MSNBC’s Martin Bashir on Friday might have said the wisest thing he’s ever uttered on television.
Speaking with two Democratic members of Congress about goings on in the House Friday, Bashir said referring to Republicans, “If there isn’t a war on women most of us must be ignorant” (video follows with transcribed highlights and commentary):
The show began with Bashir predictably hyperventilating over a compromise House bill passed Friday that would extend low interest rates on student loans paid for with cuts to a preventive healthcare fund.
The perilously liberal MSNBC host of course accused the GOP of intentionally harming women with this bill, and aired clips of female Democrats including former Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) saying, “It’s like they’ve rubbed two stones together and they’re playing with fire...Unfortunately they came back with what seemed natural to them – let’s take the money out of women’s health rather than subsidies to big oil.”
Bashir then introduced Congresswoman Donna Edwards (D-Md.) and Congressman John Yarmuth (D-Ky.) - I guess there weren’t any Republicans around to discuss this with! – to further harangue the GOP.
The host’s first question was, “Speaker John Boehner says that Democrats are fabricating a so-called war on women, but how else to understand an approach to this student loans issue whereby Republicans want to fund it from healthcare resources?”
Can you say “Softball?”
After the Democrats had free rein to say whatever the heck they wanted about this issue without any challenge from someone with an opposing view, Bashir deliciously asked, “Why then, sir, does John Boehner, Senator John McCain, and everyone else including Mitt Romney, the presumptive nominee, why do they all deny that there is a war on women when they would rather deny women access to important healthcare provisions but keep subsidies for their friends in the oil industry? I mean, if they’re not, if there isn’t a war on women, most of us must be ignorant then because it seems that way.”
What is “Most of you must be ignorant,” Alex?
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You really can’t make this stuff up.