Every leader (and each of us) is human and flawed and makes mistakes, but there is a difference between those who are flawed who work for the common good and those who are flawed who could care less about the common good. Huge difference.— Matthew Dowd (@matthewjdowd) November 22, 2017
To be clear, my problem is not with the sentiment Mr. Dowd expresses although I would have written it much, much better.
No, what I found hilarious in this case is not Mr. Dowd's statement, but the overwhelming reaction online to his halting, tortured attempt to say that, in this case, under these very rarefied circumstances, with the planets in this exact and never-to-be-repeated configuration, just maybe Both Side of this issue are not equally horrible or symmetrically to blame.
For which Right and the Both Siderists positively swarmed him (here is a typical example):
"It's okay to sexually harass someone if you're a Democrat"- Matthew Dowd pic.twitter.com/zdvPA7UUH2— Ben McDonald (@Bmac0507) November 23, 2017"Chief Political Analyst, ABC News" describes why liberals are allowed to sexually harass whoever they want, and conservatives aren't. @ABC @matthewjdowd pic.twitter.com/w6MOrmGmP2— John Groves (@jfgroves) November 22, 2017
Ahh, the “Did he save more than he raped?” standard, but for serious. https://t.co/TKd5CXoEVC— Mary Katharine Ham (@mkhammer) November 23, 2017
What is wrong with you folks? How do you all interpret this in this way? Bizarre.— Matthew Dowd (@matthewjdowd) November 23, 2017
Someone forgot to tell Mr. Dowd that in addition to being a highly profitable scam, the Both Siderism on which he has built his career is also a cult and a trap. The Hotel California of dishonest political dodges. And once you set up shop there, any deviation whatsoever -- any attempt to step outside, even for a minute -- will get you eaten alive by the mob of meatheads for whom Both Siderism is the last line of defense between them and the righteous judgement of history.