Last night David Shuster produced a brilliant 78 seconds of tape that underscores the truly loathsome, soulless hypocrisy of the modern GOP. Representative Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee was on to do the honors castigating MoveOn with scripted Rovian talking points, and Shuster threw her off her program with such a cold, hard smack in the face of reality that it cut right through her netherworld of spin and dragged her straight down to earth — where she had absolutely no ability to cope.

Blackburn didn’t know the name of the last soldier from her district who had died, but could proudly cite what was happening with MoveOn “chapter and verse.” She gets increasingly testy as she prattles on with “some of my best friends are…” defensiveness about soldiers from her district, but the bottom line is she really just fobs off dealing with them to some flunky in her office while she gets to do the really important stuff, like the Blonde Wingnut Harpy shtick on cable news.

Blackburn is unsurprisingly a social conservative who prefers to be called “Congressman Blackburn” and she was considered a top candidate for Governor of Tennessee in 2010.

Maybe not so much any more.

And it’s just my two cents, but I think that a David Shuster show which had a more confrontational style with guests (a la, and I hate to say it, Bill O’Reilly) would be a perfect pairing with Keith Olbermann’s show — or at least it would be to any network that cared about ratings. MSNBC, with 50% ownership by one of the country’s biggest defense contractors, General Electric, probably has bigger fish to fry.

(Thanks to Scarce for the YouTube. Full clip of the interview available at Crooks and Liars.)

Jane Hamsher

Jane Hamsher

Jane is the founder of Her work has also appeared on the Huffington Post, Alternet and The American Prospect. She’s the author of the best selling book Killer Instinct and has produced such films Natural Born Killers and Permanent Midnight. She lives in Washington DC.
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