I’m still reeling from a screening of Errol Morris’s new documentary on Donald Rumsfeld, The Unknown Known. I’m going to try and see it one more time before I write about it. But for me, it was a bit of a breakthrough in understanding a man whose company I once enjoyed and who became responsible for such catastrophic error and evil. It’s a brilliant exposition – more impressive in my mind than The Fog Of War, Morris’s account of Robert McNamara – but so powerful and devastating a portrait I need to sit with it some more.
Meanwhile, it was D-Day for the president on the Affordable Care Act, and he responded in familiar fashion. His presser revealed the preternaturally imperturbable president explaining why he hadn’t meant to lie, why the ACA is doing far more good than harm, and why an administrative fix could temporarily help those who feel cheated by losing their plans.
I compared his mea culpa to Reagan’s over the much more serious criminal matter of Iran-Contra. I also compared Obama’s popularity drop to Reagan’s in 1987. (Reagan’s implosion was far worse). Others chimed in on his stiffing of the insurance companies, and whether it’s wise in the long run. We aired a Republican alternative to the ACA, which does not even begin to achieve what Obama hopes for.
We revisited the agony of miscarriage; the red state drug epidemic; the integrity of Lilly Allen; and the continued violent and homophobic bigotry of Alec Baldwin, liberal MSNBC’s star. What a bunch of hypocrites and phonies on that propaganda network. They’re almost as bad as GLAAD, which has finally – finally – criticized the bigot. But, of course, they haven’t called on MSNBC to fire him. Baldwin, for his part, actually tried to claim he said “fathead” instead of “fag”! And then – no, I’m not making it up – insisted that he had no idea that the word “cocksucker” had a gay connotation. For a litany of his deranged tweets, check this page.
There will be no consequences. With liberal homophobes, there never are. If you’re a conservative and are caught yelling these slurs at random people, you’d be fired pronto or buried in an avalanche of gay protest. If you’re a self-entitled liberal, you’re fine. What, I wonder, will MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, Thomas Roberts and Jonathan Capehart say about this? Nothing, I’ll bet you.
See you in the morning.