Comedy gold: Lefty radio hosts crestfallen as Palin defended by … Mike Gravel

posted at 5:30 pm on September 9, 2008 by Allahpundit

You don’t hear their hearts actually start to break until he says, “Troopergate is going to come out in her favor.” Although the most traumatic part, surely, must have been the exchange about how the mayor of Wasilla’s experience compares favorably to Barack Obama’s. Hey, that’s not in the script.

Pessimism meter reading: 9.85 6.1 and dropping like a stone.


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Interesting. It’s nice to see that there are still some politicians on the other side of the aisle who remember that it’s possible to respect someone and disagree with their views at the same time.

ClintACK on September 9, 2008 at 6:52 PM

McCain/Palin Uniting America!

Against the Liberal Media!

LMAO!!!!!!!!!!

(I think the media has the lowest approval ratings, and credibility out of everyone!)

Chakra Hammer on September 9, 2008 at 6:53 PM

“Tell us what the GOP has not told us about Sarah Palin.”

“She is better than the GOP is telling you.”

I love how they change the subject every time he defends her on an issue! LOL!

PattyJ on September 9, 2008 at 6:54 PM

The Democrat Party is the party of war, ROFL.
When Gravel doesn’t play along, change the subject try to cut him off, cut the interview short. Another attempted black bag job by the media down in flames.

eaglewingz08 on September 9, 2008 at 6:55 PM

Nothing-gate.
My dictionary defines Troopergate as “a situation where a horny, adulterous southern governor uses state police to pimp for poontang.”

whitetop on September 9, 2008 at 6:56 PM

Is it ok to say that that foreign bitch seems to think she is so smart that perhaps she needs to head back home and straighten things out here.

Spartacus on September 9, 2008 at 6:57 PM

I love how the male host of the show talks about “the purported war on terror”. What a dipshit. That’s a perfect example of why the Democrats are going to lose (yet another) presidential election.

eyedoc on September 9, 2008 at 6:57 PM

Interesting. It’s nice to see that there are still some politicians on the other side of the aisle who remember that it’s possible to respect someone and disagree with their views at the same time.

ClintACK on September 9, 2008 at 6:52 PM

While I am TOTALLY in agreement with that statement…Mike Gravel isn’t really on either side of the aisle….I’m not sure he’s even in the theater….

BigWyo on September 9, 2008 at 6:58 PM

I bet they both had to change their underwear after that interview. The panic and shrillness of the reporterette’s voice was priceless. The Pacifica guy was equally inept.

This made my day.

Blue-eyed Infidel on September 9, 2008 at 6:59 PM

The woman in the interview is Sonali Kolhatkar, and she has a masters degree in astrophysics, I’m not kidding! She sounds like a complete moron to me though. Maybe she should stick to science and avoid politics.

Fender54 on September 9, 2008 at 7:01 PM

On a scale from one to 10, with one representing utter despair and 10 representing very cautious pessimism with strong hints of doubt, where should the big A’s mood meter regarding the GOP’s chances be set this afternoon?

Allapundit’s pessimism meter explained here

dentalque on September 9, 2008 at 7:06 PM

WOW……This is great stuff!

azcop on September 9, 2008 at 7:07 PM

LMAO. The female host is hilarious, scrambling to put words in Gravel’s mouth. He’s nuts, but he roasts her.

Him: “But the fact of the matter is that it’s ‘out there’…”

Her: “But he was in the State Senate…?” (So effing what? It’s a frat house.)

Who are these queers?

Jaibones on September 9, 2008 at 7:10 PM

ClintACK on September 9, 2008 at 6:52 PM

Agreed. As I told a colleague, ‘I’d vote for a Democrat if the party could ever come up with someone of any intelligence.’ I was being honest!

I’m still searching for a ‘gotta give BO credit for…’ moment. I’ll get back to you on that one.

Biffstir on September 9, 2008 at 7:10 PM

Pacifica Radio? The only radio network worse than PeeB.S.

I can’t listen to this ****.

If that woman is an astrophysicist, she’s been out in the cosmos too long.

MrScribbler on September 9, 2008 at 7:12 PM

The woman in the interview is Sonali Kolhatkar, and she has a masters degree in astrophysics

If she was educated at a US college she wouldn’t have met anyone with right-of-lefty views. Academics here in Austin are completely in the tank for the big Zero, to the point where I think we would lose friends if I actually put up that McCain yard sign I bought.

Fortunata on September 9, 2008 at 7:14 PM

Did anyone listen to the end?
After going and defending Palin to the hosts, he goes on an Anti-war rant to place himself left of the Democratic Party. The hosts cut him off.

Count to 10 on September 9, 2008 at 7:20 PM

As my grandma would say – that was more fun than a tree full of monkeys!

marybel on September 9, 2008 at 7:21 PM

The woman in the interview is Sonali Kolhatkar, and she has a masters degree in astrophysics

If she was educated at a US college she wouldn’t have met anyone with right-of-lefty views. Academics here in Austin are completely in the tank for the big Zero, to the point where I think we would lose friends if I actually put up that McCain yard sign I bought.

