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What we do know is that when leaders on either side of the aisle go with this over-inflated rhetoric and they tell us it’s the end of the world, it’s Armageddon, the Marxists have taken over Washington, it’s the end of the world as we know it, we’re moving into socialism, when they say things like that, well that maybe some of them don’t believe, and then the fringes believe it, and then they go out and do stupid things, well, I mean, it’s all kind of tied together isn’t it?
Ok, so at first he kind of adds the caveat of "both sides" (which is clearly correct, inciting violence is bad by either side), but then look at every one of his examples. "End of the world", "Armageddon", "Marxist", "socialism". Each one is from a Glenn Beckistan. I especially love the way at the end he kind of offhand says, "It's all kind of tied together isn't?" just to leave folks with, "I'm not sayin', I'm 'just sayin'" kind of moment to think about.
It is weird the way Shep Smith is almost becoming a sort of folk hero on DKos. Some folks argue of course that he is merely cover to allow FOX to claim "balance". And I suppose that may be FOX's motive, but Shep is not FOX and Shep deserves recognition for saying what is right. While he certainly isn't a progressive, he does clearly represent a middle ground that can clearly see what the right wing is doing here. Party of No. Party of Whiners. Party of violent wingnut enablers.
This comes on the heels of Shep's dismantling of Michael Steele:
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Shep, after Steele calls for America to help "fire Nancy Pelosi"
I want to know how people are supposed to help you fire Nancy Pelosi. And specifically, would it be the people who had a pre-exisitng condition and couldn’t get insurance but after the President signs it tomorrow can, would it be the child who had a disease but couldn’t get treated because they didn’t have any money, who would be able to be treated for that tomorrow, or who would it be who would want to be firing Nancy Pelosi?
Then Shep turned to rhetoric. He fired these questions while Steele tried to answer each: "Is this Armageddon, Mr. Chairman? Mr. Chairman, Armageddon? Seriously? Armageddon, Mr. Chairman, would you like a definition?"
Shep is on FIRE!