At this point there is little value in wasting much ammunition on paid trolls at national magazines who drive traffic by cooking up excuses for the existence of Donald J. Trump that would embarrass a geek show waterhead drunk who makes his room and board by sitting in his own shit biting the heads off pigeons.
But there is probably value in noting their names and journalistic affiliations so that when we get to the Great Asshole Roundup phase of President Sanders' or President Clinton's first 100 Day Agenda, we will know who they are and where to find them.
Today's Very Special Friend is named Josh Kraushaar. Josh is (provisionally) a human person who works at the National Journal, cheek-by-jowl with Ron "Severe Dementia" Fournier where together they spend their days pulling miles and miles of nonsense straight out of their respective asses and stitching it together into a solar sail big enough to carry them into interstellar space.
Observe (no link because why would I do that to you?)
How Al Franken Paved the Way for Donald Trump
If Obama didn’t have a Senate supermajority for his ambitious agenda when he was first elected, Washington would look a lot different than it does today.
See, this is what I like about my new Very Special Friend Josh. No wind-up. No stretching exercises. No farting around. Just a headline announcing right up front that "I Am A Giant Douchbag Who Trolls For Money". Gotta respect that.
My new Very Special Friend Josh continues:
Looking for a culprit to blame for all the polarization, gridlock, and bad feelings in Washington? Point to Sen. Al Franken. No, that’s not a joke....Without a Democratic super-majority, Obama would have been forced to negotiate with Republicans (or, at least, former Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine) and settle for the incremental health care legislation that his then-Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel recommended. The GOP would still have been opposed to any Democratic health care reforms, but the antipathy would have been muted because a few Republicans would have supported the legislation. Instead of provoking a pitched partisan showdown that culminated with then-House Minority Leader John Boehner exclaiming that the Congress had “shatter[ed] the bonds of trust” with the American people, Obama could have tempered the wrath of the Republican opposition.
The only "bond" I can imagine that Boehner ever worrying about shattering is bottled-in-bond and sold by the case at Binny's. That said, Josh, I never for one moment thought this was a joke, No siree! In fact you are continuing a long and proud tradition of making a buck by cynically selling cheap, Drano-laced ideological smack to twitchy, hysterical Both Siderist junkies who are watching the fast rising tide of Republican fascism wash their sand castles away.
The marketplace created the demand for this sludge and you are profiting by meeting that demand. So congratulations, Josh, you're not a mercenary hack, you're a capitalist hero! The Martin Shkreli of low-end wingnut crank dealers!
Of course, very quickly my new Very Special Friend Josh runs up against Muse of Inconvenient History who is cruel and vindictive and has been known to rudely wave established-but-inconvenient facts like The Caucus Room Conspiracy in people's faces:
But as padawan to Sith Both Siderist Master Ron Fournier, my Very Special Friend Josh knows exactly what to do when the Muse of Inconvenient History blocks the road to another glorious Both Siderist Victory: kick her through a box fan and boldly proceed --
“In a democracy, you can only ignore the will of the people for so long and get away with it,” Boehner presciently argued before the House’s fateful Obamacare vote....The notion that Obama was fated to face an intransigent Republican opposition has always been off-base.
And now, the punch line:
That’s where Al Franken comes in. If it weren’t for 312 voters in Minnesota, Obama’s ambitions would at least have been curtailed by legislative realities, and the trajectory of his presidency would have looked much different. Franken, the first insult comic to get elected to the Senate, circuitously paved the way for the rise of a much different type of entertainer—Donald J. Trump.
Not much to add besides a reminder that, like all such charlatans-with-a-byline, my Very Special Friend Josh is actually paid actual money to hang out on the corner and deal poison like this.
* (Yes, I know the band spells it "Blessid".)