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Like a bad penny – he’s back

Before there was Sarah Palin, there was Joe the Plumber. Joe had his 15 minutes of fame and then some. Now, he is running for Congress.

From TPM:

Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) declaring his intention to seek the congressional seat held by Rep. Marcy Kaptur in Ohio’s 9th district.

I wrote this over 2 years ago about Joe the Plumber and I think it is still true today

Look, I don’t want Joe the plumber to be my president. I don’t want Sarah Palin to be my president or vice president. I want someone who has a handle on the issues, someone who knows the facts. I want someone who can assimilate vast amounts of information and can then come up with a workable solution. I want someone who understands that our democratic government is a compromise by definition. Therefore, whoever is in the White House needs to be able to negotiate with Congress and come out with something that makes sense. Glenn Beck’s diatribe would make a lot more sense if we lived in the land of Achilles, but we don’t. We live in the real world. In 1941, after Pearl Harbor, Americans were glad to have President Franklin Roosevelt, a politician, and not Joe the Plumber at the helm. Right now, our economy is in a complete and total meltdown, our environment is heating up at an alarming rate and we are fighting two wars simultaneously. With China and Russia becoming more and more our adversaries with every passing day, too, this is no time for amateur hour. I’m sorry but Glenn Beck is a moron. He has given me indigestion and I’m headed for the Pepto-Bismol… Next time he comes on the television, I’m changing the channel.

I wrote more on Joe here and here.

By |2011-10-10T21:04:08-04:00October 10th, 2011|Party Politics|Comments Off on Like a bad penny – he’s back

RMS – Correcting the Record on Race

Rachel Maddow goes out of her way to correct some of the things that Pat Buchanan said on her show Friday. I will not go so far as to say that Pat Buchanan is a racist. He may be. I will say that he is an active opponent of affirmative action. He has said on numerous occasions that affirmative action is evil. He looks at affirmative action as an aggressive attack against white people.

Rachel does a great job walking the fine line. On one hand, she could attack Pat Buchanan for his arcane views. On the other hand, she could correct just the simple factual errors that he makes. She takes the high road and is to be congratulated. (This is what makes Rachel Maddow different than other commentators on television today. She’s smart. She’s thoughtful. She desperately wants to inform the audience of the facts. She does a marvelous job at doing this.)

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From a Daily Kos diary:

But 10 seconds ago I watched Rachel Maddow take Pat Buchanan apart, limb by limb, for his diatribe the other day on her show.

She did it in the form of “Whenever we make factual misstatements on this show, we have an obligation to correct the record.” (Not a quote, but that’s the sentiment.) Of course, that sort of announcement usually means that the show host had made an error.

Uh uh.

She ran a clip of Pat saying “This country was built by white folks” – a line that has gotten hugely panned here and other places. She then showed how Washington DC was built by slave labor. Not quite what Pat had meant, but still.

More to the point was the 200,000 Blacks who fought for the Union in the Civil War, and the 1.2 million who fought in WWII. (According to Pat, it was “white folks” who died at Gettysburg, Vicksburg and Normandy.)

I’m doing this from open-mouthed recollection, and there was a lot more.

But Pat Buchanan is never going to show his face on Rachel Maddow’s show again, not after that strafing run. There isn’t enough of him left to be patched back together.

Whether he’s off MSNBC altogether remains, as they say, to be seen. But given that there was a couple of days’ gap between his diatribe and her firestorm, I strongly suspect this was discussed at the highest levels and she was given permission to fire all guns.

Update [2009-7-20 22:20:19 by DanK Is Back]: (Hopefully not the first of many; I haven’t started dinner yet.) Rachel got in one more zinger: Pat had claimed he was always and ever opposed to affirmative action. Rachel’s staff dug up a memo he wrote in 1971 to Nixon urging that he appoint an Irish Catholic woman (or at any rate a Catholic) to SCOTUS for ethnic and political reasons – exactly what, near 40 years later, he blasted Obama for doing.

Her staff also contacted Yale, who explained that the students choose who gets on the Law Review (Pat had claimed Sotomayor got on by affirmative action).

I do wish she had mentioned Sotomayor won the Pyne Prize, given to the highest achieving undergraduate. No way did “affirmative action” get that for her. But she hit enough other points.

By |2009-07-21T03:46:42-04:00July 21st, 2009|Race, Rachel Maddow Show|Comments Off on RMS – Correcting the Record on Race

Fox plays the angry Black Woman card

OH my. Carl Thomas of Fox News plays the race card big time. In past we’ve seen some people who’ve been subtle in their racism. This is not subtle. When you begin to list black women on TV and then label all of them as angry black women you are playing the race card. Of course, the purpose of this diatribe is to place Michelle Obama in the category of angry black women. (You can watch her on The View being anything but angry.)

By |2008-06-21T21:10:53-04:00June 21st, 2008|Election 2008, Media, Race|Comments Off on Fox plays the angry Black Woman card
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