I observed earlier this week that Elise Stefanik doing things that in most contexts would be described as “making a complete ass of yourself” was in fact a rational strategy for advancing herself within the party. And it didn’t take long for it to work:
Rep. Elise Stefanik has made a splash during the impeachment inquiry, becoming a breakout star for her fierce defense of the president and her combative nature throughout the public hearings. The attention has catapulted her into the national limelight, with conservatives cheering the young upstate New Yorker and liberals lambasting her.
“She’s become a star. You know, every time you do something, you have guys like Jim Jordan, [Mark] Meadows, all these guys they have been around and they’re stars but they’ve been stars,” Trump said of his congressional attack dogs. “Every once in a while you meet a new star — I know a lot about stardom. I know a lot about it, I made plenty of them — but I’ll tell you what, this young woman from upstate New York, she has become a star. Her way, you can never define exactly what it is, you understand that.”
“Just the whole thing. It just works. She, she’s a tremendous person. She was fantastic during the hearings,” Trump added.
Contained at the link are a remarkable number of insane statements made by Trump on the Fox News morning show Where Brain Cells Go To Die. For the nuttiest statements sometimes visuals are necessary:
We’re less than a year from Election Day and still none of this feels entirely real.