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Beck calls out Palin

I’m sorry, but I find this funny. Glenn Beck calling out someone because they don’t have a pat answer is funny to me. I love it. Sarah Palin has a way of never really answering a question. She will throw out a talking point. It really doesn’t matter what question you ask her. She is able to fit a couple of talking points together to give you an answer.

From TPM:

During Sarah Palin’s interview with Glenn Beck today, something extraordinary happened — Beck challenged Palin on a stock, noncommittal answer to a question. Beck asked: “Who’s your favorite Founder?”

“You know, well, all of them, because they came collectively together with so much–” Palin began, in a manner much like her non-answers to Katie Couric’s questions about which newspapers she’s read (“All of them.”) and which Supreme Court decisions she’s disagreed with (which brought a similarly broad answer about how there are a lot of decisions).

“Bullcrap,” Beck interrupted. “Who’s your favorite.”

“–so much diverse and so much diversity in terms of belief, but collectively they came together — and they were led by, of course George Washington, so he’s got to rise to the top.” Palin then gave a short speech on Washington’s virtues.

Of course, Palin’s answer is superficial and wrong in many ways. George Washington wasn’t the leader of the Continental Congress.  He didn’t write the constitution. Thomas Jefferson thought that Washington betrayed the ideals of the constitution which is why Jefferson left Washington’s Cabinet. But it is Sarah Palin, this is the exact answer that she should give. It is a conservative answer which is without depth or substance. Perfect.

By | 2010-01-14T00:49:05+00:00 January 14th, 2010|Media, Party Politics|Comments Off on Beck calls out Palin

Today's Political Scene Has Passed By Broder

Thankfully, we have left the era of Reagan and have started something completely new.  I don’t think that it is the New Deal either.  I think that this is a new progressivism.  I might be wrong, but I do know that the era of corporatists is over.  David Broder has yet to notice that America has changed.  The Political Animal has more:

If I had a dollar for every time David Broder has spoken up to defend the virtues of “bipartisanship,” I could retire a wealthy man. And sure enough, Broder’s latest column is devoted to encouraging the Obama White House to “enlist Republican support” for the administration’s agenda.

Imagine that.

As part of his case, however, Broder takes note of the newest member of the Senate.

[Al] Franken, the loud-mouthed former comedian, will be the 60th member of the Senate Democratic caucus — just enough for them to cut off any filibuster threat if they can muster all their members.

There’s been a lot of conservative and establishment criticism of Sen.-Elect Franken this week, so I guess it’s to be expected that Broder would use derisive language and dismiss him as a “loud-mouthed former comedian.” That said, Paul Krugman’s response is well worth reading.

First, implicit in this characterization of Franken is the notion of the Senate as a decorous gentlemen’s club. I doubt that club ever existed in reality; but in any case, these days the World’s Greatest Deliberative Body is, not to put too fine a point on it, chock full o’ nuts. James Inhofe: I rest my case.

Second, Al Franken’s dirty secret is that … he’s a big policy wonk.

I used to go on Franken’s radio show, all ready to be jocular — and what he wanted to talk about was the arithmetic of Social Security, or the structure of Medicare Part D…. [W]hat will Franken do to the level of Senate discourse? He’ll raise it.

And Broder appreciates officials who raise the level of discourse in American politics, right?

By | 2009-07-05T18:52:39+00:00 July 5th, 2009|Media, Party Politics|Comments Off on Today's Political Scene Has Passed By Broder