They will drag you down to their level,
and beat you with experience.
I’m not sure which is more entertaining; watching the frustration of a sane person arguing with an idiot, or watching the sheer chaos of two idiots arguing with each other. It is definitely a case of the latter when one of the news talk shows invites a person on to talk about Barack Obama’s purported lack of a birth certificate.
Chris Matthews had Gordon Liddy as a guest on Hardball wanting to know why Liddy was questioning Obama’s citizenship. He waved a piece of paper in front of Liddy, who mumbled, “That’s not a birth certificate, that’s a certificate of live birth.” That went right past Matthews, who apparently saw nothing remarkable in Liddy’s disclaimer that a “certificate of live birth” is not the same thing as a “birth certificate” because by that time Matthews had completely lost his mind, driven nuts by Liddy’s incoherent mumblings.
Of course, for Matthews that's more like a chip shot than a drive.
The segment went on for a while after that, but Liddy had already won hands down. Matthews was from then on demanding to know who was in on the conspiracy to forge Obama’s citizenship by planting false birth announcements forty-odd years ago. Said forgery was apparently pretty skillfully done, since it got past the various federal agencies which gave Obama a Top Secret Drop Dead security clearance.
In the picture above, the guy on the right is not the idiot because he is trying to tell David Shuster, the idiot on the left, that the GOP actually does have something to gain by allowing the fruitcakes to perpetuate this “birther” thing. He’s pointing out that it is a distraction, and that every minute that is spent talking about Obama’s birth certificate is a minute not spent talking about health care reform, which is something that the GOP doesn’t want to talk about. Duh.
Shuster keeps screaming at him, in an increasingly angry manner, “But it’s nonsense.” To which the guy makes quite moderate replies such as, “And the media keeps giving it air time,” and, “And we’re talking about it right now on your show, David.”
Who are the idiots, really? The “birthers” who question Obama’s citizenship? Or people like Chris Matthews and David Shuster who keep giving them the air time on which to do it? Or maybe people like me who watch the show?
Well, hell, I’ve got to watch something, and they’re entertaining.