Today, speaking on Meet the Press, Arizona governor Jan Brewer picked Mitt Romney to back in the upcoming primary to be held in her state. Though not a particularly effusive endorsement, she did say that “he’s the man that can carry the day” and “by far the person that can go in and win.” So seems electability is the order of the day again. The governor was also asked to respond to a perceived snub to President Obama after she declined to attend a governors’ dinner being held at the White House tonight. (And so soon after that widely circulated photograph of her pointing a finger accusingly in Obama’s face on an airport tarmac.) “I would never disrespect the president,” she said, “but I have other commitments and I am going to be at the White House on Monday when we all meet and discuss policy.” She then signed off with a rather feeble fist-pump for Romney.
Facebook didn’t tiptoe to avoid poking the bear on the left. They went right up to the bear and stabbed it repeatedly. And then goaded the right’s bear to join in the stabbing.
The power of leftist outrage mobs has been well-discussed. The power of conservative outrage mobs to affect corporate and political policy, even from left-leaning organizations, is arguably less acknowledged.
In no small part to placate the right, the liberal company Facebook misled the nation again and again about the nature of Russian interference in the election. They repeatedly fed right wing conspiracies while waving away criticism from the left. It’s hard to see how an ardently Trumpist company could do much better.