In what has to be the worst complaint since Mary Todd Lincoln said she didn’t like the play, MSNBC’s Chuck Todd went on an extended lament during Tuesday night’s presidential primary coverage over the fact that presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and recent Democratic nomination clincher Hillary Clinton didn’t congratulate each other. It was, in all fairness, a deeply-reported lament, and also in all fairness, not one of the crack coverage team stared at him like “I will slap the taste out of your mouth.”
Worse than that, maybe, is that they all chalked this ghastly loss of manners, for heaven’s to Betsy’s sake, on “our politics”:
We are headed for an election where half the country is not going to accept the outcome. When you can’t even acknowledge that the other side deserves a congratulations on an achievement that is very difficult, winning a major party presidential nomination — when that simple decorum is gone, think about what the next 4 1/2 months is going to look like. It’s an amazing thing that hasn’t happened.
Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together, mass hysteria!
There’s nothing wrong with quickly noting the lapse, but my God, to spend three minutes rending garments over it, all while the rest of the country has real stuff to worry about? Lost. The. Plot.
While Chuck Todd and the gang are fanning themselves over the loss of decorum, the rest of us are either crossing our fingers that there’s a favorable wind when Europe gets nuked, or wondering how Obamacare will ever get repealed when Democrats flip 300 House seats.
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