We reported Monday on the bizarre “Dark Brandon” memes posted by White House officials and other prominent Democrats on Twitter this week in an effort to make President Joe Biden look like a fierce warrior with wild, lit up eyes who ultimately triumphs in his supposedly tough battles with even members of his own party to get things done.
As these things often do for Democrats, the meme backfired pretty quickly when it was pointed out that the eagle in one of them could have easily been mistaken for the same alleged “Nazi imagery” that CPAC organizers were falsely accused by the Washington Post of using in their stage design during the 2021 CPAC event in Orlando.
But sometimes – oftentimes, really, when it comes to this administration – life can very closely imitate art, which is exactly what happened when former Biden White House press secretary Jen Psaki was interviewed by the WaPo recently regarding Biden’s so-called “hot streak” of “wins” just months ahead of the pivotal November midterm elections.
According to the paper, Biden made a calculated decision at some point to muzzle his staff and strictly work behind the scenes without the limelight in order to get what he wanted from Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and others on various legislation. As Psaki put it, “Sometimes the best things happen in the dark, away from the public.”
From the article:
The turnaround on the budget bill, Biden’s most startling victory, was the result of a decision to reverse himself sharply and let senators negotiate among themselves, rather than playing a leading role himself — not an easy move for a self-declared master of the Senate. After earlier negotiations with Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-Va.) blew up in December, Biden directed his staff not to disclose the details of any interactions with members of Congress to take himself out of the public picture.
“One of the lessons learned — a big lesson learned — was that letting the negotiations with senators dominate the public conversation was a mistake, because it made it so that disagreements about minutiae became what the public consumed, instead of how pieces of legislation were going to impact people’s lives,” said Jen Psaki, Biden’s former White House press secretary. “Sometimes the best things happen in the dark, away from the public.”
Ironically, the Washington Post published that quote without a second thought on how it betrayed their oft-stated motto about how “democracy dies in darkness”:
Actually, democracy thrives in darkness says Jen Psaki pic.twitter.com/pseQb0cFxC
— Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) August 9, 2022
The translation on this, of course, is simple. When these things are discussed and debated in public, it makes Joe Biden look like the inept, clownish “leader” that he is. But when kept hush hush and behind closed doors, allowing for very little in the way of informed public debate on the details, he can make
political bribes deals that don’t oftentimes make it into initial news reports, thus allowing him and his allies in the mainstream press to declare “victory” in the process.
It’s all so nauseatingly D.C., all so very swamp-like. But that’s just how things operate in our nation’s capital. Until there’s a new sheriff in town – the right kind of sheriff (and hopefully in 2024), such dark things will, unfortunately, continue apace.