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Scheherazade On December - 21 - 2009

From Think Progress:

Matalin slurs health reform advocates as ‘health care jihadists.’

Yesterday on CNN, Republican strategist and CNN contributor Mary Matalin railed against Democrats for pushing forward with health reform efforts. “They’ve been on this jihad for 70 years, and they’re going to throw over all their competitive seats to do it,” she said, adding:

And I don’t know what kind of party that is. That leaves left in the Democratic Party the urban centers, this is tyranny of the minority. Two-thirds of the country don’t want this. And one-third of these jihadists, these health care jihadists do. I guess that’s how democracy in the Obama era works.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eksAUx0ckoU[/youtube]

Matalin has employed the concept of “holy war” in her political debates before. On Meet the Press in 2006, she attacked David Gregory for going “on a jihad” in covering the Vice President’s accidental shooting of his friend Harry Whittington. Gregory responded, “That’s an unfortunate use of that word, by the way. This is not what that was.” Transcript:

MATALIN: They’ve been on this jihad for 70 years, and they’re going to throw over all competitive seats to do it. And I don’t know what kind of party that is. That leaves left in the Democratic Party, the urban centers, this is tyranny of the minority. Two-thirds of the country don’t want this. And one-third of these jihadists, these health care jihadists do. I guess that’s how democracy in the Obama era works. […] And furthermore this is the worst thing. They’re going to strip out all the few good things that are in there and the entrenched things will stand. That’s what’s happened with every entitlement jihad from the ’30s and the ’60s and that’s what happened.

This isn’t the first time Mary has done something awkward on camera.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XgaHmkgfhOk[/youtube]

Notice what she does with her ink pen towards the end of this clip.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MeuDmI16ts0[/youtube]

Note: Mary Matalin is married to James Carville. I’ve read many of Carville’s books. They are very entertaining and instructive, but he has yet to explain how that marriage manages to work.

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