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More Mush From the Wimp

August 20th, 2014 - 12:25 pm

As Wikipedia notes, “‘Mush from the Wimp’ was a joke headline accidentally passed through to publication at the top of a Boston Globe editorial in 1980:”

On Saturday, March 15, 1980, the Boston Globe ran an editorial that began:

Certainly it is in the self-interest of all Americans to impose upon themselves the kind of economic self-discipline that President Carter urged repeatedly yesterday in his sober speech to the nation. As the President said, inflation, now running at record rates, is a cruel tax, one that falls most harshly upon those least able to bear the burden.

There was nothing exceptional about it except the headline: “Mush from the Wimp”. The headline — which was supposed to have read “All Must Share The Burden” — was corrected during the press run after 161,000 copies had already gone to circulation.

In November 1982, Globe editorial page editor Kirk Scharfenberg wrote an op-ed piece discussing his creation of the phrase and the use of “wimp” as a popular political insult afterwards. “I meant it as an in-house joke and thought it would be removed before publication,” he explained. “It appeared in 161,000 copies of the Globe the next day.”

In the meantime, Theo Lippman Jr. of the Baltimore Sun declared “Mush from the Wimp” the second most famous newspaper headline of the 20th century, behind “Wall St. Lays an Egg” and ahead of “Ford to City: Drop Dead”.

The New York Times inadvertently had its own “Mush from The Wimp” headline today, which manages to combine Obama’s feckless Middle East policy, his monolithic lack of introspection, which prevents him from admitting mistakes and reassessing his administration’s goals, with his penchant for long hours out on the links into one inadvertent brilliant headline.

As Orrin Judd noted recently, it’s only a matter of time before the killer rabbit emerges onto the back fairway as well. But Glenn Reynolds warned us very early into former President Obama’s administration, “A Carter-rerun is now looking like a best-case scenario. . . .”

Related:

Update: The president vows to stay relentlessly on course:

And Now, a Word From Our Sponsor

August 18th, 2014 - 2:03 pm

The groundskeeper for the Bushwood Country Club golf course just called and said, “I’m Carl Spackler, and I definitely approve this message.”

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“There is a great deal of advertising that’s better than the product. When that happens, all that the good advertising will do is put you out of business faster. There have been cases where the product had to come up to the advertising but when the product fails to do that, the advertiser will eventually run into a lot of trouble,” ad man (and Mad Men series advisor) Jerry Della Femina wrote over 40 years ago in his classic book on advertising, From Those Wonderful Folks Who Gave You Pearl Harbor: Front-Line Dispatches from the Advertising War.

For example, there’s this over-enthusiastic, what can we do to get you into this fine low-mileage Oldsmobile today sales pitch.

In 2008, Mr. Obama promised, “You give me this office and in turn my, fears, doubts, insecurities, foibles, need for sleep, family life, vacations, leisure is gone. I am giving my self to you.”

The reality that followed turned out to be rather different:

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Related: “W renounced golf in August, 2003, saying, ‘I don’t want some mom whose son may have recently died to see the commander in chief playing golf . . . I feel I owe it to the families to be as — to be in solidarity as best as I can with them. And I think playing golf during a war just sends the wrong signal.’”

Of course, as with leaving office with a stabilized Iraq, I’m sure the far left believes that W quit golf just to spite Obama, because, racism.

Update: The opening quote from Della Femina applies just as much — actually more so — to this brutal juxtaposition as well

Oh the epic agreements and mutual “you go, girls!!!” that Whoopi and Rosie will have with their latest “conservative” sparring partner, if this article in the London Daily Mail pans out, Scott Whitlock writes at Newsbusters:

According to speculation by the Daily Mail on Friday, Nicolle Wallace, a liberal Republican who worked on John McCain’s 2008 campaign and famously feuded with Sarah Palin, has been selected to fill the “conservative” seat on ABC’s The View. The rumor comes a day after the producer of the left-wing Rachel Maddow Show was hired to run the ABC chat show.

Daily Mail writer Topper Toussaint claimed, “Commentator S.E. Cupp was also considered, but clashed with Rosie [O'Donnell].” He added, “‘Rosie told her that her approach was just like Elisabeth Hasselbeck, which did not sit well,’ according to the show insider.” If the reports are true, Wallace will hardly be a conservative counterweight to the very liberal O’Donnell.

