by Shelt Garner
Cassidy Hutchinson potentially may be someone who will now linger in the public eye for decades to come, much like John Dean. Given how divided the country is, there is just as much of a chance that this will not be the case. She will just be another figure from Trumplandia who bursts onto the national stage only to fade away as the next bonkers thing happens.
And, of course, there is the continued crisis that is causing us to rush towards autocracy or civil war around 2024 – 2025. That could change everything to the point that Ms. Hutchinson will be nothing more than an antebellum footnote. But, what if manage to have a light-touch Very American Autocracy after 2025 and things remain — at least in the short term — reasonably normal in a America. Is there any place for Ms. Hutchinson?
Fox News people are very worked up about the possibility that Ms. Hutchinson might get some sort of media job out of her patriotic testimony. In a sense, they are trying to get ahead of what is on everyone’s mind — are we going to see her on, say, The View at some point in the near future?
For the time being, I don’t think so. There is still an open investigation into what happened on January 6th and, as such, it’s likely we won’t see her making the rounds of late show talk shows anytime soon. And, she’s young enough that she could write a book about her experience and the use that as leverage to get a plum media job of some sort.
But from what I’ve seen of her, she’s so young that she’s going to need some media training. She came across as very tentative — if sincere — and she’s going to need to show a bit more self-confidence to, say, get a show on MSNBC as the bonkers nutjobs of Fox News might have you believe.
Ms. Hutchinson does have demonstrably good looks on her side. She’s easy on the eyes, if nothing else. So, she definitely has a lot of media potential long-term.
Now, there’s something we have to address and that is how rabid the MAGA New Right is about her “betrayal” to the cause. My fear is dingus Trump is going to slip up and go transactional, saying something along the lines of, “Will no one rid me of this meddlesome aid?” Then one of his wing nut MAGA followers takes him up on it and we all get a lot of crocodile tears and “thoughts and prayers” and talk about how Trump could not possibly be responsible for such a tragedy because America has a “mental health crisis.” Ugh. That particular scenario writes itself.
But, hopefully, I’m being too alarmist. I am known to be “terribly negative” as Mueller, She Wrote said. Anyway, fuck you, MAGA.