Nearly every member of the world’s greatest deliberative body piling onto buses to take the mile-long ride to the White House on Wednesday afternoon was the definition of a made-for-TV moment. And every network carried it — from the motorcade up Pennsylvania Avenue to the buses parked at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
Democrats were even less complimentary.
“We learned nothing you couldn’t read in the newspaper,” Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley told CNN’s Erin Burnett Wednesday night. “It felt more like a dog-and-pony show to me than anything else,” Illinois Sen. Tammy Duckworth told CNN’s Anderson Cooper. “I guess it has something to do with this 100 days in office.”
Remember this: Donald Trump’s experiences over the last decade and a half are in the world of reality TV. That’s a place where how things look matters. A lot. Where power dynamics are on display for all to see. Where faking it until you make it is the law of the land.