Claire McCaskill caught in the MSM Mother Theresa Trap

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Claire McCaskill caught in the MSM Mother Theresa Trap

20 years ago the Media found itself in a sit­u­a­tion they didn’t want to be in. The had gone all in on the death and funeral of Princess Diana when the day before her funeral Mother Theresa of Cal­cutta died. This invari­ably pro­duced cov­er­age com­par­isons that didn’t make the MSM look good like this from Mike Bar­ni­cle at the globe:

Real­is­ti­cally, nobody expects the cov­er­age of Mother Teresa’s pass­ing to equal the vol­ume accorded Princess Diana. After all, Mother Teresa does not have two hand­some chil­dren to appear in solemn pro­ces­sion behind her cas­ket. Will not have mil­lions of bou­quets tossed in the street out­side her pala­tial home. Wore only one out­fit. Touched the emo­tions of a largely invis­i­ble group and did so far from the light of glamour.

That cut the MSM to the quick and they were put on the spot as a net­work exec admit­ted

One net­work news exec­u­tive who requested anonymity said, “Hon­estly, we wouldn’t be send­ing all of our anchors and cov­er­ing Mother Teresa’s funeral so exten­sively if it weren’t for all the Diana coverage.

“We’d be strongly crit­i­cized if we didn’t cover Mother Teresa in a big way.”

And while he made up for it by giv­ing Christo­pher Hitchens one more chance to hit her dur­ing the funeral,the late Peter Jen­nings didn’t like being in a box.

ABC’s Jen­nings said TV news is in a no-​win sit­u­a­tion: “Mother Teresa’s death has not led to the world­wide frenzy that led us to break into cov­er­age (for Diana). Given the extent to which the media cov­ered Princess Diana, we will invari­ably be crit­i­cized for our cov­er­age of Mother Teresa. But Mother Teresa is a very impor­tant story, and I don’t think the two should be compared.”

And that Brings us to Claire McCaskill and Mis­souri State Sen­a­tor Maria Chappelle.

As I’ve already writ­ten McCaskill when it comes to elec­toral pol­i­tics McCaskill is one of the smartest pols in the game. She knew that 2012 was iffy and made sure post Oba­macare she faced a Repub­li­can of her own choos­ing (instead of the one Sarah Palin had backed) She was will­ing to go after Harry Reid in a pub­lic way when it would be noticed but wouldn’t make a dif­fer­ence in terms of the Sen­ate and know­ing that she was going to need Trump vot­ers tweeted out

and hav­ing made the state­ment against vio­lent protests at the inau­gu­ra­tion she backed them up despite loud objec­tions from the left fig­ur­ing it was all good:

So she will rejoice in sto­ries like this and posts like this and high­light them to dis­tance her­self from the vio­lent protests because regard­less of the face she presents to the twit­ter world the rad­i­cals in her state who turned a thug like Michael Brown into a gen­tle giant know that the real­ity is she has their back.

Well unfor­tu­nately for her, one of those left­ies Sen. Maria Chappelle-​Nadal choose this time to on face­book her hope that the Pres­i­dent of the United States be assas­si­nated.

Mis­souri law­maker acknowl­edged Thurs­day that she posted and later deleted a com­ment on Face­book about hop­ing for Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s assas­si­na­tion, say­ing she was frus­trated with the president’s response to the white suprema­cist rally and vio­lence in Char­lottesville, Virginia.

and in a state that Don­ald Trump won by almost 20 points and the GOP con­trols both houses of the leg­is­la­ture by wide mar­gins local democ­rats Democ­rats wasted no time call­ing for her head:

Stephen Web­ber, the Mis­souri Demo­c­ra­tic Party Chair, said in a state­ment, “State Sen­a­tor Chappelle-Nadal’s com­ments are inde­fen­si­ble. All sides need to agree that there is no room for sug­ges­tions of polit­i­cal vio­lence in Amer­ica — and the Mis­souri Demo­c­ra­tic Party will absolutely not tol­er­ate calls for the assas­si­na­tion of the Pres­i­dent. I believe she should resign.”

The Sen­ate Demo­c­ra­tic Causus is con­demn­ing the com­ment. Sen­ate Demo­c­ra­tic Leader Gina Walsh said, “I strongly con­demn and dis­avow Sen. Maria Chappelle-​Nadal’s hor­ri­ble com­ments. Pro­mot­ing, sup­port­ing or sug­gest­ing vio­lence against any­one, espe­cially our elected lead­ers, is never accept­able. There is too much ran­cor and hate in today’s polit­i­cal dis­course, and Sen. Chappelle-​Nadal should be ashamed of her­self for adding her voice to this toxic envi­ron­ment. Sen. Chappelle-Nadal’s unac­cept­able behav­ior has no place in our cau­cus, the Capi­tol, or the Demo­c­ra­tic Party. Let me be clear, her views in no way rep­re­sent the con­stituents of the 14th Dis­trict or the great State of Missouri.”

