On Wednesday, former Vice President Mike Pence appeared on the Fox News’ show Outnumbered. This was shocking to many since Pence is famously so pious he would never spend so much time in a small space without his wife. Outnumbered is sort of Fox News’ answer to ABC’s The View. In fact, former The View host Meghan McCain hosted the show for a while. But in Fox News’ case, all of the people are truly unimpressive and there isn’t a table. One common thread for all Fox News’ programming is the hermetically sealed state of delusion everyone appearing on the network is living under.
Pence and the crew of Fox News hosts talked about how Elon Musk is trying to save democracy by saving free speech by silencing any and all people he disagrees with on Twitter. That’s me paraphrasing about 10 minutes of “interview” programming. At one point, fill-in host Ainsley Earnhardt—best known for being the new person in between Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade on Fox & Friends—began a question by saying this: “I want to ask you a question about your faith, because we share the same faith. But how do you know that that is God calling you?” For a person of “faith” the answer is sort of in the descriptor, right? So it isn’t really a question.
This was after they had talked about Elon Musk saving America and had moved on to creating a puff piece of mythology around the former insurgency target in the hopes of getting Pence to announce his plans on running and subsequently losing early in the primary season of 2024.
Hold onto some dramamine, the next part was a doozy.
Earnhardt continued, “Everywhere you go, people love you. Even Democrats love you.” [This is me with my eye-twitching]. I mean, we don’t. Forget about “Democrats,” most people don’t love Mike Pence.
And that includes Republicans.
”Because you’re just a nice wholesome, good person,” Excuse me? Oh, she isn’t fini—“who does the right thing, and you’re honest.” Amazing.
Mike Pence, always doing the right thing, like going to a private school opening in the middle of a pandemic ward not wearing a mask while the rest of the class and teachers wear one. And here’s an earlier Pence telling the world that Disney created the film Mulan as a ploy to get women into the military.
Do we have a consensus on how much Democrats love Pence? We do? Great.
The Republican Party continues to flail and point fingers at one another. The traditional media pretends it did not completely blow it on predicting a “red wave” a few weeks ago. On today’s episode, Markos is joined by Democratic political strategist Simon Rosenberg. Rosenberg was one of the few outsiders who, like Daily Kos, kept telling the world that these midterm races were closer than was being reported. The two do a little gloating about being right in their optimism coming into the 2022 midterm elections, give their analysis of Democratic candidates’ successes, and point to signs that the Republican Party is terrified as we head into the 2024 election cycle.