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Does the MyPillow guy think he’s a governor?
Photo illustration by The Daily Beast / GettyMike Lindell, the CEO of MyPillow and Trump conspiracy dealer, recently flew his private jet to the Republican Governors’ Association meeting. The bosses threw him out immediately. But the incident got Molly Jong-Fast thinking: Does the CEO of MyPillow think he’s already a governor or something? Subscribe to The New Abnormal on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Amazon Music, or Overcast. To hear our weekly member-only bonus episodes, join Beast Inside here. Already a member? You can listen here and sign up for email notifications of new episodes here. ”Spoiler: Making MyPillows doesn’t make you my governor. Now there’s an 80 percent chance Mike Lindell will actually become governor of a small Republican state, ”she jokes on the latest episode of The New Abnormal. “It’s not even that difficult for someone so famous and crazy in the Republican Party to become governor.” Lindell claims he is “not running to become a dog catcher right now” because he doesn’t trust the voting machines . He’s also from the blue state of Minnesota. So maybe the risk of a governor’s pillow isn’t quite that high. But LA Times columnist Virginia Heffernan wants to “quickly add something about Mike Lindell as cosplay governor.” “I think we need to understand that governing and governing in politics is boring. It’s not a PR campaign, ”she says. “And I feel like we turned those jobs into celebrity roles. The civil service shouldn’t be – isn’t it – to be on a reality show. ”“ I have a feeling we really have to turn the noise down, really play up the drudgery, ”continues Heffernan. “I just don’t know why every single industrialist and every single lady with abs or gorgeous arms wants to be governor of all people.” Biden, says Heffernan, does a pretty good job at the drudgery – it’s about dollars! off, jabs going off, everything causes Trump signs to drop. Sure, the Donald has his cultists, like Lindell. But “I don’t think people can hold onto that much madness for that long, especially if it’s only a tiny minority who believe in it,” adds Heffernan. “Democrats need to know how to win.” Jong-Fast replies very gently: Are you kidding me? With all these Republican attempts to defeat the unrest in the Capitol again? Cut off the right to vote? To instantiate their ability to overthrow elections? All the time while Team Biden is sleeping it off? “The Democrats bring a sundae to a knife fight,” says Jong-Fast. Politico’s Tara Palmeri talks about finding supporters for Liz Cheney in Wyoming. And the author of Battle for the Soul, Edward-Isaac Dovere, gives us a glimpse of how Biden sees the political landscape. “The presidency he now has before him, he knows, is so different from what he had ever expected,” says Dovere as part of this campaign. And it’s just a really complicated development for him. It’s not the presidency he thought would run in 2019 when he entered this race. ”Read more at The Daily Beast. Get our top stories to your inbox every day. Sign Up Now! Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside delves deeper into the stories that matter to you. Learn more.