Sunday, August 09, 2015

Dirty Work

I don't wanna do your dirty work no more.

In words written by Walter Becker and Donald Fagen, so sang Steely Dan (video, below) in 1972. But the problem is that some guys are only too happy to do the dirty work for John Ellis Bush.  Glenn Thrush and Alex Isenstadt a few days in Politico Magazine wrote of John

“Seriously, what’s this guy’s problem?” he asked one party donor he ran into recently, according to accounts provided by several sources close to Bush—and he went on to describe the publicity-seeking real estate developer now surging in public polls far ahead of Bush and all the 15 others in the Republican field as “a buffoon,” “clown” and “asshole.”

When Megyn Kelly on Thursday evening reminded Bush that he had been quoted as calling "Trump a clown, a buffoon, something else that cannot be repeated on television," Bush responded "none of which is true."  The former Florida governor could say nothing else because Trump was standing next to him. It was, however, classic John Ellis Bush to have someone else (by request or otherwise) do his dirty work for him by informing voters that Trump is "a clown, a buffoon, something else that cannot be repeated on television."

Two days later, The Washington Post's Robert Costa reported

Conservative commentator Erick Erickson on Friday night disinvited GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump from speaking at an activist conference he is hosting here this weekend, citing disparaging remarks Trump made hours earlier on CNN about Fox News Channel anchor Megyn Kelly.

In an interview with The Washington Post, Erickson said Trump had been scheduled to speak at his RedState gathering on Saturday at the College Football Hall of Fame, but he told Corey Lewandowski, Trump’s campaign manager, about an hour before midnight that Trump was no longer welcome.

Erickson told Costa "I think there is a line of decency that even a non-professional politician can cross. Suggesting that a female journalist asking you a hostile question is hormone related, I think, is one of those lines."

Culture warrior Erickson  has labeled Michelle Obama a "Marxist harpy wife";  called the first night of the 2012 Democratic National Convention "The Vagina Monologues"; claimed "feminists have no sense of humor, but clearly God did in creating feminists;" and maintained Hillary Clinton is "going to be old " in 2916 so "I don't know how far back they can pull her face." It's Donald Trump who is the misogynistic one, however.

Erickson, recently described by The Atlantic's Molly Ball as "the most powerful conservative in America," probably did not rescind Trump's invitation as a personal or political favor to Bush. He is no dolt, noting "The Republican Party created Donald Trump, because they made a lot of promises to their base and never kept them." Like the anonymous donor who stated what Bush is afraid to, he is doing the dirty work for the favorite (albeit not the front-runner) for the GOP nomination. Somebody has to do it, no doubt: John Ellis doesn't have what it takes to do it for himself.

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