Tactics and Substance in the 2004 Elections GoogleNews: Howard Dean

March 19, 2004

by J

Begala Admits His Bias

Well, good. Rumor over at BFA is that Paul Begala has finally been open about his bias against Howard Dean (well, explicit, he's always been open as far as I can tell):
"It's true, I didn't want howard dean to be the nominee for the democratic party, cause kerry is stronger on national security."
That's the paraphrase from BFAers. We can check the transcript later.

But what with his trying to suggest that Howard Dean is as ignorant as George W. Bush just as the primaries were in full swing.. umm.. guess what, Paul? We saaaw, Paul, we saw!! (If I might paraphrase Marshall's whiny Heatheresque remark...) It was quite clear you were out to subtly take down Dean and build up Mr. Uninspiring Kerry, even as you were the public face of the DNC on their 'neutral' missives and supposedly representing all good Democrats on Crossfire.

Man, it is really tempting to go to one of these hoity toity Democratic soirees sometime just so I can ask Begala if he really thinks I'm ignorant because I get the bulk of my news from papers, magazines, and journals instead of cable television. Very tempting. And yes, I know my extreme annoyance with Begala is reminiscent of Somerby's (justified, I think) grudges with various other media know-it-alls. But, there it is. Carville doesn't bother me this much, but then I never expected that much from Carville. I had high hopes for Begala once, and he managed to sink (almost) to the level of his nimwit Republican counterparts on Crossfire. I guess we should be grateful that at least he's not a traitor like his buddy Novak. But, really, that sets the bar awfully low, doesn't it?


Like they used to say on the X-files. Trust no one.
Posted by J at March 19, 2004 05:04 PM

Of course, given how much water Somersby held for his old college roomie Gore back in the 2000 primary, he's one of the last people whose opinion on media hacks I'll be taking seriously.

I'm not sure how Begala got stuck with the unenviable task of having to represent all good Democrats, as if one man or woman could do so anyway. Tucker Carlson and Bob Novak don't toe the GOP line as much as give their respective right-winger takes on stuff, and Mike Kinsley, Crossfire's founding father on the left, definitely didn't play the DNC game every day.

Also don't think Begala's much of a fixture on the hoity toity democratic soiree scene, but that's neither here nor there.

Posted by: Kevin at March 22, 2004 09:50 PM

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