“Republicans pounce!” In a variety of forms, this simple phrase has been part of the biased media’s lexicon for years. As described by Noah Rothman in 2015, “The story is never the story; for political reporters and editors alike, the Republican reaction to the story is the preferred prism through which to view events Democrats find… discomforting.” The pattern is as follows. If a Republican does something “bad,” the story is that the Republican did something “bad.” When a Democrat does something “bad,” the story is that Republicans “pounced,” drawing focus away from the actions Democrats would rather obscure.
There are so many examples that “Republicans pounce” has become a Leftist cliché. “Ocasio-Cortez Team Flubs a Green New Deal Summary, and Republicans Pounce” is one wonderful example. The phrase is so hilariously overused that Tucker Carlson joked in 2019 that “the symbol of the Republican party might have to be switched from an elephant to a tiger” due to its