Randi Rhodes Loses It Over Alito Nomination
Rhodes Again Unhinged: Liberalism Or Addiction?
Does Randi Rhodes really reflect modern liberalism's true state of affairs? If not, why aren't leftists loudly denouncing her increasingly bizarre rantings?
If they can honestly support radio's version of Courtney Love and her crazed ramblings about Judge Alito, then it's truly a movement in crisis.
And after spending so long pounding on Rush Limbaugh over his pill addiction, why won't Rhodes and Air America Radio come to honest terms with her problem? After all, Rush did eventually come clean with his listeners, later seeking help from a drug treatment facility.
After Randi's Friday show, it's only fair to ask whether this is where "progressives" truly stand, or if it's finally her turn to head to Arizona for some "time off".
Is she sober during her radio program? To the listener, it doesn't always sound that way.
With the unenviable task of transcribing the show was Dave Pierre at Newsbusters, who captured Randi in her best Love-inspired meltdown mode:
This guy [Judge Alito] just creeps me out. He's quiet. He's not a guy who shoots up stores, he dies in a blaze of glory. No. That's not who he is. He's like one of those guys who goes along for years really quietly ... murdering hookers.
You know what I mean? That's more him. He's the kind of guy that you live next door to for 30 years, and then all of a sudden a bulldozer shows up, and there's 31 kids buried underneath. You know what I mean? That's his temperament.
He's not a junkyard dog. He's not a barker. He's not like a [UN ambassador John] Bolton; y'know, obviously a big bully. No. He's more like a wolf in sheep's clothing. He looks really 'milk toasty'; you want to pet him, and actually, I want to make boots out of him. Y'know. But, uh. No. He's a hunter.
And he's hunting for ways to - y'know - (changing tone) 'Balance of power? Oh. That's so '80's. 1780's!' You know what I mean? This is who he is.
To Northwest listeners, it's obvious Rhodes is comparing Judge Alito with Green River Killer Gary Ridgway, an association that immediately demands mandatory drug testing for Air America's lead crackpot.
Why won't this happen anytime soon? Because, according to documented information obtained from an inside source, the liberal radio network's execs don't believe the outcome of such a test would be much of a mystery (go ahead, liberals, have a fit about this paragraph- we're in the mood for a good fight).
Even for her fans, it's not exactly easy to follow Randi's disjointed train of thought. As Pierre notes:
Ugh. In addition to the vulgar and insensitive comparison, Rhodes seems to be complaining that Judge Alito is not a "junkyard dog"; that he's not "a barker'; that he's not "a guy who shoots up stores." I'm - uh - confused. Alito was quiet? Too polite? Too ... classy? I dunno.
Last September, Randi was cited by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) for outrageous remarks in which she compared the evacuation of victims of hurricane Katrina to the deportation of Jews during the Holocaust ([link] and [link] and [link]). Although the letter to Randi from the ADL said, "We look forward to your response," there has been no published report of any apology from Rhodes that this writer could find.
Unfortunately, it's not as though Air America has a great deal of credibility to squander, yet for some reason they allow Rhodes to relentlessly destroy any remaining shred of it, a seemingly counterproductive business practice.
Given her obvious on-air deterioration, however, how much longer can Randi Rhodes hold it together before she falls apart to the extent we've witnessed with Love?
On another Rhodes matter, several readers have emailed me, wondering about recent on-air claims she'd beaten Sean Hannity in the ratings.
Is it true? Really difficult to know without seeing hard copies of the exact demographic group she's talking about. Is this confined to New York City, or elsewhere, in every hour or just one of them?
We'll be discussing ratings in greater detail this week.
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Randi with beer: Grand Street News, second image: HBO, fourth image: C-SPAN