Karine Jean-Pierre, Incompetent but Failing Upward

One of many bestselling books of the Seventies was “The Peter Precept,” a enterprise administration e book by Laurence J. Peter and Raymond Hull.

The e book’s premise, in a nutshell, was that folks get promotions primarily based on their efficiency of their earlier jobs till they’re in the end elevated to a place during which they’re incompetent, since abilities and success in a single place don’t essentially guarantee success within the subsequent. “In a hierarchy,” Peter stated, “each worker tends to rise to his degree of incompetence.”

Put one other manner, because the disclaimers say in funding brokers’ advertisements: “Previous efficiency is not any assure of future outcomes.”

Each Peter and Hull are lengthy since deceased. Nonetheless, if writer William Morrow & Co. have been to fee somebody to replace a brand new version of the e book, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre may very well be cited as Exhibit C of the “Peter Precept” on the highest ranges of presidency. (President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris could be Displays A and B, however that’s one other story for one more day.)

Coincidentally, “Pierre” is French for “Peter.”

At this time, the “Peter Precept” phenomenon is known as “failing upward.” In Jean-Pierre’s case, that’s mirrored in her work for the short-lived Democratic presidential campaigns of John Edwards in 2004 and Martin O’Malley in 2016.

Essentially the most obvious proof that Jean-Pierre, 48, has been promoted to her degree of incompetence as White House press secretary is her near-total dependence on a binder stuffed with administration speaking factors, which she typically reads from straight at her day by day information briefings for the White House press corps.

It’s one factor for a press secretary to have notes for reference. It’s fairly one other to stare down at them and browse these notes all however verbatim. No matter else you would say about Jean-Pierre’s predecessor, Jen Psaki, she had the Biden administration’s rote speaking factors down chilly and didn’t depend upon intensive notes as a crutch.

Simply as an apart, recall how 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney was ridiculed mercilessly by the speaking heads within the liberal media for saying in the course of the second presidential debate that he had “binders full of girls.” That was his awkward manner of referring to information of résumés of girls he would take into account for staffing his administration have been he to win the election. Lots of their “binder” jokes snarkily advised that the squeaky-clean Romney was engaged in some type of BDSM with these girls.

Against this, so far as we all know, none of those self same speaking heads have ridiculed Jean-Pierre’s dependence on her press briefing binders.

Nor have the liberal media (or the late-night TV comics) famous, a lot much less ridiculed, how on not less than 4 separate events in latest months, Jean-Pierre has mispronounced or mangled phrases and phrases in the middle of her press briefings.

On Dec. 13, Jean-Pierre touted “bicarmel” assist in Congress for the so-called Respect for Marriage Act. “Bicarmel, bipartisan assist was had for this piece of laws,” she stated.

However this was no one-off slip of the tongue: She used the time period “bicarmel” thrice to explain it in the middle of the half-hour press briefing. It ought to have been “bicameral,” in fact, which means assist in each chambers of Congress.

The official White House transcript of the briefing was dishonestly corrected in all three cases to “bicameral” with no indication that it was not an correct reflection of what was really stated.

On Nov. 28, in congratulating three Individuals who had gained Nobel Prizes in chemistry, physics and economics, she mispronounced “Nobel” 5 occasions in 40 seconds as “noble.”

Two months to the day earlier, on Sept. 28, Jean-Pierre stated that as a part of Harris’ then-pending journey to South Korea, the veep would go to the demilitarized zone between the 2 Koreas. Jean-Pierre helpfully famous that it had been “practically 70 years for the reason that Korean ‘armtis.’” — presumably to not be confused with the Korean armistice.

Three weeks earlier than that, on Sept. 6, Jean-Pierre conflated a Russian pure fuel pipeline with an upscale American division retailer chain. She accused Russia of inflicting an vitality disaster in Europe by shutting down its Nord Stream 1 pipeline, which she known as the “Nordstrom 1” pipeline.

One can solely think about how former President Donald Trump’s press secretary Kayleigh McEnany would have been pilloried by the White House press corps had she made these types of repeated verbal gaffes.

One may surmise that the explanation Jean-Pierre nonetheless has the high-visibility press secretary’s job, to which she was elevated Might 13, regardless of all the gaffes, is as a result of Biden is known for his personal innumerable gaffes. He couldn’t very properly maintain her to a better commonplace.

However the true motive Jean-Pierre stays within the submit right now is due to the identification politics to which the Biden administration and the Democratic Social gathering have sworn timeless allegiance. She is immune from criticism — and from reassignment to a much less high-profile submit — solely as a result of she checks all the packing containers of “intersectionality” as a girl and because the first black and first LGBTQ White House press secretary.

Within the Biden administration, Jean-Pierre demonstrates day by day that meritocracy is an afterthought — if it’s considered in any respect.

This column first appeared at The Washington Times.

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