Ben Shapiro, the editor-at-large wunderkind at Breitbart.com, guest-hosted for the Hugh Hewitt radio show on the day of the Chuck Hagel’s confirmation as defense secretary in late February. The Hagel news really tipped the teeter-totter for Shapiro, burning a few more cards out of a deck that was already missing several face cards. This video distills eight minutes from the three hour program, eight minutes of prime frustration, projection, hectoring, complaining, accusation and moral posturing, all delivered in Shapiro’s rapid-fire nasal whine.
Shapiro suggested that Hamas was “handing out candy in Gaza” to celebrate the Hagel nomination, bluntly tried to smear Hagel as “an open anti-Semitic guy,” a “defense secretary for Islamists,” an “anti-Semite” who is “the worst nominee…in American history” and, for good measure, bleated that Obama is a “jerk,” “bully” and “morally deficient human being” who has “come out of the closet” in terms of pretending to care about people. Meanwhile, in Shapiro’s world, “Mitt Romney…is legitimately one of the most honorable men, maybe the most honorable man, ever to run for high office in this country” and Noam Chomsky “is not really Jewish,” is “Jewish in name only.” He simultaneously accuses everyone but the man in the mirror of being “whiny” and doing “smear jobs.”
In the middle of the tirade, Shapiro’s self-awareness bloats to the point where he can ask “How can (Obama) possibly say this with a straight face?” and to end with this: “Democrats, they live in a world of unreality. They live in magic unicorn land…They don’t deal with reality. It’s up to us to deal with reality.”
Shapiro’s high-energy angst, his fevered finger-pointing at “moral deficiency” and other faults of those who “don’t deal with reality” is eerily reminiscent of the long line of disgraced fire-and-brimstone evangelists, from Jimmy Swaggart romping with prostitutes to Ted Haggard doing meth with his gay masseuse, who work so hard to hide the fact that they are guilty of all the sins they preach against. How long until Shapiro cracks?
Yesterday I got a robocall promoting Xanthi Gionis, a candidate for CA's 40th state senate district in the special election this week, and so decided to check her out. Though the call boasted that she was the only candidate with an "A rating by the NRA," Gionis's story was much worse than I expected. This Tea Party affiliate:
-has recently been accused of fraud for running a diploma-mill fake university ripping off third-world students,
-has had her "Aristotle University" shut down by the state,
-is under investigation by Homeland Security,
-has had at least one ex-teacher go on-camera to say Gionis borrowed money for the campaign (for my robocall?) and won't pay it back,
-threatened her students with deportation if they didn't pay their tuition on time,
-is running around saying all of the above are "personal attacks" likes she's the victim, and
-couldn't even get the endorsement of the Republican party this time; she's running as an independent.
It's really hard to watch the plaintive testimony of one of her students, who came all the way from Ghana and lost his life savings, without thinking that Xanthi Gionis is a major-league scumbag; hopefully she'll soon be a convicted felon and/or the target of a major lawsuit, too; I can't see any way that charges won't be brought against her or that her ex-students don't have an open-and-shut case. Her website falsely claimed the school was accredited, it showed a large modern building as the "university" when in fact the whole school was a one-room office, the instruction was often limited to sitting around and watching videos, and now it's been shut down for not even having a license.