Halloween Fright: 360 Shilling For The Republicans? (Tuesday's Show)
According to the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, the senator took the stage to roaring applause before regaling the crowd with one-liners, Bush barbs and tales of surfing at nearby Mission Beach.
He then said: "You know, education -- if you make the most of it, you study hard and you do your homework and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well.
"If you don't, you get stuck in Iraq."
Comment mangle delivery.
A Kerry aide told CNN that the prepared statement, which had been designed to criticize President Bush, "was mangled in delivery."
Kerry was supposed to say, "I can't overstress the importance of a great education. Do you know where you end up if you don't study, if you aren't smart, if you're intellectually lazy? You end up getting us stuck in a war in Iraq."
The piece also mentions how some democrats are furious at Kerry over this. Oh, boo hoo. These are the same guys that freaked out when Howard Dean got too far and they think they know everything-except, apparently, how to win elections. I certainly don't care that the big money strategist crowd is upset. Look, Kerry is not my guy for 2008-not even close-but this whole thing is ridiculous. It's a distraction. He mangled a line and has no reason to apologize. Bush has said much worse without near as much fanfare. Oh, and another thing, he's not even running! So what are we even talking about here?
Joining us to talk about this we have David Gergen (in studio) and Andrew Sullivan live and Andrew completely floors me by saying, "But it is also morally wrong, Anderson, and empirically wrong, to say that the U.S. military somehow is not educated. I mean, John Kerry is just plain wrong about this. And he should say so. He may not have meant it, but that's -- you can interpret it that way." I'm sorry, but this feeds the notion that Kerry really was talking about the troops when Andrew should know full well that he wasn't. In the same CNN article I linked to, Kerry is quoted as saying, "If anyone thinks a veteran would criticize the more than 140,000 heroes serving in Iraq and not the president who got us stuck there, they're crazy," and he's right. Andrew has lost his mind if he doesn't know exactly what Kerry meant.
The reason I'm so ticked off is that the republicans and the White House know full well what Kerry meant. This is all a game that they and half of the media are playing. Meanwhile, this month we've lost 103 of our soldiers over there. It would have been nice if 360 would have stood up and identified it as the BS that it is. But no, they've chosen to play the game. You know, when Jon Stewart went on Crossfire, this was exactly the stuff that he was talking about. Anyway, back to the interview, Andrew claims that Kerry's refusal to apologize is all about ego and he even gets The Gerg to agree with him. Ego? No, try experience. Kerry knows full well that not slamming the swiftboaters back was the biggest mistake of his campaign. The chattering wingnutosphere and talk radio aren't going to shut up even if Kerry issues an apology and if he did so it would just give moderate voters who don't pay attention very well the impression that he did something wrong. That being said, now that he's fought back it's time for him to drop it so it will have completely blown over by election day. I really doubt this is going to have any effect on anyone's vote. Oh, Anderson also totally ticks me off by saying that Kerry seemed "elitist" for not apologizing. Elitist? Wow. Why don't you call him French too and then we can get all the 2004 republican talking points in. Geez. I'm going to be nice and blame that on your cold.
Transitioning now to a Tom Foreman piece on how Karl Rove makes flowers die and puppies whimper. Or something like that. Anyway, we all know that he's an evil genius. He's a master at message discipline, organizing, and firing up white conservative Christians. What this piece is missing is the evil part. Where's the coverage of all the dirty tricks he's been implicated in? I mean, there's entire books and a documentary film on the subject, I think they could have found something.
Next up, Anderson kicks me when I'm down by pronouncing my state "Missourah." Twice! Why Anderson, why? Look, you can switch your double t's to d's to your heart's content, but do not pronounce it "Missourah." Do people say "Mississippah?" No, they do not. Please don't do that again because you are killing the people that live in St. Louis. Candy then also pronounces it the same way. Oh I give up! Anyway, Candy is covering the Missouri senate race and it's freaking me out because it's in a dead heat. Of focus is the stem cell initiative, which democrat Claire McCaskill hopes will get people to the polls. Talent on the other hand avoids the issue, preferring instead to focus on the oh so important topic of gay marriage. I thought the gay hating got shelved during the Foley fiasco, but I guess it's probably mandatory to bring it out during the last week before the election. Not mentioned is that Talent is also avoiding the topic of the minimum wage amendment on the ballot.
