That was me, and it was Chris Hayes. Seems to me that media can be persuasive enough to at least get people to start paying attention, but maybe I’m just too naive.
That said, that NYT headline can also be framed as heads you lose, tails you lose.
“If Kavanaugh isn’t confirmed there will be hell to pay from an energized Republican base.”
He’s confirmed, so now the story is:
“There is hell to pay anyway because of an energized Republican base.”
Politics is almost always framed as winners and losers, without context or without looking at the bigger picture.
Instead of framing the story as norm destroying Republican rhetoric, sexual assault survivors are portrayed as the aggressors and poor Brett Kavanaugh and by extension all men are the real victims (further aggravated by the Soros nonsense.)
Here’s Josh Marshall from TPM (got this from another source and I don’t have the link, I think it’s for subscribers only. I probably shouldn’t post it, but he articulates it well.)
What this all means is that conservatism and the GOP are now Trumpism. More significantly it means that it is transferable. Others can pick up the mantle and make it work. This is hardly surprising. Last year Rep. Greg Gianforte body slammed a reporter days before his election and is now a Representative in good standing who is often praised for his physical toughness. Equally significant, Trumpism didn’t begin with Trump. I take some pride in the fact that I think this site has done as good a job as any news publication in the US over the last 18 years chronicling the rise of the revanchist right in the Republican party and the party’s subsequent transformation. The politics of aggression, norm-breaking, the penchant for conspiracy theories, the increasingly explicit white nationalism – these were all present in 2014, 2010 and in a more attenuated form in 2004. What Trump did was, through some malign and impulsive intuition, fused these together into a workable politics. He took what was still the underbelly of Republican politics, which nevertheless provided it with the bulk of the GOP’s motive force, and made it the face, the brand.
Kavanaugh himself is a noteworthy bridge. A scion of the beltway political elite who received the country’s finest elite education, he made his name in the Bush White House. He is the epitome of the pre-Trump conservative establishment. Yet we can see here how seamless the transition was to full Trumpism, as it was for all the Republicans Senators who rushed to his side after his Thursday afternoon performance