The Bay State version of the 21-minute news cycle
Several days ago, Politico detailed the 21-minute news cycle. A similar news cycle played out on Monday, and it showed just how insufferable the Massachusetts Senate race can be:
-- Weekly Standard posts a story, with video, of a state GOP tracker being bullied by a driver hired by Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren’s campaign. Campaigns hire trackers to film candidates, in the event Warren, while walking back to the car, accidentally says something like, “Let me tell you about my secret plan to turn America into Communist China,” or one of the Koch brothers comes up to Sen. Scott Brown and starts shoving cash into his barn coat.
-- Conservative pundit Dana Loesch tweets a link to the story, saying, “Fauxcahontas’ staff knocks around citizen journalist.” Because an employee of the MassGOP is apparently a “citizen journalist.”
-- Twitter, filled with people, like Loesch, lacking reading comprehension skills, goes berserk.
-- MassGOP executive director Nate Little puts out a statement incorrectly stating it was a Warren aide who physically assaulted his tracker. Unacceptable, no place in public discourse, etc., etc., etc. Rage, rage, rage.
-- A reporter snarks about the driver, who appears to be a bro dude and talks like he graduated from Henchman Community College. Even so, one must always strive to be nice to drivers of politicians, since you never know, they might become a city councillor, a state rep, or the head of the state Parole Board.
-- Mass. Democratic Party spokesman Kevin Franck tweets a link to a video where a Dem tracker at a Scott Brown event is pushed around by a Brown supporter. In short, “Look, over here at the other side being just as bad!” like in the Tierney-Tisei race.
-- Warren camp tells reporters the driver is with a cab company and not the campaign, and calls the confrontation “wrong.”
-- Weekly Standard, bringing things full circle, unsuccessfully attempts to get the cab company to comment.
It lasted longer than 21 minutes, but the fleeting feeling was still there. And don't worry if you're down in Tampa, attempting to stay dry, or a Bay State voter relaxing on the Cape or in the Berkshires this week. Something like this will happen dozens of times in the next two months, to everybody's chagrin.