It took Meet the Press four days to get the transcript up. And Shuck Todd did indeed play his Mouse Circus off the stage to the sound of happy-clappy Centrist calliope music:
CHUCK TODD: And by the way, this is happening a lot of Western democracies. We're actually behind.It never ends.
SARA FAGEN: Yeah. That's right.
CHUCK TODD: Yeah.
SARA FAGEN: I mean I've said this before. The Democratic-- base has moved far to the left.
CHUCK TODD: Just the same way the Republican base has moved to the right.
SARA FAGEN: Farther.
As Brother Charlie Pierce points out regularly, Meet the Press is the Overlook Hotel of the Sunday shows.
And what would Shuck Todd's Overlook Hotel be without a pair of creepy, Both Siderist twins trying to lure you to your doom (David Brooks on the left, Ron Fournier on the right)?
This weekend, Shuck Todd conducted an interview with Democratic front-runner Bernie Sanders that appears to have been beamed in from The Better Universe. By swatting them on the nose with a rolled-up copy of the Utne Reader every time they try to ask him stupid questions about pants suits and Benghaaazi, Senator Sanders seems to have temporarily trained the Beltway press to check their bullshit at the door when they come to talk to him.
And sadly that is the very thing which made it such a singular moment -- the way it stood completely apart from the rest of the lifeless mudslide of Beltway conventional nonsense that made of the balance of the show. Other than Maria Hinojosa (NPR) making ineffectual rebuttals to arguments no one happened to be making (she appears to have been handed a card that said 'Talk about immigration!' before she was shoved on-stage), the rest of the show was pure, fragrant, GOP twaddle.
First up was failed Republican governor Chris Christie whose entire schtick is now, "John Boehner Is The King of Suxx0r and I'll lead!"
Thank you for your time, governor Chris Christie.
Next up, John-Boehner-apologist Tom Cole (Republican) and Heritage Foundation ghoul Jim DeMint (Republican) were invited onto NBC's flagship public interest program to play fake-history ping-pong. And with blazing, crazyspin serves like --
The GOP isn't a bag of rabid weasels. We're united behind things that were mainstream 10 years ago like a balanced budget!-- I have to give DeMint the win on points. Nobody Gish Gallops toxic wingnut bullshit for money better than DeMint, and had any Liberal been on-set they might have loudly and rudely asked why the fuck Shuck Todd gives arrant liars like DeMint camera time in the first place.
At Heritage, we're not Republican or Democrat.
The GOP has not stood up to the the Kenyan Usurper even once during the entire time he has been in office. From his control of the internet... (at this point I lost consciousness)
But no ride Liberals were available, so instead we quickly cut over to !The!Panel! which featured...
...the aforementioned Maria HinojosaWow.
...professional Beltway Conventional wisdom purveyor David Brooks
...professional back-up David Brooks, Ron Fournier
...and former Bush White House political aide and Karl Rove's U.S. Attorney Scandal Operative (who was very definitely not identified as a Bush White House political aid and Karl Rove's U.S. Attorney Scandal Operative) Sara Taylor, who has been assiduously practicing her "OMFG! Can you even believe these fucking Libtards!" Megyn Kelly bitchface in the mirror.
The funniest moment came right away when, the screams from the basement of the GOP asylum having gotten so loud that they jangled his nerves, Mr. Brooks almost forgot to wedge the Both Siderist qualifier "in this country" into his whiny complaint that his Republican Party is full of -- horrors! -- Republicans:
“It’s like a mutiny, not a campaign,” Brooks said on Sunday’s Meet the Press.”The problem is, there’s an illusion in this country, and in the Republican base, that you can govern by screaming.”As of this writing, MTP has not posted the transcript of this mess online, but I remember through my haze that Shuck Todd did bring this high school cafeteria drama in for a landing on the very same spot where it always lands -- right down the middle. Which I will add in as soon as the words of our corporate media champions are handed down from Ass Guard.*
In the meantime remember that Both Siderists did not succeed in making Both Siderism the factory default setting of the mainstream media by being nuanced or literary. They did it by dint of sheer, remorseless repetition, in every venue available.
They know that to catapult the propaganda you need to Always Be Closing... (Not Safe For Work):