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Thu Aug 16, 2012, 08:05 PM

Increasingly I am considering a Pardon of Tweety after 15 years. But very foot draggingly.

It looks like he's back on board on the Dem side. Yeah, I know about his leg tickle or trickle for OBAMA in '08, but my distrust of him at the time was as strong as ever after his decade and a half of trashing Dems -- CLINTON, GORE in 2000, his love affair with Shrub and Mc5planes. So in '08 I was wary that his OBAMA twinge might just be an outlet against the CLINTONs. But he seems to be hitting the Rethugs hard every day now, granted I monitor him much less than I did by far.

Anyway, it won't be anytme soon that I decide on the Pardon. And it will not erase this (from the old Demopedia) :




http://demopedia.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=show_mesg&forum=389&topic_id=3854829&mesg_id=3855601

Chris MATTHEWS

Etymology of "Tweety". During Campaign 2000 the media noise machine was swooning over the nicknames Shrub was giving some of them. Media Whores Online ran a contest to nickname Chris MATTHEWS. In the first three or so weeks, there was no clear, catchy front runner, with "The Screamer" sort of leading. Then one of MATTHEWS's own Hardball staff leaked to MWO that they themselves called him "Tweety" because of the Clairol shade of hair coloring he favored. This was immediately declared the winner. But in some quarters, it wasn't entirely satisfactory. For one thing, by the time the name was declared, the shade had changed to platinum, leading to a suggestion he be called "Carole LOMBARD".



Plus, "Tweety" sounded too affectionate.



Then M-TV held its 20th or 25th or whatever anniversary, and all the cable echo chambers were doing segments of Britney shedding her duds down to almost nothing. Not to be left behind, Tweety followed suit, with a guest "culture" commentator from Time Mag, the young humor columnist, Joel STEIN. The staff kept re-running the Britney clip, and Tweety was clearly DROOLING disgustingly. STEIN said, "You're beginning to creep me out." Tweety responded, "Yeah, well, wait till YOU're 50." This led to the suggestion that "Tweety" be modified to "Tweezer" to retain the hair reference while canceling out the affection factor and also adding the (dirty old) "geezer" angle.

Darrell HAMMOND "Doing" Tweety on SNL. Tweety's ego was massively stroked after the debut of HAMMOND's impersonation of him, either in 2001 or 2002. He said, "I am now an ICON: I have been 'done' on Saturday Night Live'." The funniest line in the debut was HAMMOND as Tweety, cracking himself up with, "For the ... FIFTY ... people who watch this show...” (Hardball, not SNL). In the first few times HAMMOND featured him, the target was Tweety himself -- manically interrupting, spitting, and drooling. However, the characterization evolved, not true to the original, where Tweety became the "rational" character surrounded by oddball, extremist "guests", with HAMMOND-Tweety shaking his head in disbelief at their partisan spin.

"Turning" from Being a Democrat. He (like G.E.RUSSERT and Pat CADDELL) still trades on having been a Democrat in the CARTER/O'NEILL era. In the hothouse of big time political flunkydom, STATUS and POWER come from the SUCCESS of your boss. RAYGUN kicked Tweety's bosses' rears, and Tweety gravitated to admiring that "success". When he started up his media career he was mentored by G.E. RUSSERT, who had himself already started "turning" by "reaching out" to LIMBOsevic and expending his formerly-Lib-bleeding-heart on those poor wingnuts who had been maligned and marginalized by the Liberal Elite, lo those many years. Tweety started doing video valentines to RAYGUN, promenading arm in arm with Nancy. He might have tapped into the frenzy of the FAKE impeachment, but "hatred of the CLINTONs" isn't what made him turn. The last time he was identifiably a Democrat was sometime around 1988 when Hardball (the book) was published. Throughout the year of Campaign 2000 he savaged the Dem candidate daily and went on to years of bromance over Shrub, renouncing any Democratic heritage. He said his parents were “cloth coat" (Rethugs), and that basically what first drew him to the Dem side was Irish-Catholic pride over JFK. Not ideology, not idealism. He said the reason he joined the Peace Corps was specifically to avoid going to Vietnam.

