Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Dick Armey, bested by a broad, resorts to sexism

The most astounding exchange just took place on MSNBC's "Hardball" between former House Majority Leader Dick Armey and Salon editor Joan Walsh. Host Chris Matthews had engaged the two to discuss the recent outrageous comments by Rush Limbaugh about President Barack Obama.

Matthews played this clip of Limbaugh, in which the radio host says of Obama:

LIMBAUGH: We are being told that we have to hope he succeeds, that we have to bend over, grab the ankles, bend over forward, backward, whichever, because his father was black, because this is the first black president.
When Walsh asked why Republicans failed to apologize for Limbaugh's comments, Armey interrupted her: with remarks to the effect of (paraphrase; transcript to come):
I'm lucky you're not my wife, so I don't have to listen to this kind of prattle all day long.
UPDATE: Sam Stein has the transcript at HuffPo
"I'm so damn glad you can never be my wife because I surely wouldn't have to listen to that prattle from you every day," Armey told Walsh, editor-in-chief of Salon.com. "That's what I'm talking about -- she's making a political malarkey here."

"Boy...that makes two of us sir," Walsh replied. "That was really an outstanding comment."
Even Matthews seemed stunned. Walsh said the feeling was mutual, but that Armey's comments were uncalled-for.

Matthews failed to call Armey out in that segment, but in the next, New York Times columnist Bob Herbert raised the issue, saying that Armey owes Walsh and Matthews' viewers an apology. Matthews concurred that the "gender aspect" of Armey's comments were beyond the pale.

Will update as transcript and clips become available.

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