But Morgan seemed hellbent on proving Goldberg's thesis by showing he couldn't get beyond his cliched thinking to deal with the arguments Goldberg was making instead of those he was projecting on to him. Morgan insisted on mischaracterizing Goldberg's beef with Obama's decision as a knee-jerk ideological Republican reaction. (Morgan refused to grasp that the criticism was over the ad.) "I can't understand how any Republican can genuinely criticize (the decision)," pleaded Morgan.
When he finally did belatedly address Goldberg's actual point, Morgan noted that Obama's ad was fair game because Romney would have done the same to Obama had the tables been turned. Goldberg explained that the ad unfairly took Romney's remark out of context because Romney was comparing the importance of capturing a major figurehead (bin Laden) with otherwise successfully prosecuting the overall war on terror. Of course Romney would have given the kill order against bin Laden had he been presented with it.
When Morgan claimed that Romney's earlier statements implied he wouldn't have spent the necessary money to capture bin Laden, Goldberg shot back that it was a relatively cheap operation. Morgan, visibly shellshocked, demanded to know how much Goldberg thought it cost.
After being waterboarded into answering, Jonah ventured a guess of $50 million, after which Morgan spent the next several minutes sputtering indignantly about how a Republican such as Goldberg could think $50 million is pocket change. "Wow, and that's cheap in the Republican world? ... No wonder the country got into the mess it did," said Morgan, the exasperated fiscal hawk. Voila, Goldberg's nuanced argument about Romney's actual position was transmogrified by the ideologically cliched liberal Morgan into some bizarre class-warfare screed.
At one point in the interview, the prey (Goldberg) captured the hunter (Morgan), with Morgan exclaiming, "I'm not batting for Democrats or Republicans," to which Goldberg replied during one of Morgan's rare pauses for oxygen, "If you're not batting for Democrats, it's a wonderful approximation of it." Game, set, match.
You see, Morgan obviously doesn't believe he's displaying a liberal bias. He is, undeniably, lying to himself -- again, vindicating Goldberg's argument.
But Morgan wasn't finished. He said, "No, I like to deal with reality." Goldberg may have been thinking to himself, "Wow, he has no idea how thoroughly he is validating my book." For on Page 14, Goldberg described this very liberal mindset: "They hide their ideological agenda within Trojan Horse cliches and smug assertions that they are simply pragmatists, fact finders, and empiricists who are clearheaded slaves to 'what works.'"
Perhaps Morgan didn't get past Page 13 of the book, but you should; it's a fabulous, trenchant, insightful read, about which I shall have more to say later.