You have to wonder if Neil Cavuto is going to stop having Stuart Acuff of the AFL-CIO on anymore. Every time Acuff appears on his show, Cavuto's prefab talking points get blown to smithereens, and Cavuto winds up with egg on his face.
Yesterday Cavuto, trying to pitch the angle that the AFL-CIO's gathering in Miami is a big costly shindig for the wealthy, wound up looking like Elmer Fudd after Bugs has finished him off with a nice little exploding-cigar finale:
Cavuto: All I'm saying, Stuart, is the mixed message part. Right? You're at a great locale, I know that hotel very well, I know that beach very well. And I'm just wondering whether the appearance which you guys knocked, rightly so, when the financial guys were tripping over themselves having massages at a lagoon, to say, look, enough is enough, appearance matters, this matters.
Acuff: Appearance does matter. That's right, Neil. And that's why I'm on the program with you today. And that's why I'm explaining that we got a room rate for less than $200 a room, and that our staying here is the result of negotiations that happened three years ago that promotes an awful lot of good union jobs.
Cavuto: Wait a minute, wait a minute. The most expensive room is $200?
Acuff: Excuse me?
Cavuto: The most expensive room for your members attending is $200?
Acuff: Under $200.
Cavuto: Really. [Pause] All right, then everything's off. You did OK.
All right -- ah. Stuart, seriously. Very good having you. You did a good job.
Acuff: Thank you so much.
Cavuto: If I could get one of those deals -- that's not bad!
Obviously, the word that this had blown up in Cavuto's face evidently didn't make it over to the neighboring studio where Glenn Beck's program was about to get under way. Because in the very next hour, Beck also trotted out this storyline, inviting right-wing shill Mark McKinnon on to bash the union shindig:
McKinnon: Well, the irony is, yeah, those rooms go from $400 to $1400. This is the hotel that recently sponsored the Victoria's Secrets fashion show, which is ironic, because now they're planning to take away the secret ballot from American employees when they're being organized by union -- by union folks trying to organize the workplace.
See? Being Right means never having to say you're sorry.