On MSNBC, Arianna Huffington Suggests MRC Mats are 'Displays of Violence'

On Thursday night's Countdown, Arianna Huffington suggested to Keith Olbermann that the MRC's playful Stomp Out the Liberal Media floor mats are "displays of violence," as is a Pelosi pinata.

Earth to Arianna: do we have to remind you again that your site published Alec Baldwin's Cheney-murdering fantasies and John Cusack's bluster about conservatives ("I piss down the throats of these Nazis")? Here's the exchange:

KEITH OLBERMANN: The Rubio explosion, which is for a guy who hasn‘t gotten a nomination yet, let alone a seat—he may very well wind up beating Governor Crist as the Florida Republican nominee for the senate, but in states and districts where the Rubio, to use a term, loses to the more establishment Republican, are we seeing more possible repeats of what happened in the New York 23rd, based on the substance and the tone of today?

ARIANNA HUFFINGTON: Well, Keith, that’s really the problem at the moment with the Republican Party and the Tea Party movement. They do not own the Tea Party movement. Many Tea Partiers have made it very clear that, as far as they‘re concerned, it’s a pox on both their houses, and that their allegiance is not necessarily to the Republican Party. Now, they were scolded for that by Sarah Palin this week.

But the point is that we don‘t know where all this is going to end. And the danger is that Republicans are playing with gasoline and matches, because they are taking the legitimate anger at double digit unemployment, foreclosures, et cetera, and fusing it with a very dark anger that we saw today at the convention, with all these displays of violence, with what you described about the stomping on you and others on the floor, with the pinatas of Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi, and even a punching bag of John McCain.

Don't miss the item in our Special Report where Huff-Po blogger Charles Karel Bouley wrote that Tony Snow's cancer was deserved, like the Justin Timberlake lyric “What goes around, goes around, comes around, comes all the way back around, ya.” He's still blogging for Arianna in 2010.

Tim Graham
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