How Tweety "Executed" DONAHUE on MSNBC. Tweety was on his book tour for another one of his "books" (large type, wide spaces between lines, blank half-pages). It was in the jingoistic hysteria in the run-up to the illegal Iraq attack. The book was about supposed "Americanism" -- an American Civ 101 ripoff about books and movies and cultural stuff that are essentially American (think, "The Great Gatsby"). So Phil welcomed him as a colleague and peer on Phil's show for the full hour to plug the book. From the moment he appeared, there was a strange, deadly snake look in Tweety's snake eyes. Phil was walking around the audience, apparently not sensing anything, while Tweety was motionless, following him only with his eyes. Phil brought up something or other questioning blind, kneejerk jingoism, and Tweety STRUCK! He started out with venom dripping, "You see, THIS is EXACTLY what's wrong with YOU Liberals: You are NEGATIVE about this country, you find NOTHING good about it," and on and on. It took awhile before Phil figured out what was happening. Later, Phil, devastated and spent, was sitting at the table with Tweety and, weaker and weaker, did some of his trademark shoulder shrugging and arm waving. Tweety delivered the coup de grace, "What's THIS (mimicking the movements)??!! What's with the --APE-- movements???!" Days or a week or two later, Phil's cancellation was announced and took effect.

How Tweety "Triggered" a Gun Incident (re: Kathleen WILLEY). At the height of the FAKE impeachment, Ms WILLEY claimed that a mystery jogger had threatened her or her cat or somebody, with the insinuation that there was a CLINTON connection. Several months later, there was gossip that the jogger had been identified. Tweety hosted her and it appeared they had discussed the identity off camera. He tried mightily to get her to say the name on the air, which she wouldn't do. Finally, he himself blurted it out, "Was it (Name/Surname)?" She wouldn’t confirm it. Within days there was a bizarre incident, with the mentally disabled brother of Pat and Bay BUCHANAN going with a gun to the house of the supposed jogger named by Tweety, where there were only some foreign exchange students present. Later it was determined that the person Tweety named on the air had NOTHING to do with the supposed jogger incident.

"Heroes" Tweety and Tom DeLAY. In the aftermath of the 07-24-98 shooting of two Capitol police officers when the slain officers were duly eulogized and called heroes, Tweety latched on to this, the way we have seen him attempt to glorify himself in other instances: Like saying he was assigned to Africa in the Peace Corps and "WALKED THE SAME GROUND" THAT CHURCHILL had passed through. Or when he said, "I am an ICON! I have been 'done' by SNL!". So now that the Capitol policemen were being called heroes, Tweety came forward to say that HE had been a Capitol policemen, TOO, JUST LIKE THEM, when he was starting out. It turns out that he had worked a (temporary?) job for three months as that. In all the years before the officers were shot and eulogized, he probably NEVER referred to that job, most likely thinking of it as a rent-a-cop turn, until he could see in retrospect the glory that he had been DESTINED to from the beginning.

But he is not the only glory hog. When that incident was happening, the news of the moment reported that Tom DELAY had hopped a plane out of town and immediately turned around in Houston when the incident was over. This show of courage is why he has been dubbed, "Tom-DePLANE!-DePLANE!-DELAY".

But searches of countless news reports of that time show no mention of the hopping-the-plane. Only this is left:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/national/longterm /... "...House members, many rushing out of town, did not have to remain behind. DeLay slipped out the main door of the Capitol less than 15 minutes after the shooting. He looked stricken. Asked if he'd seen anything, he said, "Did I ever. I don't want to talk about it." Aides rushed him into his waiting car. ...."
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Response to UTUSN (Original post)

Thu Aug 16, 2012, 08:33 PM

1. I think he just really hates Romney...

just like most of the rest of the country.

