I really wanted to be done with this subject, Andrea Tantaros, but then you had to go and say something so monumentally st-st-stupid, “it baffled the mind.” I got that old familiar twitch behind my left eye when I heard you say “You know what baffles the mind? This isn’t a Republican flag. Historically this was the flag of southern Democrats. Remember that … fact?” No — no, I don’t. It was the battle flag of General Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia, you twit. That’s it — it may be a symbol for others when viewed through the lens of history, but it wasn’t about party.
I know this all happened a long, long time ago, but this is as silly as still claiming Abraham Lincoln’s party affiliation for your own — as though that has anything whatsoever to do with today’s ideologically-opposite Republican party.
Southern Democrats were not the progressives — I could probably make a case that many still aren’t, but let’s leave that for another day. What “baffled the mind” was you trying to conflate today’s party affiliations with beliefs held 150 years ago. Those “southern Democrats” of yours are the same ones responsible for electing Harry Truman — but WAIT — there’s more. They were so regressive — and dead set against having anything to do with the national Democratic party — they formed their own “State’s Rights” party.
Basically, these “Democrats” of yours came in two ideological flavors — the “State’s Rights Democratic Party” (which would account for most of today’s southern Republicans) and the “National States’ Rights Party” (those further out on the fringe, including John Bircher’s, white supremacists, and some TEA Party conservatives). Are you with me so far, Andrea? Please — continue.
“I find this flag offensive,” which is your right — a lot of people do. That’s why it’s been removed from state grounds in South Carolina. “This flag represents the fight in slavery” — I think you mean “for,” or “to maintain” — “and it was a flag of southern Democrats — Democrats — used to fly this against northern Republicans, so I’m not sure why Republicans are getting peppered over this.” You’re not sure of a lot of things, are you, Andrea?
They’re being “peppered” with questions about this, because America has once again begun the process of selecting a man or woman to lead ALL Americans — right/left, black/white, Christian/Muslim, etc. And the stammering and equivocating and multiple/contrasting positions offered by Republicans tell voters quite a bit about the clowns aboard the GOP bus. They’re so worried about offending the “National States’ Rights Party” voters (those out on the lunatic fringe, who they need to win the Republican primary), most of them were acting like a deer caught in the headlights.
“I think that Mike Huckabee made a very good point.” Yes, Andrea — you would — being a coworker at the network and all. “He said this is being used to bait Republicans into a trap.” Wait, what? Asking a presidential candidate for an opinion is “a trap?” You mean — if they’re forced to take a position on what many of their “potential constituents” see as a hate symbol — they’ll be “trapped” into losing the support of the racist bigots who watch your programming? Heaven forbid!
“I mean — think about it.” That’s good advice, Andrea — you should try it sometime. “This is the legitimate rape litmus test we saw in the last election.” Oh no you didn’t! You choose NOW to retread Todd Akin’s offensive comments? Look, I know that former Governor Huckabee continued to campaign for the man who said pregnancy is unlikely when it’s — what he called — a “legitimate rape” — but that doesn’t constitute a “trap.”
“They’re trying to divide and they’re trying to trap Republicans.” No, no, no … we’re trying to get you to take a position and stick with it — instead of constantly being disingenuous hypocrites. Sure, Democratic politicians do it, too — saying whatever is politically expedient depending on the audience — but you guys have this hypocrisy thing down to a science. Southern Democrats of the Civil War era are today’s Republicans and TEA Party voters. Full stop. You should have learned this in high school — now you know.