While the mainstream media can turn out a number of intriguing opinion pieces, some pieces are truly out there.
In a recent editorial for The Hill, Douglas MacKinnon goes really out there.
MacKinnon, a current political and communications consultant, previously served as a writer in the White House Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. In addition, during the last three years of the Bush administration, MacKinnon also served as a former special assistant for policy and communications at the Pentagon.
In other words, MacKinnon has been deeply involved in politics for quite some time, making his apparent antipathy towards Trump and praise of none other than California Governor Gavin Newsom quite telling.
“I have written that I don’t believe Trump will run but will drag out the anticipation for as long as possible to keep his ‘brand’ in the news and the campaign donations flowing in. If he does declare that he will not be a candidate in 2024, how much energy will leak out of the Democratic vote machine? Potentially quite a bit,” MacKinnon drawled.
In other words, the consultant is quite good at towing the typical media line, especially the anti-Trump line.
Which MacKinnon makes abundantly clear as his opinion piece proceeds.
“As long as [Trump] is still considered a potentially viable candidate for 2024, or a political force by the left, that fatigue and hate will be enough to drive many Americans to the polls to vote against any Republican,” MacKinnon declared.
That fatigue and hatred will certainly persist as long as CNN remains obsessed with Trump, anyway, who was clearly responsible for most of the station’s increasingly ailing ratings over the years.
MacKinnon also continued on to detail the polarization that has gripped the nation, conveniently leaving out the enormous influence Democrats have played in amplifying that tension.
“What Tuesday’s voting demonstrated is that our country is still equally divided and deeply polarized, with no political healing on the horizon. That reality speaks to the need for a proven vote-getter with lots of money and a logistical machine behind him. In Politics 101, California Governor Gavin Newsom meets – maybe even exceeds – those qualifications,” MacKinnon drawled.
Wow. Just wow.
So, Mr. Newsom, so popular he faced a recall election during a pandemic, is apparently the horse that the Bush loyalist wants to back? Seriously?
Even more disturbingly, the reasons cited for backing Newsom are hardly admirable … from “lots of money” to “a logistical machine,” Newsom appears to be a better candidate for a nefarious ballot harvesting campaign, rather than an actual political platform of value for most Americans.
Not that individuals such as MacKinnon see that, as he went as far as to suggest accelerating Newsom into the White House in some key executive capacity before 2024.
And he pithily suggested two scenarios in which that could occur.
“In one scenario, Biden could ask Harris to resign and replace her with Newsom, who then becomes the heir apparent for 2024. Or Biden could replace Harris with Newsom and then resign himself, making Newsom the president before 2024 and arming him with the full force of the Oval Office,” MacKinnon drawled.
Well, how about that.
Totally subvert the voters’ will, however many votes were legitimate anyway, and input the next chosen one for the global elites.
Hair stylist included, given the amount of time it clearly takes to gel Mr. Newsom’s hair on a daily basis.
Most disturbingly of all, MacKinnon appeared to suggest that not subverting the will of the voters constitutes “political malpractice.”
“Might the Democrats leapfrog him into the Oval Office before 2024? It would be political malpractice for them not to consider the option,” MacKinnon intoned.
What a deeply troubling assessment.
It would frankly be “political malpractice” to accept such an asinine scheme of all, from a Bush loyalist, of all people.
Fortunately, various other individuals recognized the horror show of what MacKinnon was suggesting, including FiveThirtyEight statistician Nate Silver.
“The competition is fierce but this is a top 5 worst political take of all time,” Silver exclaimed in disbelief.
No kidding. Then again, anything seems possible these days.
It is difficult to understand why MacKinnon would write such an absurd piece, especially given the cogency of other arguments he has made in the past.
In another opinion piece, MacKinnon detailed the left’s burning desire to “cancel” virtually everything that could be perceived as remotely offensive, as well as the dangers associated with such cancellation.
“If our history is bad, let’s condemn it and learn from it. If our history is good, let’s praise it and build upon it. But let’s not cancel our shared history, which is what totalitarian regimes do,” MacKinnon warned.
That’s interesting. As “totalitarian regimes” are also notorious for instilling whichever leader they would like … without any input from voters themselves.
Author: Ofelia Thornton