There’s a big climactic scene from the first season of “Mad Men” where Pete Campbell is going to let the cat out of the bag about Don Draper’s Big Secret.
Campbell follows Draper into Bert Cooper’s office to drop the bomb.
And he drops it. He tells Mr. Cooper that Don Draper isn’t really Don Draper at all, but Dick Whitman. He stole the man’s identity and is a deserter from the Army!!!
Meanwhile, Don is standing next to him nervously waiting for his life to blow apart.
And Cooper gets up, comes around his desk, looks Campbell in the eye and says:
Mr. Campbell, who cares?
Mr. Cooper, he’s a fraud, a liar. A criminal, even.
Even if this were true, who cares? This country was built
and run by men with worse stories than whatever you’ve
CNN, much like Pete Campbell, thinks they’ve dropped a bomb on us by endlessly flogging the anonymous “sources familiar with the meeting” story of President Trump calling some countries “shithole countries.”
But who cares?
Even if these “sources familiar with the meeting” (AKA people who weren’t actually in the meeting) are being entirely accurate, who cares?
The President is trying to cobble together an immigration bill that will begin the shift to a merit-based system. He wants to stop chain migration and the so-called “diversity” visa lottery.
And these lawmakers come up to the White House and feed him the same tired ideas that got us into this mess to begin with.
Now, if I were President Trump, I would have gotten frustrated and irritated with these people too. And I probably would have snapped at them.
Because that’s what normal people do.
People get frustrated. And when they do, they might shout or curse. It’s human nature.
Just ask Lawrence O’Donnell.
[Stop the f*cking hammering!]
I’m sure Barack Obama found reason to lose his cool and swear when he was President too.
But of course, when that happened, there weren’t “unnamed sources” who quickly leaked it to the Washington Post.
Although on occasion, the Obama Administration’s not-so-diplomatic outbursts did come out.
For example, back in 2014 when an Obama official referred to Benjamin Netanyahu as a “chickenshit.”
Or, in 2013 when President Obama referred to Americans who were involved in the Tea Party protests as “teabaggers” – that sexually-explicit smear made popular by Anderson Cooper.
Yes, the same Anderson Cooper who was getting the vapors over President Trump saying some countries are shitholes.
And then there’s the time Barack Obama accused the Brits of turning Libya into a “shit show.”
That one is really galling. After all, Libya became a shit show thanks to Barack Obama, not David Cameron.
But as is typical for Barack – he took credit for good things he had nothing to do with and blamed others for things that were his fault. Actually, he’s still doing that, isn’t he?
You’ll note an interesting pattern emerging from those examples, however.
The Obama Administration tended to save their foulest criticisms for Americans or America’s closest allies.
So again I say who cares if President Trump referred to some shithole countries as being shithole countries?
What exactly is factually wrong about that?
Does anyone really believe that Haiti or Somalia or El Salvador or Mexico are little utopias on Earth?
Mexico is the second deadliest nation on the planet. Drug Cartels actually control whole provinces of the place for crying out loud.
I’d call that a shithole.
Unlike the perpetually offended on the Left, I can see through the ruse.
Nobody in the news media is really angry or upset over this. It’s an act. It’s always an act.
Every meltdown, every breathless clutch of the pearls – it’s all an act.
There is only one reason the news media and the Democrats are making hay over this “shithole countries” remark.
They’re losing control of the narrative.
Americans — by a majority — support a merit-based immigration system.
And I think the internal polling from both the media and the Democrats show that to be true.
Plus I’m sure that televised immigration meeting didn’t help things either.
After all, they’re kind of banking on people believing President Trump is an unhinged, drooling nitwit. And that meeting destroyed that narrative too.
Add to that the fact that next week is the State of the Union address, and you can see why the Democrats and the press need something – anything – to reframe the narrative quickly.
The last thing the news media and the Democrats want is for us to go into that speech thinking well of Donald Trump.
Democrats are losing the narrative and they know it. They know they’re on the wrong side of this immigration debate in the exact same way they know they’re on the wrong side of the tax cuts.
And if they lose the immigration battle, they will never regain the majority in Washington again.
So they’re panicking.
And what do the news media and the Democrat Party do when they panic?
They play the race card.
And let’s be honest, “Trump called some countries ‘shitholes!’ He’s a racist!” is the best they could come up with on such short notice.
Sure, it’s thin soup.
But they’re desperate.
I’ve said before, once you know how the sausage is made, this kind of stuff stops working on you.
So let them howl. Let them clutch their pearls and feign outrage.
At the end of the day, who the hell cares?
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