The Washington Post has better national political coverage than the New York Times. But it still sucks great green gator balls. Today’s Exhibit A — James Hohmann:
THE BIG IDEA: [Is that what we’re calling compressed turds of conventional Beltway wisdom these days?] It took grit and gumption for Donald Trump to call out House Republicans yesterday.
Maybe he did not fully comprehend the risks of criticizing the very lawmakers who he needs most to advance his agenda, but two tweets from the president-elect were pivotal to saving the Office of Congressional Ethics from being declawed and neutered. The bottom line is that there will be more rigorous oversight of lawmakers than there would have been otherwise because he chose to speak up when he could have stayed silent.
Did not “fully comprehend the risks” of criticizing Republican lawmakers? Five minute’s study of baboon dominance displays will be infinitely more instructive in understanding Trump than five years of poring over US legislative history or five millennia spent cataloging all the things Trump doesn’t “fully comprehend.”
And if we’re going to credit Trump with saving the OCE, let’s credit Mrs. O’Leary’s cow for the modern Chicago skyline. Hohmann knows public outrage prompted the GOP walk-back on the OCE, and he even admits Trump didn’t question the propriety of the proposed gutting — only the timing of it.
But you see, the Daily Motherfucking Caller has informed Hohmann that there’s this new disease abroad in the land, Trump Derangement Syndrome, and it threatens Congressional comity:
As Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) told CNN in an interview that aired last night, “The only way we’re going to work with him is if he moves completely in our direction and abandons his Republican colleagues.”
Think about how Schumer would have responded if Mitch McConnell made that statement about a President-elect Hillary Clinton…
Yes, how awful if McConnell had said something like, “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President
Obama Clinton to be a one-term president.” Hohmann’s pearls would have been crushed to powder in his sweaty little fist. Good thing that didn’t happen! He goes on:
[Trump] operates so far outside the norms of how business has always been done in Washington, and his manner seems so gauche, that he provokes a visceral, occasionally irrational, reaction in serious, normally sober-minded people.
Sweep, weeping Jeebus take the fucking wheel. Look, we don’t object to Trump because he operates outside the fucking Village parameters; we oppose him because he’s an unprincipled, unqualified, narcissistic buffoon who is a walking, talking affront to every principle we claim to uphold as a nation. And if some of us have a “visceral” reaction to Trump, perhaps it is because he spent the last year and a half demonizing and objectifying us.
Trump could spray liquid gold leaf on the White House and hire the shades of Saddam Hussein and Liberace to decorate the interior with nary a peep from me if he hadn’t run the most sexist, racist, xenophobic campaign since George Wallace.
Trump could wind his several remaining hairs around his bald pate in an intricate pattern without critical comment from this quarter if he weren’t assembling a horde of grifting parasites and plutocrats to loot the Treasury while handing the day-to-day running of the country over to a pack of hypocritical, bible-humping austeritarians.
In other words, the core issue isn’t that Trump is a strutting, loud-mouthed, tacky embarrassment; it’s that he’s an unhinged demagogue who is a danger to the country — indeed, the world. And it is a problem that prominent national correspondent James Hohmann of the Washington Post doesn’t seem to understand that.
Okay, back to Eagle Cam.