The Carpentariat: When Steve Doocy says the WH is full of shit, well …

PM (Papa) Carpenter has some thoughts on the recent Trump rally debacle in Tulsa

Papa Carpenter

According to White Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany — the only harpy on earth who can make Sean Spicer and Sarah Huckabee seem reputable — the barely attended Tulsa rally was a “huge success” that received “rave reviews” which put Trump in “very good spirits.”

Not even Fox News’ Steve Doocy bought that. Perhaps Hugh Hewitt wrote a rave review, since he’s nearly as much of a lying spin artist as Ms. McEnany is. But the remainder of Earth’s seven billion population just laughed its ass off at the auditorium’s one-third capacity, which McEnany brushed over at a blinding prolixity speed of 600-words per minute.

Yup, from Trump’s point of view “once you have lost Doocy”. Carpenter also expresses some dismay at the joy some of us on the left got out of the Tik Tok / K-Pop prank

This is merely more of progressives’ triumphalism in the face of its impotence. The TikTokers et al. could have requested 10 million tickets and it would have made no difference in the number of actual Trump supporters who showed up Saturday night, since tickets were not reservations. If 7,200 Trumpeteers had shown, then the auditorium would have had 1,000 more attendees. It’s just that simple. Why must so many progressives insist on proving themselves a boastful embarrassment?

He misses the point here.

In today’s media world managing expectations, and the gap between expectations and reality are often more important than the actual event.

Think about primaries in a crowded field. If candidate A is polling at 20%, but gets 23%, it seems like a win, even if candidate B got 30% – If candidate B was polling at 35% and got 30%, news reports will make it sound like a loss.

Same thing goes for this event. The image of the “overflow section” being taken down was 100% a result of the Tik Tok efforts. If the Trump team knew the real number (or anything close) they never would have built that stage.

There was also the issue of Trump’s expectations – If he knew the real number in advance, he might have cancelled (due to violence concerns or something) and we never would have had his walk of shame after the event.

And finally, I guarantee you that of the 100,000 email addresses they got 95% were fake. If a major email provider (like google) gets a lot of emails from a source with bogus addresses, they will decide that the sender is a spammer

Now this was all a minor win, but it was a win, and I will take it and enjoy it.

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