Some of you fans of nostalgia teevee out there (or some of you survivors from back in the day when it was just teevee) will know about one Welcome Back Kotter's most famous running gags -- "Epstein's Mother".*
Never seen on-camera, the only other thing we ever knew about Epstein's Mother was that, whenever her son -- Juan Luis Pedro Phillipo de Huevos Epstein -- got into a jam, he would deliver into his teacher's hands a ludicrous work of short fiction excusing his behavior, and that excuse would always be signed, "Epstein's Mother".
Well through dint of sheer hard work, at long last Epstein's Mother made it out of the tenements of Brooklyn all the way to the tony Manhattan offices of The New York Times.
Liberals, You’re Not as Smart as You Think
Yes, Epstein's Mother has finally stumbled onto a scam where the invention of absurd excuses for inexcusable behavior is a staggeringly profitable endeavor. In this case, Epstein's Mother is working under the pseudonym "Gerard Alexander" who The New York Times tells us "...is a professor of political science at the University of Virginia."
What the NYT does not mention is that "Gerard Alexander" is also a Visiting Scholar at the right-wing American Enterprise Institute and a frequent guest columnist in such august pillars of the Wingnut Brain Caste as The Weekly Standard and National Review.
Also "Gerard Alexander"'s previous contributions to the flourishing and immensely lucrative genre of "Libtards Are Always To Blame For Every Horrible Atrocity Conservatives Commit" fan fiction include such gems as (h/t Alert Reader Paul G.) --
Why are liberals so condescending?
...This condescension is part of a liberal tradition that for generations has impoverished American debates over the economy, society and the functions of government -- and threatens to do so again today, when dialogue would be more valuable than ever.
Conservatism does not equal racism. So why do many liberals assume it does?
And this very Sunday "Gerard Alexander"'s once again boldly ignored decades of actual Republican Party history in order to publish the umpteenth retread of this same fatuous hoax in which we learn that...
Liberals are trapped in a self-reinforcing cycle. When they use their positions in American culture to lecture, judge and disdain, they push more people into an opposing coalition that liberals are increasingly prone to think of as deplorable. That only validates their own worst prejudices about the other America.
So damn you Barack Obama for, y'know, wearing that damn suit and otherwise being so, well, y'know, suspicious.
And holy crap! Even as I was writing this, Epstein's Mother went and got a gig at the Washington Post too!
The Daily 202: Trump voters stay loyal because they feel disrespected
And holy crap again! Even as I was writing the thing about the Washington Post, Epstein's Mother scooted across town and landed a sweet interview gig at Politico under the name "Arthur Brooks"! This time Epstein's Mother mixes it up a little bit and instead of blaming Liberals for every act of Conservative depravity catastrophe in American politics, she goes goes with the biggest and most reliable Beltway Lie of them all...
‘Americans are Being Held Hostage and Terrorized by the Fringes’An exit interview with the American Enterprise Institute’s Arthur Brooks....Brooks: I have a book coming out next year called The Culture of Contempt. We’ve created a culture of not anger, not disagreement, it’s contempt. And we need to strike back. We’re the majority. We don’t want this. Americans are being held hostage and terrorized by the fringes. That’s what’s going on here. It’s not like 50 percent of Americans thinks one thing and 50 percent thinks another thing. No, 15 percent on each side are effectively controlling the conversation...
From here, it sure looks like Epstein's Mother is out to hit every single serving station at the Wingnut Welfare cafeteria.
Which is damn impressive for a woman her age.
Hell, if she keeps up this pace, pretty soon she may have to start calling herself "Bill Kristol".
*Thanks for the catch!
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