It seems that Shakespeare is all the rage in the second impeachment trial against President Donald Trump. When the caretakers were forced to write down the words of caretaker Rep. David Cicilline (D., RI) after Senator Mike Lee (R., Utah) denounced them as false, Rep. Jamie Raskin (D., Md) stated ” That’s a lot of ado about nothing. ” Then Senator Ted Cruz (R., Texas) characterized the entire process as “Shakespeare-like” [in] that it is full of noise and anger and yet means nothing. However, MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell missed the bard memo, triumphantly declaring that Cruz was wrong and tweeted mocking him. “@SenTedCruz says #ImpeachmentTrial is like Shakespeare full of sound and anger, which means nothing. No, that’s Faulkner. “She was endorsed by Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin. In our time of anger, it seems that “fair is bad and foul is fair” … and Shakespeare is Faulkner and Faulkner is Shakespeare.
Mitchell’s derisive tweet met with devastating reactions, including from Cruz, who stated, “I think she’s not protesting too much. You’d think NBC knew the bard. Andrea, look at Macbeth Act 5, Scene 5: ‘[Life] struts and annoys his hour on the stage, and then nothing more can be heard. It’s a story told by an idiot, full of sound and anger, that means nothing. ‘”
However, the telling of this story was helped by Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin, who wrote, “And it speaks volumes about his lack of soul. That is every thinking person. “
Rubin did not limit her view of the “soulless” to Cruz. It previously called for the expulsion of those who challenged Joe Biden’s votes and “burned” the Republican Party. (For full disclosure, I ran into Rubin for attacking me personally over a theory I disagreed with in a column I didn’t write. I also challenged her in an equally bizarre column in which she on my impeachment certificate and later wrote a column misrepresenting involvement in an appeal with Trump (the Washington Post never corrected that misrepresentation) Given Rubin’s controversial history of misrepresenting statements and actual court judgments, the Barb could hardly do one Expect an exception. She exemplifies the concern expressed in MacBeth about whether we can ever go back to a reasonable comment: “Or have we been eating at the mad root, is that why prisoners?”
For the recording, Faulkner’s book “The Sound and the Fury” was a reference to Shakespeare’s Macbeth.
I really understand Mitchell. We all work in the hair-raising environment of social media and 24 hour news. We all make mistakes, especially on Twitter. It happens. Moreover, despite Lady MacBeth’s words, it is not true that “what is done cannot be undone”. Mitchell apologized and tweeted, “I’ve clearly studied too much American literature and not enough Macbeth.”