If there were a country called Clueless, where the chief religion was Cluelessness, and where the most clueless person was named the High Priest of Cluelessness, and if once a year, on the most holy of Clueless holy days, the Most Clueless High Priest of Cluelessness entered into the Clueless Holy of Holies where a pure spirit of Utter and Endless Cluelessness dwelt in the most perfect state of perfect cluelessness imaginable, then when the High Priest of Cluelessness entered the Clueless Holy of Holies and stood before that perfectly clueless spirit of Utter Cluelessness, he would find himself in the presence of NBC’s Chuck Todd.
Here’s why I say so.
This week, we witnessed a delightfully comic demonstration of why it’s not such a good thing for the Democratic Party to own at least 90 percent of the communication apparatus in America. The mainstream news media is nearly all Democrat. Hollywood blacklists you if you’re not Democrat. The universities, publishing companies and most of the music industry are populated by Democrats. So Democrats, wrapped in a smothering blanket of mirrors, their own ideas reflected back to them endlessly, begin to develop the wholly ridiculous idea that their absurd version of reality is reality in fact.
As a result, when Robert Mueller released a report revealing that Donald Trump had not colluded with the Russians to steal the election, and that, by any normal legal standard, he had to be considered not guilty of attempting to obstruct justice, the Democrats felt justified in thinking the report provided them with grounds for impeachment. After all, the news media agreed. The late-night comics all agreed. The experts wrote op-eds and they agreed. Even search engines and social media highlighted all the agreement.
So why wasn’t the public demanding impeachment too? Weren’t they watching the news? Weren’t they listening to the late-night comedians? Weren’t they reading the articles by professors? How could they be so blind as to think that a report clearing Trump had cleared Trump?
The Democrats’ answer: it must be because reading the report was too hard for ordinary folks. Maybe if Mueller testified to what was in the report, then the public would see what the Democrats saw all around them: in the news, on the comedy shows, in the academic op-eds and online.
So Mueller testified.
"We found insufficient evidence of the president’s culpability," he said.
"At any time during your investigation was your investigation curtailed or stopped or hindered?" he was asked.
"No," he said.
In the eloquent phraseology of Donald Trump: "No collusion, no obstruction."
Only a Democratic Party swathed and smothered in media mirrors could have been shocked to hear Mueller declare that what was in the Mueller report was in the Mueller report.
Which brings me back to Chuck Todd, the pure spirit of Cluelessness in the Clueless Holy of Holies in the land of Clueless. Todd diagnosed the Democrats’ problem thusly: "The fact is we are living in this 21st century new type of asymmetrical media warfare that we’re in. And you have a propaganda machine on the right. And that’s what it is. It’s a full-fledged propaganda machine on the right that the Democrats haven’t figured out how to combat very well yet."
I would feel better about the news media if I thought Todd was just a liar, but, no, I think he is actually clueless. Because as an American journalist he is, just like the Democrats, surrounded by people who reflect and echo his ideas. There's no one near him to ask: What propaganda machine, Chuck? Aside from one cable station — Fox News — what network, what newspaper, what university, what comedian or movie-maker or search engine or social media does anything but spew left-wing propaganda all day every day? There’s no one to demand he produce his evidence. There’s no one to require him to show his work.
So Chuck lives in the Holy of Clueless Holies being clueless beyond the imagination of the most clueless Priest of Cluelessness in the land of Clueless. Just like the Democrats, who live there too.
Every once in a while, they ought to visit the rest of us, here in Reality. It might keep them from making such utter fools of themselves.