Apparently I was not the only one extremely aggravated at Howard Fineman for playing the false equivalency game of "all sides do it" on Hardball this Friday. Digby had the same reaction as well. I tell you what, Howard -- if you want to find some examples of the left wing behaving badly maybe we can compare some of what the anarchists or the PETA crowd have been doing out there that might come close to what we've seen out of these "Tea Party" wingnuts, but there is no equivalent to the militia movement, these white supremacists and to the leadership and politicians on the right drumming up the crazies this election cycle with their fear mongering and hatred.
It simply does not exist from any of the Democratic leadership, and there is no equivalent for Fox News and the right wing hate radio machine on the left. Thank you to Chris Matthews and Joan Walsh for pointing that out to Howard Fineman.
MATTHEWS: Now let`s get physical, as we said in the old song. The Huffington Post`s Howard Fineman -- there`s the -- he`s an NBC analyst, as well as a Huffington Post reporter, and Joan Walsh is the editor-in-chief of Salon.com.
Well, that`s an old song, and it`s almost -- it`s funny but it`s not funny. Here we have this crazy stuff. Let`s start with the video from outside the Kentucky debate this week. Let`s watch and listen and judge if we were on the jury -- and there`s going to be jury trial here, a criminal case, it looks like -- what kind of punishment would you assign this perp? Let`s listen and watch.
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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Get the police!
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: No, no, no, no. Come on!
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MATTHEWS: Well, that head stomper -- his name is Tim Profitt, P-R-O- F-I-T-T -- told the local radio station out there, WKYT, that he feared for Rand Paul`s safety. I want to let you start with this, Joan, because I know you`ll find this outrageous. It just seems to me that that guy`s instinct was a bit storm-trooperish, to put it lightly.
JOAN WALSH, SALON.COM: It was to hurt. You know, there`s been a lot of defense of him, saying he just was trying to bring her down, he was just trying to hold her down there, Chris. He put his foot -- a lot of people were saying the foot was on the shoulder. The foot went straight, you saw it, from the shoulder to the head.
Can you imagine being that poor woman? Now, maybe she got a little close to Rand Paul`s car. I don`t know all those details. But she did not look like a threat and she did not deserve to have her head stomped by a Rand Paul volunteer. And I just don`t think -- I don`t think enough attention has been paid to this. I think it`s very dangerous, very sobering, and people should be denouncing this.
MATTHEWS: I`m going to have a commentary on this at the end of the show, Howard, because I think there`s a certain whiff of something here I don`t like, which is this evidence of going operational. These are supposed to be just supporters. They go into this fighting mode, this street tough mode here.
HOWARD FINEMAN, HUFFINGTONPOST.COM, MSNBC POLITICAL ANALYST: Yes. And they did it against a woman who was engaging in some street theater there --
MATTHEWS: With a wig on.
FINEMAN: -- with a wig on, who, you know, is no physical threat to Rand Paul. You know, having worked in Kentucky and known that place and know a lot of people there, it`s nothing special about Kentucky. But you know, it`s a hard fought battle with a lot of nasty stuff -- and this is true all over the country -- very nasty things said. Don`t forget, Chris, that virtually every ad that`s been on television, every message from every candidate all year this year has been negative.