Faithful Fox News viewers have been treated to a parade of "evil Hillary Clinton" stories this week as they do their best to make a lot of noise about nothing; namely, who may have paid for the Russia dossier.
The topic of Russia, in fact, has become a hot one now that they've got their angle, a stale Hannity-invented uranium story, and a new one that has nothing at all to do with collusion with Russia to help Trump win. Still, they flog. It's all they can do.
They are so anxious to make Clinton a scapegoat that they're sticking pins in their Hillary voodoo dolls like crazy while claiming somehow that the DNC paying Fusion GPS for opposition research is EXACTLY LIKE colluding with Russia.
This is the argument Tucker Carlson had just finished making when he introduced his first guest, Democratic Representative Brad Sherman, whom he promoted as being the "rare exception" to Democrats' attitudes toward appearing on Tuckie's show.
This is, of course, because Tucker Carlson is unserious and loves to play bullshit gotcha games with guests. Sherman, however, was prepared.
He informed Carlson that HE was there to talk about the tax bill. Your move, Tucker.
Sherman interrupted Tucker's hems and haws. "I mean, this is a job-killing deficit-exploding tax bill which is the real story, the real vote in Congress," he said.
And with that, the back-and-forth began.
Tucker sneered, "Let me just cut you off."
"I know you can’t defend it," Sherman shot back.
Wherein Tucker Carlson admitted that Republicans are completely unserious about this tax bill and that he has no clue what he is talking about. "Before you go, we don’t have a tax bill, we have no idea what the details are," he said dismissively. "I am deeply interested in this."
("This" is his invented Russia smokescreen, of course.)
Sherman replied, "We have the Trump proposed 12 page document."
To which Carlson was again forced to admit, " We have literally nothing."
It's true. They do have nothing. It's what they do best. Nothing.
Sherman once again tried to remind Carlson that the White House had taken great pains to put out a 12-page document outlining Trump's wish list, but NO. Tucker would not have it.
"And then it will get to the Senate and it will become something completely different." He mewled. "So I would love to debate that because I think it’s really interesting and we may not even disagree on parts of it. But I want to ask to you about the story that we have spent the last year talking about."
Sherman taunted him. "You can’t defend the Trump tax proposal."
Carlson bit. "This is clever and I will have you on any day to talk about an actual tax bill but we have yet –"
Sherman interrupted, "No you won’t, I have been trying to get on your show to talk about economics again and again and again and you only have me on to talk about nonsense."
The only point Sherman missed was the one where he says Tucker doesn't understand anything but nonsense.
If you're a Democrat, and you're going to go on Fox News, this is EXACTLY the way you should handle it. Go there intending to talk policy, while Tucker blathers about conspiracy theories. Fox viewers won't change their minds, but you do get a chance to get your thoughts about tax reform in there anyway.
Good job, Rep. Sherman.