Last night I watched the Left’s post-election talk shows Countdown with Keith Olbermann and the Rachel Maddow Show. While Rachel seems to have a bit more restraint than Brother Keith, I was still appalled at the level of gloating vindictiveness I saw from both. In Keith’s “Worst Persons” segment he listed Rush Limbaugh, Bill Kristol and Bill O’Reilly. Instead of lambasting them for another idiotic statement they may have made, he simple said of each one of them: “You don’t matter anymore.”
Well, Keith, yes they do. They are the other side and you can bet that they will be rabidly vocal when President-elect Obama makes an inevitable misstep during his term as President Obama. By you simply saying that they don’t matter, you are actually doing harm to the cause for which you advocate. You attack in this way and make these Right-Wing Demigods victims. Had you actually refuted something they had said as you normally do with tremendous alacrity, your point would have been better received. But now, what you have done is essentially slapped them across their faces with a glove. You are aiding and abetting their cause. If you make the Kristols, Limbaughs and O’Reillys of this world victims, the Right will rally behind them in even greater numbers. They have enough causes without you giving them more.
And Rachel, the snarky comments about McCain’s cars was indeed uncalled for. You have a tremendous amount of class. Please use it.
Ladies and Gentlemen, this is NOT the time to gloat. This is not the time for vindictive pettiness. This is the time for us to follow the example of our new President and take the high road. It is OUR time to come together, to extend the olive branch, to enact REAL change.