What is the most powerful possible voice to counter Republican idiocy in the United States? To my mind it is MSNBC, with a bunch of anchors that range from hard to soft. At the outset of Netanyahu's arrival, however, they all seemed soft.
I refer to the man's first speech, which occurred at AIPAC headquarters with all kinds of hatriot murals and nonsense up on the walls. When I call the MSNBC reporters just like 95 per cent of all American reporters the neologism "commentatoes," I mean that they fail to react to what is actually going on.
One commentato referred to "the political football" that is Netanyahu's trip. She would have been accurate if she had called it "the humanistic football" instead. The trip is a football on which Netanyahu stands in order to force out all hope by Palestinians and Iranians for improvement in their lot as human beings.
Twenty minutes passed before anybody at MSNBC said anything critical, and it was Michael Tomasky. The quality of the commentary would improve from that point but got off to a wretchedly slow start.
Of Netanyahu's dubious statements and innuendo, the most specious was that Iran is the main force behind worldwide terrorism today. Iran is behind Isis? What poppycock!
His attempts to discredit supposed American "misperceptions" completely ignored our understanding that he faces election within two weeks.
This man may look heavyset but he is a lightweight. That said, his visit shouldn't be permitted to grow antisemitism in this country. The trick is to disengage him in one's mind from good Israelis. If looking for a group with which to identify him go no farther than run-of-the-mill American Republicans-- shallow, reactionary, obstructionist and unable to make meaningful distinction about anything.