According to an October 22, 2010 report in the New York Times, “On Election Day, Mrs. Wallace didn’t even vote for the McCain-Palin ticket.”

The GOP strategist talked to Time magazine about her 2011 novel that featured a crazy VP candidate:

The idea of a mentally ill vice president who suffers in complete isolation was obviously sparked by the behaviors I witnessed by Sarah Palin. What if somebody who was ill-equipped for the office were to ascend to the presidency or vice presidency? What would they do? How long would it take for people to figure it out? I became consumed by this question.

On October 15, 2013, Wallace appeared on Morning Joe. Asked by Joe Scarborough if she opposed ObamaCare, the Republican operative remarked, “I don’t know anymore. My [former Bush aide] husband asked me the other day, ‘What do we hate about it?”

Congrats ABC — you’ve finally found the secret distaff member in the David Frum, David Gergen, David Brooks He Man Woman’s Hater Faux Republican Club!

Three Days of the Schadenfreude

August 6th, 2014 - 11:43 pm

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It will happen this way. You may be walking. Maybe the first sunny day of the spring. And an IRS staff car will slow beside you, and a door will open, and someone you know, maybe even trust, someone like Lois Lerner, will get out of the car. And she will smile, a becoming smile. But she will leave open the door of the car and offer to give you a lift.

—Frequent Hot Air commenter “Bishop,” in the comments thread for Mary Katharine Ham’s post, “Robert Redford sues to get his $1.6 million back from the Fair Share pot in NY.”

And huh — veteran leftie Robert Redford’s paranoia about Big Government — as seen in many of his films such as All the President’s Men, Three Days of the Condor, Sneakers, Lions for Lambs, and The Company You Keep finally is proven right, as one of the best-known limousine leftists in the world gets mugged by big, out of control government.

“Joe Biden’s Latest Gaffe Is As Stupid As You Might Imagine,” Jerome Hudson writes at the Daily Surge. Hudson adds that Joe’s gaffe “was served up during his remarks today at the United States Africa Leaders Summit:”

Now if you thought that one of his senior staffers would’ve taken the time to educate Joe Biden on the differences between nations, countries, and continents, before putting him in front of a microphone, you’d be wrong.

​”There’s no reason the nation of Africa cannot and should not join the ranks of the world’s most prosperous nations in the near term, in the decades ahead,” the vice president of the United States of America said.

“There is simply no reason,” he said.

Actually, I think what we’re seeing here is Joe Biden, Super-Trekkie. Let’s assume he’s seen Star Trek in at least one of its many forms; perhaps he’s read all of the “Making of” books and Websites. If so, Joe knows that in two centuries, Lt. Uhura will be born in the “United States of Africa” — it’s just a matter of time. Like the jurist who wore her Star Trek uniform to Bill Clinton’s Whitewater trial, why not live the futuristic Federation dream now?

Live Long and Prosper, Admiral Biden. Live Long and Prosper.

“Time zones are a relatively recent invention,” Matthew Yglesias Vox-splains (link safe, goes to Twitchy). “They date back to the 19th Century and were designed to reconcile the needs of the then-new railroad industry with the ingrained habits of a population new to clocks.” (Not to be confused with that pesky Constitution, whom Yglesias’ fellow juicevox mafioso Ezra Klein assures us is really old, like, a hundred years old, or something, man). Yglesias adds:

They were a good idea at the time, but in the modern world they cause more trouble than they are worth. Now that several generations of humanity are accustomed to abstracting time away from the happenstance of where the sun is located, it’s time to do away with this barbarous relic of the past. Everyone on the planet should operate according to a single time — Greenwich Mean Time would be suggested by tradition — and then local schedules could differ from place to place according to personal taste and local practicality.*

To get rid of them why not go all the way and introduce the Metric Leisure Week? Dan Aykroyd of Saturday Night Live was goofing on this topic almost 40 years ago, with an assist from Gilda Radner, and that week’s host, Norman Lear:

And speaking of a man who’s already enjoying Metric Leisure Week to the fullest, behold the president — who just won’t rest — ever!

* Yeah, I don’t think Matt believes any of this either. But hey, even fabulists need to crank out a column occasionally; that mortgage doesn’t pay itself.

‘Obama: Stop Me Before I Invade Iraq!’

