January 29, 2009

Barney Frank and Marsha Blackburn square off on Larry King Live over the stimulus bill. A few things that struck me about this interview. One, look at the body language with these two...lol. They both look like they don't want to even be on the same planet with each other, much less forced to sit next to each other at the same desk. Given how obvious that makes it that both of them really can't stand each other it's amazing they managed to keep it this civil.

But that leads into my next point. After watching, unfortunately, Marsha Blackburn in action way too often to be good for my blood pressure, she looked a bit reserved and actually a bit timid about showing her normal, acrid personality with Frank sitting right next to her. I can only imagine what this interview would have looked like had it been someone else on the set with her.

And last, John King did his best to shut Barney Frank up when he made a great point about how the Republican Congress actually behaved in contrast to Marsha Blackburn's fantasy about how they would have liked to have behaved and pretending there was someone there who cared about stopping George Bush when they were instead rubber-stamping Bush and his agenda and allowing him to move it along unchecked. Kudos to Frank for not allowing it. Every Democrat who makes an appearance on any of these talking head shows could learn a lesson from Barney Frank on how to not allow a pundit to steamroll you and let a GOP talking point go unanswered.

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