“If the president stays cool, he’s an emotionless Mr. Spock. If the president shows some fire in the belly, he’s ‘a dick’”

Benen:

If you can watch the video, note how Halperin, ostensibly one of the nation’s most influential pundits, was smiling, with a smug satisfaction. It wasn’t a word he just blurted out in the heat of a larger discussion — Halperin thought about it, asked about whether the broadcast was on a seven-second delay, and then took his shot.

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There are a couple of angles to keep in mind here. The first is that Halperin’s credibility as an objective observer of political events has long been dubious, at best, but this morning’s little stunt should remove all doubt. In candor, I don’t much care that Halperin sides with the right over the left, and takes cheap shots at Democrats. I care that Halperin is presented to the public as a neutral, even-handed expert, when that’s plainly not the case.

To this extent, the “dick” comment only helps bring an end to a thin pretense.

The other point that’s worth remembering is the larger dynamic. Forget Halperin’s choice of words, and instead consider the argument he and his “Morning Joe” colleagues were pressing. They were annoyed, apparently, because President Obama wasn’t docile and conciliatory during his press conference. He showed some backbone, and this seems to have troubled the political establishment to no end.

If the president stays cool, he’s an emotionless Mr. Spock. If the president shows some fire in the belly, he’s “a dick.”

What passes for mainstream political punditry in 2011 is too often a national embarrassment.

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Yea, I know NBC suspended Halperin. I don’t care.

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Dick Mr. Halperin, This is for you:

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Don’t get mad, get even.

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Today’s schedule:

11:00 AM
The President and The Vice President receive the Presidential Daily Briefing
Oval Office
Closed Press
11:30 AM
The President meets with senior advisors
Oval Office
Closed Press
12:30 PM
The President and The Vice President meet for lunch
Private Dining Room
Closed Press
3:15 PM
The President departs the South Lawn en route Joint Base Andrews
South Lawn
Open Press
3:30 PM
The President departs Joint Base Andrews en route Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Joint Base Andrews
Travel Pool Coverage
4:15 PM
The President arrives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Philadelphia International Airport
Open Press
5:35 PM
The President delivers remarks at a DNC event
The Hyatt at the Bellevue
Pooled TV, Open to Correspondents
8:30 PM
The President delivers remarks at a DNC event
Private Residence
Print Pool
9:50 PM
The President departs Philadelphia, Pennsylvania en route Joint Base Andrews
Philadelphia International Airport
Travel Pool Coverage
10:35 PM
The President arrives at Joint Base Andrews
Joint Base Andrews
Travel Pool Coverage
10:50 PM
The President arrives at the White House
South Lawn
Open Press

 

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