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   If you were watching the Special Edition of Hardball tonight you finally got to see Pat Buchanan in all his wingnut glory. It was classic Buchanan. A snarl on his face from start to finish. He gave Powell's whole history as being a charity case whose entire career was advanced by the Republican Party. He even threw in Nixon. You know he's pissed. He then accused Powell of being a traitor to the Republican Party. However Pat was just warming up.

   First Pat couldn't believe that a Republican could question the Supreme Court appointments of President Bush, or the economic agenda put forth by the Republicans. He also thought it was petty to mention the tone of the McCain campaign, and the wingnuttery of Michele Bachmann as factors in his decision. But Pat wasn't finished yet in expressing his sense of betrayal. He finally went "there".
   That's right. Not satisfied with this prattle (kudos to Joan Walsh for attempting to interject sense, but than realizing Buchanan was getting his own rope), Buchanan finally went "there".
   He accused Powell of only supporting Obama because he's an African-American. That's right. He said it. Powell put his skin color above his loyalty to the Republican Party, and by extension, the United States of America. Of course it never occurs to a racist, wingnut like Buchanan that there might be a connection between Obama's skin color and the tone of the McCain campaign which Powell finds objectionable. It never occurs to Buchanan that Powell has lain out a cogent and detailed case for his endorsement. No. Pat is still fighting his race war. Sadly the only casualty is Buchanan's credibility.
   Hardball will be repeated at 7:00 pm eastern time. I'll put up the video when and if it becomes available.

Originally posted to jhecht on Sun Oct 19, 2008 at 03:09 PM PDT.

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