"How About A Nice Game Of Chess?" Edition.
It must have been a great relief for NBC's Shuck Todd to finally give up trying to walk upright and get "answers" from Donald Trump and instead content himself with tossing softballs, nodding at the reply and then moving on.
The rest of us are screwed, of course, but when has that not been true?
Halfway through Trump's full body massage, Todd invited him an honorary membership in the Both Siderist Club, which he dropped at Trump's feet -- an obedient hound dropping a retrieved duck before his owner:
DONALD TRUMP: P.T. Barnum. Look, people call you names. We need P.T. Barnum, a little bit, because we have to build up the image of our country. We have to be a cheerleader for our country. We don't have a cheerleader. I thought Obama, when he got elected, would be a good cheerleader. That's the one thing I said. I said he’ll be a - you know, he'll unify the country, whether it's African American and white and all. You know, he'll unify. He's not unifying. He's been a great divider. On top of that, very bad--And being a magnanimous master, Trump rubbed Todd on the tum-tum and agreed to meet him half way.
CHUCK TODD: You think he's been the divider? What about the Republican party--
DONALD TRUMP: Well, I think he's--
CHUCK TODD: You don't think they've--
DONALD TRUMP: No, no, I think he's--
CHUCK TODD: You don't think this has been a two-way street here--
DONALD TRUMP: Chuck, he hasn't brought us together. He hasn't brought the people--
CHUCK TODD: And that's on him, not on both parties?
Well, half-way to half-way.
DONALD TRUMP: I think it's on everybody. But he's the leader. He's the leader. He could've been a great cheerleader and he hasn't been. And that's too bad.The crowned jewel of your "in the public interest" professional network media at work.
Down the dial on ABC, Mr. Todd's BFF, Hugh "Unidentified Male" Hewitt, continued to be treated with utterly unearned respect and deference by the rest of the Sunday clown show mollusks.
First, Hewitt trotted out the latest in the long line of wingnut conspiracy chew toy apparel. Because if he doesn't who will?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: And this morning, on every national show, I'll bet you no one brings up 18 USC 1924, a statute that former Secretary of State Clinton almost certainly broke, as was released on Friday. I'll bet you it's not discussed anywhere, but that Donald Trump will discuss it. And when he does that...Then, Hewitt buttered up the pro-Trump bed-wetters and shut-ins who comprise his radio audience and who watch in delight as his idiocy legitimized by "serious" network teevee programs over and over again, This time, Hewitt explained that..
STEPHANOPOULOS: Can you explain what the statute is (INAUDIBLE)...
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The statute prohibits the misuse of classified information. And she directed Jake Sullivan to alter and send over a non-secure system secure communications. It's clearly a felony. I think that she's going to be indicted...
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Of course I'm not going to condemn [Trump], Tavis, because he's talking about issues that no one else will talk about. Donald Trump is going to win New Hampshire on the basis of candor, not -- and his combativeness...Meanwhile, Matt "Why won't anyone believe I'm an Independent?" Dowd tried to keep things light with his own breezy rendition of the Beltway Hack Corporate Loyalty Anthem:
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: ...[Trump] scores, not because of hatred, but because of candor.
DOWD: ,,, But I think it's really important to understand, I think, what's going on on both sides of this. And Donald Trump is represented on one side and Bernie Sanders is represented on the other side of this, for totally different reasons, with totally different supporters.That never-ending Beltway conjure spell for driving away scary reality which Dowd was only too happy to continue peddling in the Twitter parking lot after the show:
There is an unbelievable frustration with the duopoly of the two parties in this country and the establishment of the two parties in this country.
People don't like what's happened. The middle class are pissed off. They've been angry for 25 years. They've seen no rise in their income. And they think Washington, DC only serves a small group of people, whatever that may be.
And Bernie Sanders is gaining the benefit of that against Hillary Clinton, the establishment candidate, and Donald Trump, for everything you say about him, for the crazy stuff he says...
@Plantflowes @clt92 @LonnieMask @peterdaou @HillaryClinton no i am not. i am an independent. for years. throw flags on both sides.— Matthew Dowd (@matthewjdowd) January 10, 2016
@Steverocks35 @Plantflowes @clt92 @LonnieMask @peterdaou @HillaryClinton didn't say vote republican. let's start something new.— Matthew Dowd (@matthewjdowd) January 10, 2016
So don't worry, citizen: as is true every Sunday, you missed nothing at all. Debunked and discredited wingnuts continue to be feted at the Adult Table. Both Siderism continues to be the most profitably-subsidized refuge for running dog Conservatives in the world. Uncomfortable topics like the antics "Meal Team Six" (h/t Internet) up in Oregon continue to be purged from the news. And in general everything remains comfortably chicken chicken chicken.