I’ve got a bit of a Somerby fixation, I admit, but it is interesting to watch him try to wiggle out of writing what’s apparently, for him, the world’s most difficult declarative sentence: “Rachel Maddow was right.”
In today’s installment, he first entertains the idea that there really was a traffic study. The target of his piece, Chris Matthews, is certainly worthy of whatever scorn he gets as punishment for inventing the “Tip and Ronnie” meme, but in this case even a stopped Tweety clock is right twice a day, as Kevin Drum points out in a thorough debunking.
Since he can’t go after Maddow for Bridgegate, he’s decided that her latest sin is being too hard on Governor Bob “Ultrasound” McDonnell. He calls her a “genuine nut” for spending a fair amount of time on her program detailing the (in his mind) petty crimes of Mr & Mrs McDonnell, while she should apparently be decrying prosecutorial overreach because they could be facing decades of jail and a million dollar fine.
Two things on that. First, we have yet to plumb the depths of how grotesque those two really are, but today we learned that the Mister rejected a plea bargain that would have gotten the Missus off the hook. These two people are really, really awful, and the awfulness is in the details. As far as I’m concerned, by exposing just how ugly they are, people might start to link the ugliness a law that torments women who want abortions with the ugliness of political corruption. Maybe next time some political sociopath comes up with yet another way to fuck with women, people will wonder who else they’re fucking with.
Second, a few years in prison and financial ruin is a punishment given to thousands of minor felons every year. If it’s appropriate punishment for some small-time pot dealer or crack addict, it’s certainly what the McDonnells deserve for violating the public trust.
In Somerby’s honor, I put a new tag on this piece: Self-Hating Liberal.