July 25th, 2014 - 4:04 pm

As Daniel Greenfield writes at Front Page, “This is probably one of the more confusing stories to come out of a completely confused administration:”

The Obama administration is calling on Congress to fully repeal the war authorization in Iraq to ensure that no U.S. troops return to the country, which is under siege by the extremist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS).

White House national security adviser Susan Rice petitioned Speaker of the House John Boehner (R., Ohio) in a letter Friday to completely repeal the war authorization, officially known as the Authorization for Use of Military Force in Iraq, or AUMF.

“With American combat troops having completed their withdrawal from Iraq on December 18, 2011, the Iraq AUMF is no longer used for any U.S. government activities and the administration fully supports its repeal,” Rice wrote. “Such a repeal would go much further in giving the American people confidence that ground forces will not be sent into combat in Iraq.”

Wait, the Obama administration is actually claiming it will cooperate with a GOP-led Congress? Perhaps they could demonstrate their sincerity by first complying with its subpeonas. I know — I keed, I keed.

In the meantime, Greenfield has the perfect metaphor for this latest absurdity from the administration led by the recently retired President Obama. (Language alert, for obvious reasons. Please address all complaints to Mel Brooks and/or Warner Brothers Pictures, a division of Time-Warner-CNN-HBO):

Greatest. Headline. Ever. Courtesy of Reuters and Yahoo:

The singer Chubby Checker has settled a lawsuit in which he accused Hewlett-Packard Co of using his trademarked name without permission on a software app that purported to measure the size of a man’s penis.

HP denied liability in agreeing to settle with Checker, whose given name is Ernest Evans, but agreed not to make future use of his stage name, likeness or related trademarks.

The settlement was disclosed in a Tuesday filing with the San Francisco federal court. Other terms remain confidential. It is unclear whether money changed hands.

He said hands. [Insert Beavis and Butthead chuckle here.]

But what exactly was the once staid and respectable firm of Hewlett-Packard thinking, when they created or began marketing what Reuters describes as an app “which purported to let women estimate the size of a man’s genitals based on his shoe size” in the first place?

Oh how the mighty have fallen.

With grim news out of Ukraine, Israel on edge, and an American president asleep at the fundraiser, today is shaping up to be a tense day of difficult, painful news. But fortunately, knowing when it’s time to lighten the mood, MSNBC provides us all with a little much-needed comic relief.

Or perhaps a far-too-close-to-the-mark CNN parody.

To amend my Dr. Strangelove reference in the previous post on the Malaysian Airlines flight crashing — quite possibly due to a SAM — in Ukraine, say what you will about Peter Sellers’ effete President Muffley, but Kubrick and Terry Southern didn’t depict him heading out for a fundraiser at the Charcoal Pit burger joint after hanging up the phone with Premier Kissoff:

Gee, did he clear that healthy meal with Michelle? And note that fist bumps were also involved on a day when a plane may have been shot down:

But hey, as Twitchy (source of the above headline) notes, it’s all par for the course, to use a metaphor referencing another favorite Obama pastime:

Exit quote from my friend Steve Green:

I should ask Steve if I could borrow a cup or twenty of vodka right now.

“It’s not pretty, even if your credentials are impeccable,” Neo-Neocon writes:

John Christy, a professor of atmospheric science at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, says he remembers the morning he spotted a well-known colleague at a gathering of climate experts.

“I walked over and held out my hand to greet him,” Dr. Christy recalled. “He looked me in the eye, and he said, ‘No.’ I said, ‘Come on, shake hands with me.’ And he said, ‘No.’ ”

Neo adds, “It’s fortunate for Dr. Christy that burning at the stake has gone out of style.” But paradoxically amongst carbon-obsessed warmists, book-burning is making a rapid comeback, at least at San Jose State:

At speaking of the academic left believing that books have evil talismanic powers, Aaron Clarey spots a hilariously overblown reaction from a librarian who came across my February interview with Aaron on his then-new book Bachelor Pad Economics.

A hundred years ago, a central tenet of the left was “epater la bourgeoisie” — or shock the middle class. Apparently, they didn’t consider that their ideology would become so sclerotic and brittle that it would eventually transform them into a remarkably vapour-prone class of the bourgeois in constant search of the fainting couch. But then, as original Saturday Night Live writer Anne Beatts once said, you can only be avant-garde for so long before you come garde.

“Good news. There’s no need to watch any more speeches made by President Obama,” David Rutz of the Washington Free Beacon writes:

When he starts to speak, you know in advance he’ll tell you it’s great to be back in whatever town he’s in.

