Honestly, if Mr. Matthew Dowd were just some blatherskite hipster on a Reddit thread who, at the ripe age of 20 (and a half!), was absolutely certain he had a better bead on the rich, rancid tapestry that is modern American politics (Disrupt! End the Kr'upt Duopoly! Both Sides! Jill Stein Woulda Won!) than hopelessly compromised old farts like me, I wouldn't care. Hell, I was that arrogant neckbeard myself many centuries ago so how can I not love the sinner while hating the sin?
But Mr. Matthew Dowd is not some political gamin fresh off the turnip truck. Mr. Dowd is my age. Mr. Dowd was the architect of George W. Bush's 2004 re-election campaign. Mr. Dowd is paid a substantial amount of money by ABC News to act as their chief political analyst. And Mr. Dowd has spent the last few years supping very profitably at the toxic Both Sides Do It trough.
In other words, whether Mr. Dowd knowingly lies about politics for a living or really is a simpleton who has no fucking clue about politics, what the fuck is he doing on the teevee with the title ABC News' chief political analyst?
It is this mystery, and Mr. Dowd's aggressively outraged reaction to anyone who points out that he talks right out of his ass, which amuses and depresses the hell out of me. Because the only answer as to why a clown like Mr. Dowd is the political face of ABC News' or why Mr. Chuck Todd continues to the host of Meet the Press or why Mr. David Brooks continues to occupy a privileged and impregnable position at the top America's Very Serious Media is that the people who own the cameras and the microphones and the printing presses want our national political conversations to be this fucking stupid and hollow.
So today, let's do a very simple thing. Let's compare and contrast the professional analysis of ABC News' chief political analyst from one year ago with the professional analysis of the very same ABC News' chief political analyst almost exactly one year later.
Mr. Dowd one year ago:
we need to make distinction between Trump fans and Trump voters. His fans won't listen. Many of his voters worry about him as President.— Matthew Dowd (@matthewjdowd) December 27, 2016
Mr. Dowd today:
It has taken a full year of Oval Office racism, treason, conspiracy mongering and incessant lying...The GOP did not abandon Roy Moore, they voted for him at overwhelming margins (91%). Make no mistake, GOP voters are with Trump and Moore, and refuse to put country over party.— Matthew Dowd (@matthewjdowd) December 13, 2017
...plus the public capitulation the Republican party to an unhinged madman...
...all while the reprogrammable Republican meatbag base cheered every bit of it
...for ABC News' chief political analyst to begin to grudgingly catch up with where we dirty, hippie Libtards were decades ago.
A year that has been just chock full of prattle like this:
Another day of getting attacked on twitter by Trump fans and Hillary fans. Life is good. Just trying to be independent in thinking.— Matthew Dowd (@matthewjdowd) January 11, 2017
We need more leaders like Goldilocks tale: Dems over react way too hot, GOP underreact way too cold, we need pursuit of truth cooly, calmly.— Matthew Dowd (@matthewjdowd) March 2, 2017
Some in media are acting shocked that Trump voters stick with him: very normal - vast majority of Nixon, Bush, Clinton, Obama fans stuck.— Matthew Dowd (@matthewjdowd) April 26, 2017
I am amazed that after i posted tweet saying we need to come together for the common good that Trump fans called me a fascist and communist!— Matthew Dowd (@matthewjdowd) June 2, 2017
Actually i didn't. I distinguish between trump fans and trump voters. Big difference. And didn't call myself Galileo. Making point.— Matthew Dowd (@matthewjdowd) July 9, 2017
As i have said there is a big difference between trump voters and trump cultists.— Matthew Dowd (@matthewjdowd) July 8, 2017
And now, because you've been very good, Snoopy vs. The Red Baron.
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