And yet, like Cassandra, he can’t prevent it.
Carney, speaking in 2006:
I first posted this video six months ago, and it’s only become more apropos since then. I have to avert my eyes now when clips of Carney come on. There is something mortifying about even about being a witness to such voluntary self-degradation.
[ADDENDUM: Carney is caught in a terrible dilemma, unless he is completely amoral (which I don't think he is, but I certainly could be wrong about that). He either has to lie for the president, day after day, in the most public and embarrassing way possible, or he must publicly break away and become a traitor to his fellows, shunned and despised, and off the guest list at the best parties.
It may sound as though I'm making light of this, but I'm not. How many people have that sort of courage? How many would instead find themselves compromising bit by bit, until they find in the end that they have become something they once would have hated and despised? I don't know the numbers, but I believe that last group is not small.
I have a dream. It's a little fantasy I know will not occur. But I still like it. In my dream, Carney stops one day in mid-sentence, looks up at the press corps, and says, "You know, I just can't do this anymore." Then he walks out, and walks away from the job.
I know that, even were that to happen (which it will not), Obama would only hire a new liar. There would be many eager for the chance at the spotlight. But still, if Carney could do that, it would be a great moment, wouldn't it?]