|This is how Ms. Brzezinski should|
have looked, had she a grip on reality.
If you don't understand your opponent's argument at least as well as your own, how can you effectively defend your position?
Over the past few years, 'Puter's been amazed at the absolute lack of understanding of conservatives and conservatism that liberals display. 'Puter expected the liberal hosts and guests' sneering contempt for conservatives, but not their unapologetic ignorance of conservatism.
'Puter also finds Morning Joe absolutely unwatchable if Joe Scarborough is absent.* Mr. Scarborough is the only person on the set who will challenge any other host or guest on their opinions and assumptions. Without Mr. Scarborough, the set devolves into a navel-gazing echo chamber. MSNBC may as well install a web cam in the Harvard Law School's faculty lounge.
This morning, Mr. Scarborough was absent. How he could choose to be absent on such a momentous day, in such a schadenfreude filled environment, full of low hanging fruit, is beyond 'Puter. Anyhow, Mika Brzezinski, Mr. Scarborough's co-host, handles anchor job when he's not around.
Today, Ms. Brzezinski and her Merry Band of Pranksters shared the following nuggets of unassailable logic with 'Puter and Morning Joe's 12 other viewers:
Issue 1: Governor Walker won yesterday's recall election in Wisconsin with 53% of the vote to his opponent's 46%, a seven percentage point victory.
Team Mika Response: This, according to Ms. Brzezinski's cohort, was a trivial margin of victory, with no national or statewide consequences of any kind. In short, despite pantsing his hard-Left opponent in one of America's more liberal states, Gov. Walker did not receive a mandate or a vindication of his collective bargaining overhaul.Issue 2: Exit polls show Wisconsin voters yesterday indicated a preference for President Obama over his November challenger Mitt Romney by 51% to 44%, a seven percentage point margin.
Team Reality Response: Compare and contrast. President Obama won election in 2008 with 53% of the vote to his opponent's 46%, a seven percentage point victory. Ms. Brzezinski and her cohort still celebrate President Obama's election as an unchallengeable mandate, a mandate to impose a liberal model of command and control on Americans' public and private lives.
Team Mika Response: Ms. Brzezinski indicated that clearly -- CLEARLY -- President Obama was in no trouble in Wisconsin. Why, just gaze upon the exit polling's preference numbers and marvel! President Obama, according to Ms. Brzezinski, is rolling on to victory, just as surely as the Cheeseheads gathered in Lambeau Field's parking lots on Packers' game days are blitzed out of their minds by 8:00 AM. On, Wisconsin!Issue 3: Governor Walker's victory was not a referendum on his reduction of public sector unions' collective bargaining rights.
Team Reality Response: Compare and contrast. President Obama won Wisconsin in 2008 with 56% of the vote to his opponent's 42%, a fourteen percentage point margin. As a matter of fact, President Obama's approval in Wisconsin has fallen by 50% in 3.5 years, today registering just one percentage point over a bare majority. In 'Puter's world, especially in an election where President Obama's core supporters were fired up beyond belief (e.g., labor unions, students, protesting ass-hats of all sorts, etc.), dropping half your prior margin of victory means the Obama Campaign should be cleaning brown stains off campaign headquarters this morning.
Team Mika Response: Ms. Brzezinski indicated Gov. Walker's victory was a one-off, absolutely, positively unrelated to anything having to do with Gov. Walker's constriction of collective bargaining rights. Nope. No siree. Nothing to see here. Move along, please.'Puter has never seen a group of supposedly superior intellects (see, e.g., Howard Dean, Larry Summers, John Meacham, Willie Geist,*** etc.) so sheltered, so committed to an alternate reality, that they could not acknowledge the facts apparent to everyone else.****
Team Reality Response: Compare and contrast. Politico, not exactly a hard-Right outfit, reports that Big Labor went all in on the Wisconsin election, ferrying in troops from out of state to "encourage" union members to vote the right way.** And Wisconsin's electorate wasn't buying any of what unions were selling, soundly rejecting unions' strong-arm tactics. The electorate ignored the unions, squealing like entitled pigs gorging themselves at the taxpayer-funded trough, when they claimed Gov. Walker was sticking it to the little guy. Maybe that's because Gov. Walker's reforms turned a $3 billion deficit into a $150 million surplus, without raising taxes, and simply by requiring public workers to pay their fair share of health and retirement costs.
Governor Walker's recall election victory was a disaster for Democrats, both in Wisconsin and nationally. Governor Walker's recall election victory was Armageddon for public sector unions, both in Wisconsin and nationally.
Yet Ms. Brzezinski gamely soldiered on, pretending Emperor Obama and his Knights of the Public Sector Union were, in fact, wearing clothes. Ms. Brzezinski's performance was all the more amazing as she managed to accomplish the foregoing while at the same time ceaselessly checking her Crackberry for the latest talking points supplied by her "friends" in the White House.
Joe Scarborough, wherever you are, come back! Your show needs you as a reality check.
*'Puter also digs Mike Barnicle, a grizzled, old-school Kennedy Democrat newspaperman. Sure, he's liberal, but a least he displays common sense.
**Here's how Politico's Robin Bravender put it: "Big Labor went all in on the Wisconsin recall — putting millions of dollars, months of organizing and its reputation as a political superpower on the line to defeat GOP Gov. Scott Walker. Then they got trounced on Election Day."
***To be fair to Mr. Geist, he appeared uneasy as Ms. Brzezinski continued with her reality-defying observations about Gov. Walker's victory. He made 'Puter's list of dishonor for not gamely stepping in, as Mr. Scarborough would have done, and calling Ms. Brzezinski on her horseshit.
****The only person on set with any grasp of reality was former Tennessee Democrat Congressman Harold Ford, Jr., who acknowledged the implications of Gov. Walker's victory. He opined that if Democrats argue that the rich should pay their "fair share" then they should expect Republicans to counter that everyone should pay his "fair share," including public sector unionized workers.