Thursday, November 08, 2007

Questions We Should Ask Tim Russert

From a correspondent of Alterman:

When I'm not fantasizing about the Guardians of the Universe bestowing me with my own Green Lantern Power Ring, I fantasize about stupid questions like Russert's being answered along these lines: "Tim, I assume you are a voter and a citizen, and therefore have a stake in this election beyond playing "gotcha" with the candidates. So let me ask you a question: What are YOU willing to give up to keep Iran from developing a nuclear bomb? Will you support a sizable increase in your taxes to pay for the war necessary to prevent it? If not, then how many generations of Russerts are you willing to saddle with debt to pay for such a war? Are you willing to have your children drafted to keep Iran in line? If not, why do you expect other Americans to fill that gap? How many dead Iranian civilians do you personally consider an acceptable price? How many of our allies are you, Tim Russert, willing to alienate? How much are you prepared to pay for a gallon of gas? Do you even realize or acknowledge that you, Tim Russert, as a citizen of this nation will have obligations and burdens imposed on you if we go to war with Iran? And if not, why do you consider yourself exempt?"

Tim Russert (also known to Glenn Greenwald, wonderfully, as the Head Raccoon) is a detriment to American political life. When he's not parroting the Republican talking point of the day he's playing "Gotcha" with Democrats, especially Hillary. In 2000 George W. Bush got a ludicrously softball interview from Russert while Al Gore was attacked mercilessly. Timmy Boy is the ultimate insider and part of the reason the political media in this country are generally so god-awful.
Oh, and by the way, there's one more question I'd like to ask Old Pumpkin Head: Did Jack Welch order you to call the 2000 election for Bush on NBC on that fateful November night?
Just asking.

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