On yesterday’s “Face Off” segment on MSNBC’s Race for the White House Rachel Maddow demonstrates how to shut down right-wing foreign policy talking points, here eviscerating every canned argument Noah Oppenheim had to offer about McCain’s supposed strong suit.
Here’s an especially good exchange:
Maddow: “Noah, when it gets down to concrete issues, and when it gets down to making a judgment call, I think if people are looking at Bush and McCain in deciding to go after Osama bin Laden by invading and occupying for five years a country that had nothing to do with 9/11 — or — actually going after Osama bin Laden where he is, probably in Pakistan, I think people will probably go with the latter judgment.
Oppenheim: “Are you suggesting an invasion of Pakistan?”
Maddow: “He hasn’t said he would invade Pakistan. He said he would go after Osama bin Laden where he is instead of outsourcing the fight against al Qaeda to General Musharraf who happily took our billions of dollars worth military aid and then gave al Qaeda and the Taliban safe haven in the tribal regions. So go after bin Laden or fight Iraq? I’d take the former.”
Come on MSNBC, give Maddow her own show already!
Oh, and just as an aside, Oppenheim, who writes for the arch-conservative magazine Weekly Standard used to be the Senior Producer of Hardball and is now the Supervision Producer of The Today Show. Curse that infernal “liberal media”!