There's nothing unusual about the guy. He's just one in the right wing army of hate talkers who keep the base stoked up and angry. But on this day, with this interview, Graham got hit with the force of a hot Irish temper and an articulate politician all at once. He found himself completely out of his league. Michael D. Higgins was elected President of Ireland in 2011, but this interview took place while he was still leader of the Labor party. He is formidable when angry, which he was in this segment.
Graham was going down the usual neocon astroturf Tea Party road, and President Higgins served him a hefty helping of humility with applause included. This clip starts in the middle of the interview, where Graham has evidently labeled some people -- I'm not sure who -- as antiSemitic, which causes Higgins' Irish temper to boil over and explode on the air. Graham had no idea what hit him.
The funniest part is that Higgins does to Graham what Graham was hoping to do to Higgins. The crowd was stirred, all right, but not in Graham's direction. As he moves from health care to tea party racism to foreign policy and back again, all Graham can do is sputter.
The interview took place in Ireland, presumably in a pub, since there was a reference to Guinness and because I know firsthand that the very best political discussions always take place in pubs. I'm not sure if Graham was on some kind of international "dump on Barack Obama tour" or what, but I will note that Higgins is now Ireland's President and Graham is still a relative unknown who bows and scrapes to his tea party keepers while remaining relatively obscure in the larger hate talk universe.
If you're tired of hearing Fox talkers, this will be a refreshing break for you. Transcript after the jump, and the full uncut interview is here.