WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2002
WE KNOW WHAT THEY DID THAT SPRING: Incredibly, Charles Krauthammer says Gore is loonythe man needs helpbecause of his comments about the press corps (see THE DAILY HOWLER, 12/3/02). But does the RNC script the press? Lets review the early chronology of Campaign 2000:
March 9, 1999: Gore gives his first on-camera interview since filing as a candidate. He makes his famous remark about the Internet. For the next two days, no one in the press corps says even one word about it.
A twenty-month slander campaign was off and runningscripted by the RNC.
March 11, 1999: The RNC puts out its spinAl Gore said he created the Internet. The entire press corps runs to recite it. Within days, Gore is savaged all over the press for saying he invented the Internet.
March 15, 1999: In response to jibes from Bill Bradley, Gore tells David Yepsen of the Des Moines Register about his youthful experience on the Tennessee farm. In previous years, many members of the press have described this well-known part of Gores history.
March 16, 1999: The RNC sends out a press release saying that Gore is shoveling it about his experience. For the next three months, Gore is trashed as deeply dishonest and delusional for his remarks about the choresremarks which many members of the press corps know to be perfectly accurate.
Anywhere else, conduct such is known by a legal term: fraud. In Washington, by contrast, its now just called journalism. The farm chores and Invented the Internet touched off a toxic, two-year campaign in which Gore was repeatedly trashed as a liar. Half of the press corps took part in the carnage. The other halfcowardsknew enough to keep quiet. Both of these groups were full of scribes who knew that the spin-points were utterly bogus. Elsewhere, this is known as fraud. In Washington, its now called an election.
Gores remarks to the New York Observer accurately describe this syndrome. And that syndrome continues right up to this day, as weve shown in a few recent HOWLERS. Does the RNC still script todays press? Youd have to be loony to think that it doesnt. Those days of liberal bias are gone. Our current press corps bows down to Dear Leader, and takes its points from the RNC. Even when those points are bogus, obedient pundits run hard to recite them. Why in the world do you think Tim Russert was quoting JFK this past week? (See THE DAILY HOWLER, 12/2/02.)
But spinners like Krauthammer will keep on deceiving. Your public discourse lies in the hands of a deeply dysfunctional, corrupted cohort. Does instinct tell you this just cant be true? Read back through yesterdays HOWLER.
Tomorrow: Another Great Moment in Spin from Campaign 2K, as pundits review that pop quiz.
MICKEY KAUS, CIRCUS CLOWN: With his recent comments on Candidate Kerry, Mickey Kaus has finally won election as a certified, unionized, full-fledged circus clown. Try to believe that he wrote it:
Kerry Mystery Challenge: What is it that makes so many people, myself included, intensely dislike Sen. John Kerry? This is the great mystery surrounding his 2004 presidential campaign. I dont think aloof and arrogant, the traditional Kerry negatives, are exactly ithe may be aloof and arrogant, but there are plenty of aloof and arrogant people I dont rule out instantly due to their gross characterological deficiency, which is what I do with Kerry. Its not just his long record of opportunism, though again thats part of it.
I say we harness the power of the Web to solve the mystery! A copy of Kerrys undoubtedly riveting book, The New War, to the kf reader (or non-kf reader) who most precisely describes the root of Kerrys loathsomeness. ...(References to descriptions of Kerry by others may also qualify for the prize .) ... My own attempt: I think it starts with the phony furrowed brow. Perpetually furrowed and perpetually phony. Its been furrowed for so long I doubt he could unfurrow it now even if his advisers convinced him that would be a good tack to take! ...Then add the sense that Kerry would never ever take a principled or unpopular stand if losing the argument might actually threaten to derail his precious political career. (He apparently made some anti-affirmative-action noises in 1992 and quickly backed down when the obvious groups complained.) Add in relentless, obvious self-promotion to the point of indignitysucking up to Gore while jockeying for the vice-presidential nod in 2000, for example (as described by The New Republics Ryan Lizza). Plus the way his equally ambitious supporters call him JFK. Its creepy. The mans an animatronic Lincoln. Theres a metal plate in the back of his headunder all the glued-on hairthat they open up and stick screwdrivers in when he gets back to his office.... There, thats my best shot. But Im not sure its quite there. I know you can do better!
Lets see. Kerry has a furrowed brow, and Kaus is troubled by his hair. By one of those mysterious coincidences, Kaus concern with Kerrys hair surfaced hours before Matt Drudge began flogging the topic. Just another one of those events in which great minds coincide.
Does anyone believe Mickey Kaus is this stupid? Weve met Kaus oncesharing a pleasant group mealand noticed no signs of the fatuous soul he now directs at the next White House race. But in Campaign 2000, Mickey Kaus and his vacuous cohort all spilled out of their Volkswagen bus, making an unvarnished, two-year-long joke of your White House election. Theres no reason to doubt that theyll do so again. Will earth tones give way to John Kerrys hair? Yes, they will, if this vacuous crew has its way with your White House election.
A few months back, we flagged an astonishing piece about Candidate Kerry in The New Republic (see THE DAILY HOWLER, 9/10/02 and 9/11/02). That piece was written by the egregious Michel Crowley, co-author of one of the most stunningly dishonest bits of journalism in the entire 2000 campaign (see THE DAILY HOWLER, 5/9/00, 5/10/00, 5/11/00, and 5/12/00). At THE HOWLER, we dont have the slightest idea what could lie behind such work. But nowe dont believe that Kaus is this stupid. Maybe we should conduct a great contest to guess why he functions this way.
The Kauses made a joke of your last election. Theres every sign that theyll do so again. And the time for courtesy is gone, long gone. American citizens who love their democracy will jeer such men as they move through the streets. Mickey Kaus, the circus clown, wants to make a joke of another election. That election, of course, belongs to youuntil, like the last one, its stolen.
CLOWNWATCH: Tony Blankley reviews Kaus and his gang of merry men in this mornings Washington Times. The clowns are tumbling into the ring. Dont miss even one of their antics.
Your press corps is now made up of circus clowns. Here was one such trained buffoon, Judy Woodruff, on yesterdays Inside Politics:
WOODRUFF: Just two days after moving closer to a presidential race, John Kerry already is in denial mode. His office says the senator does not pay $150 to get his hair cut, as claimed by Matt Drudge on the Internet. The Boston Herald quotes a source as saying that Kerry pays more like $75 to get what some have called the best hair in the Senate.
Incredible, isnt it? Woodruff hasnt yet confirmed Drudges report about where Kerry gets his hair cut! American citizens who love their democracy will jeer such people as they move through the streets.
The Drudge Report, which weve not yet confirmed, says Kerrys do is the work of a stylist at the chic Cristophe salon. And you may remember Cristophe from the $200 trim that he gave Bill Clinton on board Air Force One while it sat on the tarmac at LAX in Los Angeles. Clinton learned then what Kerry may know now. Even hair can be a cutting issue when you are or want to be president.
TOMORROW: Spinning the quiz