Remember when President Obama attended a January House Republican caucus gathering in Baltimore and schooled jackasses like Mike Pence who weren’t used to their weak-ass Fox talking points getting challenged? Well, fast-forward 10 months, and the new word is that Obama crashed their party:
“He has a ways to go to rebuild the trust,” said a top Republican Hill staffer. “The Baltimore thing was unbelievable. There were [House Republicans] who only knew Obama was coming when they saw Secret Service guys scouting out the place.”
TPM demolishes this bullshit, which was credulously repeated in Politico, by linking to press releases from Mike Pence and others, welcoming Obama and thanking him for accepting their invitation. Josh Marshall finishes his otherwise excellent piece with this:
This whole episode, this made up story, is embarrassing.
I don’t know who he thinks is embarrassed, Politico or Republicans, but it doesn’t matter, because he’s wrong about both.
The piece is a bitch-slapping win for the Republicans. When Obama spoke with Mitch McConnell on election night, he suggested a November 18 meeting. McConnell and Boehner aren’t ready to have that meeting until November 30. That’s the real story, but instead of looking like what they are — unprepared and scared — Republicans are claiming that Obama fucked up the meeting time. In order to push that bullshit line, they simply made up a whole new story about how that uncivilized, unsocialized black man crashed their meeting in January.
The story is also a win for Politico, because it is what they covet, a morning-winning “exclusive”. It’s also a beat-sweetener. House Republicans are the new power in DC, and Politico needs to “win the morning” by being first to print every bullshit talking point that will come out of Boehner’s press operation. By showing that they aren’t going to be too picky about fact checking, they’re setting themselves up as the perfect conduit for a series of anonymously-sourced horseshit stories just like this one.
Update: Commenters point out that Politico has issued a correction that removes the last sentence of the staffer’s anonymous quote. That makes everything all better, of course.