We discussed this briefly already. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made a tangental comparison between contemporary attitudes about slavery and today’s obstructionist Republican stance towards health care reform.
Instead of joining us on the right side of history, all the Republicans can come up with is, ’slow down, stop everything, let’s start over.’ If you think you’ve heard these same excuses before, you’re right,” Reid said. “When this country belatedly recognized the wrongs of slavery, there were those who dug in their heels and said ’slow down, it’s too early, things aren’t bad enough. When this body was on the verge of guaranteeing equal civil rights to everyone regardless of the color of their skin, some senators resorted to the same filibuster threats that we hear today,” he added.
Now, other than the fact that what Reid said is ABSOLUTELY TRUE, where’s the controversy? Well, I guess we gotta create one, just like when Obama made that “lipstick on a pig” remark that the right wing media swiftly turned into “OBAMA IS CALLING SARAH PALIN A PIG!!!”
Of course, you can always count on the GOP apologists on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” to feign outrage.
On MSNBC’s Morning Joe, co-host Mika Brzezinski called Reid’s remarks “unfortunate.” Her guest, RNC Chairman Michael Steele, said Reid needs to “check himself” and ripped him for being “out of touch,” “clueless,” and “ignorant.”
Now, if you have a brain — and I assume you do — you are joining me in shouting at the TV screen — “WHAT DID REID SAY THAT WAS INCORRECT??” Are the Republicans saying that nobody tried to keep slavery legal? Are the Republicans saying that there were no obstructionist tactics from Southern lawmakers?
Nope! What they’re SAYING is that REID IS COMPARING HEALTH CARE REFORM OPPONENTS TO SLAVERY SUPPORTERS!!!
This is laughable on its face and should be mocked and shouted down at every opportunity. But, doggone it, the Right Wing Mainstream Media is treating this like it’s an ACTUAL ISSUE!
Thank goodness there was someone on ”Morning Joe” who DID ask Steele to defend his faux outrage.
But when MSNBC’s Donny Duetsch challenged Steele to defend his criticisms, Steele offered this weak and childish response
DEUTSCH: I’m still trying to understand why the analogies he’s made are wrong. Obviously, the issue here is that any great change throughout history has the naysayers saying “it’s not time, it’s not time.” So why was that an irrelevant analogy?
STEELE: I won’t even dignify that with a response.
DEUTSCH: What do you mean, dignify? It’s a question, it’s a genuine question.
STEELE: Next question.
DEUTSCH: It’s a genuine question.
STEELE: Next question. Come on. I’m sorry, sir. I’m not going to sit here and say it’s an appropriate comparison to slavery.
DEUTSCH: He’s not. He’s comparing it to dramatic change, and the naysayers to change.
STEELE: Whatever, whatever. Next question.
DEUTSCH: That’s a great response. Very, very intelligent, brave response.
STEELE: It is. As was your question.
What’s next, Mike? “Neener, neener, neener”?
Check out the video. It’s obvious that Steele just does NOT have an answer. At least, not one that would be acceptable to his leash-holders, Limbaugh, Hannity and Beck.
This is just so typical. Someone says something, a Republican fakes outrage for what he PRETENDS that someone said, and the Right Wing Media crawls all over the story as if the thing the Republican is outraged about actually WAS said, and an urban legend is created.