There was a really delicious exchange on ABC’s This Week Sunday that conservatives across the fruited plain will greatly enjoy.
After hate-spewing MSNBC contributor Michael Eric Dyson bashed former Vice President Dick Cheney for once wanting Nelson Mandela put on a terrorist list, Matalin shot back, “When will you ever get tired of beating up on Darth Vader” (video follows with transcript and commentary):
MICHAEL ERIC DYSON, MSNBC CONTRIBUTOR: I'm the same generation as President Obama, and taking a stand against apartheid both in the university community and more broadly in terms of, you know, dealing with the disinvestment strategies, but also challenging Ronald Reagan's engagement approach. I think conservatives get a little bit of amnesia here when they forget that Dick Cheney wanted to put him on the terrorist list and insisted he stay there, that Ronald Reagan resisted - he said on the one hand that Nelson Mandela should be released, but he depended upon a white supremacist government to reform itself from within. I think Nelson Mandela challenged that. Also, though, he challenged people on the left as well.
GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS, HOST: Amnesia, Mary?
MARY MATALIN: When will you ever get tired of beating up on Darth Vader who said Nelson Mandela is a good man? As we’ve seen in your earlier segment, it was a complicated situation. The ANC was a terrorist organization at one point. He has since said wonderful things about Nelson Mandela.
Actually Mary, much like former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, Cheney is a frequent target of the haters on MSNBC.
As such, as long as Phil Griffin is running this farce of a so-called “news network,” there’s little likelihood Dyson and his fellow character assassins will stop attacking the former vice president.
Yet Dyson's appearance on This Week raises another issue. Given the shame that has been foisted on MSNBC with the high profile departures of Alec Baldwin and Martin Bashir, why would Stephanopoulos invite one of their other despicable flamethrowers on his program?
Somebody clearly wasn't thinking about those optics.