And with the com­bi­na­tion of polit­i­cal vio­lence in the news her own state­ments about get­ting past last week’s vio­lence, and the elec­toral polling in Mis­souri going in the wrong direc­tion tide of Claire McCaskill joined in as well:

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-​Mo., and the chair­man of the Mis­souri Demo­c­ra­tic Party both called Thurs­day for the res­ig­na­tion of Sen. Maria Chappelle-​Nadal, for post­ing a Face­book com­ment stat­ing: “I hope Trump is assassinated!”

“I con­demn it,” McCaskill said in a brief emailed state­ment. “It’s out­ra­geous. And she should resign.”

Now that’s a very clear state­ment with no ambi­gu­ity at all, but there is one thing I find odd and inter­est­ing about her con­dem­na­tion of Maria Chap­pelle Nadal. While you can find Sen­a­tor McCaskill’s con­dem­na­tion of State Sen­a­tor Maria Chap­pelle Nadal words men­tioned in just about every news story on the sub­ject, you know where you won’t find it, at least as of 8 PM East­ern time last night? Any­where on her twit­ter feed.

That might seem odd until you con­sider this story

Which was reported from Net­roots nation

let’s keep in mind that Evans is a left-​leaning can­di­date hop­ing to change Geor­gia from red to blue. But that’s not enough. It seems the issue is, at least in part, that Evans is white.

Evans, a Smyrna state leg­is­la­tor who is white, was drowned out by demon­stra­tors sup­port­ing Stacey Abrams, an Atlanta law­maker who is black. A pha­lanx of sign-​wielding pro­test­ers formed a line in front of her as soon as she took the podium, while oth­ers chanted “sup­port black women” and “trust black women.” What fol­lowed was sev­eral min­utes of plead­ing – “ let’s talk through it,” Evans implored repeat­edly – and an attempt to plow through the speech.

Like I said Claire McCaskill is a smart woman who knows that while she can’t win Mis­souri with­out Trump vot­ers the last thing she needs is far left of the party that dom­i­nates social media com­ing down on her for dar­ing to call for the res­ig­na­tion of a black woman Sen­a­tor in her state.

That’s the type of thing that can pro­duce a pri­mary can­di­date of color who while not a big dan­ger to win in a gen­eral elec­tion is likely to force her to make pub­lic state­ments that she really doesn’t want to make.

McCaskill may have had no choice but to con­demn Sen­a­tor Nadal but she’s no fool so she’ll do all she can to make sure her con­dem­na­tion remains as local a story as possible.

That being the case let me repeat my advice of Jan­u­ary to her poten­tial opponents.

If I was run­ning the RNC or a con­ser­v­a­tive pac I’d encour­age donors to qui­etly start financ­ing a rad­i­cal left­ists, pos­si­bly a black nation­al­ist to pri­mary her and point to this event as a rea­son to do so

Hell if it was my call I’d take a card out of McCaskill’s own deck and qui­etly finance a “Draft Maria Chap­pelle Nadal for US Sen­ate” move­ment. I sus­pect the end result would be quite effi­ca­cious for the GOP.

And remem­ber any Demo­c­rat who does any­thing to pre­vent a black woman from run­ning for that seat must be racist.


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20 years ago the Media found itself in a situation they didn’t want to be in. The had gone all in on the death and funeral of Princess Diana when the day before her funeral Mother Theresa of Calcutta died. This invariably produced coverage comparisons that didn’t make the MSM look good like this from Mike Barnicle at the globe:

Realistically, nobody expects the coverage of Mother Teresa’s passing to equal the volume accorded Princess Diana. After all, Mother Teresa does not have two handsome children to appear in solemn procession behind her casket. Will not have millions of bouquets tossed in the street outside her palatial home. Wore only one outfit. Touched the emotions of a largely invisible group and did so far from the light of glamour.

That cut the MSM to the quick and they were put on the spot as a network exec admitted

One network news executive who requested anonymity said, “Honestly, we wouldn’t be sending all of our anchors and covering Mother Teresa’s funeral so extensively if it weren’t for all the Diana coverage.

“We’d be strongly criticized if we didn’t cover Mother Teresa in a big way.”

And while he made up for it by giving Christopher Hitchens one more chance to hit her during the funeral,the late Peter Jennings didn’t like being in a box.

ABC’s Jennings said TV news is in a no-win situation: “Mother Teresa’s death has not led to the worldwide frenzy that led us to break into coverage (for Diana). Given the extent to which the media covered Princess Diana, we will invariably be criticized for our coverage of Mother Teresa. But Mother Teresa is a very important story, and I don’t think the two should be compared.”

