Whelp, somebody in the Biden camp really wants the old coot to choose Stacey Abrams as his running mate. Which might explain why the Washington Post magazine is polishing up her image and transforming her into something larger than life, ethereal, borderline divine.
Now, to be fair, she is larger than life, but not in the way they intended.
The photo accompanying this slobbering bit of prose makes her look like a plus-size superhero.
Eclipse! Able to blot out the sun in a single pose.
And while the photo does nothing to downplay Stacey’s ample frame, the article tries to pass her off, not just as a superhero, but a supermodel.
Pandemonium ensues as she walks to the far left of the stage, like a runway supermodel, stops on a dime, poses, tilts her head slightly and smiles. Camera flashes explode. She next pivots and walks slowly to the center of the stage, freezes there and repeats the pose. Again, the flashes explode. Abrams is summoning her inner actress, and she is both enjoying the moment and getting through it to get to the conversation. She then pivots and walks to the far right of the stage, same.
As Jim Treacher put it on Twitter last night, “I don’t want to say Stacey Abrams’ resume is a bit thin, but there’s so little to tell that her WaPo hagiographer was reduced to explaining how ‘walking onstage’ works.”
Hey, nobody said polishing Stacey was going to be easy.
Here I thought the media’s all-hands-on-deck polishing of Michelle Obama was over-the-top.
And in a lot of ways, the polishing of Stacey Abrams is very similar to the polishing of Michelle.
In both cases, the press is acting, not as objective purveyors of facts, but as a public relations firm whose job it is to soften the subject and add an aura of mystique where none exists.
Like the polishing of Michelle Obama, the polishing of Stacey Abrams is a gigantic exercise in “Who are you going to believe? Us or your lying eyes?”
For the life of me, I just do not understand the attraction to Stacey Abrams.
Then again, Michelle’s supposed mystique was just as much a mystery to me.
I’m guessing the media, still stinging from its inability to get the DNC to select one of their chosen candidates (Beto, Mayor Pete, Liz) is going all out to ensure that, at the very least, they have a say in whom Biden choses as his running mate.
And from the look of it, it’s clear that the media is just as thirsty for a Biden/Abrams ticket as Thirsty Stacey is.
Stacey is the new Beto. It's one flattering media profile after another. There's another one today from the NY Times.— John Sexton (@verumserum) May 16, 2020
Which might explain why Laurence O’Donnell tried desperately to get Joe Biden to announce Stacey Abrams as his pick when they both appeared on his show Thursday night.
Boy, that didn’t go according to plan, did it?
If you haven’t seen it, watch this clip. Hell, you can watch it with the sound off and you still get the idea. Watch as Stacey goes from eager excitement to crestfallen disappointment as Joe fails to do what O’Donnell wanted. That big old smile slips off Stacey’s face so fast you’d think Joe slapped her across the mouth.
Clearly Joe didn’t get the message Thursday.
So here comes the media doing their PR flacking and polishing Stacey’s image in hopes of driving the point home.
Expect more fawning, overly flattering profiles in the coming weeks.
Abrams is the one the PR flacks in the media want Joe to choose, and they aren’t being particularly subtle about it, are they?
And if that means turning this tubby, underqualified loser into a mythical superhero (or supermodel as the case may be), then by golly, that’s what they’ll do.
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