Tuesday, October 15, 2013

"Jane, You Ignorant . . . "

Those of us of A Certain Age can fill in the blank on that one.  It's a memorable line from the classic Saturday Night Live, with Dan Aykroyd on the delivery:

What does this have to do with today's screed?

Well, I agree with H. L. Mencken's position that the only way a journalist should look at a politician is down, but today's modern journalists are all too willing (as they have for the past 20+ years) to curry favor with politicians in order to get access and "exclusive" interviews.  A sad state for the Fourth Estate.

And that makes it all the more surprising when MSNBC presenter Thomas Roberts came up behind Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and cut both of her Achilles tendons:

Thomas Roberts: When it comes to Obamacare, do you hate Obamacare more than you love your country?
Marsha Blackburn (R-TN): I got to tell you something. I think that comments like that that you are making are just incredibly inappropriate. What we have to realize.
Thomas Roberts: You don’t think it is incredibly inappropriate to shutdown our government and to take all the hostages of Americans, that you have taken? No. No. No. It is not inappropriate because you have taken the government hostage to a shutdown and all the American people you are now walking them to a cliff,  the economy. And you are going to push them over one by one based on the fact that you don’t like the ACA. That’s all it is. You don’t like the affordable care act.
Marsha Blackburn (R-TN): Listen to yourself. We didn’t want a government shutdown. Just listen to the way you are sounding; my goodness.

Marsha, Marsha, Marsha . . .

Your caucus wanted this shutdown, in much the same way that your caucus wants the debt default; your caucus even changed the rules on the day before the shutdown so that the Democrats couldn't bring a discharge petition on the Senate's continuing resolution to the floor for an up-or-down vote.

You and your caucus own this shutdown and the looming default, Marsha.

You called the tune; time to pay the piper and own up to your stupidity.

Marsha, you ignorant slut.


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