperin fell from grace from the Village which (for what I assume are accounting and HR reasons) is now the standard time-out for bad little Beltway monkeys who get caught flinging the wrong brand of poo and which (were I a better writer) I might describe as "In the rank sweat of an enseamed bed/ Stew'd in corruption, honeying and making love/ Over the nasty sty...".
And track the results: (from August 2011 again, with emphasis added):
UPDATE -- And like clockwork...
Mark Halperin to return to MSNBC after suspension By Lisa de Moraes
After one month in the dog house, political analyst Mark Halperin will return to MSNBC Wednesday morning, returning to the scene of his crime — “Morning Joe.”
Beyond insulting my intelligence, the absurd pearl-clutching peek-a-boo theater our media overlords enacted to tug on Mark Halperin's corporate leash using the pretext of a mildly naughty word does not really offend me.The existence of Mark Halperin offends me on too many levels to count.
Then, finally, you predict:
And sit back and watch the magic:
If you're a member of The Club and you publicly shit the bed, four weeks in the penalty box is the standard.
Of course, if you're not in the club, it doesn't matter how good a job you do: once you can be disappeared down the memory hole you will go, go, go.
Phil Donahue on his 2003 MSNBC firing: "We had to have two conservatives on for every liberal. I was counted as two liberals."On the October 28 edition of FOX News Channel's Hannity & Colmes, veteran talk show host Phil Donahue remarked on being fired from MSNBC in February 2003. As The New York Times reported at the time, when Donahue's MSNBC show, Donahue, was cancelled, "he was actually attracting more viewers than any other show on MSNBC."SEAN HANNITY (co-host): What happened at MSNBC?DONAHUE: Well, we were the only antiwar voice that had a show, and that, I think, made them very nervous. I mean, from the top down, they were just terrified. We had to have two conservatives on for every liberal. I was counted as two liberals.HANNITY: You have the force of two liberals.DONAHUE: I mean, you know, it's a shame, you know? Now, we were replaced by Michael Savage, and now they have Chuck [sic: Joe] Scarborough. And by the way, I wish them all well. A lot of the people who worked for me, incidentally, a wonderful crowd of very young, bright people who worked for me, some of whom have now matriculated to other programs on MSNBC. So I want them to do well, but I certainly wasn't -- it was a very, very unhappy time for me.HANNITY: You felt mistreated? You felt mistreated?DONAHUE: Well, we were very -- I was isolated, and we were very alone at the end. And then we had nobody supporting us, and our numbers were very decent. We weren't Elvis, but we were often the best number --HANNITY: You were the highest-rated show on the network.DONAHUE: Yes. And we were told to leave.
"The driftglass interlude".
Use it in a sentence.