I think hell may have frozen over because Fox's Wayne Rogers and Jonathan Hoenig actually said something I agree with. They were a lot more tepid with their criticism of the Republicans than their fellow panel member, Juan Williams, on this Saturday's Cashin' In, but none of them thought the GOP was doing themselves any favors by inviting him to their Republican Leadership Conference this weekend.
Juan Williams is on a roll today. First, he blasted his fellow Fox panelists for their “lynch mob mentality” toward President Obama. Later, on the same show, he called out the Republican party for “making a hero” out of Duck Dynasty’s racist, homophobic patriarch, Phil Robertson.
The discussion appeared on Cashin’ In, the same “business block” show that was earlier discussing the scandals in Washington. Host Eric Bolling’s “business” question was, “Are the duck guys back in business again? And, by the way, weren’t they always big business?”
As it turned out, the support for Robertson as GOP icon was weak, to say the least. Panelist Wayne Rogers wondered why Robertson was chosen to speak at the Republican Leadership Conference.
Bolling defended the choice. He said, “I think it’s probably good for the GOP, no?”
Williams didn’t mince his words:
No, are you kidding me? What does it say, Eric, the GOP makes a hero out of a guy that says blacks were happy with slavery and segregation and gays are to be damned? I mean, is he the chief of outreach for the GOP or is he the chief of, you know, internal self-satisfaction?
Bolling interrupted to say Robertson is “very popular” and on a “very popular TV show.” He asked panelist Jonathan Hoenig if he was “alright with” the fact that the family prays at the end of every show.
Hoenig said, “I think the Republicans are making a bad move, Eric. …I think the GOP should stop emphasizing faith, emphasizing mysticism and focus on individual rights, individual Americans.”
As Ellen noted, Michelle Fields was the only one with some tepid support for the decision to invite Robertson, and they somehow forgot to mention that it's their network that made Robertson a hero to the right in the first place. At least some of them have finally admitted that Robertson isn't going to help the GOP much with that joke of a supposed "outreach" program of theirs.
Fox News, Cashin' In, Aug. 9, 2014. Wingnut libertarian Jonathan Hoenig makes the other food stamp recipient-bashing panel members very sad when they're forced to agree with Juan Williams that it might not be such a good idea to just eliminate every single social safety net in America and leave people starving in the streets.