We’re forced to give Charles a prize: Tribal fervor rots the mind. This rather obvious pattern dates back into prehistory.
This week, our dumbness has us fighting about the owner of a chicken sandwich chain. Yesterday, “conservatives” flocked to Chick-fil-A.
Today, we “liberals” respond!
We humans have to be very dense to take the bait over matters like this. Last night, though, we found ourselves forced to award a prize.
Our prize went to Charles Krauthammer. We had wondered when someone was going to say it. On Special Report, Charles did.
Brett Baier played tape of Rahm Emanuel’s original fiery statement. Then, he threw to Charles:
EMANUEL (videotape): Chick-fil-A's values are not Chicago values. They are not respectful of our residents, neighbors, and our family members. And if you are going to part of the Chicago community you should reflect the Chicago values.Oof. We don’t know if Emanuel ever said that he himself opposed gay marriage. But during the whole time he was chief of staff, President Obama did!
KRAUTHAMMER: I think it simply is astonishing to hear Rahm Emanuel defining, according to his political ideas, who is welcome and who is not welcome in Chicago...
And think about this. What is Dan Cathy saying, in his opposition to gay marriage, that is different, that is incongruent, with the position that president of the United States Barack Obama held six months ago on the same issue? He was opposed to gay marriage. Does that mean for the first three months [sic] of the Obama presidency he was a bigot who was deserivig of ostracism and social punishment? Remember, Rahm Emanuel was his chief of chief of staff at the beginning of that, was also the position, supported the position being against gay marriage.
In 2010, this view was OK. By 2012, the view is so vile that Chick-fil-A shouldn’t come to Chicago! Was Obama allowed to visit his home in Chicago when he held that view?
(Shades of Keith Olbermann’s misogynist attacks on Carrie Prejean, who also agreed with Obama!)
We wondered when someone would note this point about Emanuel’s fiery stand. Maybe someone else did it first.
But last night, Charles took charge. We were forced to award him our prize.