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  •  It's called "lobbing a softball" (7+ / 0-)

    Dave does this ALL THE TIME.  He assumes a befuddled Everyman persona, lobs a softball to a journo/pol and allows the journo/pol to smack that shit out of the park.

    Hand me my old guitar, Pass the whiskey 'round

    by htat33 on Thu Oct 25, 2012 at 07:17:05 AM PDT

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    •  He said the President was being dishonest, that is (6+ / 0-)

      not lobbing a softball. So I guess the premise is, if people are too dense to understand that Romney wanted the auto industry to die they will understand liberal teevee lady Rachel Maddow's rather deep in the weeds explanation?

      If this was a bit Letterman performed for the benefit of the President, maybe he should have chosen the bit where Romney says he is for pre-existing condition one day and says he is against it the next....

      I guess Dave felt angry that the President showed up Romney for not knowing much on foreign policy and decided to attack him, who knows... But a major talk show host, who is known as kindly towards Democrats accuses the President of being dishonest, this was pretty bad.

      •  the "I don't know what I'm talking about" quip... (1+ / 0-)
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        ...at the end of the video pretty much convinces me that Letterman was playing his classic befuddled strawman character.  He was not mad at Obama, he was setting up Rachel Maddow to correct him.  Now, I am not saying that in this particular instance he played this part well or elegantly - but he was indeed playing a part.

        Hand me my old guitar, Pass the whiskey 'round

        by htat33 on Thu Oct 25, 2012 at 11:02:06 AM PDT

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        •  I don't disagree that he was playing a part. (0+ / 0-)

          Giving Rachel a chance to clarify a confusing issue.
          But he has been around long enough to know how the Republicans slice and dice.  And I think that most of Dave's audience is probably on the liberal side. The sliced up version of this will air to people who don't know better and think Dave turned against the President. Dave has power and influence. Words matter. And the way that Dave used them was very bad. If the election really is close, it could affect perception. I don't really know if it will change how anyone votes. I just don't like giving out free ammunition to the other side.
          I expected more from a man who has spent his lifetime using words.

          "I think of the right-wing Republicans as jihadists; they’re as crazy as those people. They want to destroy the country that we want to save." Paul Auster

          by zesty grapher on Thu Oct 25, 2012 at 05:16:55 PM PDT

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