I refer to this quote from this past Sunday's This Week on ABC, as Christiane went on a little tirade about the Tea Party:
"I mean there's been a long and venerable tradition of conservatism in this country. You can go back at least to Ronald Reagan, William F. Buckley, all of that sort of intellectual conservatism that lasted about 30 years and people are saying that right now, it's really gone to the extreme. People are looking at the tea party and saying this is not conservatism as we knew it, but it's extreme."
Which people, Christiane? Certainly you're not referring to the American people, because if you've bothered to listen to anything outside of your own echo chamber lately, you would have heard that 44 percent of likely voters say the Democratic Party is more dominated by its extreme elements; whereas 37 percent say it’s the Republican Party that is more dominated by extremists.
So which people are calling the Tea Party "extremist", Christiane? Perhaps your friends in the salons of DC, who see their lucrative "business as usual" lifestyle about to fall apart? From your husband, the Obama/Clinton policy advisor, and his friends inside the White House ? Or is that just what your guests are saying down at your mansion in the south of France?
Incidentally, nice to hear you call Reagen an "intellectual conservative". If I recollect, in the '80's, the liberal peanut gallery derided him as an idiotic B-list actor whose simplistic ideas would doom the nation. Wonder what you will be saying about Sarah Palin in 2040...
Prediction: Amanpour melts down either immediately before, or shortly after, the November 2nd election, and says something heartfelt and horrible about the American people, assuming she doesn't go off blaming the Jews for America's turn to the right. And with the Tea Party flag flying high and their ratings sinking to new lows, ABC opts for a new face on Sunday morning. Jake Tapper will get her job, Christiane will blame the stupid American people for not watching her, and she will be rewarded with a spot in the Obama administration.
Heard it here first...!
UPDATE: Apparently, one of the people who Amanpour listens to is Meghan McCain, who apparently earned a spot on This Week as well, if for no other reason than to make Christiane looker brighter by comparison:
Well, I speak as a 26-year-old woman. And my problem is that, no matter what, Christine O’Donnell is making a mockery of running for public office. She has no real history, no real success in any kind of business. And what that sends to my generation is, one day, you can just wake up and run for Senate, no matter how much lack of experience you have. And it scares me for a lot of reasons, and I just know (inaudible) it just turns people off, because she’s seen as a nutjob.
No matter what the Republican Party wants to think about this Tea Party movement, it is losing young voters at a rapid rate. And this isn’t going to change unless we start changing our message....
Well, actually, it is Obama who has been losing young people at a rapid, almost dizzying rate, but Meghan's not there because of her command of the facts. She's there as a representative of every "26 year old woman" in America! A self-proclaimed voice of her "generation"! And a great example of how somebody with no sense of business and no history of success can wind up as an "expert" on TV!
So what is she doing there, besides the fact she's a so-called "conservative" who hates conservatives? Oh, yeah...see above right...