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Can you say “hubris?”
Tucked away in an article entitled “The Joy Of Chores,” Washington Post columnist and Never-Trumper Max Boot laments that, as hard as he tries, “no matter how many columns or sound bites I produce, he [Trump] remains in office.”
Don’t get me wrong. I love what I do and realize I am supremely lucky to be able to make my living by writing and speaking about the news of the day. I find contentment in the craft of writing and fulfillment in self-expression. But I do sometimes wonder what I am actually accomplishing. Much of my journalism for the past four years has been devoted to critiquing President Trump and opposing the spread of Trumpism. But no matter how many columns or sound bites I produce, he remains in office, acting (as Sharpiegate shows) more erratically than ever. Sure, he’s not terribly popular — but he could still be reelected. I am left to ask if all my work has made any difference.
Boot’s comments sound like an article out of the Babylon Bee, but sadly, they’ve come from a regular newspaper. This deluded man, who once or twice a week writes a column denigrating the President believes that his opinion is so important, it can remove a president from office.
No matter how many columns or sound bites I produce, Trump remains in office, acting (as Sharpiegate shows) more erratically than ever. I am left to ask if all my work has made any difference. Chores produce more measurable results. My column: https://t.co/gBumLjXT6V
— Max Boot (@MaxBoot) September 7, 2019
Needless to say, many conservatives were quite astonished by Boot’s lack of self-awareness. Conservative writer Charles C. W. Cooke started the ball rolling.
“I’ve written the same column every three days for four years, and I still haven’t overturned the last election!”
— Charles C. W. Cooke (@charlescwcooke) September 9, 2019
Many twitter users agreed with Cooke. Here are some of the responses to his post.
“Wait this is real?
“Come on. This can’t be real. This is something I would write as parody.”
“wow just like Anthony Hopkins at the end of elephant man, tearfully wondering “what was it all for?…just breaks your heart.”
“Delusions of grandeur met by the reality that nobody cares. Hate to see it.”
“He remains in office because US Presidential terms are for 4 years. What’s his point?”
“This reads like a transcript of a therapy session. ”
“I think I see the problem now. He actually believes he’s persuasive. He’s a modern day Don Quixote.”
“Soft meltdown from snappy fedora guy @MaxBoot…”My journalism”, he says…While lamenting his purposeful targeted activism has failed to make a difference.”
“This sounds like something taken out of his diary, not his column.”
“This is the funniest thing Max Boot has ever written.”
“If I say the say the same thing 1000x in a row, maybe it will be more effective than 999x in a row.”
“Max Boot, who has spent the past four years of his life regurgitating the same column every few days, ponders why his work has yet to nullify the 2016 election.”