— Matt Pearce (@mattdpearce) July 21, 2017
Maybe White House press secretary Sean Spicer cast his eyes toward the horizon and saw that the sky looked like it was going to rain indictments. Maybe the word “dignity” came up recently in his word of the day calendar. Either way, he’s gone…
Spicer’s planned demotion would be enough to make you feel pity for him — if you ignored everything else about Spicer and his job. After Spicer’s foully contemptuous and bullying introduction to the nation’s press, nothing was more appealing in some quarters than flirting with pity for the man whose boss undercut him repeatedly. That sort of light comedy is always entertaining for people — like the White House press corps — who would never truly be imperiled by what Spicer promoted and defended. Games are fun when you aren’t going to die…
The story he probably won’t tell his kids is this: Before taking the White House press secretary position, their dad was the Republican Party’s communications director for six years. His entire professional utility was and is his ability to tell lies to people, and his goal was telling more, better lies for progressively more important people until he could retire at 55 with a multimillion-dollar nest egg…
Their dad was vicious, lying scum, and the fact that his old boss and his new boss are worse doesn’t obviate his complicity in trying to destroy the very baseline idea of shared reality in service of a vain and cancerous meringue sowing fear and uncertainty among the citizenry, when his policies don’t merely immiserate or kill them. Their dad carried water for the worst president in American history, and now that the investigations are drawing further into the White House, Spicer can bail out and blame his new boss for wrecking the plane. Let it never be said that, when times got tough, their dad was just a liar: He was also a chickenshit…
Spicer told a friend the off-cam briefings were less abt dinging press than giving Trump a target to shoot at https://t.co/nGdyje2dNX
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) July 22, 2017
In other words, it wasn’t Spicer (or Trump) trying to punish the press; it was about Spicer trying to avoid being punished by his babyman boss. SAD!
1 personal thing about Sean: he's a thoroughly decent person. We've had our strong disagreements but he's one of the good guys in politics. https://t.co/81HeqSDx9V
— Jonathan Swan (@jonathanvswan) July 21, 2017
Lying to the American people for a paycheck is the most thoroughly decent thing a man can do
— Patrick Monahan (@pattymo) July 21, 2017
Sean Spicer is doomed to wander the Earth, getting owned by rude teens as he goes
— Justice for Lamby (@BobbyBigWheel) July 22, 2017
At the end of the day we're all Americans and someone has to flack for shitbirds because PR is an important and not invented calling
— Mark Agee (@MarkAgee) July 21, 2017
The Hill is full of guys like Spicer. All so terrified of growing old in the Kansas 45th that they'll sell granny for a seat at the table.
— Richard M. Nixon (@dick_nixon) January 22, 2017
Jack Shafer, at Politico — ” Should You Feel Sorry for Sean Spicer? Nope. Absolutely not.”:
The White House attracts all manner of toadies, suckups and flatterers seeking the president’s favor, but never did any staffer demean, degrade and humble himself to the chief executive the way outgoing press secretary Sean Spicer did. Abandoning the arts of both persuasion and elision that have served previous prevaricating press secretaries so well, Spicer flung barb-tongued lies in the service of President Donald Trump.
Starting with Trump’s inauguration weekend, which Spicer declared “was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period,” through last week, when he lied that Donald Trump Jr.’s Russian meeting was about “adoptions,” Spicer never failed to fib when a fib would serve the president. Had Spicer’s White House Briefing Room comments been sworn testimony, he would face so many years in prison for perjury that a dozen Trump pardons couldn’t secure his freedom…
What thanks did Spicer earn for his months of debasement in service to Trump? The early and steady drumbeat from the Oval Office that the president was “disappointed” in his performance, as CNN’s Jim Acosta reported in early February, and never-ending whispers that he would soon be sacked, which finally came true today. He gave Trump the red blood of his undying loyalty. Trump gave him the pink slip…
Someone is going to sign a ten million dollar book deal contingent on delivering the goods. pic.twitter.com/DxewlotaRV
— Schooley (@Rschooley) July 21, 2017
I hope Spicer titles his book "I REALLY WANTED TO MEET THE FUCKING POPE"
— Jesse Berney (@jesseberney) July 21, 2017
— Daniel W. Drezner (@dandrezner) July 21, 2017