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 www.miamiherald.com/living/columnists/leonard_pitts/story/541056.html


 


Pundits long on rhetoric, short on the facts


 


Don't read this column yet.


 


First, I want you to do something. Google ''Chris Matthews + Kevin James.'' This will bring up video of the latter, a conservative L.A. radio pundit, being questioned by the former last week on MSNBC's Hardball. You must see this video.posted above for OG


 


For the Internet deprived, here's a recap: James goes on Hardball to comment on a speech President Bush gave before the Israeli Knesset in which he accused unnamed politicians -- read: Sen. Barack Obama -- of a policy of appeasement toward terrorists. Bush invoked Neville Chamberlain, the British prime minister whose attempted appeasement of Adolf Hitler made him one of the more thoroughly discredited figures of the 20th century.


 


James goes off like fireworks, blasting Obama's willingness to talk to the nation's enemies and accusing him of policies detrimental to Israel. And Matthews asks him a simple question: What did Chamberlain do? You're defending a speech that equates Obama with him, so what was his sin?


 


James couldn't answer. He could bluster, sputter and spread fertilizer like a gardener, but he couldn't answer. This became painfully obvious each time Matthews doggedly repeated the question.


 


What Chamberlain did -- he gave Hitler a chunk of Czechoslovakia in exchange for what he thought was ''peace in our time'' -- is not some Jeopardy! obscurity. It is, rather, a pivot on which turned perhaps the bloodiest tragedy in human history. Yet Kevin James knows nothing about it.


 


If anything more aptly symbolizes the regression of conservatism since the age of Reagan, I am not aware of it.


 


Some will say it's unfair to paint thoughtful conservatives with the same brush one uses to tar this blowhard. I would suggest the very need to use that modifier speaks volumes. There was once a day when conservatism was driven by principles: smaller government, less-intrusive government, strong national defense, fiscal sobriety. But in the years since that day, the putative heirs to Reagan have trampled not just those principles, but also principle itself.


 


The ideology that wanted small government now presides over expanded government, the one that wanted less intrusion now seeks to regulate bedroom behavior, the one that demanded strong national defense has run the military into the ground, the one that championed fiscal sobriety turned a $236 billion budget surplus into a $400 billion deficit. And if thoughtful conservatives see the disconnect, if they have the intellectual integrity to find it shameful, the newsflash is, thoughtful conservatives no longer predominate their ideology.


 


No, that honor goes to unthoughtful conservatives, the loud, proudly ignorant voices of talk radio, books and television of which Kevin James is now the poster child. Matthews kept asking him to explain the sins of Neville Chamberlain and he kept crying, ''appeasement! appeasement!'' clinging to the words like a drowning man to a raft.


 


That's what people like him do. They are geniuses at rhetoric (''War on Christmas,'' anyone?) that rouses the rabble and lets them feel aggrieved, while simultaneously having the intellectual heft of cotton balls. But they can no more step beyond that rhetoric than Gilligan could step off his island. There is no there there.


 


Still, every once in awhile, one is required to stand and deliver. His inability to do so says everything you need to know about James and his brand of conservatism.


 


During the MSNBC interview, his opposite number, Mark Green of the liberal Air America radio network, gave James some advice: ''When you're in a hole, stop digging.'' James, whose station, KRLA, might want to rethink its slogan -- ''Intelligent. Conservative.'' -- did not listen.


 


So I figure he's halfway to China by now. If we're lucky, he'll take the other unthoughtful conservatives with him.


 


 


 

5/27/08 6:25 AM
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5/27/08 6:29 AM
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That interview was hilarious.
5/27/08 6:52 AM
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 longer version



5/27/08 7:51 AM
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ttt for larfs.
5/27/08 8:10 AM
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 LOL @ the end of the interview is when James starts doing the Oprah finger wave.



5/27/08 8:23 AM
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 the funny par tis he guy keeps trying to run his mouth after he has been owned


 


I wonder what screen name he uses on the OG

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 Let me guess: He talks about cowardly liberals destroying America but doesn't say shit about the lack of volunteers in the military.  If we lose the war on terror, it won't be the Libs fault.  They didn't even want to fight it.  It will be the young conservatives who will only fight Islamofacism on their blogs, not on the battlefield.  


 

5/27/08 8:26 AM
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 its hard to tell what he is saying, he goes into hysterical woman mode and just starts babbling



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 So is this what modern Conservatives do?  Wave their finger like a black chick and babble on hysterically even though they have no facts to back them up?  WTF??


 


And for an added wtf factor, the same "conservatives" who agree with this moron call Pat Buchanan a dinasaur out of touch with the real world. LMAO.


 


 


 

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And for an added wtf factor, the same "conservatives" who agree with this moron call Pat Buchanan a dinasaur out of touch with the real world. LMAO."



 


 I have yet to meet or read any of these who can even come close to Buchannans knowledge of history. they are skilled sophists, nothin more. One of them even posts here on a regular basis, although he claims to be a democrat

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 Chamberlain was an appeaser who used appeasement to appease! 



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 lol@ marines1



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He preached about how Obama is like Chamberlain but doesn't know anything about Chamerlain.  That shows that the guy is talking out his ass and he got called on it.  

5/27/08 8:46 AM
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 I think what Marines1 is saying is that you can be totally ignorant about an issue, but still be right.  Is that correct?


 

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"I wonder what screen name he uses on the OG"-Jack Carter IMO
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craxy zimmerman is obviously an appeaser


 


Ill bet he wears a checkerboard headscarf

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 I think what Marines1 is saying is that you can be totally ignorant about an issue, but still be right.  Is that correct?




 





 of course, facts are just a tool used by elite liberal educators to trick us



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Wow

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 again, lol@ marines1



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 But if your point is that Obama is like Chamberlain, and you have no idea who Chamberlain is, how can you make this point?


Marines1 is a like Michael Moore.  How?  I don't know, but he is.


Does that work for you? lol


 

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 uhm what exactly in that link are you referring to that indicates the guy was right?



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 this going to be fun


 


"because he could not give a specific example of appeasment he has no idea who Chamberlain"


 


because he had no idea what the word appeasement in reference to Chamberlain meant


 


words used in sentences have context


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