What, precisely, is the matter with Pat Buchanan?  He recently wrote a column comparing an accused Nazi war criminal to Jesus Christ.  On today’s Morning Joe, as twolf1 observed, Buchanan opined that "First Dude" Todd Palin ought to take Levi Johnston (the father of Sarah and Todd’s grandchild) down to the creek and "hold him under the water until he stops thrashing." (this charming suggestion followed discussion of Levi Johnston’s recent claim that Sarah Palin resigned as governor in order to cash in).  Buchanan was uttering his trademark maniacal chuckle as he said this, and other Morning Joe-sters were chuckling as well.

A few minutes later, Mika Brzezinski issued a disclaimer that neither Buchanan nor anyone else was advocating violence (Buchanan laughed again as Brzezinski said this), and then described Buchanan’s comment as "priceless".

It was nearly as painful to watch the Morning Joe crew fawn over Sarah Palin.  Buchanan described her as "authentic and pure", Norah O’Donnell, who is supposed to be covering Palin, confessed that she is "fascinated" by Palin, citing the fact that Palin is the mother of five children as a reason why she is so fascinating.  (maybe Howard Kurtz will ponder whether O’Donnell can objectively cover Palin). O’Donnell said that people want a "different kind" of person in politics, and Palin is a "different person", whatever that means.

Is this what Palin means when she suggests media elites have it in for her?

Chris Edelson

Chris Edelson

Chris is a lawyer and professor at American University who writes frequently about current political and media issues. His writing has also been published in The Philadelphia Inquirer, Metroland (Albany, NY), and at commondreams.org