On now to a John King piece on the Tennesse race and it's noted that Harold Ford is actually pretty conservative for a democrat. Unfortunately, he's trailing his opponent. John says that Harold won't answer directly regarding the race baiting of that ad we've all seen. He thinks it's better for him if he doesn't address it. Probably right. Next we have a Dana Bash piece on the Virginia race, but first we are shown video of citizen journalist Mike Stark getting attacked by people from George Allen's campaign for trying to ask Allen a question. You can read Mike's response to the attack here. In Dana's piece we learn that once again the democrat isn't exactly a liberal. Jim Webb was Navy Secretary under Reagan and actually used to be a republican, but switched to democrat due to his opposition to the Iraq war. The Allen campaign is playing the gay hate card too and they're also bringing up the books that were mentioned yesterday.
Transitioning now to an updated piece from Jamie McIntyre on those extra Iraqi troops. Rumsfeld has made it official, so apparently we're moving the goal posts again. Jamie then joins us live to inform us that 2/3 of the police are loyal to militias, so really even if they increase their numbers it's not going to make any difference. So, um, why are we doing this again? Also, Maliki is taking orders from Muqtada al-sadr, so that's a pretty big WTF right there. Jamie says the US is not pleased, but willing to give the Iraqi government some time with this. Yeah, okay.
We then move back to The Gerg and Andrew and I have to say that after they ticked me off earlier I suddenly noticed just how imbalanced a perspective we're getting. We've got a disillusioned conservative and a moderate republican (who is probably disillusioned himself). When Andrew is criticizing his own party he sounds like a liberal, but I forget that he's not. His thinking comes from a conservative mindset and he won't be bringing any progressive ideas to the table. Ever. So where are the progressives? Where is Markos from dailykos? Or John Aravosis? Or John Micah Marshall? Actually I think John has been on once, but big deal. And it's not just this pairing right now. Last week Glenn Beck was on totally unopposed with no progressives to bring another view.
Anyway, this time around The Gerg and Andrew are talking about Iraq. Andrew states that we basically have a Shia government there now and since the US pulled out of al-Sadr's stronghold we've basically just abandoned the missing soldier. I didn't even think about it like that. We did, didn't we? The Gerg thinks that if the republicans keep control in the elections it will be confirmation to Bush that he's doing the right thing in Iraq. Well, then the republicans are obviously going to have to lose because we can NOT have him thinking that. My God, next thing you know we'll be in Iran. Anderson and Andrew then cryptically mention a good article in Newsweek about how we need to deal with not how we want Iraq to be, but how it really is. I say "cryptically" because they don't give the author's name. I just got my Newsweek in the mail today and am assuming it's Fareed Zakaria since he has the cover story, though I haven't read it yet. I like Fareed. He's a Daily Show rock star. The Gerg then confirms my guess and goes on to give some details from the article. No Gerg! No spoilers! Kidding.
As Anderson intros the next piece he again stikes a pose. That totally cracks me up. The piece is an oldie from Tom Foreman on Hell House, an extremely disturbing fundamentalist Christian haunted house that has become a national phenomenon. I was actually betting they would show this piece tonight. Does it make me pathetic that I remember this from a year ago? Don't answer that. Anyway, for those not familiar, a Hell House is made up of a bunch of scenes that are suppose to be related to life issues. For example, there is a mock gay wedding where a demon damns the couple to death by AIDS. Lovely, no? The whole thing is pretty disgusting and not at all Christian if you ask me. One of the guys running the show explains that when it comes to these issues it's black and white with no gray. Well, that's pretty much your problem right there, isn't it? I can think of another group of fundamentalists that also have trouble seeing the gray. Another pastor against Hell House sort of makes that point too and also brings up the hypocrisy in that they say they're against violence, yet use violence for their message. Also, maybe I'm making this up, but I swear this piece is recut. I could have sworn there was a part where Tom mentions that he's a Christian and not all that enthused with Hell House. I remember because I was surprised he talked about himself like that. Anybody else remember?
Finally, The Shot tonight is some Halloween fun. First off, we have a picture of a pumpkin Anderson that can be seen on the 360 blog or on this blog where you can also find the pumpkin's creator. We are also treated to a picture of tricker treaters who look suspiciously like Larry King, Wolf Blitzer, and Lou Dobbs. Lou is even wearing a "Broken Borders" shirt. I gotta say, if I opened my door to that I'd probably have a heart attack. We also have a very pretty Erica pumpkin. Anderson seems to think there's something else of him too, but there's not. "It's all about me," he kids. Oh Anderson, isn't that obvious by now? He then scares us out with an, "Ooooooh." I'm sure it's apparent I wasn't happy with the show tonight. D+
Screencaps by bcfraggle and more probably forthcoming.
So what did YOU think about the Kerry coverage?