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Response to UTUSN (Original post)

Thu Aug 16, 2012, 08:36 PM

2. Thank you for that informative history lesson!

I would not be terribly inclined toward pardoning Tweety - he's a toady at heart and toadies are not to be trusted.

I think the only "side" he's on is his own self-interest. At this point in time, he no doubt sees that smart pundits - like Maddow and O'Donnel - have successfully tapped into the particular public vein that is fed up with right wing framing. Tweety wants to remain relevant, so he's grabbing for some of that for himself.

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Response to scarletwoman (Reply #2)

Thu Aug 16, 2012, 08:46 PM

8. *Very* duly noted. n/t

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Response to UTUSN (Original post)

Thu Aug 16, 2012, 08:37 PM

3. He likes "authentic" figures. Dubya, as dumb as he was, was the real thing.


Romney on the other hand is a phony, and that is the one thing Chris cannot abide.

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Response to reformist2 (Reply #3)

Thu Aug 16, 2012, 10:40 PM

10. Dubya was real?

Had a fake ranch in Texas (5 cows). Lost his nerve as a pilot. Went AWOL. Claimed to be compassionate. Claimed to have kept us safe.

What about him was real?

OK, he was and is a real jerk.

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Response to truebluegreen (Reply #10)

Thu Aug 16, 2012, 10:43 PM

11. I believe he was sincerely anti-abortion, pro-war, anti-tax. He really thought those positions

were the right ones to have.

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Response to UTUSN (Original post)

Thu Aug 16, 2012, 08:40 PM

4. I am enjoying his show a lot more these days...

...he seems to be a better reporter, trying to cut through the bs.

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Response to UTUSN (Original post)

Thu Aug 16, 2012, 08:42 PM

5. I know. I know.

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Response to UTUSN (Original post)

Thu Aug 16, 2012, 08:43 PM

6. Maybe re-evaluate after November

See if he behaves

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Response to flamingdem (Reply #6)

Thu Aug 16, 2012, 09:53 PM

9. +1

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Response to UTUSN (Original post)

Thu Aug 16, 2012, 08:44 PM

7. I thought he was called "Tweety" due to the shape of his head

like Tweety Bird.

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Response to UTUSN (Original post)

Thu Aug 16, 2012, 10:49 PM

12. Sorry, but I can never forgive him for what he did to

the Clintons during the Lewinsky scandal and then having his head stuck up Bush's ass most of his pResidency. He had the national political show and he should have used it to expose the evil that he and Cheney were. Instead he made excuses for them.

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Response to Cleita (Reply #12)

Thu Aug 16, 2012, 11:24 PM

13. I revere your insight, always, so you might be tipping me back to my original position. n/t

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Response to Cleita (Reply #12)

Fri Aug 17, 2012, 03:04 AM

14. Tweety committed some of the worst sins during Clinton and early-middle Scrub... Don't Trust...

him as far as I could throw him. Its only recently where he seems to just be doing the right thing!!!

That said, he has be doing "Rmoney is lying, dickhead, 1%'er thing for several months now. He does seem to really hate Mittens and now Ryan for the same reason we do basically, they are lying sacks of shit...

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Response to UTUSN (Original post)

Fri Aug 17, 2012, 06:41 AM

15. If you're gonna be in drag, why stop at just your feet?

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Response to UTUSN (Original post)

Sun Aug 19, 2012, 09:43 AM

16. Pundits are allowed to appear non-partisan FOR THIS ELECTION ONLY.

Romney is the sacrifice, same as Dole was in the middle of Clinton's time. This election is a loss. Why not let the paid-for pundits APPEAR NON-PARTISAN so they'll be better available for when it counts.

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Response to UTUSN (Original post)

Sun Aug 19, 2012, 10:06 AM

17. Take him with a grain of salt. Yeah, he's fine now and I hope he keeps it up.

But let's remember his history. Great to have you on board this election, old boy, ...

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