I have to admit that when the Wolff book came out, I thought for a while that maybe establishment media would stop pretending Trump was a savvy, gut-level decision-maker who was ready to pivot or become president all over again. I was sadly mistaken:
Maggie Haberman is the worst offender of course. The resident Trump-fluffer at Axios is no better.
Hahahhahaha. (No, no it isn’t.) https://t.co/pTT7Pp04WM
— Jonathan Swan (@jonathanvswan) January 7, 2018
— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) January 7, 2018
And Bobo’s all in on Trumpism (no link, h/t reader JK)
I certainly have talked to many people over the last several months who said, yes, I went into a meeting, he was surprisingly well-informed, surprisingly ran a good meeting.
I have certainly had that experience. And he’s running a White House that, whether you approve of the policies or not, has done this Pakistan deal, or the change in Pakistan policy, which is defensible — they did pass a tax bill. They are doing this regulatory stuff, this judicial stuff.
Bobo generally supports Trump, and probably voted for him, but with the others, it’s a strange DC kabuki, which we saw before under W, where it’s considered uncouth to say anything bad about a Republican president who is clearly way over his head.
Probably most of it is that Maggie needs continued access so she can write her book about Trump (just as Elisabeth Bumiller did with W). And the Axios guy needs continued access too.
But I think there’s something more to it as well, just some strange code whereby to be a cool kid in good standing you need to tell your readers fairy tales about Republicans.