Of all of the ways in which we find the mainstream media looking to attack politicians with whom they disagree, holding those that they prefer to a lower standard is about as desperate as it gets.
It would be like telling the fanbase of the New England Patriots that they should lower their expectations now that Tom Brady is gone, and to cut the rest of the organization some slack now that they’ve lost the GOAT.
But, as we all know, this is a lazy and unconscionable means of placating a fanbase, and it says more about the former guy than it does about his replacement.
Someone should have perhaps explained this to the Washington Post.
“Time for some new, more realistic expectations,” columnist Micheline Maynard wrote after describing how Americans were used to fast service and easy access to consumer products until the coronavirus pandemic disrupted the supply chain. “American consumers, their expectations pampered and catered to for decades, are not accustomed to inconvenience.”Trending:
Maynard claimed that consumers would be doing themselves a favor by “consciously lowering expectations” instead of taking their frustrations out on shop owners and delivery people. She also described how the disruptions were affecting business owners from their perspective.
So, is it that Biden can’t live up to Trump’s prowess? Because that’s certainly what it sounds like.
In either case, the reactions to the piece came hard and fast.
Critics quickly excoriated the piece on social media, with some suggesting that lowering expectations was “becoming the theme of Joe Biden’s America,” and others suggesting such a “mantra” could negatively impact Democrats heading into the midterm elections.
Some critics even compared the call for Americans to accept empty store shelves to living in the former Soviet Union, which was often plagued by shortages in consumer goods.
“Good news: it’s the 1980s again. Bad news: it’s Soviet Russia’s version of the 1980s, complete with Pravda,” wrote Fox News contributor Mollie Hemingway.
There are very few folks working at The Washington Post who would have willingly endorsed Trumpian policies in the past, but the failures of the Biden administration may have just tricked them into doing just that.