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 United States: “President-Elect Who? The G.O.P.’s Delicate Dance of Absurdity.”
What the paper ignored, underneath its normal anti-GOP snark: How Congressional Democrats refused to simply 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 in opposition to the Republican Senate Majority chief Mitch McConnell:
Funny what passes for a jolting revelation on the Capitol lately.
Senator Mitch McConnell had simply uttered a sentence that in additional regular instances can be obtained — and rapidly forgotten — as simply the form of drab boilerplate that the Senate majority chief, a Kentucky Republican, is understood for.
Funny what passes for a information story within the New York Times lately.
“I think we all know that after the first of the year, there’s likely to be a discussion about some additional package of some size next year,” Mr. McConnell stated Tuesday as he mentioned prospects for a coronavirus reduction invoice. At which level he delivered his bombshell: “Depending on what the new administration wants to pursue.”
He stated “new administration.” Implying there can 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 can be no “new administration” to talk of.
In different phrases, Mr. McConnell, in his personal circuitous and maybe unintentional approach, was acknowledging that Mr. Trump had misplaced.
Maybe he didn’t imply to be so forthcoming. It is, in any case, 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. will likely be sworn in because the forty sixth president of the United States on Jan. 20. This contains even Mr. Trump’s staunchest supporters, like Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, who admitted as a lot to Mark Becker, a former Republican official within the state.
But that wasn’t adequate. The Republicans should confess! Leibovich unwittingly confirmed how trolling GOP Senators about Biden’s victory has turn out to be a gleeful sport.
In latest weeks, the unwillingness of most Senate and House Republicans to acknowledge an apparent election end result has reached new ranges of absurd. Whenever one other distinguished Republican official admits that Mr. Biden in truth gained, the media updates the scoreboard prefer it’s breaking information — as if a brand new state had been referred to as on election night time….
Things 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: “Yes.”
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 grievance. One can be mistaken, 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 Green Party loser Jill Stein’s doomed requires recounts in three Midwestern states that turned to Trump. The Hillary Clinton marketing campaign itself joined that effort. Talk about not accepting election outcomes? The Times even ran post-election op-eds calling for electors to change their vote. And after all, the paper reveled on the street protests after Trump’s victory within the free and honest election.