Michelle Goldberg (No relation) cuts to the heart of Mark Halperin’s offense (Note: It’s funnier if you try to read it aloud with as much drama as possible):
Here’s why Mark Halperin is a disgrace. It’s not because he used a mild obscenity to describe our president on Morning Joe, disrespectful as that was. Rather, it was the circumstances of the slur. Right now, the Republican Party is threatening to blow up the world economy unless Democrats agree to savage cuts in spending while refusing any of the revenue increases that all serious economists say are necessary to actually address the national debt. Obama, whose greatest fault in office has been a misplaced faith in the GOP’s capacity for reasonableness, went on television and chided the party for this stance. Apparently, this struck Halperin as unreasonable. His response embodies all that’s rotten and shallow about D.C.’s pundit class, which fetishizes bipartisanship even as it only demands it of one political party.
I just knew Republicans were somehow to blame for a liberal journalist on a liberal TV show on a liberal television network calling the liberal president of the United States a “d*ck.” I just couldn’t figure out why until Michelle explained it to me.
And I love — love — this part: Obama, whose greatest fault in office has been a misplaced faith in the GOP’s capacity for reasonableness…
And she thinks the DC pundit class lives in a bubble.