He’ll advise you to have a seat (twice) and appreciate the introduction from his fellow Democrat.

He’ll certainly love you back.

Even the most formulaic rock stars and comedians know that they need to shake up the act every now and then and change the set list for their live gigs. As Mark Steyn wrote in Bob Hope’s 2003 obit, Hope was the first comedian to brag about using outside writers to keep his routines fresh and topical:

If Hope started out as the first modern comic, he quickly became the first post-modern one. Other comedians had writers, but they didn’t talk about them. Radio gobbled up your material so you needed fellows on hand to provide more. But Hope not only used writers, he made his dependence on them part of the act: “I have an earthquake emergency kit at my house. It’s got food, water and half-a-dozen writers.”

As the World’s Biggest Celebrity, Mr. Obama has access to even more show-biz writers than even Bob Hope could have dreamed of — and he dines with his fellow celebrities with increasing frequency. The New York Times, mining territory that Matthew Continetti of the Washington Free Beacon first explored a month and a half ago, breathlessly declared yesterday that “At Dinner Tables, a Restless Obama Finds an Intellectual Escape:”

Previous dinners at the White House have drawn varied celebrities, including Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, Morgan Freeman and Bono. Many of the guests — including the Smiths and Mr. Freeman, as well as Anne Wojcicki — have been financial supporters of Mr. Obama’s campaigns.

Perhaps the acting president could ask Morgan Freeman or Will Smith who the hot writers in Hollywood are these days. Or Bono how to shake up a set list and reboot a dissipated live act that’s seen far too many encores and is now phoning it in:

Dispatches from Tranquility Base

July 15th, 2014 - 11:48 am

Which of these dueling headlines is real? You make the call!

“Obama Contends With Arc of Instability Not Seen Since ‘70s.”

—The Wall Street Journal, July 13th.

“WH: We’ve ‘Substantially Improved the Tranquility of the Global Community’”

CNS News, quoting the paradoxically named White House press secretary Josh Earnest, yesterday.

Which one is real? Well, to paraphrase Alvy Singer in 1977, I have to go now Josh, because I’m due back on Planet Earth. And speaking of the 1970s, as Steve Hayward writes at Power Line, linking to the above Wall Street Journal article, “Can the killer rabbit be very long in coming?”

As we noted here the other day, Obama has fully matched Jimmy Carter’s fecklessness, reviving Henry Kissinger’s summation, which is worth repeating:

“The Carter administration has managed the extraordinary feat of having, at one and the same time, the worst relations with our allies, the worst relations with our adversaries, and the most serious upheavals in the developing world since the end of the Second World War.”

I think it was Glenn Reynolds who first remarked that a rerun of Carter might be a best-case scenario for the Obama presidency, and it appears he has understated the depth of the problem.  This is what happens when you have a president who decides the U.S. can simply check out of world leadership.

Not to mention a president who has personally checked out as well from leadership of the federal government.

Al Gore Hardest Hit

July 14th, 2014 - 12:38 pm

“People who claim to worry about climate change use more electricity,” the London Telegraph reports:

People who claim to worry about climate change use more electricity than those who do not, a Government study has found.

Those who say they are concerned about the prospect of climate change consume more energy than those who say it is “too far into the future to worry about,” the study commissioned by the Department for Energy and Climate Change found.

That is in part due to age, as people over 65 are more frugal with electricity but much less concerned about global warming.

However, even when pensioners are discounted, there is only a “weak trend” to show that people who profess to care about climate change do much to cut their energy use.

Al Gore could not be reached to comment from the other side of his three monitors, plasma screen TVs, private jets, mansions and former TV channel sold in 2013 to an Arab oil emirate.

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Have You Seen This Man?

July 2nd, 2014 - 11:52 am


Curiously, searching on “Bruce Springsteen Iraq” in Google and setting the time parameter for the past month doesn’t bring up anything remotely relevant. But then, as Moe Lane writes, “I guess the Left is comfortable with our quiet troop buildup in Iraq:”

Refreshing: despite my earlier sardonic commentary about Democrats rolling over on this, I still wondered whether we’d have more progressives protesting over this. Or rioting.  Guess even the most hardcore Lefty can detect a brick wall after he’s run into it six or seven times.

The United States has sent Apache attack helicopters to Iraq as part of the buildup in U.S. military personnel, the Pentagon said Tuesday.

