This week's target on the MSNBC Conservative Character Assassination Wheel, Michele Bachmann, her staff, and the "ignorant voters" who elected her.
As the rest of the world was watching the updates on Japan while hoping and praying for good news about the terrible tragedy facing our friends across the Pacific, MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell was busy "staying on message" and attacking Michele Bachmann while insulting the people who voted for her.
Politicians are aware that they will be targets. When you file to put your name on a ballot you accept that those who are not supporting you might be vocal about their personal choice. That's life. But it seems a tad strange to see this media personality expanding his attack beyond the Congresswoman and her staff to the people who actually voted and elected her.
Yes, the Congresswoman from Minnesota made a mistake last weekend while speaking in New Hampshire, but candidates make mistakes on the campaign (announced or unannounced) trail. Witness one such campaign gaffe.
57 States? He was tired, move on.
And sometimes those same candidates get elected and still misspeak:
20 Centuries ago?
While embarrassing, a gaffe or two (or in VP Biden's case, a bucket full of them) just happens to be part of reality of being human and working in a field where your every move is scrutinized and posted on YouTube.
Back to Michele Bachmann and the interminable attacks launched against her by the obviously slanted and threatened media on the Left. Lawrence O'Donnell has decided that the voters in Minnesota's 6th District must be ignorant if they elected someone with different policies and priorities than his.
First O'Donnell wonders if this ignorance is because Bachmann's supporters are white. (I'm not kidding.)
"What makes those voters so ignorant? Well, for starters, they are whiter than the average district. 92 percent white in fact."
This odd first question is sort of debunked as O'Donnell did find a Missouri Congresswoman (Jo Ann Emerson, also a Republican) with a similar percentage of white people in her district, but he does not have a record of 'imbecilic comments' from Ms. Emerson. So, after playing the race card, O'Donnell puts it back in the deck, as if that can be done.
O'Donnell and his channel-mate Chris Matthews have both voiced their lack of appreciation for Michele Bachmann, and that certainly is the right of any new commentator, but attacking the people who exercised their right to vote smacks of the same tactics used by school yard bullies.