Fortunata on September 9, 2008 at 7:14 PM

Oh, I’ll concur on that one. The most reasonable and open minded prof. I’ve met in that field had still never voted for a republican in his life. The idea that no Republican really supports their research is almost universal.

Count to 10 on September 9, 2008 at 7:28 PM

Gravel is such a troublemaker, a true Alaskan now. Love him here, and at times. Gotta respect his respect.

Dr. Manhattan on September 9, 2008 at 7:29 PM

I know what you mean Fortunata, that’s why I don’t put out yard signs or use bumper stickers. With the state of the left’s derangement these days it’s easier to just wear a “Shoot Me” shirt or write “Please vandalize my car” on the bumper.

Fender54 on September 9, 2008 at 7:34 PM

No wonder liberal radio never lasts. Those two hosts are horrible. Alahhskah….haha.

SouthernGent on September 9, 2008 at 7:35 PM

Allah never actually becomes more optimistic. It’s like the guy in the Douglas Adams book who finds visibility in the rain so bad that he thinks his wipers are doing no good at all. He tried turning them off as an experiment, “and in fact it did get much worse; it simply failed to get better again when he turned them back on.”

mikeyboss on September 9, 2008 at 7:38 PM

Did anyone listen to the end?
After going and defending Palin to the hosts, he goes on an Anti-war rant to place himself left of the Democratic Party. The hosts cut him off.

Count to 10 on September 9, 2008 at 7:20 PM

He went on an anti war rant because that is the Libertarian position on the war including the Ron Paul masses. This is why Ron Paul’s backers were, and are sometimes indistinguishable from the left on this issue.

Ozprey on September 9, 2008 at 7:39 PM

mikeyboss on September 9, 2008 at 7:38 PM

Zen-like, and true

Notice how the Liberal Girly-Man says , ‘the PURPORTED war on terror’.

The chick sounds like a chickenhead…….

Janos Hunyadi on September 9, 2008 at 7:56 PM

The woman in the interview is Sonali Kolhatkar, and she has a masters degree in astrophysics

From what I recall, the unabomber was pretty well educated also.

peacenprosperity on September 9, 2008 at 7:57 PM

This was a total ownage video by Gravel. The hosts expected him to play ball and boy did he ever NOT. Good job Mike.

MarcusBrody on September 9, 2008 at 8:01 PM

WOW…. GrandPa!!! Laid the wood to this radio host… U can hear laughing in the back ground… Bias snickering…. They thought he would go bonkers on Palin… And he ended up going bonkers on the Dem’s…. But all his points where valid… And just keep moving the ball… Till they got ran off the field… What a joke of a interviewer….

Y314K on September 9, 2008 at 8:09 PM

Wow, that was great.

Cindy Munford on September 9, 2008 at 8:11 PM

Wow… he’s an honest man.

AbaddonsReign on September 9, 2008 at 8:16 PM

Gravel might be a nut, but at least he’s an honest nut.

kcfrommt on September 9, 2008 at 8:22 PM

I’m confused by the pessimism meter. Is 1 or 10 most pessimistic?

sachsen on September 9, 2008 at 8:29 PM

Humn…. Obama defends a man that bombed our capital(ohh… But that was so long ago… Those bombings don’t count)…

And the MSM defends a man that tasered his 10 year old step-son & threaten to kill his father-in-law…

No wonder Obama is their candidate….

______________________________________________________________

They seem to think this was Palin’s fault…

http://www.adn.com/politics/story/476430.html

As the investigation got under way in 2005, Wooten was in the midst of a bitter divorce from Palin’s sister, Molly McCann. The couple was fighting over custody of their two young children. Accusations flew from both sides.

Troopers eventually investigated 13 issues and found four in which Wooten violated policy or broke the law or both:

• Wooten used a Taser on his stepson.

• He illegally shot a moose.

• He drank beer in his patrol car on one occasion.

• He told others his father-in-law would “eat a f’ing lead bullet” if he helped his daughter get an attorney for the divorce.

Beyond the investigation sparked by the family, trooper commanders saw cause to discipline or give written instructions to correct Wooten seven times since he joined the force, according to Grimes’ letter to Wooten.

Y314K on September 9, 2008 at 8:30 PM

How dare Sarah Palin defend her family… That is an abuse of power…

She should of waited for Wooten to kill her father with a state issue gun… Like a good feminist would…

What a joke the MSM and the Lib’s are…

Y314K on September 9, 2008 at 8:33 PM

The Alaska Democrats have a case of indigestion over this one.

Palin has done more for them than they’ve managed to do for themselves for the past decade or so, she’s more popular with the Dems than the GOP. They see her popularity and know she needs allies (with the state GOP trying to scalp her) and figure there’s room to maneuver there.