Officials would not say how many of the armed helicopters have been sent to the country, stating only that they will be based in Baghdad and could assist with evacuations of American personnel.

…Yes, I suppose that they could. Or they could be there for airstrikes against the terrorist army that Barack Obama unaccountably just let set up shop again in Iraq.

Of course, as long as Obama calls the troops “advisors,” perhaps anti-war celebrities think of them as managers and agents — they’ll get their 12 percent of the royalties from al-Maliki’s production company, but hopefully they want the points on the net, rather than the gross.

But in 1985, Springsteen was telling his listeners, “Blind faith in your leaders, or in anything, will get you killed,” before grunting his remake of Edwin Starr’s hoary-old 1969 Motown song “War, What Is it Good For.”* Last September though, Springsteen was cheerfully fundraising for Obama, even as Obama was saber-rattling in Syria. It got to the point where even left-leaning Buzzfeed created one of their patented listicles on “14 Principled Anti-War Celebrities We Fear May Have Been Kidnapped.” As I wrote back then, BuzzFeed, astonishingly enough, put out an All-Points Bulletin, along with some exceedingly precious quotes as part of each celebrity’s “Last-Known Pre-2009 Communication” before these otherwise perilously outspoken far left celebrities voluntarily started BenSmithing themselves into oblivion:

“I think war is based in greed and there are huge karmic retributions that will follow. I think war is never the answer to solving any problems. The best way to solve problems is to not have enemies.”
— Sheryl Crow

“I think we’re past that point in human evolution where there’s such a thing as winning wars.”
— Sean Penn

“It is very inspiring and amusing how many people have come out in this genuine and spontaneous way to embrace peace and reject war. It reminds us there is a human and gentle spirit out there in this world.”
— Tim Robbins

“American people always have to be tricked into going to war, they always have to be cajoled. I mean, there’s a long history of being lied to, of having things described in a particular way, in order to get them out of their sort of isolationist… prosperity mode and go to war.”
— Jackson Brown

“War is failure! When you are at war, you have failed!”
— Janeane Garofalo

And Janeane and failure are on exceedingly good terms. But she may have had the best explanation in 2003 as to why her fellow leftists gave Bill Clinton a pass during his myriad foreign adventures in the 1990s, and brought forward a decade to explain why Obama gets as a pass as well: “it wasn’t very hip.”

Last September, I did a few milk carton Photoshops of missing anti-war celebrities. Perhaps it’s time to crank out a few more. But then, as one of Moe’s commenters writes, “Don’t worry, antiwar protestors will become fashionable again as soon as the GOP wins the [White House].”

Hipness and ideological consistency are quite cyclical things for celebrity anti-war leftists, apparently.

* Apparently borrowed from the first draft title of Tolstoy’s War and Peace

“The Circle Is Complete — Robots To Write The Earnings ‘Reports’ Read By Robots,” ZeroHedge Reports:

Has Skynet become self-aware? It seems the ‘robots’ that run the US equity markets (HFT/algo trading dominates what little volume there is left) have decided to cut out the middle man in the market as Associated Press reports this morning that it will employ the story-writing software by start-up Automated Insights to automate the production of U.S. corporate earnings stories. To be frank, given the copy/paste nature of most mainstream media ‘analysis’ of earnings, we thought this had already occurred but AP notes, “We are going to use our brains and time in more enterprising ways during earnings season.” Does that mean that anyone but Zero Hedge will be discussing cashflows or GAAP earnings?

As USA Today reports, The Associated Press is going robotic:

The news service revealed Monday it will employ the story-writing software by start-up Automated Insights to automate the production of U.S. corporate earnings stories, the quarterly bane of the existence of many business reporters.

The AP typically produces about 300 earnings stories per quarter, requiring reporters to crunch data in the heat of wire-service deadlines. Soon they will be producing many, many more.

Using the software would allow AP to automate short earnings stories, typically 150 to 300 words, “in roughly the same time that it took our reporters,” says Lou Ferrara, the AP managing editor who oversees business news. The initiative will start in July.

Since Max Headroom and Ananova are both in mothballs, Japan is currently preparing the next generation of android newsreaders to broadcast these reports:

Just program her to blindly worship Barack Obama, and the aging Andrea Mitchell 9000 android employed by NBC can finally be mothballed as well.

