Friday, January 9, 2009

John Dickerson Explains (And Is) Everything That Is Wrong With The World

So there's this:

Republicans will have to get comfortable with the stimulus bill's contents and find plausible explanations to offer their constituents for their yes vote.

Followed by this:

We hear about war, and we think whatever bold actions this politician is asking us to take must be worth it because, well, it's war.

So, um, yeah.

Now, the most obvious explanation for the stimulus -- like, you know, the complete collapse of the American economy, or something, whatever -- sounds pretty plausible to me. The majority of the American public, too, views the stimulus plan as necessary and finds reports of our cratering economy "plausible" (to say the least). So, by "their constituents", I take it Dickerson means "John Dickerson" (or possibly "other Republicans", or both).

And when he writes, five years into a crazily unpopular war, that "we think whatever bold actions ... must be worth it because, well, it's war", who exactly is the "we" that he's referring to? It can't really be the American public, can it, John?


Reading claptrap like this actually puts Mickey in a better light. More often than not, Mickey's voice is that of the guy just tellin' it like it is, even -- perhaps especially -- when noone wants to hear it. His message, usually but not exclusively pitched to Democrats, is "you know I'm right, even if you don't want me to be", which explains the high contrarian tone of his arguments (illegal immigration hurts workers, unions aren't progressive, progress leads to backlash backlash backlash, etc.) [even the angel on his shoulder is a Devil's advocate -- ed. I hear that!].

Dickerson, on the other hand, can't bear the thought of being a center-right Cassandra, and must constantly tie his whims to those of the electorate (e.g., it's not me demanding a response to bad-faith concern trolling, it's the American people). Dickerson, in essence, has conjured up an America where everyone thinks the same as him, and files every report from the heart of that illusion.

In their own way, each has invented their public: an America that loves war, hates the government and doesn't trust Democrats (Dickerson) and an America that just won't listen to Mickey Kaus (Mickey).

I think I'd prefer to live in the latter.