The day after the Washington Post Style section gushed over Cecile Richards, the nation’s leading advocate for “terminating” babies, the same space on Thursday mocked RNC spokesman Sean Spicer for making little kids “burst into tears” when he calls their parents on the phone. Post reporter Ben Terris revealed Spicer’s is name is a “curse word” to an anonymous reporter. (Reporters as anonymous sources: what hypocrisy!)
He’s feuded publicly with the media, most notably reporters for Politico, whom he has blasted on Twitter for “made up” stories or “sensational faux reporting.” One editor of a D.C.-based publication said she’s been on the receiving end of so many Spicer tirades that when he calls her at home, her young child will recognize his voice and burst into tears. “Sean Spicer,” she says, “is a curse word in our house.”
Terris also relayed what clearly tickled him the most – Spicer being called “Sean Sphincter” in his college paper at Connecticut College:
“I am writing in response to the article in the April 26 edition of the Voice in which my name was ‘misspelled,’?” he wrote to his school paper in 1993. While the paper had told him it had been unintentional, he believed “that it was a malicious and intentional attack.” The paper had called him “Sean Sphincter.”
“The First Amendment does uphold the right to free speech,” he added, “however, this situation goes beyond the bounds of free speech.”
It’s as funny a “misspelling” as Ben Terrorist...but there it is, in the Terris tweets:
At the WashPost, liberalism is always and inevitably winning. So the abortion advocates were “bolder than ever” in the Cecile Richards profile, and Terris could only focus on how Spicer would survive the inevitable Trump debacle: “what happens when your team gets saddled with the most controversial candidate in recent memory? Can you prepare a personal exit strategy?”
Unfazed, Spicer began regaling the journalists with a laundry list of party accomplishments: the number of doors knocked on, voters targeted, supporters “touched.” It sounded to many of the journalists present like he was preparing for a day when Trump might try to blame the RNC for an eventual loss. When guests pressed him on whether the party might ever cut Trump loose, Spicer punted, according to several people present: “We’ll see what the situation is like on October 15th.”
“You gotta save your own reputation,” one of the [again, anonymous!] journalists said later. “If he wants to work in this town again, he wants people to know that he wasn’t fully bought in, despite what he says on Twitter.”
Spicer denies that he’s looking out for himself. The fight for Trump, he says, is a fight for the party as a whole. If Trump can’t at least keep it close, he’ll become a drag on down-ballot candidates and risk losing Republican control of the Senate.
Defeat certainly looks possible, but the Post writes these articles as self-fulfilling prophecies, including the “drag on down-ballot candidates” part. Nobody who writes such colorful feature articles at Amazon's Publicity Division would be caught dead writing an article about how a Clinton operative could possibly have an “exit strategy” that preserves their self-respect.
In case you couldn’t tell Terris is a tie-dyed-in-the-wool lefty, there’s always his pinned tweet right now, loving a “keep your account” atta-boy from Bernie Sanders: