Governor Bob Ehrlich Commentaries

Here's One of the Most Insightful Replies a NeverTrumper Ever Sent Me

On Monday, I sent the following message out on my Twitter and Parler accounts:

Recall media assurance: “Nothing there” on Hunter. Recall media prediction: Trump could not produce vaccine in 2020. Recall media prediction of November 3rd “Blue Wave.” Recall media assurance that two-state solution had to predate Middle East peace. Our uncurious media BREEDS cynicism.

No new ground was broken here. I even violated at least the spirit of my usual rule: “Don’t complain about things you cannot control.”

And then a most insightful reply was received. It read: “Whatever. The good news is Trump will be gone.”

Wow. A nine-word response that encapsulates the worldview and the singular concern of the NeverTrumpers.

On Monday, I sent the following message out on my Twitter and Parler accounts:

Recall media assurance: “Nothing there” on Hunter. Recall media prediction: Trump could not produce vaccine in 2020. Recall media prediction of November 3rd “Blue Wave.” Recall media assurance that two-state solution had to predate Middle East peace. Our uncurious media BREEDS cynicism.

No new ground was broken here. I even violated at least the spirit of my usual rule: “Don’t complain about things you cannot control.”

And then a most insightful reply was received. It read: “Whatever. The good news is Trump will be gone.”

Wow. A nine-word response that encapsulates the worldview and the singular concern of the NeverTrumpers.

Note that these Trump-inspired journalistic hit jobs were acts of commission — where the media endeavored to spin people and/or events into nefarious plotlines aimed at Trump Inc. In contrast, the Hunter/Joe Biden (non)story was an act of quiet omission — as in, “Nothing to see here”; “This story has been discredited”; and my personal favorite, “It’s all Russian disinformation.”

Still, whether active or passive, the common denominator toward both sins is striking: Whatever. The good news is … (you know the rest).

And so the last four years were marked with endless “Trump is inept” — “Trump is crazy” — “Trump is corrupt” storylines on one side and — literally nothing on the other. Joe Biden did not campaign. He rarely left his basement. And when he did — as during the waning days of the campaign — he had to face existential questions such as, “What flavor ice cream did you order today?”

For context, it is important to recall that all Republican presidential candidates have suffered similar fates from a hostile media. Recall Sen. Harry Reid’s bottom-line reply once his well-publicized claim that 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney had failed to pay taxes was shown to be false: “Romney didn’t win, did he?”

No surprise here; the media tilts 95 percent left on its best day. And so much of the coverage directed against Ronald Reagan, both Bushes, Bob Dole, John McCain and Romney was along the lines of, “We don’t like this guy’s ideas — so we’re going to hurt him.”

The treatment afforded to Trump has been more severe — akin to, “This guy is counterfeit — undeserving of high office — corrupt and insane — and so we will throw everything against the wall and see what sticks.”

In other words, “Whatever. The good news is at least Trump will be gone.”

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