And that Brings us to Claire McCaskill and Missouri State Senator Maria Chappelle.

As I’ve already written McCaskill when it comes to electoral politics McCaskill is one of the smartest pols in the game. She knew that 2012 was iffy and made sure post Obamacare she faced a Republican of her own choosing (instead of the one Sarah Palin had backed) She was willing to go after Harry Reid in a public way when it would be noticed but wouldn’t make a difference in terms of the Senate and knowing that she was going to need Trump voters tweeted out

and having made the statement against violent protests at the inauguration she backed them up despite loud objections from the left figuring it was all good:

So she will rejoice in stories like this and posts like this and highlight them to distance herself from the violent protests because regardless of the face she presents to the twitter world the radicals in her state who turned a thug like Michael Brown into a gentle giant know that the reality is she has their back.

Well unfortunately for her, one of those lefties Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal choose this time to on facebook her hope that the President of the United States be assassinated.

Missouri lawmaker acknowledged Thursday that she posted and later deleted a comment on Facebook about hoping for President Donald Trump’s assassination, saying she was frustrated with the president’s response to the white supremacist rally and violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

and in a state that Donald Trump won by almost 20 points and the GOP controls both houses of the legislature by wide margins local democrats Democrats wasted no time calling for her head:

Stephen Webber, the Missouri Democratic Party Chair, said in a statement, “State Senator Chappelle-Nadal’s comments are indefensible. All sides need to agree that there is no room for suggestions of political violence in America — and the Missouri Democratic Party will absolutely not tolerate calls for the assassination of the President. I believe she should resign.”

The Senate Democratic Causus is condemning the comment. Senate Democratic Leader Gina Walsh said, “I strongly condemn and disavow Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal’s horrible comments. Promoting, supporting or suggesting violence against anyone, especially our elected leaders, is never acceptable. There is too much rancor and hate in today’s political discourse, and Sen. Chappelle-Nadal should be ashamed of herself for adding her voice to this toxic environment. Sen. Chappelle-Nadal’s unacceptable behavior has no place in our caucus, the Capitol, or the Democratic Party. Let me be clear, her views in no way represent the constituents of the 14th District or the great State of Missouri.”

And with the combination of political violence in the news her own statements about getting past last week’s violence, and the electoral polling in Missouri going in the wrong direction tide of Claire McCaskill joined in as well:

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., and the chairman of the Missouri Democratic Party both called Thursday for the resignation of Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, for posting a Facebook comment stating: “I hope Trump is assassinated!”

“I condemn it,” McCaskill said in a brief emailed statement. “It’s outrageous. And she should resign.”

Now that’s a very clear statement with no ambiguity at all, but there is one thing I find odd and interesting about her condemnation of Maria Chappelle Nadal.  While you can find Senator McCaskill’s condemnation of State Senator Maria Chappelle Nadal words mentioned in just about every news story on the subject, you know where you won’t find it, at least as of 8 PM Eastern time last night?  Anywhere on her twitter feed.

That might seem odd until you consider this story

Which was reported from Netroots nation

let’s keep in mind that Evans is a left-leaning candidate hoping to change Georgia from red to blue. But that’s not enough. It seems the issue is, at least in part, that Evans is white.

Evans, a Smyrna state legislator who is white, was drowned out by demonstrators supporting Stacey Abrams, an Atlanta lawmaker who is black. A phalanx of sign-wielding protesters formed a line in front of her as soon as she took the podium, while others chanted “support black women” and “trust black women.” What followed was several minutes of pleading – “ let’s talk through it,” Evans implored repeatedly – and an attempt to plow through the speech.

Like I said Claire McCaskill is a smart woman who knows that while she can’t win Missouri without Trump voters the last thing she needs is far left of the party that dominates social media coming down on her for daring to call for the resignation of a black woman Senator in her state.

That’s the type of thing that can produce a primary candidate of color who while not a big danger to win in a general election is likely to force her to make public statements that she really doesn’t want to make.

McCaskill may have had no choice but to condemn Senator Nadal but she’s no fool so she’ll do all she can to make sure her condemnation remains as local a story as possible.

That being the case let me repeat my advice of January to her potential opponents.

If I was running the RNC or a conservative pac I’d encourage donors to quietly start financing a radical leftists, possibly a black nationalist to primary her and point to this event as a reason to do so

Hell if it was my call I’d take a card out of McCaskill’s own deck and quietly finance a “Draft Maria Chappelle Nadal for US Senate” movement.  I suspect the end result would be quite efficacious for the GOP.

And remember any Democrat who does anything to prevent a black woman from running for that seat must be racist.


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