Ex-Newsweek's Fineman Sees Obama's Claim It is 'Unpatriotic' to Criticize Economy as 'Brilliant'

During the midnight hour of MSNBC's Thursday night Democratic National Convention coverage, MSNBC analyst Howard Fineman -- formerly of Newsweek -- declared that it was "brilliant" for President Obama to suggest that Republicans are being "unpatriotic" in trying to make an issue of the economy's poor performance during his time in office.

Shortly past midnight, Fineman asserted:

And especially the Republican convention and campaign has only been about the existing economic condition, and the other brilliant thing he did tonight, the President, was to say that people who doubt the ability of the American people to come back, i.e. the Republicans, are unpatriotic. He tried to make it unpatriotic to even talk about economic conditions here.