Today’s post is some low-hanging fruit (or free-range chicken?), but it’s too good to pass up: arm-flailing weirdo and rat-faced rich kid Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke, the Democrats’ favorite Hispanic Irishman, when asked about combating poor nutrition in poor rural communities, called for the establishment of trendy farm-to-table restaurants in those communities.
Commentators have been quick to pounce on O’Rourke’s out-of-touch policy prescription, comparing it immediately to Marie Antoinette’s infamous solution for French peasants who couldn’t afford bread: “let them eat cake.”
The only difference is that the poor, much-maligned Queen of France never said it. O’Rourke—after a fashion—did. If there was any doubt that O’Rourke is an out-of-touch pseudo-hippie, this proposal destroys it. Remember, this presidential candidate literally ate dirt after losing to Senator Ted Cruz.
As I was reading up on this amusing example of elitist cluelessness, I stumbled an interesting, instructive sideshow: some policing on the Left. The Washington Examiner piece linked above includes the following tweet from Washington Post reporter Annie Linskey, who live-tweeted O’Rourke’s Nevada town hall:
Beto says he wants farm to table restaurants in *every* community when asked about poor nutrition in many places.
— Annie Linskey (@AnnieLinskey) April 27, 2019
That’s a perfectly innocuous example of reporting. O’Rourke said it, Linskey reported it. Now, notice this tweet from the editor of Wonkette (her Twitter handle is “commiegirl1,” for crying out loud), a far-Left “news” site that seems to favor snark over substance (if you want your stomach to turn, just read through their headlines—these people have lost their way):
Do you see the difference in how you framed it like Let Them Eat Cake, and a reporter NOT doing that? https://t.co/tJw1fCi90H
— Rebecca Schoenkopf, Wonkette Editrix, King Of You (@commiegirl1) April 27, 2019
Schoenkopf is referencing a tweet from David Weigel (who wrote a great book about prog rock), another Post reporter, who writes vaguely about O’Rourke’s remarks about “food deserts.” She then follows up with a nasty tweet, writing that “I would literally fire you if you pulled that sh[*]t at Wonkette, about ANYONE.”
So, Linskey accurately—and in more detail than her colleague—tweeted a simple fact, and this Leftist wacko ostentatiously, hysterically said she would fire this poor woman—if only she had the power to do so.
1.) That mentality—“I would destroy you given the power”—is indicative of the Left. It must crush any opposition, perceived or real, which leads to my second observation:
2.) Even the slightest implication of opposition to a Leftist sacred cow (which, it seems, O’Rourke is at the moment) is punished, swiftly and ferociously. The very fact that Linskey had the gall to report on O’Rourke’s gaffe was enough to condemn her.
I don’t know Linskey’s politics, but if she writes for the Post, she’s probably left-of-center. Even if that’s true, the progressives won’t hesitate to devour their own.
O’Rourke’s star seems to be falling as Democrats turn to a more flamboyant nobody, but progressives still like him because he could possibly win them Texas. Hopefully, voters of a populist stripe will realize this man cares nothing for them or their struggles.