Maddow's 'Creepy' Reasoning: Blasts GOP Senators for Differing on Obama's Foreign Policy
This is perhaps a pretty desperate way for MSNBC host Rachel Maddow to try to resonate with her liberal viewers.
On her Oct. 6 show, Maddow specifically targeted Sens. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., and Jim DeMint, R-S.C. for pursuing foreign policy objectives that run counter to President Barack Obama’s on the issues of global warming and
First she set her sights on Inhofe, who recently announced he would be making a trip to
“A little over two weeks ago, Republican Sen. Jim Inhofe of
In Maddow’s estimation, the very idea that he would even disagree on global warming with the Democratic president is wrong.
“What was interesting part of what he said – what he said was, ‘I’m going to go ahead and announce now, I’m going to go to
She likened this to a trip made by Rep. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., who told the Chinese not to trust the American government when it comes to what this administration will say about
“And, you know, when it was just [Rep.] Mark Kirk going to
However, Maddow did her viewers a disservice by not mentioning that other members of Congress have done exactly the same thing, but they were Democrats and George W. Bush was president. In 2007, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi made a trip to Syria, a nation that is considered a state sponsor of terrorism, against the wishes of the U.S. State Department.
Maddow should also have recalled the trip of three Democrat members of the House to
Maddow seemed to think Pelosi is some sort of back-bencher whose antics could be overlooked, and that giving aid to an avowed enemy of the
“But when something like this happens three times, I think it’s called a trend – which makes Republican Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina officially the trend-maker,” Maddow said. “Sen. DeMint is now back from meeting with the de facto government of
DeMint is on the Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee and these fact-finding trips aren’t that uncommon. As JINSA pointed out, House and Senate members spent 6,910 days on “official travel” overseas in the first three-quarters of 2009, according to Congressional records. These members spent an estimated $9.4 million and traveled to
“Sen. DeMint is referring to a government that ushered its country’s democratically-elected president out of the country in his pajamas, a government that until today allowed police and soldiers to break up public meetings, arrest people without warrants and restrict the news media,” Maddow said.
But here once again, a little history would be a service for Maddow’s audience – recent history. Back in April, members of the Congressional Black Caucus traveled to Cuba, a country with which is illegal for
“Then today, remarkably, three more Republican members of Congress went to