Liberal 1, Conservative nothing

Are the days of the wimpy liberal numbered?

Last August, Marine and Democratic candidate for Congress, Paul Hackett had it out with a Republican on the street, as described in a Mother Jones profile:

"What's your fuckin' problem?" [Hackett] snaps. "You got something to say to me? Bring it on!"
Hackett, all 6 feet 2 inches of him, is nose to nose with the heckler. "Problem?" he taunts. The man turns around and storms away.
This prompted pundit Paul Waldman to comment:
"Daaaaayaaamn! Now I'm not advocating that candidates go around literally picking fights with voters, but you can't help but think a few more Democrats like that might just change the Party's image."
On MSNBC today, ex-priest and liberal talk show host Bernie Ward faced off against conservative talker Chris Baker, an ex-comedian.

And I do mean "ex" comedian.

There was nothing funny about his frustration and ultimate departure from the set.

The two were to debate the New York Times' controversial decision to publish a story on the government's secret program to access "records from the nerve center of the global banking industry, a Belgian cooperative that routes about $6 trillion daily between banks, brokerages, stock exchanges and other institutions."

Bernie Ward, defending the Times' refusal to toe the Bush administration line, asked, repeatedly, whether Chris Baker would have the government make the decision as to what a newspaper can and cannot publish. Ward's refusal to cede the frame to Baker and his Bush-flavored scare tactics should be a lesson to liberals.

Baker, flustered, keeps repeating, in Stepford fashion, "It's a national security issue. It's a national security issue," though he refuses to answer the question as to whether the government should ultimately control the media before beating a hasty retreat.

Lesson: keep the frame and defeat the talking points.

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