Following a Monday night look at Tuesday's special election to fill New York's 23rd congressional district seat in which Republican Dede Scozzafava dropped out after falling behind the Democrat and the Conservative Party nominee, ABC anchor Charles Gibson - instead of wondering why the GOP establishment failed to pick a candidate who upholds basic Republican principles - delivered the usual liberal media upset over the GOP's lack of a "big tent," a phrase you never hear when Democrats pick left-wing candidates: A liberal Republican gets forced out of the race by a more conservative guy who was actually not a... continue reading
Chris Matthews, on Monday's Hardball, claimed the GOP is purging moderates from the party like it was 1930s Russia, and Newsweek's Howard Fineman said the dumping of RINOs like Dede Scozzafava in New York was leading to "the crack cocaine of reduced Republicanism." Yes indeed it was, as Fineman noted, a night of "wild comparisons," on Hardball but after making the "purge" metaphor, Matthews actually had the nerve to call Rush Limbaugh's play-on-words joke that Scozzafava "screwed every RINO in the country," a "metaphor from Hell." The following exchanges were aired on the November 2 edition of Hardball: CHRIS MATTHEWS:... continue reading
Good Morning America's Bill Weir on Saturday interviewed Nancy Pelosi and wistfully responded to the House Speaker's reminiscing about the "stillness" and "silence" of Barack Obama's inauguration. He cooed, "What happened to that sense? That was such a day of, of unity. You think it's still there?" After Pelosi assured the weekend anchor that such solidarity still existed, Weir responded, " Even after the town hall meetings and everything that we've been through? " Weir certainly seemed to enjoy the January 20, 2009 inauguration. Reporting for World News that day, he memorably asked if "national pride" can "make a freezing... continue reading
Though he's predicting Democrats will prevail in the end, former theatre critic turned New York Times over-dramatic liberal columnist Frank Rich sounded even more skittish than usual in his pre-election column in the Sunday Week in Review, " The G.O.P. Stalinists Invade Upstate New York ." Barack Obama's most devilish political move since the 2008 campaign was to appoint a Republican congressman from upstate New York as secretary of the Army. This week's election to fill that vacant seat has set off nothing less than a riotous and bloody national G.O.P. civil war. No matter what the results in that... continue reading
Interviewing Mitt Romney on Monday's CBS Early Show, co-host Harry Smith alluded to the special election in New York's 23rd congressional district and the success of Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman: "There's a battle going on right now for the soul of the Republican Party. Conservatives say there's no room for moderates there. Will this tactic save or kill the Republican Party?" Romney argued: "Well, the Republican Party has always had a lot of voices and we are going to continue it be a big tent party. The New York 23rd race had a very anomalous situation." Smith could hardly... continue reading
Former top Democratic aide turned journalist George Stephanopoulos on Monday spun the upcoming November 3 congressional election in New York as a Republican "civil war." Recounting the battle between the Conservative Party nominee, a Democrat and a liberal Republican, he claimed, "But, what's most interesting here is civil war inside the Republican Party." Stephanopoulos added, "You saw this conservative candidate just come in and swamp the Republican who was pro-choice, pro-gay rights. And what the White House is trying to do even if they lose here is exploit- is fan the flames of this civil war." Of course, Stephanopoulos, who... continue reading
It's hard to imagine two Chris Matthews Show panelists publicly admitting that the President was smarter than them, during the George W. Bush administration, but that's precisely what happened during this weekend's episode when host Chris Matthews asked Newsweek's Howard Fineman that very question. When a frustrated Matthews worried that Barack Obama wasn't being more aggressive in pushing health care reform, Fineman calmed Matthews down by assuring him that "one of his great patience" which prompted Matthews to ponder: "Howard is he smarter than us?" to which Fineman affirmed: "Of course he is! Much smarter!" [ audio available here... continue reading
Rosie O'Donnell returns to the media today, but in quite a step down the media ladder from national TV prominence - with a daily two-hour show on XM and Sirius satellite radio she'll host from her Nyack, New York home. "Rosie Radio is a radio show that is compelling, intriguing, unpredictable, and thought-provoking," the radio service proclaims of the program which will air three times a day on the "XM Sirius Stars" channel ( XM 155 and Sirius 102 ) which also carries shows hosted by Barbara Walters, Dr. Laura Schlesinger, Depak Chopra, Judith Regan and Bill Bradley. O'Donnell's as... continue reading
Rush Limbaugh's tough criticisms of President Barack Obama on Fox News Sunday "broke" the White House's truce with Fox News, Bob Schieffer suggested during an interview with Obama's Senior Adviser, David Axelrod, on Face the Nation . After playing a clip of Limbaugh dismissing as "a photo-op" Obama's trip to Dover Air Force Base to witness returning casualties from Afghanistan and quoting Limbaugh's characterizations of Obama as "narcissistic," "immature, inexperienced" and "in over his head," Schieffer, seemingly referring to Limbaugh's remarks - or, at least the decision by Fox News to feature Limbaugh on its Sunday interview show - forwarded:... continue reading
In the wake of liberal Republican Dede Scozzafava suspending her congressional campaign after polls put her behind the Democrat and New York's Conservative Party nominee Doug Hoffman who has earned support from many conservatives, Los Angeles Times veteran Ron Brownstein fretted over how it's "a sign that the leash that the base is holding on the party is tightening and that the Palins, the talk radio, Rush Limbaughs, the Fox, the definition of what is acceptable as a Republican I think is narrowing." Brownstein, who joined National Journal in 2007 after nearly two decades at the LA Times and three... continue reading