Open Thread: GOP Operative Jonathan Karl, Delicately Papering Over the Insurrection

Republicans have a playbook, shared by Orwell’s Ministry and the late Soviets: When one of their presidents gets too far outside Consensus Respectability, some anodyne placeholder is slapped into his slot, and all narratives about the offender are re-tailored to place him safely outside The Party. Nixon was replaced by Jerry Ford; Reagan’s Iran-Contra minions skittered away under the benign no-oversight of Bush the First.

Today, the Permanent GOP Party would very much like the rest of us to understand that Trump was never *really* a Republican — just some crazy performance artist who slipped under the radar, probably because of CRT, or promiscuous use of the term ‘deplorable’. And guess who’s being groomed for the Figurehead Replacement role!

Yes, Karl’s got a book to sell, but his book-tour presentation is a much more polished performance than most of the Behind the Kkklown Klaxon tell-alls to date. After all, he’s not just a Young Republicans alum, he’s a high-level media presence. So, first there’s an excerpt in Vanity Fair, assuring us that the notorious Tulsa Superspreader Rally was every bit as horrible as we knew all along…

Then, a Very Serious extract in the Very Serious Atlantic, fearlessly exposing a literal coat-holder turned ideology gatekeeper, while somehow overlooking all the high-ranking GOP officials who also happened to be hanging around Trump’s White House…

And now, the SHOCKER: Donald Trump is probably crazy, possibly senile, and certainly not a good person… unlike the much-put-upon Mike Pence…


Transcript, per the Washington Post:

KARL: Were you worried about him during that siege? Were you worried about his safety?

TRUMP: No, I thought he was well-protected, and I had heard that he was in good shape. No. Because I had heard he was in very good shape. But, but, no, I think —

KARL: Because you heard those chants. That was terrible. I mean —

TRUMP: He could have — well, the people were very angry.

KARL: They were saying, “Hang Mike Pence.”

TRUMP: Because — it’s common sense, Jon. It’s common sense that you’re supposed to protect. How can you — if you know a vote is fraudulent, right — how can you pass on a fraudulent vote to Congress? How can you do that? And I’m telling you: 50/50, it’s right down the middle for the top constitutional scholars when I speak to them. Anybody I spoke to — almost all of them at least pretty much agree, and some very much agree with me — because he’s passing on a vote that he knows is fraudulent. How can you pass a vote that you know is fraudulent?…

Isn’t it a good thing that Mike Pence is a very sensible, sane person who doesn’t hold grudges, unlike *some* people? Blessed!

Not clear to me whether Karl and his fellow professionals can successfully whitewash Mike Dense back into close proximity to the Oval Office, but give them due credit for the slickness of the attempt…

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