Friday, January 22, 2010

Actually, it was more like the truculent scold you are

Michele Bachmann is rilly, rilly mad that Arlen Specter told her to hush and wait her turn. She interrupted Specter repeatedly when he was speaking during a joint appearance on a Philadelphia radio show:

Radio listeners in the City of Brotherly Love got a dose of just the opposite yesterday when Michele Bachmann took to the airwaves with Republican-turned-Democrat Sen. Arlen Specter.

The Stillwater Republican congresswoman, appearing on conservative talker Dom Giordano's radio show, took some on-air flak from Specter after repeatedly talking over him. The senator eventually became irate and told her to "act like a lady." (hear the full recording here)

One supposes that Michele would have felt better if Specter had said, “Be an gentleman,” and wait your turn.

The fact is, if you’re liberal or progressive appearing on conservative talk radio, you have to fend for yourself. You certainly can’t expect the drooling idiot radio host to help maintain decorum; he’ll (and they are virtually all “he”) will cheerfully throw gasoline on the fire.

Michele felt she was treated like “a little girl.”

You can understand Specter’s mistake, can’t you, boys and girls?

Update: Gail Collins at the New York Times thinks that Arlen Specter “lost it.” That is the narrative that Michele Bachmann would like you to believe. Ms. Collins is seemingly unaware of the treatment of liberals or progressives on conservative talk radio, and the propensities of the thin-skinned Michele Bachmann who can dish it out and then play, as MNO say, the victim.

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