Thursday, August 19, 2021

Matthew Dowd, Internet Man of Mystery

“In times like the present, men should utter nothing for which they would not willingly be responsible through time and eternity.”  -- Abraham Lincoln, Message to Congress, December 1, 1862

Who is Matthew Dowd?  Where did he come from?  Where is he going?  What do we, the news viewing public, know about him and what do we really need to know about him?

If you simply take him at face-value, aware of no more of him than what is presented to you these days on the teevee machine, all you would know is that he is one of Nicolle Wallace's BFFs from the old days and that he is the "founder" a non-existent "movement" called Country Over Party.
But suppose for a moment that you're one of that small fraction of the news-consuming public who would like to hear about the credentials of a teevee "expert" beyond whether or not he's one on Nicolle Wallace's good, good friends from back in the day?

Well, until a few weeks ago you would have been able to kick Mr. Dowd's tires and check out his Carfax yourself instead of relying on the dealer's breathless hype.  That's because, up until a few weeks ago, Mr. Dowd's every vagrant thought and every Very Loudly held political opinion was available to anyone via the vast trove of Tweets he amassed over the course of his his ten very busy years on Twitter -- most of which he fired off during his long tenure as ABC News' chief political analyst.  

As longtime readers know, for years this blog has been just about the only source of scholarly Dowd-ology anywhere on these interwebs.  And because of our thoroughgoing work of  documenting Dowd's history as a pontificating political windsock, flapping back and forth with whatever the prevailing Beltway political wisdom happened to be at the time, this blog might now be the only remaining source of Mr. Dowd's Tweets during his heyday as the peevish, craven King of Beltway Bothsiderism.  

Not the original Tweets in their original form, but the plain-text remnants of where all of those Tweets used to be, preserved here in internet amber.

Because the original Tweets are gone, gone, gone kids.   In fact, as near as I can tell, Mr. Dowd has wiped every single one of his Tweets prior to 07/25/21 with one, weird exception.  For some reason this one survived the Purge, and finding it was like -- 

-- finding nothing but a scorched hinge and a doorknocker where an entire Library of Alexandria of shitty takes and bad faith had once stood.

So what are we to make of this?  Of Mr. Dowd burning down his entire Twitter archives, especially the Tweets during the years when he was the official political voice of ABC News?

Well, in case you hadn't noticed (and why would you?) Mr. Dowd has been shopping his resume pretty aggressively to MSNBC as just the sort of Man of Righteous Indignation they could plug into any time slot. Defender of media virtue.  Scourge of the wicked and hackish.  A crusader against False Equivalence who goes after Both Siderism with his fiery sword of Truth!  From a post of mine back in April, "Matthew Dowd is a Fundamentally Ridiculous Person: A Series of Miraculous Conversions":

And since you should not have to watch this video, here are some parts of it transcribed, free of charge, for your reading pleasure:

Dowd And I'm gonna speak some truth, not to you Nicole, but, uh, maybe other people on other networks or other platforms.  

driftglass: I'm ready Matthew Dowd!   Knock me out with your truth bomb!

Dowd We have to stop treating this like this is some game where the opposition on each side is the same.

driftglass:  Oh you must be fucking kidding me.

Dowd  That there's some equal value on Each Side.  That we're gonna listen to Kevin McCarthy and we'll listen to Nancy Pelosi and therefor we did our job.  We'll interview Ted Cruz and we'll interview a sane United States senator and we've done our job.

driftglass:  You're killin' me Smalls.

Dowd: ...But also, us in the media have to stop presenting this as if there are two equal partners in politics that we have to talk to. We don’t. You don’t talk to crazy people. You don’t talk to crazy people and we have to stop getting into a place where we equal the sides and we discuss it as if it’s some fun game that both players are equally responsible.

But of course, anyone with access to Twitter and even a smidge of curiosity would have no trouble finding out that Mr. Dowd wasn't just a Both Siderist back when it mattered, he was the Both Siderist.  To quote myself once again from not so very long ago, he was fanatical about it, and his fanaticism had a few, simple precepts --

  • Both Sides are equally bad.  Therefor...
  • The K'rupt Duopoly is the Enemy.  Therefor..
  • Disrupting the System by voting third party is our only salvation.  Also...
  • Most voters who support Trump are decent, sensible, patriots.  Only a few around the fringe are wackos.  Just like the Left!! 

-- which he rained down on his audience from his perch as ABC News' chief political analyst with all the fervor and fire of an Old Testament prophet.

With all the fervor and fire that he now deploys telling the MSNBC audience the exact opposite of every single thing he used to tell his ABC News audience.

In other words, Mr. Dowd has spent most of his adult life compiling a truly epic and humiliating public record of being a complete, know-nothing fuckup when it comes to politics.  Which, I feel compelled to remind you, was his one fucking job.

But he's a member of the Beltway Insider Club and very good friend of Nicolle Wallace, so no matter how much of a hollow embarrassment he may be to profession of journalism, a place must be found for him.  Therefor, insofar as possible, his disgraceful history needs to be Memory Holed.

On the air this is no problem since he is safe among fellow members of the same conspiracy, each sworn to protect the others from any mention of their inconvenient pasts.

And on social media this is also quite feasible since Mr. Dowd immediately blocks anyone who even lightly brushes up against his activities during the Before Time.

But against us pesky picklocks of Twitter history another solution had to be found.  Something drastic.  

And so, without any hint of confession, repentance, contrition or atonement the extremely Catholic Matthew Dowd went straight to absolution and absolved himself of his toxic past by simply wiping it all away and pretending it never happened.

Which is why this sort of thing keep happening:

Ego te absolvo a me.

Burn The Lifeboats


bill said...

As long one half (or in many cases ALL) the contestants of a debate/discussion is being framed by shit - from bat to bull to chicken to crazy-ass- the "both sides" problem persists. "This batshit idea"... discuss... That bullshit there, whaddaya think?"
Locked into such a framework assures nothing, beyond shit, has a platform. Dowd sees this as his vital function and like all else in his career, he's fully wrong until it no longer matters.

Burn The Lifeboats!!!

bowtiejack said...

Bless you and your damn facts.
How does a sociopathic liar and con man become president?
With a courtier class of media fops.

dinthebeast said...

"Where is he going?" I would be satisfied with "when?".

-Doug in Sugar Pine

Neo Tuxedo said...

I would be satisfied with "when?"

The time has come.
The time is now.
Just go, go, go!
I don't care how.
You can go by foot.
You can go by cow.
Matthew J. Dowd,
will you please go now!

pagan in repose said...

He should change his name to Matthew Dud.

John said...

Driftglassne latine loquitur? Hoc gaudeo!

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