New York Times political profile author Mark Leibovich introduced his trademark snark to Friday’s “Washington Memo,” trolling Republican senators supposedly refusing to acknowledge Joe Biden as the subsequent president of the USA: “President-Elect Who? The G.O.P.’s Delicate Dance of Absurdity.”
What the paper ignored, underneath its customary anti-GOP snark: How Congressional Democrats refused to just accept Trump after his victory in 2016, with an enormous portion of the caucus boycotting Trump’s inauguration (55, in accordance to this report) The Times itself ran items calling for Trump to be blocked from taking his rightful place as president.
Washington-based Leibovich sometimes folded in some private insults towards the Republican Senate Majority chief Mitch McConnell:
Humorous what passes for a jolting revelation on the Capitol today.
Senator Mitch McConnell had simply uttered a sentence that in extra regular instances could be obtained — and shortly forgotten — as simply the type of drab boilerplate that the Senate majority chief, a Kentucky Republican, is thought for.
Humorous what passes for a information story in the New York Times today.
“I feel everyone knows that after the primary of the yr, there’s more likely to be a dialogue about some further bundle of some dimension subsequent yr,” Mr. McConnell mentioned Tuesday as he mentioned prospects for a coronavirus reduction invoice. At which level he delivered his bombshell: “Relying on what the brand new administration desires to pursue.”
He mentioned “new administration.” Implying there could be an outgoing president.
If President Trump had gained re-election, as he retains insisting — and which few Republican senators will publicly disabuse him of — there could be no “new administration” to talk of.
In different phrases, Mr. McConnell, in his personal circuitous and maybe unintentional method, was acknowledging that Mr. Trump had misplaced.
Possibly he didn’t imply to be so forthcoming. It’s, in spite of everything, a fragile verbal dance that Mr. McConnell and plenty of of his fellow Republican senators are engaged in….
Privately, just about all Republican senators acknowledge that sure, President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. might be sworn in because the forty sixth president of the USA on Jan. 20. This consists of even Mr. Trump’s staunchest supporters, like Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, who admitted as a lot to Mark Becker, a former Republican official in the state.
However that wasn’t ok. The Republicans should confess! Leibovich unwittingly confirmed how trolling GOP Senators about Biden’s victory has develop into a gleeful sport.
In latest weeks, the unwillingness of most Senate and Home Republicans to acknowledge an apparent election outcome has reached new ranges of absurd. Every time one other distinguished Republican official admits that Mr. Biden in reality gained, the media updates the scoreboard prefer it’s breaking information — as if a brand new state had been referred to as on election evening….
Issues get trickier when Republicans are requested straight whether or not they settle for the outcomes of the election, as reporters have been urgent them to do just about each day since Nov. 3. In regular instances (how lengthy earlier than we retire that qualifier?), this query would yield some variation on the identical apparent and broadly accepted response: “Sure.”
Alas, these aren’t regular instances.
Judging from Leibovich’s smug tone, one would suppose that Democratic members of Congress accepted Trump’s 2016 victory with out criticism. One could be flawed, as famous above. Neither did the Times itself.
After excoriating Trump in 2016 for pre-election feedback about not accepting the outcomes, the paper circled and pushed Inexperienced Occasion loser Jill Stein’s doomed requires recounts in three Midwestern states that turned to Trump. The Hillary Clinton marketing campaign itself joined that effort. Speak about not accepting election outcomes? The Times even ran post-election op-eds calling for electors to change their vote. And of course, the paper reveled in the road protests after Trump’s victory in the free and honest election.