Chris Smith, managing editor of Vanity Fair magazine, has written an article about Matthew Dowd's campaign for lieutenant governor of Texas.
What jumped out at me about Smith's coverage is how casually he yadda yaddas everything that Mr. Dowd has been up to between 2007 and today.
Smith jumps damn near the last decade and a half of Mr. Dowd's life and career, from here --
Dowd’s disenchantment with the party is not new: He split with Bush, loudly and publicly, in 2007 over the handling of the Iraq war.
-- to here --
There’s a lot of distance from W to MAGA...
-- in the space of one sentence:
He spent most of the next decade as an Independent, consultant, and TV commentator, before becoming a Democrat...
Before moving on to ask:
There’s a lot of distance from W to MAGA, but does Dowd deserve any of the blame for creating the mess we’re in now, the one he’s running to help fix?
And Dowd's down-pat answer?
“Of course,” he says. “But I don’t think anyone foresaw the time we’re in today..."
Which is, of course, another of Mr. Dowd's many bullshitteries and almost certainly one of the reasons he wiped out his Twitter archive. Because his Twitter history was full of years and years of crackpot alarmist Liberals who foresaw exactly where things were going, and who warned Beltway media clods like Dowd over and over again that their relentless, pathological Both Siderism in the face of the onrushing tidal wave of racism and derangement from the GOP was not only lazy, incompetent journalism and patently false, but toxic and reckless in the extreme given the threat bearing down on us from the Right.
And let me tell you, Matthew Dowd really, really hated it when disreputable non-bluecheck Liberal bloggers pressed him to admit that he had gotten big, important things wrong.
do you ever get tired of always seeing the world in a biased way?— Matthew Dowd (@matthewjdowd) December 9, 2016
why don't you accept people for where they are in the present?— Matthew Dowd (@matthewjdowd) August 21, 2016
let the clinton stuff go. Trump is president elect. And let's concentrate on that, and future leaders. Not the past.— Matthew Dowd (@matthewjdowd) December 23, 2016
I don't read fiction.— Matthew Dowd (@matthewjdowd) July 10, 2017
If you read Driftglass then you don't care much for the truth.— Matthew Dowd (@matthewjdowd) June 23, 2017
For all those commentators/pundits/media who said Trump had a very effective convention at the time, you might want to publicly say you were wrong. He didn’t change the polls at all, and his job approval is still exceedingly negative. Waiting.....— Matthew Dowd (@matthewjdowd) September 3, 2020
Which was followed by Dowd erasing his entire Twitter archive so that evidence of his fraud, lies and hypocrisy is hard to come by if you're not already on that beat.