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Cramer vs. Stewart. I’m so glad this happened.
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Jon Stewart does such an amazing job with the Daily Show, and while I realize that it’s the format of the show + the nature of Comedy Central that allow it to be what it is, I sometimes feel like he’s wasting significantly greater talents (could he be the next Plouffe or Axelrod but HILARIOUS?). I hope that at least either he or Stephen Colbert soon makes an irreverent feature-length docucomedy. Or they could make one TOGETHER. And Tina Fey. Is that too much politihumor in one place?
More analysis on the actual clip to come later…
Wow. Keith Olberman doesn’t know how to ask a non-leading interview question. It’s artistic really. And for me, to some degree, it’s a lot like indulging in my favorite Popeye’s value meal. But, like Popeye’s, I am well aware that it’s just bad for me. Shouldn’t a news show, even one that is openly biased, sometimes have people with differing opinions on to, I don’t know, disagree? Thus, like the delicious chicken fingers with the perfectly battered fries, biscuit, and spicy honey mustard, I will be foregoing Countdown for a steamed broccoli and poached salmon show like…Campbell Brown?
C-SPAN: And Then There Was One.
First, read Ben martin’s very good editorial about Rush’s sudden move to the forefront of the news cycle entitled Rush Job: Inside Dems’ Limbaugh Plan.
Now, take a look at this excerpt from Conservative David Frum’s latest opinion piece on NewMajority.com:
(This will not be my first time admitting that David Frum may have just hit the nail on the head. Blerg.)
President Obama and Rush Limbaugh do not agree on much, but they share at least one thing: Both wish to see Rush anointed as the leader of the Republican party. Here’s Rahm Emanuel on Face the Nation yesterday: “the voice and the intellectual force and energy behind the Republican party.”
What a great endorsement for Rush! (And we know Rush is fond of compliments – listen to his loving account in his CPAC speech of the birthday lunch given him by President Bush just before Inauguration Day.)
But what about the rest of the party? Here’s the duel that Obama and Limbaugh are jointly arranging:
On the one side, the president of the United States: soft-spoken and conciliatory, never angry, always invoking the recession and its victims. This president invokes the language of “responsibility,” and in his own life seems to epitomize that ideal: He is physically honed and disciplined, his worst vice an occasional cigarette. He is at the same time an apparently devoted husband and father. Unsurprisingly, women voters trust and admire him.
And for the leader of the Republicans? A man who is aggressive and bombastic, cutting and sarcastic, who dismisses the concerned citizens in network news focus groups as “losers.” With his private plane and his cigars, his history of drug dependency and his personal bulk, not to mention his tangled marital history, Rush is a walking stereotype of self-indulgence – exactly the image that Barack Obama most wants to affix to our philosophy and our party. And we’re cooperating! Those images of crowds of CPACers cheering Rush’s every rancorous word – we’ll be seeing them rebroadcast for a long time.
Rush knows what he is doing. The worse conservatives do, the more important Rush becomes as leader of the ardent remnant. The better conservatives succeed, the more we become a broad national governing coalition, the more Rush will be sidelined.
And in case some of you can’t quite picture who David Frum is, here’s a clip of him bitch slapping Rachel Maddow in one of the most awkward cable news moments I’ve ever had the displeasure of witnessing:
A couple of days ago I happened to catch Harold Ford Jr. and Tom DeLay on Hardball discussing President Obama’s un-SOTU and Governor Bobby Jindal’s response. I expected the discourse to be a bit nasty with the likes of Chris Matthews (Obama Fan Club Treasurer) and The Hammer on the same show, but what I was not ready for was the sheer absurdity that was Tom DeLay. I admit that I thought a lot of what he had to say was a bit nutso and meant simply to garner attention, but the manner in which The Hammer addressed Harold Ford Jr. and Chris Matthews was, as we say in North Carolina, CRAZY, bless his heart. I was sort of expecting DeLay to start referring to the ever-eloquent Harold Ford Jr. as “boy.” Yikes.
So for your viewing pleasure: