Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Matthew Dowd Is a Fundamentally Ridiculous Person: The Past Is the Scariest Halloween Monster of All.

Shut up everybody! Candidate Matthew Dowd has something to say! About democracy and stuff!

Of course, as any averagely bright, non-Republican citizen can tell you. none of these issues arose yesterday. In fact, they've been haunting us for a long, long time. 

So let us now pierce the Veil of Time and go all the way back to the Year of our Lord 2016. Because if I remember a'rights, there was a candidate who ran for national office on exactly these same issues!

Do any of you recall who that candidate was? 

Here is a quick rundown of Hillary Clinton's 2016 climate change plans:
The ambitious Clinton climate plan nobody is talking about
And here is where candidate Clinton stood on gun control:
Here is where Hillary Clinton stands on gun control
And here is where candidate Clinton stood on a minimum wage and on child care:
Hillary Clinton on income and minimum wage: CNN’s Reality Check team vets the claims
And here is where candidate Clinton stood on health care.
Clinton backs public option on health care in nod to Sanders supporters

Hillary Clinton on Saturday expressed support for expanding taxpayer-funded health insurance, in a nod to the desires of Bernie Sanders’ supporters.

In a statement released as Democrats gather in Orlando, Florida, to finalize their party’s platform, Clinton backed the so-called “public option” for states, which would expand health insurance coverage beyond the current provisions in Obamacare...

Hillary Clinton's views on women's bodily autonomy and right to choose have always been abundantly clear:

Hillary Clinton’s Debate Answer on Abortion Is Why We Need More Women in Politics

Finally, for the first time in their presidential debates, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump faced off on abortion on Wednesday night.

As one would expect from a candidate who’s not quite sure what he thinks about the procedure, Trump stumbled over his response. He claimed he’d nominate pro-life justices to the Supreme Court but refused to say whether he’d wish to overturn Roe v. Wade.

And as one would expect from a candidate who’s spent her career speaking about women’s health, Clinton delivered an impassioned defense of the right to reproductive autonomy. “I will defend Planned Parenthood. I will defend Roe v. Wade, and I will defend women’s rights to make their own health care decisions,” she said.

In fact, when it comes to the issue of a woman's right to choose, in 2016 Hillary Clinton warned us in the starkest possible terms that, if Trump were elected and allowed to pack the courts, this day would come:

Hillary Clinton warned us this day would come

...She stated, presciently, "The fact that our next president could appoint as many as three or four justices in the next four years" is a striking reminder "that we can’t take rulings like today’s for granted.”

Clinton left no room for speculation. “Just consider Donald Trump, the Republicans’ presumptive nominee. The man who could be president has said there should be some form of ‘punishment’ for women seeking abortions. He pledged to appoint Supreme Court justices who would overturn Roe v. Wade. And last year, he said he’d shut down the government rather than fund Planned Parenthood.”

And Clinton made clear the consequences. “If we send Trump to the White House and a Republican majority to Congress, he could achieve any — or all — of these things. And that’s why this election is so important."


Well, I guess since the issues Matthew Dowd is running on in 2021 are a virtual carbon copy of the  policies Hillary Clinton was running on just five short years ago, Dowd must have been a huge supporter of hers, right?  


And since Mr. Dowd was ABC News' chief political analyst at that time and had access to a massive media platform, it might make you wonder how his passionate support of everything Hillary Clinton believed in manifested itself on a day-to-day basis.

Unfortunately, due to Mr. Dowd's decision to delete his entire Twitter archive covering that period, much of the good work he must have been doing on behalf of "the minimum wage, greater access to healthcare, common sense gun reform, policies dealing with climate change, protection of women's freedom to decide, etc," is lost to history.

Fortunately, at least one disreputable Liberal blogger had the foresight to document Mr. Dowd's antics in real-time. 

So, as Al Smith was famously alleged to have said, "Let's take a look at the record!"

I am perfectly aware that Mr. Dowd and all of his cronies and fellow travelers in the media are trying very, very hard to pretend that none of this ever happened, and largely succeeding.  

And I know that Mr. Dowd instantly blocks anyone on social media who even lightly brushes up against this past.  

And I know that, in the end, people like me are always going to be ridiculously outgunned by powerful political and media interests that want to bulldoze various inconvenient pasts down the memory hole.  

All of which stinks of further proof of their guilt and hollowness.  All of which tells me how fucking terrified they are of being asked very basic questions about their own immediate pasts and all the things they told us they passionately believed five minutes ago...which they then immediately jettisoned and reversed once the political winds shifted.

Which is why I am still of the belief that, despite fact that it will almost certainly not make the slightest difference, at least one, lonely voice should still be out there asking grifters like Mr. Dowd to account for all the things they said and did prior to their latest media incarnation.

Burn The Lifeboats

1 comment:

bill said...

Unfortunately I think Mr. Dowd is the beginning of a rash of sideliners "stepping up" to offer their fumigated experience and insight to our electoral process. The pundit/consultant/speechwriter/advisor offal pile's stank is wafting into plebeian conversation. They figure they have name recognition and have successfully lied so far. Running allows them to point the finger away from their own part in creating the problems. Who better to solve them?

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