Cokie Roberts Shoots down the Morning Joe “Old man Conyers” narrative

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Cokie Roberts Shoots down the Morning Joe "Old man Conyers" narrative

Yes­ter­day on Morn­ing Joe with the world blow­ing up around Rep John Cony­ers Joe Scar­bor­ough reit­er­ated the sta­tus of the con­gress­man as an Icon and implied that his issues came from advanced age. Mika backed him up cit­ing the need to tell her own father that it was time to leave the pub­lic stage.

It was a nar­ra­tive that was used by oth­ers as well Jef­frey Toobin at CNN said the same thing imply­ing that his actions were all about advanced age and declin­ing men­tal facilities.

It was an argu­ment that might have res­onated with many Amer­i­can who deal with elderly par­ents, if Cokie Roberts hadn’t let the cat out of the bag that is.

“Don’t get in the ele­va­tor with him, you know, and the whole every female in the press corps knew that, right, don’t get in ele­va­tor with him,” said Roberts. She con­tin­ued, “Now peo­ple are say­ing it out loud. And I think that does make a difference.”

Now Ms. Roberts state­ments means one of two things. Either Mr. Toobin, Mr. Scar­bor­ough and Ms. Brzezin­ski despite decades of expe­ri­ence on Cap­i­tal Hill were some­how com­pletely igno­rant con­cern­ing Mr. Cony­ers pro­cliv­i­ties and thus played the old age card for Cony­ers, or they were not and attempt to deceive the pub­lic to hide their knowl­edge and decades of silence.

Which is it?

Yesterday on Morning Joe with the world blowing up around Rep John Conyers Joe Scarborough reiterated the status of the congressman as an Icon and implied that his issues came from advanced age. Mika backed him up citing the need to tell her own father that it was time to leave the public stage.

It was a narrative that was used by others as well Jeffrey Toobin at CNN said the same thing implying that his actions were all about advanced age and declining mental facilities.

It was an argument that might have resonated with many American who deal with elderly parents, if Cokie Roberts hadn’t let the cat out of the bag that is.

“Don’t get in the elevator with him, you know, and the whole every female in the press corps knew that, right, don’t get in elevator with him,” said Roberts. She continued, “Now people are saying it out loud. And I think that does make a difference.”

Now Ms. Roberts statements means one of two things. Either Mr. Toobin, Mr. Scarborough and Ms. Brzezinski despite decades of experience on Capital Hill were somehow completely ignorant concerning Mr. Conyers proclivities and thus played the old age card for Conyers, or they were not and attempt to deceive the public to hide their knowledge and decades of silence.

Which is it?