Pillage the Village

Some Villager vignettes for your consideration. First up, Dana Milbank on Joe Lieberman’s sparsely attended farewell speech in the senate:

Joe Lieberman’s Sad Send-Off

It Was a Lonely Farewell for Joe Lieberman.

...A few more senators arrived during the 20-minute speech, but even by the end Lieberman was very much alone — which is how it has been for much of his 24-year tenure. He tried to push back against the mindless partisanship that developed in the chamber, and he paid dearly for it…

What a steaming load of horseshit. Lieberman was a highly partisan actor on behalf of the insurance-financial-military complex, which filled his coffers sufficiently to retain office long after the people of Connecticut were sick of the mewling, sanctimonious prick. Given the damage he inflicted with his war-mongering and petty spite, Lieberman deserved a much grander send-off, such as ejection from the chamber via catapult to a new home in a toxic waste dump.

Instead, he got away with his many perfidies, lionized by ignorant prats like Milbank for his non-existent integrity and bipartisanship, and he’ll no doubt land on K Street, where he’ll rake in millions of dollars. We’re supposed to feel sorry for Lieberman? Boo-fucking-hoo.

Next up: hair harrumphing and fat shaming:

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With the exception of every minute of every single episode of Dancin’ Dave Gregory’s “Press the Meat,” this clip illustrates the vacuity of our fucked up political press corps about as well as anything you’ll ever see. George Stephanopoulis and Barbara Walters are discussing her recent interviews with Hillary Clinton and Chris Christie.

Wow, there’s a lot to discuss! You’ve got the Secretary of State in a tumultuous geopolitical time, what with much of the Middle East going to hell, etc., but the teaser for the segment is all about Hillary Clinton’s hair.

Walters apologetically notes that a man wouldn’t be questioned about his coif, but nonetheless, the public demands an answer, so Walters must ask. Clinton responds with the mocking tone the question deserves, but Jaysus, this is stupid. Clinton should have shaved her head on the segment and made a real statement, like Joan of Arc.

Next up, Chris Christie, possible GOP contender in 2016, governor of a hurricane-ravaged state, frequent pugnacious asshole and notorious Obama-thanker. Was the teaser to that segment about how a GOP primary candidate who is famous for his temper might navigate between the batshit crazies and plutocrats who control his party to offer a credible alternative to the Democrats? How about a bit on Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts and the looming threat of climate change to coastal areas?

Nope—it’s about fat Christie’s fat-fat ass and fat-fat-fat gut. Could voters see past his big fat blubber and consider electing such a fatty-fat motherfucker?

Again, Walters poses the question delicately, after making a joke about the “elephant in the room” in the intro. Jaysus. I half expected Christie to respond that if a woman with a speech impediment could become a top broadcast journalist, surely a fat man could aspire to the highest office in the land.

I suppose our political press corps could get even dumber, but it’s hard to imagine how unless they add Jim Hoft to the ranks. Which wouldn’t surprise me.

[X-posted at Balloon Juice]

Posted by Betty Cracker on 12/13/12 at 09:09 AM • Permalink

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It’s a crying shame that “journalists” feel they have to appeal to the lowest common denominator in viewership. I, for one, do not care what Hillary does with her hair, nor do I care how heavy Christie is. I don’t care about the Afro worn by the woman weather specialist on TV, either, only saddened that in modern society that people doing their jobs are expected to
fit some sort of arbitrary standard set by John Q Public.

I watched a TV interview by George Stephanopolis with Timothy Geithner a few weeks back, and George’s first question about the proposed budget was, “So, did Mitch McConnel really laugh out loud at Obama’s proposed budget?”

Really, George? Are we catty little schoolgirls who cannot discuss the significant elements of a big political story without resorting to giggling and pointing?

Jeezus criminy.

Listen, if a little girl with an obvious speech impediment can grow up to be an overpaid hack interviewer, anything is possible! This is AMERICA, people!

Meant to add “and an addiction to vacuity” to the list of her afflictions. In fact, were it not for the fact that her existence made this slice of comedic heaven possible, I would be fine with the Terminator coming back and taking out Baba and the rest of the self-regarding smug cabal polluting the airwaves of political discourse.

Comment by Oblomova on 12/13/12 at 02:53 PM

Also also—the Millbank encomium made me barf.

I think you meant this is AMEWICA, O. (Slaps self repeatedly for bad joke…)

I was gonna do that, honest, but I figured I’d set it up and let you knock it out!

Wow, the convergence of two pathetic old hacks.  Baba Wawa may have been a serious journalist once (I’m reserving judgement) but she sure the hell isn’t now.  I haven’t seen a serious interview by her in a long time and these two “teasers” don’t make me any more hopeful.

I don’t particularly like Chris Christie but he has one big thing going for him:  he is “not” crazy.  And he seems to take his job seriously.  He needs to be watched closely for the next election.  Because he is a Republican and therefore conservative.

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