Old theory: Dan Crenshaw is an impressive guy and a mensch with an admirable sense of humor.
New theory: Dan Crenshaw might singlehandedly deliver us from this garbage culture of perpetual outrage.
David French sees some hope — and maybe change — in the already famous SNL skit with Pete Davidson:
It turns out that there’s a market for grace in American politics. Within minutes, clips of the apology and Crenshaw’s tribute to Davidson’s dad rocketed across Twitter. As of this morning, the YouTube clip of the moment — not even 48 hours old — already had more than 5 million views. And it seems as if this is no act. This act of grace was an expression of who Crenshaw is…
There are those who argued before the election that, to punish the GOP for Trump, even conservatives should vote against Crenshaw. Vote against a good man for the sake of beating a bad man not on the ballot. That would “send a message,” they said.
But it turns out that one of the messages we needed to hear came from Crenshaw himself. Even in the age of Trump, a Republican politician can be his own man. He can show that grace isn’t weakness and that reconciliation can sometimes be more compelling than division.
That’s the read on it from an optimist and a strong religious believer. My own read, as a pessimist and non-believer: Crenshaw will be successfully primaried in 2020 or 2022 by a Trumpist running on an “own the libs” platform who wants the border wall electrified, thinks Crenshaw’s criticism of the president is seditious, and believes only a cuck would pass up the chance to beat “Soy Boy” Davidson’s ass on live national television. Prove me wrong, Republicans.
Either way, I stand by my prediction that the Crenshaw/Davidson bit is the last public moment of graciousness involving American politics that we’ll see until after the next election. Anyone want that action?
An observation of this interview in lieu of an exit question: The man positively radiates chill. No wonder he was a great soldier.