David Frum compares Maddow’s sarcasm to hate speech
Some GOP leaders and conservative columnists are expressing frustration with John McCain’s campaign. Is there chaos within the Republican Party? Rachel Maddow is joined by former Bush speechwriter and author of “An End to Evil: How to Win the War on Terror,” David Frum.
MADDOW: You have publicly stated some reservations about John McCain and some criticisms of the way his campaign has run. Even though you also said you will vote for him. One quote i want to ask about, “Those who press this Ayers — William Ayers — line of attack are whipping Republicans and conservatives into a fury that’s going to be hard to calm after November.” What do you mean by that and that word “fury?”
FRUM: I think you were talking through much of the show about the matter of tone in our politics. And, yet, I think, we are seeing an intensification of some the ugliness of tone that’s been a feature of American politics in the last eight years. I mean, the show unfortunately is itself an example of that problem, with the heavy sarcasm and sneering and disregard for a lot of the substantive issues that really are important. And I would hate to see Republicans go into opposition sustaining this terrible cycle of unseriousness about politics, about turning it into a spectator sport. The party is going to have some important rebuilding to do. It’s going to have to do that in an intelligence way and we’re all going to have to do better than we’ve been doing, including the past 40 minutes.
This video is from MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show, broadcast October 13, 2008.