Roland Martin of CNN and Chris Matthews of MSNBC took to the airwaves with the same mission: to kill the “birther” argument over whether or not President Obama is a citizen of the United States. How did they do? Well, the results were mixed.
While Lou Dobbs was a wily, slippery, recalcitrant foe for my fair Roland “Rolly Rolls” Martin, Chris Matthews killed G. Gordon Liddy with his flapping yap, leaving the old ex-convict a withering, muttering muddle of nothingness.
Let’s look at the tape!
Basically, Liddy looked like the shameless whackadoo that he is and Chris relished in his destruction of him. (I’m sure he smoked a cigarette afterwards and had a fine glass of Chianti.) Roland was passionate, but got flustered and Dobbs danced around and mocked his passion in a manner that recalled a scene in “Goodfellas” where Billy Batts chidingly tells Tommy to “go get his fucking shine box.” I half expected an exasperated Roland to pick up his chair, bludgeon Dobbs to death, then call up Soledad O’Brien and Don Lemon to help him dispose of the body in the Catskills.
Lord, if that only had happened.
Oh well. The birther debate woefully lives on, fueled by the media who now can’t stop talking about it. Like this guy pointed out the fact to David Schuster on Countdown, that this story only exists because they keep reporting on it and Schuster got all huffy and defensive. (Hey! We were supposed to just sit around and bash Dick Cheney’s daughter! Stop making it about my network’s exploitative reporting!)