Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Immoderate moderator . . .

. . . put in his place.

When you MODERATE a debate, you need to be neutral.

Not a hard concept to grasp.

For some.

Not so much for others.
CNN senior political analyst David Gergen had to be reminded of this fact Monday as he moderated a debate between the two candidates for Massachusetts's open Senate seat. He asked Republican candidate Scott Brown whether he'd be willing to "sit in Teddy Kennedy's seat and [say] I'm going to be the person who's going to block it [liberal health care policy] for another 15 years."

But Brown, refusing to take for granted Gergen's blatantly left-wing premises, responded instead: "Well, with all due respect it's not the Kennedys' seat, and it's not the Democrats' seat, it's the people's seat."

When someone is that stupid, it's great fun to watch them have their ass handed to them on a silver platter. (I know, disturbing mental image - sorry . . . kind of.)

I should also remark that when one uses the phrase "with all due respect," the real meaning is that none is really due.

I've been trying to moderate (heh) my political opinions lately, but some issues just deserve a comment. Besides, issues rammed through by a supermajority have serious consequences, and Scott Brown can break that unfortunate situation.