“She’s guilty of the server.”
With that spectacularly nitwitted response to a question to Donald Trump on “Face The Nation” regarding which specific laws Hillary Clinton has broken which incidentally will not send her to jail for the nearly substance-free email scandal manufactured by the national GOP, Trump continued to mark himself as the empty suit everyone but his equally dim supporters have come to expect.
The result of this poor showing in almost every recent public appearance, and the ongoing Trump controversy over his remarks regarding “Mexican” Judge Gonzalo Curiel — whom it was revealed in short order was actually born in Indiana — is that the saner segments of the GOP cheering section, such as they are, are in meltdown mode. With each new outrageous Trump utterance you can almost sense the electoral flop sweat forming on the fattened brows of the GOP cultural and financial elite across the country.
To wit: watch the video below of MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough pitching what actually is a mildly entertaining fit on “Morning Joe” regarding what he believes the GOP leadership must do to disavow Trump and save the imploding GOP. It’s a study in the willful blinders the GOP has worn for decades over the monster its leaders were creating.
The segment is entertaining as much for what the group does not say as for what they do, including Mike Barnicle, the clueless politically “moderate” former Boston Globe columnist and WCVB-Channel 5 talking head:
Joe Scarborough, speaking ostensibly to GOP into camera: “Listen to me guys! You embrace a guy making racist comments…”
Mika Brezinski, in an aside to Scarborough: “Why do you have to say this?”
Scarborough, to Brezinski. “Because they’re stupid. Stop running scared. You’ve got to STAND UP to Donald Trump and say, ‘Prove to us that you deserve our support. And WHEN you do that, then maybe we’ll consider giving you our endorsement back. But right now, Will [Geist], they’re running scared. And Donald smells it, so he can say whatever the hell he wants. And he sees them as weak cowards unless they start standing up to him RIGHT NOW and they take their Party back. Donald Trump needs them more than they need Donald Trump!”
Geist: “That’s my question. What is the cost of saying what you just said? Why is that a risky thing to do? If Paul Ryan came out and said, “No deal. My endorsement is off the table. I’m not supporting you until you change.’ Why can’t he come out and say that? Why can’t all the people who tell us privately and roll their eyes about Donald Trump come on the show and support him in very ham-handed ways, Why can’t they say that? What is the cost of saying that? What do they lose?”
Barnicle: “They’re not going to say that because once they say that, they will admit to a truth that they know, that the Republican Party is now in flames. It’s going up in flames. And it’s being led by a guy who started the fire, took off around the country, and came back to throw more kindling on the fire.”
Jeez. Where to start?
Poor Mike Barnicle. Lapping up received wisdom and regurgitating the least interesting and most irrelevant parts. Still.
Incidentally, if you think this segment is annoying to watch once, try transcribing it. By the fourth round of watching it I felt as if I had hornets in my head.
I did discover that the most entertaining thing about it is to turn down the volume and watch Mika’s facial expressions as she tries in vain to get a word in edgewise and manages mostly to just mumble to herself the entire time.
So let’s take Scarborough himself, the ringleader of this pointless talking head clusterfuck.
Did you notice how he tried to set himself and his cronies apart from the Trump mess? By referring to him and his pals in a very telling aside as “small government conservatives” he tries to absolve himself and his shitty television program from the responsibility it has for fanning the flames of right-wing hysteria over the years which have brought us to this singular point in time where their offspring from this noxious union of greed and ignorance — Trump himself — has been foisted upon the American public.
Scarborough is shocked — shocked, I tell you! — that his carrying water for Newt Gingrich, Trent Lott, Trey Gowdy, Louis Gohmert and the rest of the lunatic GOP fringe has somehow resulted in the living orange-and-flyaway-blonde embodiment of the the GOP’s campaign to obfuscate and scandalize even the most mundane functions and responsibilities of a sane government. If Rush Limbaugh and Michelle Bachmann hooked up (I know: eeew!) and produced a political offspring, it would be a bouncing baby Trump, shitting his way into messy situations for others to clean up.
As for Geist, as likeable as he can seem, he appears to serve even less of a purpose than Barnicle. While Barnicle spouts conventional wisdom, Geist appears to inhabit a place even more lowly for news talk show backbenchers — that of the person who asks questions meant to elicit obvious answers.
Geist: “I don’t understand. Why did Linda Lovelace keep going back to suck on those ginormous penii?”
“Barnicle: “Here’s the deal, and I kid you not about this. My sources tell me it’s because she was getting paid.”
Geist: “That’s my question. What is the cost of saying what you just said? Why is that a risky thing to do?”
Barnicle: “Fuck if I know! But here’s what I read on Breitbart.com!”
Here’s the real answer summed up in two words: primary challengers.
That and the fact that much of the GOP’s rural white base has lived next to industrial cesspools their entire lives, thereby stunting their social and intellectual development. But that’s a subject for another column.
The reddest of the dyed-in-red Republicans — John McCain for chrissakes! — have had to suffer through primary challengers from Tea Party yahoos because those old line Republicans have refused to dole out in its entirety the Krazy Kool-Aid which dictates that Obama is a Muslim, and more guns than the (at least) one we now have for each American man, woman a child will deter the middle-aged white conservative gun owners who already blast their way through their mid-life crises.
Elected GOP officials are not afraid of Donald Trump. They’re afraid of his followers, whose fears, conspiracy theories and lack of scientific knowledge have been encouraged every step of the way by Joe Scarborough, Sean Hannity, Paul Ryan and that crazy person screaming and pushing a shopping cart down your street.
It’s all very harsh and I apologize (but just a little) for the language. But these are the people who brought us to the edge of a very dangerous brink in politics and don’t seem to understand the role they played. We may have dodged a bullet on Trump, assuming we still do. This time.