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Chris Matthews Schools Kevin James

Usually I can’t stand the sound of Chris Matthews’ voice. After about three minutes it begins to sound like nails on a chalkboard. But seeing what he did to conservative commentator Kevin James on Hardball tonight brought a smile to my face and I was able to deal with the chalkboard for the rest of the evening and I will no doubt be replaying the clip over and over.

It all started when Kevin James came on and began saying that Obama’s suggestion that he would engage in diplomatic discussions with Iran was comparable to what Neville Chamberlain did prior to WWII. I expected alot more out of Kevin James. I know a lot of conservatives who just walk around repeating what they hear on Fox News or their favorite conservative radio talk show. Apparently Kevin James is just as ignorant. When asked what it was Chamberlain did that would provoke such a comparison, he merely repeated over and over “he was an appeaser.” Matthews didn’t necessarily disagree that Chamberlain was an appeaser, but he put James to task so that we could better understand just how engaging in discussions with Iran was like giving Hitler half of Czechoslovakia. Apparently James had absolutely no idea what Chamberlain did, and thank goodness Matthews was intelligent enough to call him out on it. But the three people were referring to different dates and presidents when it came to the attack on the USS Cole one year before 9/11. Factually, it occurred under the last two months of the Clinton administration in October of 2000. But when Kevin James states that 9/11 was a result of inaction on the part of the Clinton administration, the USS Cole argument is weak. The effort in response to the USS Cole would have ultimately fallen in the hands of the Bush administration.

So what exactly does this word that everyone’s been throwing around, appeasement, mean? In the instance that Bush used it, I would prefer to use the first two definitions. They’re warm and fuzzy like “bring to a state of peace” and “relieve.” But the third definition is a nasty one; “to yield to the billigerent demands of a nation in a cinciliatory effort, at the expense of justice or other principles.” Definitely the definition Bush and James were using.

It’s interesting to see how conservative bloggers are defending James. Take a look around at some conservative blogs. When you watch the video, its hard not to feel sorry for anyone trying to defend Kevin James. Oh, and be careful when you search for Kevin James, the guy who played Doug on The King of Queens shares the same name, but probably not the same ideology.

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May 15, 2008 - Posted by | Elections | , , , ,

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