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By now, you’ve no doubt learned not only of the decision of Mitt Romney to announce he will not seek re-election, but also the excerpt from the biography of him written by the reporter McKay Coppins. In his review of it, Steve Schmidt reminded me of my old pet peeve (emphasis mine):
Over and over again, for many many years the whole of the Republican Party would say one thing in private about Trump and another thing in public. It became commonplace on TV sets, green rooms, Senate cloak rooms and everywhere politicians, consultants, activists and media gathered. When the camera lights went on, Trump became their forever führer. The second that they turned off, he became a con man and a fraud again. The cowardice and lack of principle are incandescent.
More than a dozen years ago, Charlie Pierce used that term about a different Utah Republican (interestingly, who had been a GOP primary candidate against Mitt Romney, himself):
I have to admit, I came to like Jon Huntsman a little bit during his brief stint as a Republican presidential candidate. He was an Out Now guy in regards to Afghanistan, which appealed to me. And he had the undeniable asset of Not Being Insane, which was enough to allow him to maintain his viability almost all the way to Easter.
But after venturing into why-can’t-we-just-get-along about the deficit and live-and-let-live:
Can you see the problem here? Of course, you can. Huntsman is another Green Room Republican, beloved of the courtier press with its deficit-fetishism and its maudlin shawlie's worship of "bipartisanship."
Not that the GOP presidential candidates in the run-up to the 2016 primaries necessarily liked the green rooms assigned to them at debate venues:
Politico reported that top-tier candidates like Trump were assigned plush, comfortable quarters, while lower-tier candidates didn't fare as well. Ken McKay, Christie's campaign manager was quoted by Politico saying, "This is ridiculous....We're in a restroom." And Fiorina apparently has a jacuzzi.
Let’s clear-the-stale-air ….. and close with some soothing piano music on the subject.
Now, on to Top Comments:
In the diary by Meteor Blades about a study revealing the strain on Earth’s resources in 6 of 9 categories — this Mercy Ormont reply to neznamo shows that we are willingly becoming our own asteroid to an extinction level event.
And from Ed Tracey, your faithful correspondent this evening ........
In the front-page story about the House GOP hearing on third-party litigation funding … opening-the-door for Democrats to look at the Supreme Court corruption reporting — both a short quip by sweetthesound as well as a more introspective one by ledretter Yad lend a nice touch to the story.
Next - enjoy jotter's wonderful (and now eternal) *PictureQuilt™* below. Just click on the picture and it will magically take you to the comment featuring that photo.
September 13th, 2023
(NOTE: Any missing images in the Quilt were removed because (a) they were from an unapproved source that somehow snuck through in the comments, or (b) it was an image from the DailyKos Image Library which didn't have permissions set to allow others to use it.)
And lastly: yesterday's Top Mojo - mega-mojo to the intrepid mik ...... who rescued this feature from oblivion: