Here Comes Mr. Wolf. Again.
As readers of this little blog are already aware, the Beltway media's most indispensable function in our fatally polluted political ecosystem is to make sure that the Republican Party is never, ever held responsible for the havoc they wreak on this country.
Everything else is yadda, yadda, yadda. Weather, sports and water-skiing squirrels.
It doesn't matter how many different ways the Republicans f*ked things up last time, or in how many different disguises they show up at the f*k Everything Up Parade next time. When the last HUD house is shuttered and the last public school is sold off to golf course developers, our Beltway media will still be there, making sure the Republican Atrocity Memory Hole is open 24/7/365. Making sure that the same gorgons and hobgoblins and cyborgs who helped midwife the previous Republican catastrophe are quietly shriven, re-upholstered and given another well-remunerated seat at Very Serious Media table in time to grease the skids of the next Republican catastrophe
Over and over again. Around and around. Wreck a government. Build a lifeboat. Sail in a circle. Come back to the scene of your old crime dressed in new threads. Wreck the government again. Build another lifeboat.
Mr. Wolf is always on the job. *
Which brings us to Ms. Kathleen Parker, who, for awhile seemed to have been so stunned with poison from the collective wingnut venom sac back she dared to suggest that the Scintilla from Wasilla was maybe not up to the job of vice president of the United States that it seems just barely possible Ms. Parker might stop being a reliable Republican-enabling Beltway Both Siderist stooge.
But mortgages must be paid, and wet bars must be restocked. And actually breaking with the doctrine of the High and Holy Church of Both Sides Do It to ride off and tilt at wingnut windmills is still professional suicide. And so, inevitably, Mr. Parker has shaken off her encounter with the nekkid Id of the GOP and gone back to what she does best: being a reliable Beltway Both Siderist stooge.
And while her Friday headline was a good example of pissy Villager trolling (h/t Alert Reader WA for sending it my way) --
How Democrats won the presidency
-- and the article atop which it perches is as fine a slice of Republican Detachment Disorder as I have seen, it is her follow-on article from yesterday that is the real winner:
Can centrism be a movement?
It's so thick and rich with Both Siderist awful that it goes down...and then comes right back up again...like an ipecac milkshake.
Here are a few of the gooier nuggets:
While Manhattan’s already snarled streets filled beyond capacity with limos toting dignitaries, a quieter, less-theatrical group of thinkers and leaders was meeting to discuss strategies for a rising new political center...
The Sunday event was the inaugural “Ideas Summit” of the New Center, the policy arm of No Labels, an organization dedicated to restoring bipartisanship and a centrist governing philosophy in Washington...”
And about 100 politicians, financial backers and others convened to hear former British prime minister Tony Blair in a conversation with Joe Lieberman,a former U.S. senator from Connecticut and a No Labels co-chair..
Contrary to early criticism of No Labels as a front for right-leaning 1-percenters, and its predicted failure, the group’s composition and much of what it proposes are very much in the middle of the muddle. Successful by most measures, the organization has about 15 staffers and, importantly, a group of committed financiers who can underwrite political campaigns in the absence of party support...
Because there will always, always, always be money in the banana shack for anyone who will boldly blame Both Sides for Republican perfidy and treason.
But, I asked, can centrism really become a movement? Does it need a party?
Said Lieberman: “There’s nothing in the Constitution that says we have to have a two-party system. We can do whatever we want.”
Indeed, we can.
In other words...
crossposted from Driftglass