FRIDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2003
A WEEK THAT WAS: This morning, we were off entertaining the troops (wella charming group from the GSA) and we wont be able to waste our time with Andrea Mitchell until tomorrow. Tomorrow, well post the transcript of Mitchell-with-Imus, and well follow up on a few more points. Yes, its a giant waste of our time. But we want to complete the pitiful record of the corps latest War-Against-Gore.
But readers, as invented the Internet gets a new run (see below), and as the press corps obsesses about phone calls to Lieberman, one key point really does deserve mention. This weeks events are quite significant. What do these events clearly show? They show why George Bush is in the White House, and why Gore couldnt run in 2004. What is Americas real recent history? In the wake of the Clinton impeachment, the Washington press waged a War Against Gorea twenty-month propaganda campaign that put Bush in the White House. And when Gore re-tested the waters last fall, the corps lunacy just started again. This week, Gore tried to discuss the war in Iraqand the press boo-hoo-hooed about phone calls to Lieberman! Readers, they declared their War Against Gore long ago, and theres simply no chance that theyll ever suspend it. This week, Russert was back with invented the Internet! Are you still unable to see the real shape of Americas recent, real history?
By the way, the New York Times printed letters this weekletters in which irate readers complained about Gores horrendous 2000 campaign. Al Gore managed to blow a sure thing: Its a Standard Press Corps Spin-Point (link below), and the Times is quick to let readers recite it. They push it because they dont want you to know what really decided your last White House race. But look at the clowning that met Gore this week. Are you still unable to see your own history? Unable to see the shape of the gang that is making a joke of your interests?
TOMORROW: We expect to post Mitchells clowning with Imus. Next week: Who is Tammy Bruce?
VISIT OUR INCOMPARABLE ARCHIVES: Al Gore managed to blow a sure thing. Disciplined pundits will always recite it. To see Michelle Cottle blow smoke in your face, see THE DAILY HOWLER, 12/19/02.
A SMASH REVIVAL: Clarence Pages clowning has gone nationwide (see THE DAILY HOWLER, 12/11/03). It hit Chicago on Wednesday, and then things got worse: According to Nexis, Pages column appeared in the Baltimore Sun, the Orlando Sentinel and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer on Thursday. Almost surely, the column will turn up in many more papers. Here is the astonishing comment Americans were fed once again:
PAGE: Gore, the techno gadget freak, must be impressed with how well Deans new-wave campaign machine rides on the cutting edge of technologies adapted to populist politics. Deans ability to draw crowds, organize local campaigns and raise funds has broken all expectations by his use of the device Gore once inaccurately claimed to have invented, the Internet.Amazing, isnt it? No, Gore never said he invented the Internet; that was a treasured press corps invention. But the clowning clowns of your Washington press corps never abandon their clowning clownistry. They declared their war, and its war without end. We knowyou feel you should like Clarence Page. Those feelings are just what they hope for.