In a sign of just how vapid Coverage 2016 is going to get, NBC’s Chuck Todd was bursting with schoolgirl enthusiasm when he broke the word to his clueless watchers that newly announced Democrat presidential contender Hillary Clinton is kicking off her campaign with that a road trip to Iowa.
Road trip! Loaded the van & set off for IA. Met a great family when we stopped this afternoon. Many more to come. -H pic.twitter.com/5Va7zeR8RP
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) April 13, 2015
And doing it in a van named “Scooby,” after a kids’ cartoon mystery series that debuted in 1969.
.@HillaryClinton calls van “Scooby” aide tells @CNN, because it reminds her of Scooby Doo Mystery Machine. Our story: http://t.co/wOUA1hYLXp — Jeff Zeleny (@jeffzeleny) April 13, 2015
To Todd, this was all just stunningly novel. Or at least he would have us think so.
So hard in this new media age to do anything that looks spontaneous to political world. This Hillary road trip idea has done just that
— Chuck Todd (@chucktodd) April 13, 2015
Todd hasn’t exactly covered himself with glory since taking over the “Meet the Press” seat held for so long by Tim Russert before his death in 2008, but this was an embarrassment even by his standards.
And it didn’t take long for Twittter users to start letting him know it.
@chucktodd It looks spontaneous to you?
— Doug Newman (@donewman) April 13, 2015
.@chucktodd Are you kidding me?
— Jay Caruso (@JayCaruso) April 13, 2015
Leave aside the studied cynicism of an alleged journalist praising something because it “looks spontaneous.” It’s one step above calling someone a good liar. (Even worse, it was fawning on a par with Chris Matthews famous “tingles” up his leg during a Barack Obama speech, or, as one Twitter user put it, “I’m embarrassed for you.”)
Todd’s just talking nonsense.
“Spontaneous?” Hillary Clinton has been the first lady — a “co-president” for everyone old enough to remember the 1990s and the “two-for-the-price-of-one” days when her husband was running for president in 1992.
She also ran for president in her own right in 2008 — a reminder for anyone with the mental capacity of, say, Chuck Todd.
A presidential candidate going to Iowa is about as predictable as the endings to those “Scooby Doo” mysteries that van full of kids always solved. The culprit was always the first person they met, he always had a mask on that pulled off, and he always, always said “I would have gotten away with it, too, if it hadn’t been for you meddling kids.”
Maybe Hillary Clinton & the Scooby Gang can solve the mystery of the 30,000 vanished emails… unless you damn meddling kids interfere. — Brad Dayspring (@BDayspring) April 13, 2015
But this is Chuck Todd, the guy who thought Hillary’s deleting tens of thousands of emails was a “tactic” that he could understand to avoid congressional oversight. (Normal people would at least entertain the idea that it was destruction of evidence and a federal crime, but Chuck Todd’s not normal.)
.@chucktodd So you are saying you no longer want to be taken seriously?
— Jonathan Langdale (@jlangdale) April 13, 2015
@chucktodd oh puuleez… it’s only day #1.. save the fawning for later — Jennifer Rubin (@JRubinBlogger) April 13, 2015
@alwaysonoffense @chucktodd lol, also shame on you chuck. Seriously. — Ron M. (@Jewtastic) April 13, 2015
@chucktodd @dcbigjohn and you believe it? C’mon. Spontaneous or over the top parody level phony? — Brad Dayspring (@BDayspring) April 13, 2015
.@chucktodd Have some self-respect. You’re like an overly excited yorkie dribbling on the rug. — L (@OrwellForks) April 13, 2015
@chucktodd I’m embarrassed for you.
— Paul Drake (@PaulWDrake) April 13, 2015
Don’t be. Be embarrassed for what Todd and his ilk have done to the entire profession.
And be mortified at what they’re going to do until November 2016.
It’s only Day 1.
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