The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

04 July 2010

Libtalkers Unhappy With Portrayals Of Byrd, Questioning Of Kagan


Libtalkers Resort To Petty Gripes, Cheap Tactics

With Obama's approval ratings slipping by the day, his economic policies floundering and liberal stalwarts moving into the afterlife, it's not a fun time for our "progressive" friends.

For their part, liberal talk hosts seem not to have much of a strategy at the moment beyond petty gripes (how DARE Elena Kagan face questions about her background, how DARE anyone mention Robert Byrd's Klan association) and the usual (aren't those Republicans RAAAAAAACIST!!!!) smears.

Here are some of libtalk's lowlights over the past week, including Stacy Taylor on Robert Byrd, plus New York Daily News columnist Errol Lewis and Oregon-based syndicated host Thom Hartmann, both commenting on the Kagan hearings:

STACY TAYLOR (RANDI RHODES SHOW GUEST HOST - 02 JULY 2010) (02:58): I must comment that I am dismayed at the fact that you have forced me into, um, tuning in to the right-wing blowhard machine... These people on the conservative right, who dominate talk radio....and alive!..if -if you didn't know that Robert Byrd was a member of the Ku Klux Klan, you know, back in the 1950s, you know, before this week, it's been beaten into your head by now!

I mean, it's like, people were waiting for the guy to die just like Ted Kennedy so they could talk about Chappaquidick so they could talk about the Ku Klux Klan! That's all I heard! Robert Byrd - Ku Klux Klan!

And by of course, by uh, by insinuation by extension - guilt by association - that means Democrats; the Democrat Party as they like to call it over there - never could quite figure it out there - the Republic Party and the Democrat Party! So I'm getting all the jargon down...

ERROL LOUIS (ED SCHULTZ SHOW GUEST HOST - WEDNESDAY 30 JUNE 2010) (20:54): Has there ever been a grilling of a conservative nominee to the Supreme Court where somebody asked them, hey are you a conservative? And they said, yeah, I'm a conservative. I don't remember ever hearing that? Anybody else remember, do you remember ever hearing that? We have this habit of falling into these little traps, all these little rhetorical traps. I mean, that's the game, right, at a nomination hearing. ...

Louis plays clip of Lindsey Graham asking Kagan of her political views, Kagan saying she's lifelong Democrat, worked for two Democratic presidents and considers herself "generally progressive" - Louis suggests, in effect, that Kagan do what Dukakis did so masterfully in '88 campaign and scurry from accurate description of himself as liberal

LOUIS (22:28): Wrong answer, wrong answer. Are you a progressive? You're supposed to say, I'm an American. You know, I, you're supposed to say, I'm an American. I, I'm, I vote Democratic, I served in a Democratic administration, draw whatever conclusions. I don't like labels, that's the other acceptable answer, I don't like labels. I don't, I don't subscribe to ideologies or -isms. I am a free thinking, independent, patriotic American. All I want to do is serve my country. That's the answer.

THOM HARTMANN (29 JUNE 2010) (5:12): (sarcastically, regarding Thurgood Marshall's efforts on behalf of racial integration): Oh, my God, Jeff Sessions might have to sit next to a black man on an airplane now! Can you believe it -- Jeff Sessions' kids might have to go to school with black kids!

HARTMANN (6:36): Talk about speakin' to the base. Talk about [a] dog whistle to the racists...What the Republicans did yesterday was all but furl out a KKK banner and show up [in] robes and hoods and say, 'Hey, all you racist guys out there, send us money, get us elected, we're gonna make a good stand here against this woman who had the temerity to clerk for Thurgood Marshall.' See, that's why they keep invoking Thurgood Marshall's name.

HARTMANN (9:34): The Republican party, flailing around, trying to get the racist vote in their base activated, and they're using the Kagan hearings to do it.

Can't wait to see what next week brings...


  • SO let's get this straight.

    It is unacceptable to call a Kluxer a Kluxer, but it is acceptable to call Republicans Kluxers for daring to raise questions about Kagan's qualifications as a Supreme Court justice and what she took away in terms of judicial philosophy from her timeclerking for Thurgood Marshall, who was a mediocre justice and judicial activist.

    The great irony, of course, is that Robert Byrd voted against both African-Americans to serve on the Supreme Court, and even sought info from the FBI so he could denounce Marshall as a Communist on the Senate floor!

    By Anonymous Rhymes With Right, at 04 July, 2010 17:51  

  • I've never heard of any of these people. But they're liberals so they are insane. Nothing new here.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 05 July, 2010 15:16  

  • I just wanted to say I really like your blog!!

    Common Cents

    By Blogger commoncents, at 05 July, 2010 15:19  

  • The weird thing is the implication that Thurgood Marshall had only one important quality. If you mention him at all, or someone's close professional identification with him, the only thing you could be referring to is the color of his skin, or possibly his ruling on a school desegregation case. How many years was he a lawyer and a judge? How many years on the Supreme Court? Didn't he ever reach the point where something else about him mattered to people?

    -- Texan99

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 05 July, 2010 15:36  

  • If you are a card-carrying member of the KKK and a Democrat--FORGET IT, you're not a racist.

    If you question Elena Kagan beyond the sensibilities of some left-wing crackpot--YOU ARE A RACIST.

    Libs have destroyed the meaning of "racist" just as they previously destroyed the meaning of the word "compassion."

    By Blogger Mondo, at 05 July, 2010 16:41  

  • After reading the vapid comments of these radio "hosts", I understand why I have never heard of any of them.

    By Anonymous robert_fl, at 05 July, 2010 17:02  

  • I didn't realize Hartmann was so intellectully lazy. He almost seemed reasonable compared to Rhodes and Malloy. I guess I was wrong.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 05 July, 2010 21:22  

  • The very fact that anyone put up with the like of Ted Kennedy & Robert Byrd in their party & saw them as leaders says much about the character of those would follow support them & vote for them. Both guys were dirtbags of the highest order, & deserve each other's company in hell. I don't understand how any respectable person could support lowlife tools as Kennedy or Byrd, I don't get it.

    By Anonymous danybhoy, at 06 July, 2010 00:24  

  • Thommyboy has that look of an idiot dog that has to bark at everything. Reading his comments (didn't want to waste time watching him), he sounds just as intelligent.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 06 July, 2010 13:43  

  • Yep, crackpots! "get the jargon down"???? I mean, it is Republican or Democrat party right? Does he not know how the electoral system operates?

    Oh and I love the "say you are an American" as a response to are you a progressive!!!!!!!!!

    You are not fooling anyone libbies!

    By Blogger Auntie Em/Libertarian Woman, at 07 July, 2010 13:35  

  • This is the rebuttal to Chris Matthews ridiculous predictions from this video.

    What is MSNBC’s Chris Matthews Thinking?

    Once you watch this video, you’ll be wondering the same thing. It’s baffling.

    By Blogger PolticalJunkie2008, at 07 July, 2010 21:29  

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