Well, that happened.
And happened and happened again and again.
Last week was a huge success even in today's News of Speed Trump games. The split times are over and the president claimed the victory, even though he had lost the House of Representatives. CNN's Jim Acosta received his press release from the White House after again not understanding the difference between journalism and commentary.
An hour later, Attorney General Jeff Sessions finally broke the plank, while 85-year-old Ruth Bader Ginsburg suffered another fall and broke three ribs in a fall in her Supreme Court office.
In Thousand Oaks, an insane former Marine killed a dozen innocent people because only hell knows why.
Where are the cat videos when we need them?
In this avalanche of national news, stories were lost that usually left us in turmoil: for the first time in 100 years, the Los Angeles County sheriff may have lost his reelection. Alex Villanueva, a candidate who has been the sheriff of the resistance, clings to a tiny lead over reigning Jim Jimonnell. In the meantime, FBI agents were knocking on the floor and in the office of L.A. Jose Huizar City Council member. They were not a trick or a treatment.
And then there was this curiosity: The former Massachusetts Governor and 2012 GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney won a Senate seat in Utah. I'll come back to Romney.
We rightly mourn and stew the terrible murders at the Borderline Bar in Thousand Oaks. Another reminder that there is no protection against irrational violence. Neither a Sabbath service in Pittsburgh, a yoga class in Tallahassee, nor a college night in a country music bar in the "fourth safest city in America" vaccinate us from the horror of the mentally disturbed with a grudge and a gun, a truck or a Truck car or knife or pipe bomb.
Round up the usual suspects!
Let's argue again about the second change, mental health care, violent video games, social media, lack of prayer in schools and whatever pleases us. The indisputable fact is that our society produces an indefinite number of people who respond to their hoarded resentment and hatred by killing completely strangers, ideally in large numbers.
Children in Denmark play the same video games as kids in Newbury Park. What are we doing wrong?
Back to the president.
At the press conference after the election of Donald Trump, CNN's Jim Acosta repeatedly overstepped the line of professional decency that made his personal animus to the president incapable of objective journalism. President Trump challenged Acosta despite his turbulent history, and Acosta "challenged" Trump immediately with the title "invasion" to describe the migration caravan heading for our border with Mexico.
"We have different opinions," said the president.
But Acosta wanted to debate, not report. The exchange quickly became ugly and personal with the president, who called Acosta a "terrible person".
I have no idea if Jim Acosta is a terrible person, but he has proven to be a terrible reporter.
If CNN wants Jim Acosta to have a platform to voice his personal opinions, he should have a show like Sean Hannity in Fox News or Rachel Maddow in MSNBC. In this forum he would be free to do whatever he wants. Or he could get into print, a privilege of this newspaper and its readers. But Acosta has no interest in involving this president or any president in critical White House debates.
Of course, the administration made it even worse by extracting his evidence and making Acosta a martyr from the First Amendment. He is not like that.
It would have been advisable for the President to tell CNN that Acosta can continue to visit the White House, but will never be called back. This is the journalistic equivalent that calls on a foreign government to recall an unwelcome ambassador.
I am very worried about the president's attacks on the press and as the "enemy of the people" in the media. But the media are not without sin. Acosta is Exhibit A of a journalistic malpractice.
It is also time to focus on the epidemic of passive but equally destructive ways in which politicians suppress a free press: silence. One of the main culprits is our own Dianne Feinstein.
Feinstein rarely talks to the media about anything. She was re-elected for another term in the Senate, but said very little to her constituents or the press who serve as watchdogs. The politicians regularly select interviews and only agree with friendly softball press events, and often not. While we rightly criticize Trump's press bashing, the quiet, freezing media review at LA City Hall, Sacramento, and almost every other powerhouse is equally destructive of an informed electoral roll.
And then there are Jeff Sessions.
The former Attorney General acquired the President's infinite anger because he resigned himself after the Russia investigation became a problem. As a prominent member of the Trump / Pence campaign, Sessions was unable to direct the investigation into the campaign he was delivering. Everyone seems to understand that, except Donald Trump. Now Rachel Maddow of MSNBC is calling for street protests against the shooting sessions and praising him for defending the rule of law. Of course, Maddow did not feel such admiration when sessions for the supremacy clause of the constitution, the country's ultimate law, came into play. When California squeezed its nose over our federal system by legalizing the recreational potential at the state level and developing its own foreign policy with SB54, the so-called Sanctuary Act.
Finally, we return to Mitt Romney.
Romney, mocked by President Obama for calling out Putin's Russia, also called out candidate Trump, calling him a "cheater" and "unworthy" of the bureau. Love him or hate him, someday Donald Trump will not be a president. What will the Republican Party look like then? What will it stand for? What does it mean to be a Republican post-Trump?
I think Romney attacked the Senate to lift the baton that John McCain had dropped from brain cancer after his death. As a former presidential candidate of his party, as well as McCain, and having shown the courage to speak out against the president's worst impulses, Romney will be uniquely positioned to be the voice and conscience of the rest of the Ronald Reagan Republican Party. If so, Romney will do a great service to the nation.
Did you see the cat on YouTube, who is five years old to her owner? Click it. You will smile.
Doug McIntyre's column appears on Sundays. Listen weekdays from 5-10 am to 790 KABC. He can be reached at: Doug@KABC.com.