One of the tidbits surrounding the Jeffery “Lubin'” Toobin Scandal pointed out by Woke Lola is that playing wargames is what caused Toobin’s privates to stand at attention. (You can’t spell “Lola” without “LOL”) Lola makes a couple points and asks an important question:
The context of the call is the real story here. They were “gaming” out the election by having “journalists” play specific individual or group roles. Someone played Trump and Biden, while others played “the far right” or the “Dem base.” So, as my husband said, they were all masturbating, but Jeffrey got caught in tape. I’d like to see that whole Zoom call, though. Why are “journalists” “gaming out” elections anyway? WTF? And why does Jeffrey Toobin have such poor coping skills? These people are categorically different than normal Americans, and it shows.
Let’s start with a more basic question: WTF is a wargame?
A wargame is a type of strategy game that simulates warfare realistically, as opposed to abstract strategy games such as chess. Wargaming may be played for recreation, to train military officers in the art of strategic thinking, or to study the nature of potential conflicts. Many wargames recreate specific historic battles, and can cover either whole wars, or any campaigns, battles, or lower-level engagements within them. Many simulate land combat, but there are wargames for naval and air combat as well.
Modern wargaming was invented in Prussia around the turn of the 19th-century, and eventually the Prussian military adopted wargames as a way of training their officers and developing doctrine. After Prussia defeated France in the Franco-Prussian War, wargaming was widely adopted by military officers in other countries. Civilian enthusiasts also played wargames for fun, but this was a niche hobby until the development of consumer electronic wargames in the 1990s.
Apparently, wargaming is the hottest thing in politics. You get a bunch of people together and then you have them divide up into teams (representing the real life campaigns, candidates, parties, etc.) and they kick around various scenarios.
Adding uncertainty to what is a routine exercise in vote counting (the 2000 contest in Florida being an exception) is this year’s urban unrest. An election night featuring competing claims of victory, confusion, and early calls by the media, only to be reversed on the receipt of newer data, may lead to post-election violence unlike any seen in more than 150 years.
Purportedly aiming to make sense of this fraught election year, in early August, the Transition Integrity Project (TIP) released a report suggesting that President Donald Trump would not likely leave office without an unprecedented struggle. The TIP, a self-proclaimed “bipartisan” group of some 100 people, was entirely composed of those firmly opposed to President Trump.
Their purpose wasn’t so much gaming out plausible post-election scenarios as to generate breathless propaganda suggesting that no matter the outcome, President Trump would refuse to leave the White House on Jan. 20, 2021, Inauguration Day.
Wargaming sounds like a good way to prepare for various eventualities, or for spotting flaws and weaknesses in strategies. But wargaming is not predictive nor will it tell you anything you don’t already know. So you can ask a million ‘what if’s’ surrounding Pennsylvania, like:
What if Trump wins a narrow victory”
What if Trump wins by a landslide?
What if it is too close to call?
What if Biden wins a narrow victory?
What if Biden wins by a landslide?
But all you are doing is making guesses about how people will react if one of those scenarios comes true. That’s how you come up with dumbass predictions like, “Trump won’t leave the White House if he loses.” Put a bunch of TDS-infested RINOs in a room and ask them to predict the election and none of them will predict a happy ending for Trump, or at least not one that doesn’t involve Putin and cheating.
That brings us back to the question: WTF were they doing?
Toobin is a pundit, not a journalist. He got his start in television doing legal commentary on the OJ Simpson trial. In sports, he would be the color commentator, not the play-by-play announcer. But I can see where considering the various possibilities could be of some utility to a pundit.
Remember Journolist? It was an effort to coordinate political strategy and messaging before going public with it. The problem is that journalists aren’t supposed to be on a team.
Journolist didn’t die. In a world where journalists followed ethical standards, Journolist founder Ezra Klein would have been defenestrated from journalism. But he got a buttload of money to start Vox, and Journolist went underground. There is more independent thought among members of a cult than there is in our news media.
Lola’s hubby was spot on with this:
So, as my husband said, they were all masturbating, but Jeffrey got caught in tape.
The news media is all one big TDS circle jerk.