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Hell Hath No Fury Like a Polite Woman Scorned

April 22nd, 2008 | by Omnipotent Poobah |

Network Outrage

It’s not every day that you get to see a talking head lose his cool and become a walking head. Bob Novak did it during an argument with mouth of the south, James Carville. Now, Joe Scarborough has been chased out of the studio by unabashed lesbian liberal, and alum of my daughter’s high school, Rachel Maddow.

Novak taking a long walk out of a short studio wasn’t any surprise. He’s notoriously thin-skinned and Carville is, well, Carville. But running from Rachel? If nothing else, Rachel is always unerringly polite. The only thing she did that could be aggressive in the slightest was to ask Joe to shut his yap long enough to make her point. But I suppose such an outrageous demand from a mere female was enough to wound the failed Florida Congressman’s ego. Hell hath no fury like a polite woman scorned.

Aw Joe, say it ain’t so.

What is surprising is that this sort of thing doesn’t happen more often. Many of these combative shows demonstrate a level of decorum commensurate with Bill O’Reilly high on the loofah dust. They shout and yowl over each other so loudly their “informed” blowviary becomes nothing but white noise against a background of animated flags, eagles, maps, screen crawls, and snippets of the Declaration of Independence.

In the same way these shows are useless for furthering the national conversation on important topics, sometimes their guests are equally bad from a news content perspective. The NYT just published an article charging that many of the retired military “analysts” on MSM payrolls are really double-agents also on the dole of large military-industrial companies.

Of course, the NYT could be wrong, their track record hasn’t been so hot lately.

A while back, Jon Stewart laid into nebbishy Tucker Carlson for practicing this type of poorly done political theatre. Afterwards, it wasn’t long before CNN disappeared the earnest young man. He later resurfaced on MSNBC sans his trademark bow tie. Never has a sartorial/editorial decision cut so deep. Deep sixing the tie was like cutting off Sampson’s hair, with reasonable Jon playing the role of Delilah.

I’d love to get one of these gigs. I figure I’m better than any of them in a debate, preferring to make up in quality asshatism what I lack in volume. That would seem to be easy in an industry known for simply making up the truthiness of any confrontation. I could probably build a big following and eventually moderate Presidential debates. And I’d ask the really tough questions too - like why Stephensungalophogous wasn’t wearing a flag pin or hating America worse than Barrak Obama because of it. One day, I could even use my little corner of Screedville to completely replace my ego and run for office.

Oops, check that. Chris Matthews already has that racket sewn up, providing he can keep his yap shut like Joe.

Cross posted at The Omnipotent Poobah Speaks!

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