I don’t want to spend any more time on Fried Chicken-gate, which started when celebrity journalist Frank Rich opined that Democratic Senator and presidential hopeful Kirsten Gillibrand is a big faker because she asked if she should eat fried chicken with a fork and knife. Really:
On political twitter, this took up most of the day. As I noted earlier in the week, this is really stupid and says nothing about how Gillibrand, were she to be elected, would govern. Besides, there is a protocol staff for the president (though they are probably despondent right now…). Rich’s statement was propelled into the twittersphere further by New York Times reporter Jonathan Martin, who has a 247,000 person following:
Now, as nontroversies go, this is about as fucking moronic as it gets, but, unfortunately, there is a lesson to be learned from this: as stupid as this is, Martin and Rich didn’t even get the basic facts correct. Gillibrand is confused (which is too freighty a word for the situation) because she has been served a meal of fried chicken and waffles. If you haven’t lived in the Southeast or you don’t frequent twee hipster places that serve ‘authentic’ artisinal chicken and waffles, there’s a very good chance you haven’t had chicken and waffles. Gillibrand is from upstate New York: there is a reasonable chance she has never had this meal.
I’m starting to get worried about 2020, not because Trump is a brilliant politician, but because the political press corps is just too stupid and too lazy to do their jobs well. They will not be allies at all. We forget this at our peril.