November 29, 2015

The insanity continues on the Sunday shows, with this Face the Nation moment with the panel.

We begin with Peggy Noonan wondering aloud if the "good Christians" could be the only Syrian refugees the United States takes in. As if somehow you can tell good Christians from the bad nasties calling themselves Christians, but by no means would we allow any of those Mooslims in, amirite?

This then turns the panel to consider the hateful rhetoric coming from certain members (Trump) of the Republican field (Trump). And watch how they turn Ben Carson into a saint on a flying carpet of love.

IGNATIUS: There are many -- there are minorities in general in the Middle East are in great peril. We saw that with the Yazidis. We've seen it with a range of minorities. I'd hate to just say, Christians only are the ones who we're worried about.

You know, John, I heard one thing today on your show that really surprised me. I heard from John McCain talk about candidates bloviating in this race. I heard from Ben Carson talk about hateful rhetoric that was hurting the country. And I heard from Jeb Bush how Donald Trump was preying on people's fears. It's the first time I can remember hearing on one show three candidates speak out against the tone in the Republican race.


IGNATIUS: Maybe that marks a turning point here.

John McCain isn't running for President. Ben Carson is all about "both sides." And Jeb Bush has about as much chance of winning the Republican nomination as I do. If that's a turning point, it's a very, very tiny one upon which no one will turn.

It is, however, a nice deflection from responsibility for how all of the haters and know-nothings in this country are absolutely destroying our politics.

I would recommend that Ignatius read Dave Neiwert's excellent essay about Donald Trump and what he has enabled before he starts dreaming about "turning points."

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