We have a new "Rosenbergs." His name, or its name, is Hunter Biden's laptop. Like "the Rosenbergs," the "Hunter Biden Laptop" is is a touchstone, or, better, a catchall for all existential national security threats that struck at this nation to the Coup of 2020, in which the presidential election was stolen from the People in a conspiracy so immense. We can't talk about that conspiracy, we can't talk about the coup that installed an illegitimate regime run by we know not what power. But we can talk about the HB Laptop. And now, with a gusher of false scent, Elon Musk's Twitter has "leaked" -- released -- the Hunter Biden Laptop Story. Look that-away, sheeple, and only that-away, sheeple. That's just what they want you to do.
What about Your Laptop -- your Apple laptop; mine, too.
Recently, a Fox news reporter in a red coat did the walk-and-talk-and-silence with Apple CEO Tim Cook when he arrived on Capitol Hill this week. She walked and talked: "Do you support the Chinese people's right to protest"? Tim Cook: Silence. "Do you regret restricting air drop access that protestors used to evade surveillance from the Chinese government?" Tim Cook: Silence. "Do you think it's problematic to do business with the Chinese Communist Party when they suppress human rights?" Silence. Silence. Silence.
And then what happened when Cook met our "elected officials"? Turns out the Cook was in town for "quiet meetings."
Another Fox report, totally devoid of Cook's failure to answer questions about the Apple-CCP crackdown in progress, perhaps gave us a window on what they talked about: How to move the story away from silly red-coat-reporter questions about the Chinese dictatorshp's QR-tyranny Apple put in place to Elon Musk, the Twitter, and the Apple app store.
How else did the story of Apple and Congress during this week of massive state aggression against the people in China beome a story about how Jim Jordan et al would certainly not like it if Twitter was barred from the Apple app store?
Apple CEO Tim Cook is the first major tech leader to take the temperature of the incoming tech-hostile GOP House, meeting with several Republican leaders in Washington this week.
The quiet meetings will provide the first indication of how lawmakers plan to handle tech giants. At center stage is Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, who will chair the House Judiciary Committee and could oversee critical antitrust debates regarding Apple's App Store and Amazon, among other things.
Cook's aim to establish a relationship was only complicated after Twitter CEO Elon Musk claimed Apple was threatening to remove the platform from the App Store earlier this week, precisely the sort of action Republicans and many Democrats would pounce on.
Musk confirmed in a Tweet Wednesday night that things had been smoothed over, however, sharing a video from inside Apple's California headquarters.
"Thanks Tim Cook for taking me around Apple's beautiful HQ," he wrote. "Good conversation. Among other things, we resolved the misunderstanding about Twitter potentially being removed from the App Store. Tim was clear that Apple never considered doing so."
Ever get the feeling this could be us someday?