by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Glamour magazine’s interview of Jen O’Malley Dillon, President-elect Joe Biden’s campaign manager, was the talk of the Twitterati on Wednesday.
The Biden administration, Dillon told the softball-lobbing fashion mag, intends to forge a productive working relationship with its loyal opposition and is prepared to compromise to advance the urgent interests of the American people. Still, she felt compelled to make clear that Republicans are a “bunch of fuckers.”
“I’m not saying they’re not a bunch of fuckers,” Dillon declared. “Mitch McConnell is terrible.”
While Democrats may be grumbling privately, according to Axios, those who weighed in on-the-record responded with one voice: You go, girl! …
… Dillon’s remark made clear that despite Biden’s mealy-mouthed talk about healing the country’s divisions and reaching across the aisle, his team considers the opposition to be an enemy with whom compromise is neither acceptable nor possible. It also got us wondering: When is the last time a prominent Democrat had harsh words like that for one of America’s actual foes?
Ben Rhodes, of course, told us that there was nobody his boss disliked working with more than Israel’s Bibi Netanyahu, who was “dishonest” and “not on the level.” Good luck finding any such condemnation of the tyrants he was soliciting in Havana or Tehran. …
… The Democrats stand ready to compromise with the killers that lead Iran and China and work to understand the root causes of their hostility to America. And one never gets the sense that they have to hold their noses in the process. Do they disdain America’s enemies? Or is [it] only us, the 75 million Americans who stand athwart their agenda of appeasement and decline, who they despise?