The best political team on television?
I can hardly believe what I’m seeing: Breitbart’s creature Dana Loasch is on CNN with Ali Velshi and John King, doing economic “analysis” and critiquing the President’s jobs plan as if she is some sort of expert. Velshi is doing a good job of exploding the myth that “the government doesn’t have a revenue problem it has a spending problem” and he blames the Tea Party for it. He points out that the best way to fix the deficit is to grow the economy and even challenges the whole “household budget” thing. Huzzah! Then John King says it isn’t the Tea Party’s fault and blames the American people because they elected a leftwing president and a rightwing congress.
Loesch, in her guise as a normal person, replies that there really isn’t a disagreement about this at all and that the “grassroots” (is “Tea Party” out of vogue these days?) believes that instead of redistributing wealth they should “expand the tax base” and if you look at the past six decades, “it’s proven.” She cleverly avoids saying what she means by that: that poor people don’t pay enough taxes.
Now she’s complaining that Obama didn’t fulfill his promises, which she evidently wants people to think she supported, and says “the grassroots” want him to cut taxes, end regulations and pass the Keystone Pipeline project.
Why is she on my TV?
Update: I have my answer. Doh. The CNN-Tea party debate is tonight. And that’s shocking and disgusting in itself.
I’m no fan of Dana Loesch – in fact I had to google her name to find out who she is:
Dana Loesch (née Eaton, born September 28, 1978) is a conservative pundit, associated with the Tea Party movement.
Dana Loesch graduated from Fox High School in Arnold, Missouri. She attended St. Louis Community College and transferred Webster University, where she majored in journalism. She dropped out after beginning her relationship with Chris Loesch, whom she would eventually marry. Dana had been a liberal but became a conservative after the September 11 attacks. They have two children and homeschool them.
She hosts a talk radio show called The Dana Show: The Conservative Alternative, which broadcasts on KFTK FM NewsTalk 97.1 to the Greater St. Louis area. Since October, 2010, Loesch has also served as editor-in-chief of Big Journalism, a conservative blog owned by webmaster Andrew Breitbart. On February 10, 2011, CNN announced that, in preparation for its 2012 election coverage, the network had hired Loesch, Will Cain, and Democratic strategist Cornell Belcher, as political analysts. Loesch was specifically hired to represent the Tea Party point of view.
She is a national leadership team member of the Nationwide Tea Party Coalition and often speaks on national issues involving the Tea Party movement.
Just on the face of her Wiki resume, Loesch is at least as qualified to bloviate as this person:
Digby was a Navy brat who graduated from Lathrop High School in Fairbanks, Alaska. She studied theater at San Jose State College and worked on the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System and for a number of film companies, including Island Pictures, Polygram, and Artisan Entertainment.
Remember the good old days when progressives supported freedom of speech and freedom of the press?
Liberals still do.