Thanks to Wolf Blitzer’s bias, I got a little more cardio in today after my workout. As I was beginning my cool-down, I looked up to a television monitor in my gym to see the CNN anchor interviewing the chair of the Democratic National Committee, Florida Congressman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz.
As per the above blurb from the Situation’s Room Facebook page, the focus was on Representative Allen West’s intemperate remarks in an e-mail to Mrs. Wasserman-Schultz after she demagogued the Florida Republican’s vote his vote to hold the line on federal spending:
“The gentleman from Florida, who represents thousands of Medicare beneficiaries, as do I, is supportive of this plan that would increase costs for Medicare beneficiaries — unbelievable from a member from South Florida,” Wasserman Schultz charged Tuesday on the House floor, without mentioning West’s name.
In an e-mail responding to her attack, West called the Democrat “vile, despicable and cowardly” in large part because she leveled her attack after the Republican had left the House floor.
What was interesting about Blitzer’s segment with the Democrat* was that while he focused on the Republican’s intemperate remarks, he did not question her on the substance of her attack on said Republican. Jim Treacher summarized her remarks as “boilerplate Democratic rhetoric about Republicans killing Grandma for Big Oil.” Tina Korbe points out that the Democrat’s statement was “inaccurate”:
The “Cut, Cap and Balance” bill makes no changes to Social Security or Medicare. Most of the cuts in the bill come from discretionary spending, anyway, but the bill specifies that the $35 billion cuts to mandatory spending would come from non-veterans, non-Social Security, non-Medicare spending.
Wonder if Wolf asked to justify her attack. And if he asked the Chairman of the Democratic National Committee about her plan to hold the line on federal spending and put forward a plan to make Medicare solvent in light of the recent trustees’ report.
Oh, and one more thing. In the thirty minutes I was watching Wolf’s program, waiting for a Republican to come on to offer a balanced perspective, I caught only one other politician on his show, Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill. Mrs. McCaskill is a Democrat.
*(Oops neglected this in original draft). Didn’t see the entire segment and couldn’t find the transcript online. When I do, I’ll update this post as necessary.