November 22, 2015

Who needs Fox when this is what passes for political commentary on CNN? Jake Tapper was about as useful as a potted plant this Sunday while two of his guests, right wing hate talker Hugh Hewitt, and Rep. Marsha Blackburn, spewed one right wing venomous talking point insulting President Obama after another during a discussion on how we should be handling the Syrian refugee crisis.

TAPPER: The United States Holocaust Museum and other Jewish groups have expressed concern about this legislation and a lot of them have cited polling from the era of World War II and a 1939 Gallup poll. Should the U.S. government admit 10,000 Jewish refugee children from Germany? Yes: 30 percent. No: 61 percent. There are those who say this is a false comparison here.

HEWITT: Well, every comparison is legitimate. There was a comparison to the Vietnamese 130,000 refugees to arrive with Operation New Arrival after Saigon fell and we absorbed that. But the problem here, or the context here is the President's rhetoric. Bob mentioned the President's rhetoric and the Republican rhetoric.

Five words now define this administration. Leading from behind, JV's, contained. And the problem is that those five words add up to failure. So nobody trusts the President to process the refugees. We are a welcoming country, 130,000 Vietnamese. I talked to Ted Koppel this week. He is the son of German refugees to England. We have an incredible Persian population in Beverly Hills California where I live near there.

BLACKBURN: In my district.

HEWITT: And so we are very welcoming, but this administration has failed at the IRS, the VA, at every level, in Syria. So no one has confidence that they can vet.


BLACKBURN: I think also, leadership matters tremendously and our President has shown himself incapable of leading in this fight. This week we had Putin and Hollande who were leading in the fight against ISIS and a President who seemed very timid of taking ISIS and radical Muslim extremism on. He can't even say the words.

Yeah, don't dare blame Republicans or their frontrunner, Donald Trump for the racism and Islamophobia we've seen from the right. This is all Obama's fault because he's weak and feckless and we can't trust him.

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