MSNBC contributor Michael Eric Dyson made a comment on the Martin Bashir show Monday that left the Washington Post's Jonathan Capehart totally speechless.
Talking about Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney's position on abortion and marriage, Dyson said, "He needs to speak to his fellow Republicans whose numbers ain’t so hot in that regard, and who watch more porn and go to more strip clubs than other people" (video follows with transcript and commentary):
MICHAEL ERIC DYSON: I mean, my God, it’s incredible here. Again, you’ve got to demonize your enemy. You’ve got to portray him or her as the person who’s going to attack the institution of marriage, attack the unborn, not be sensitive to the issues that conservatives are sensitive to. Why can’t we just all be Americans, and we honestly disagree about issues, policies, projects, and problems? But no, you’ve got to go to the heart of the matter. You’ve got to say, “This person is morally corrupt. This person is incapable ethically of running a campaign that is upstanding.
And I think this is the difference between President Obama and Mitt Romney and Ryan. Obama says, “Look, there are good Americans. I happen to disagree with them. I think their policies are going to dead-end to a way that will take this country in a wrong direction. But I’m not going to demonize them.” Mitt Romney desperately pulling at straws here wants to suggest that this president wants to take away your life, your livelihood, wreck your institution of marriage.
He needs to speak to his fellow Republicans whose numbers ain’t so hot in that regard, and who watch more porn and go to more strip clubs than other people would…
At that moment, likely realizing his guest was jumping the shark, Bashir interrupted saying, “Okay, enough of that.”
As this was happening, Capehart on a split-screen was visibly shocked by what Dyson said, and was left speechless - so much so that when Bashir asked, “Jonathan, a final word to you, please, to bring it back to the sane universe,” Capehart laughed without being able to respond.
With that, Bashir thanked them both, and went to commercial.
And this is the intellectual discussion you get about the differences between Romney’s positions and those of President Obama on this farce of a so-called "news network."
Readers are advised that Dyson is not only a frequent contributor to MSNBC, he has also acted as substitute host for many of its regulars.
Pretty scary, isn't it?