Dems Bow Out of Debate to Appease Nutroots, Cite Silly Ailes Comment

Mary Katharine Ham
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Posted: Mar 12, 2007 8:38 AM

Not only is the Democratic Party too beholden to its crazy Internet wing to go through with a debate on TV's most popular cable network, but they're also too cowardly to admit that's the reason they're bowing out.

The Nevada State Democratic Party is pulling out of a controversialpresidential debate scheduled for Aug. 14 in Reno and co-hosted by FoxNews, according to a letter released late Friday from state partychairman Tom Collins and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev)...

But Collins and Reid wrote that comments on Thursday by FOX News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes, when he jokingly comparedDemocratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, the junior senator fromIllinois, to Osama bin Laden, "went too far," and prompted NevadaDemocrats to end the partnership.

Riiight, let's check that comment, shall we?

At a Radio & Television News DirectorsAssociation Foundation event in Washington on Thursday, Ailes said,"And it is true that Barack Obama is on the move. I don't know if it'strue that President Bush called (Pakistani President Pervez) Musharrafand said, 'Why can't we catch this guy?"' according to a transcriptprovided by Fox.

Um, guys? That's an anti-Bush joke. Get it? He's so dumb, he doesn't know the difference between a major Democratic presidential candidate and a sworn terrorist enemy of the United States? Hilarious! Just like all the other lame anti-Bush jokes these people ROFL about, even though they've heard 90,000 variations on them over the last six years.

While the Nutroots obligingly squawk about this quote, as if it's actually in any way bigoted or even directed at Obama, Obama does the smart thing, as usual, saying he wasn't offended:

"I didn't take great offense at thejoke," Obama said in an Associated Press interview while campaigning inIowa. "I have been called worse..."

"You know it's to be expected," Obama said. "Iwas surprised that my parking tickets from 20 years ago got so muchattention. But this is part of the vetting process when you're runningfor the most powerful position on earth, and it's to be expected thatthings get magnified."

He gets a little bit of that victim status and all the credit for being gracious. Smart guy. Too smart. Makes me think the left-wing blogs can't possibly stomach him for long. He's not nearly prone enough to bright, fiery, impotent self-destruction for the cause of Bush-hatin'.

Update: Edwards uses the dark threat of Ailes to raise some cash.

And, Kucinich calls his fellow Dems chicken.