The bloggeresse riffs on the New York Times’ belated inquiry into the scandalous and hateful Lincoln Project. (“When You Don’t Have Trump to Hide Behind …” by Frank Bruni of the New York Times). Althouse:
[T]he Lincoln Project is unraveling… because Trump is out of office, and that not only deprives the organization of its fiercest mission and tight focus. His departure also opens the political actors there — and political actors everywhere — to more scrutiny and more reproach than they received when he was still around.
Trump urgently demanded and rightly sopped up so much of the public’s contempt and the media’s attention that there was limited space left over for other scandals.
“How were we the people supposed to pay attention to things that you the press didn’t put into articles? … The press was so into exclaiming over how bad Trump looked that it didn’t want to talk about how bad the Lincoln Project looked. And now Frank Bruni doesn’t want to talk about how bad the press looks.”
He was also in instances a get-out-of-jail-free card. If you raged against him, your past was wiped clean.
“What a ludicrous reversion to the passive voice! The press gave the Lincoln Project the get-out-of-jail-free card. The press wiped the Lincoln Project clean.”
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Now that the Lincoln Project has served its purpose.