At the tail end of an embarrassing op-ed for The Guardian, former New York Times editor Jill Abramson made an admission that most people – even die-hard liberals who thought the last president was the shining reincarnation of George Washington – would probably keep to themselves.
“It’s easy to look at what’s happening in Washington DC and despair,” she wrote. “That’s why I carry a little plastic Obama doll in my purse. I pull him out every now and then to remind myself that the United States had a progressive, African American president until very recently. Some people find this strange, but you have to take comfort where you can find it in Donald Trump’s America.”
Some people find this strange? SOME PEOPLE? Lady, we would not want to meet the people who didn’t find it at least a little bit odd that you walk around with an Obama doll in your purse. We’re pretty sure that not even Sasha and Malia do that. (In fact, that’s about the last thing we would expect to find in their purses.)
Abramson made the admission after spending the rest of her 1,000-word essay pointlessly pontificating on the possibility of a “blue wave” for Democrats in November. An essay in which she can’t even get the facts straight. Right off the bat, she writes: “With new Democratic voters racing to the polls in big numbers in Tuesday’s primaries, Texas is looking purple rather than Republican red.”
Um, no. In fact, the explosion of eager, excited Democrat voters that the left was hoping to see in Texas did not materialize. We can only assume that Abramson wrote her column ahead of the primaries, basing it off the failed predictions. In truth, while Democrats did post some strong numbers at the polls on Tuesday, they were overwhelmed by the Republican turnout. That’s especially unwelcome news on the left, where the narrative is that liberals are so disgusted by Trump’s presidency that they are going to swing the House and the Senate for the Democrats in November. Republicans, meanwhile, will stay home in apathy and let it happen.
Well, we can’t predict the future any moreso that the pundits at FiveThirtyEight, but we CAN say that Democrats have a tendency to turn wishes and hopes into rock solid “this is going to happen” foregone conclusions. They may or may not remember doing that in 2016. We certainly remember.
So it is that Abramson and her “despairing” liberal friends may be cast once again into depression when the midterms roll around and Republicans hang onto both houses of Congress. At least she has a little friend she can turn to for comfort.