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Wednesday, March 09, 2005
CROSSFIRE, minus the crossfire
by Bonjo

Paul "The Forehead" Begala and Bob "AED Spokesman" Novak, as seen from our seats at the far right of the Crossfire auditorium.

Yesterday, Cordeiro and I made our trek downtown to watch the Crossfire taping. You can read the transcripts of the show here. We were seated, appropriately, at the far-right of the studio. Before the show began, a CNN babe came out to warm up the audience.

"How many Democrats do we have here today?"

(deafening cheers)

"How many Republicans do we have here today?"

(Coreiro and I clap and shout, joined by three guys on the other side of the audience)
Keep in mind the audience was full of teachers visiting Washington, DC. At this point, several of the teachers on the row in front of us turned around and glared. Icy stares, let me tell you. One woman commented, "(unintelligible mumbling) ... too loud ..."

How CNN stacked the audience with liberals: They brought in not one! ... Not two! ... Not three, but four bus loads of teachers!

So then they trotted out the hosts. Paul "The Forehead" Begala, who was quite a crowd pleaser; and Bob "Hey pal, can you spare an AED?" Novak. Novak looked tired, and though he was wearing a microphone was hard to hear in the audience. In fact, we "loud Republicans" couldn't even hear him at times due to the whooping and cheering Democrats.

So the show began. We were subjected to a long discussion of President Clinton's heart condition. Then we got into the good stuff, when they brought out Nancy Soderberg and Asa Hutchinson.

Soderberg recently published a book about how the U.S. is the big evil superpower, and how we're going to screw the world up if we keep going it alone, imposing our way of life on people who are happy living under oppressive regimes. She said that we need to have international consensus, we need allies, we need diplomacy. Translation, "we need France, Germany and the U.N. We'll send the world to hell in a handbasket if we follow George W. Bush." (I've just saved you the trouble of reading the book).

Novak nailed her on it, though, saying, "Is it possible, Ms. Soderberg, that your book is out of date just as it's published?" SOTR: Oooh, body slam! Chalk one up for the old guy.

Begala then read a quote of the book to Asa Hutchinson:

"Rather than continue the pursuit of Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda in the mountains of Tora Bora, continue to ensure the stability of Afghanistan and strengthen the worldwide coalition against terrorism, President Bush chose to invade Iraq."

Now, in the cool light of day, isn't it true that [Iraq] has been a real distraction from the real war on terror?
To which Hutchinson replied:

That was the argument that John Kerry made in the last election and the American people didn't buy into that.

SOTR: That's going to leave a mark!

The teacher next to us offered to help clap for the Republicans. I reminded her that she would need to get back on the bus with the other teachers after the show.
I really wish Novak would have pulled this out of his hat, but I'm sure his hat is full of heart medications and blood thinners. On March 3, 2005 Soderberg appeared on Jon Stewart's Comedy Central show. They got into a discussion about how well things were going in Iraq, despite the fact that Bush had not done anything remotely similar to what Soderberg prescribes in her book. Soderberg said:

I think [Iraq's] moving in the right direction. I'll have to give them credit for that. We'll see. We still have North Korea and Iran to go our way.... There's still Iran and North Korea, don't forget. There's still hope for the rest of us ... There's always hope that this might not work."
So we see that Soderberg isn't interested in national security, or international diplomacy or anything else. She's interested in seeing failure for Republicans. If "North Korea and Iran go [her] way," then they will have cause for rejoicing, because Bush will have failed. These people hope for failure, and live in fear of success.

I conclude with a quote for Ms. Soderberg:

"America will never seek a permission slip to defend the security of our people." - George W. Bush, January 20, 2004

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