NBC political guru Tim Russert, who enabled the disastrous Bush administration that has brought the USA to the brink of ruin by being a reliable conduit by which the GOP could spew its bullshit into the American conversation, keeled over of a heart attack at work Friday at age 58. Given how so many slimebags (Jesse Helms, Strom Thurmond, Richard Nixon, Chucky Manson, etc) usually live to a ripe old age while making the lives of the average guy as bad as they can get away with, it is refreshing to see Mr. Potato Head buy the farm at age 58. Of course, that is still about 30-40 years longer than some of the soldiers in Iraq he helped send to their deaths.
The thing that really gets me hocked off is how the talking heads at MSNBC, including a near-sobbing Keith Olberman, are acting as if Jesus himself had just departed this mortal coil when, in fact, Russert was little more than a glorified political hanger on who hoped to cap off his career with a job with the Bush Administration, but wasn't trusted enough to cadge one due to his past association with Democrats such as Mario Cuomo.
Wait, you didn't hear about that last bit? Well, let's rev up the wayback machine and journey to those days of yesteryear, specifically an item run by the always salutary Roger Ailes blog:
"Reliable sources have informed MWO that Jack Welch and Tim Russert attended last autumn's Al Smith Dinner in New York together - and that Russert, on the back of his lapel, was cleverly wearing a Bush for President button.
Russert has reportedly tried to shrug off the incident in private, but has failed to discuss it publicly.
MWO has also been told that either during or after the campaign, Republican Welch chewed out his employee, NBC News correspondent Claire Shipman, for being too favorable to Gore in her reporting on the Vice President's campaign. And Shipman's bureau chief - Tim Russert - reportedly did not lift a finger to protect her or to protest Welch's outrageous partisan interference."
As an aside, in case you didn't hear it, Peggy "Underdog Lady" Noonan just called Russert "a Reagan Democrat." Do I need to say more?
Usually, the motivation for displaying that kind of fealty to GOP operatives is in hopes of landing a position with the administration (just like my suspicions that Chris Matthews kissed up to the Bushies to get the chief of staff or press secretary's slot, which was also in vein, but he did carry the GOP water in the Scooter Libby controversy, especially since Libby and he are good friends).
Really, just like with Andrea Mitchell Greenspan (yes, she is married to Alan, the guy who helped make the home mortgage crisis possible and who is derisively called "Mr. [real estate] Bubble" by Americablog supremo John Aravosis, but NBC has never told you that) , he was part of the military-industrial-media complex that General Electric, which owns NBC, so exemplifies. Anything said about Russert that ignores that is to cheat history and the American public he so aided and abetted the Bushies in bamboozling.
In short, Russert was a journalistic version of Vidkun Quisling, Kim Philby and Neville Chamberlain, who each furthered the purposes of evil in the name of preserving or elevating his own personal ambitions. It was he who lent credibility to a man with the emotional impulses of a spoiled eight year old to the detriment of a nation that was the greatest history had ever known and which is now headed the way of Great Britain and Spain unless the next president can rectify things.
Russert went to his reward, in a box and his corpulaent body ready to provide years of good eating to worms and bacteria, never having apologized to America for his crimes. But isn't that a typical Republican?
Now some of you out there are going to wring your hands and whine, "but Mr. Acid, it isn't nice to talk like that about the dead." Shut the fuck up, will ya? It is that kind of failure to hold political criminals responsible that has gotten this country to this point. Yeah, I feel for his wife, but you know what? All those little sniveling bureaucrats that ultimately make the Chinese commie government function all have spouses who love them, too. Now put that way, what do you think?
And Luke Russert? Douchebags don't fall far from the tree. Suck me Luke.