Heh. Or as Allahpundit writes:

First “don’t ask, don’t tell,” then DOMA, now RFRA: Precisely how many statutes signed by Bill Clinton are the Clintons currently horrified by?

It’ll be fun during President Hillary’s administration to try to identify the various laws that Senator Chelsea will be forced to repudiate circa 2036.

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By the way, since Hillary and, presumably, Bill are so mortified to find that closely held corporations count as “persons” for purposes of RFRA, I’m curious: Did either of them demand any clarification of who’d be covered by the statute before Bill signed it in 1993? You would think the Smartest Woman In The World, who hates corporations every bit as much as Elizabeth Warren when she’s not busy hitting them up for contributions, would have flagged that potential wrinkle before Bill made it the law of the land. Huh.

Beyond feminist identity politics, Hillary’s appeal derives from nostalgia of her husband’s two terms and the good feelings they engender to moderates and the left. (The ’90s: The Last Great Decade? is the title of an upcoming miniseries on the National Geographic cable TV channel. Coincidental timing? I would tend to doubt it.) But economically, those good times relied entirely on Bill’s eventual rejection of the far left corporatism (read: liberal fascism) that Hillary, Al Gore, Obama and Elizabeth Warren all wallow in. Not to mention the arrival of a Republican Congress that allowed Bill to govern as the moderate he ran as in 1992, after his own Obama-esque collectivist floundering in his first two years in office culminating in the Hillarycare flameout.

What’s the sense of supporting Clinton when she’s rejected everything her husband’s administration stood for? Other than pure identity politics. And if identity politics is all that you’re left with, why not go with someone who practices that dark art much more skillfully than Hillary? (And like Obama in 2007 and 2008, has far left historical baggage dragging her down.)

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“To wit: people who have been programmed into screaming about this case, wound up, and sent on their merry way… and their merry way has led them to SCOTUSBlog, which apparently a large cross-section of the Left-Internet thinks is the official blog of the Supreme Court**. SCOTUSBlog, God bless ‘em, are retweeting the best – which is to say, most hysterical – comments, presumably so that the Left’s handlers will get into action and exert some control over their epistemic closure poster children.”

Update: No wonder the left (a) melted down over Hobby Lobby and (b) directed so much venomous anger at SCOTUSBlog: Stacy McCain explores the Existential Theory of Liberalism, in which he posits, “To a liberal, nothing exists unless it is mandated, subsidized and/or regulated by the federal government.”

I think such a worldview loses something in translation, however. Doesn’t “Tutto nello Stato, niente al di fuori dello Stato, nulla contro lo Stato” — living la dolce eschaton! — sound much more enticing?

But Then, Isn’t Everything?

June 30th, 2014 - 11:56 am

WaPo’s “Eugene Robinson: Hobby Lobby Sort of Like Segregationists,” Mark Finkelstein writes at NewsBusters:

Hobby Lobby’s objection on religious grounds to paying for abortion-causing contraceptives for its employees reminds Eugene Robinson of segregationists who cited the Bible in support of their views. In his great magnimity, Robinson allowed that the Hobby Lobby case “is perhaps a bit different.” But if the WaPo columnist didn’t think the segregation analogy were relevant, he presumably wouldn’t have cited it in the first place on today’s Morning Joe.

There was also a point of light on the show. Donny Deutsch, after announcing that he was “far from a conservative,” nevertheless went on to make the explicitly free-market argument that “nobody is forcing anybody to work at Hobby Lobby.” View the video after the jump.

Would Robinson insist that an African-American owned catering firm couldn’t decline to provide services to a KKK dinner, or that a gay photographer couldn’t refuse to work a wedding between two traditional-marriage activists? Would such refusals also remind him of segregation, or does the analogy arise in the Hobby Lobby case because the firm espouses values with which he disagrees?

Don’t all forms of pushback against Democrat excess paradoxically remind Robinson of segregation, and/or racism?

Speaking of which, one night last week while at the gym, I watched about a half-hour of The Sixties, the Tom-Hanks-produced CNN series designed for public consumption in airport departure lounges across the country, which was playing on the TV above my treadmill. The segment I watched was devoted to the civil rights movement of the JFK-LBJ era. I was astounded at how much racism in the south in the 1950s and ’60s was caused by politicians of absolutely no political affiliation whatsoever. Perhaps this episode was rushed to air before all of the text could be added to the Chyrons in the segment.