Further, Gravel’s a libertarian as much as he’s a Democrat, and I suspect he sees Palin as someone whose philosophy of governance isn’t so far from his own.

He’s got nothing to lose by being honest with these tools, and I salute him for taking advantage of the situation.

JEM on September 9, 2008 at 9:16 PM

…oh, and as far as the Alaska Dems go, if they contribute to Obama knocking off McCain/Palin then they still have to deal with her as governor, and I’m sure some of them would wet themselves over being fingered for having helped the enemy.

JEM on September 9, 2008 at 9:18 PM

I’m confused by the pessimism meter. Is 1 or 10 most pessimistic?

sachsen on September 9, 2008 at 8:29 PM

1 is the most pessimistic. 10 is a close loss, good show in Nov.

Spirit of 1776 on September 9, 2008 at 9:19 PM

I’m confused by the pessimism meter. Is 1 or 10 most pessimistic?

sachsen on September 9, 2008 at 8:29 PM

Does anyone read my posts? The link is to where Allapundit explains it all.

On a scale from one to 10, with one representing utter despair and 10 representing very cautious pessimism with strong hints of doubt, where should the big A’s mood meter regarding the GOP’s chances be set this afternoon?
Allapundit’s pessimism meter explained here

dentalque on September 9, 2008 at 7:06 PM

dentalque on September 9, 2008 at 9:32 PM

I guess every once in a while the senile old man has some moments where he’s thinking clearly.

I hope more Alaskan Democrats stand up for Sarah Palin.

mram on September 9, 2008 at 9:40 PM

ROFLOL… That is the funniest interview.. I LOVE IT

reshas1 on September 9, 2008 at 10:06 PM

It’s nice to see that there are still some politicians on the other side of the aisle who remember that it’s possible to respect someone and disagree with their views at the same time.

Amen. That’s called “civility,” and too many Democrats have forgotten that.

Paul_in_NJ on September 9, 2008 at 10:08 PM

Wow! A pleasant surprise!

I have utmost respect for people like Gravel and Lieberman who aren’t blinded by their party and partisanship, and be “objective” (a word Gravel himself said in the radio interview).

If only more people on both sides of the aisle could be like this.

asc85 on September 9, 2008 at 10:09 PM

Dayumm… Talk about a non-pc-straight-shootin’-loose-cannon.

I loved how they just got louder and Mikey started gettin’ all outta breath. Heh.

TinMan13 on September 9, 2008 at 10:15 PM

Who is this idiot interview duo? A couple of absolute TOOLS who cannot handle the truth.

I hold Gravel in high regard for his taking a stand and having some dignity. Is he Libertarian now?

connertown on September 9, 2008 at 10:17 PM

Wow, Mike Gravel shows some objectivity. Maybe he should have shown some during his campaign instead of throwing rocks —-> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0rZdAB4V_j8

Dollayo on September 9, 2008 at 10:44 PM

Now that we know how the “pissymeter” works, why did it drop like a rock?

Mr_Magoo on September 9, 2008 at 11:05 PM

Wow. No hyperbole here: I am truly and utterly stunned. I had little to no respect for Gravel before I listened to this. I knew he was eccentric and very socialist, but to speak of an ideological opposite with such respect against those who agree with his views is absolutely astonishing.

That guy has real guts. Real guts.

And who the hell were the used condoms hosting that radio show?

MadisonConservative on September 9, 2008 at 11:35 PM

Academics here in Austin are completely in the tank for the big Zero, to the point where I think we would lose friends if I actually put up that McCain yard sign I bought.

Fortunata

…this is Texas…they might shoot it….

…oh, wait…Austin…not in Texas, not really…never mind….

Puritan1648 on September 9, 2008 at 11:45 PM

Sputtering liberal morons not getting what they were expecting. Priceless!

JinxMcHue on September 9, 2008 at 11:53 PM

It was obvious they hated everything he said, but you’ll notice they only tried to pull his mic when he started saying that conservatives deserve to have political representation.

That’s just crazy talk!

logis on September 10, 2008 at 12:14 AM

Damn.

That’s all I got to say.

Sackett on September 10, 2008 at 12:20 AM

That’s the Pacifica tools (pacifica.org), AKA Radio Trotsky. Typically found on some of your more absurd NPR stations.

Oh, and for what it’s worth Gravel is apparently now a member of the Libertarian Party, which makes a whole lot more sense than his hanging around with the Democrats.

Nearly as I can figure Palin’s really more libertarian than traditional GOP in her governing style, leavened with a dose of “malefactors of great wealth” TR-style populism, which is all to my mind a far better direction for the GOP than what they’ve been doing since, oh, 1990 or so.

JEM on September 10, 2008 at 1:15 AM

One word – compelling.

Sergei on September 10, 2008 at 1:54 AM

Boy! No matter how they tried to steer the “conversation” he Pacifica loons found themselves being confounded by reality.
They couldn’t get Gravel off the air fast enough.
Did my heart good, it did.
heh

least1 on September 10, 2008 at 2:22 AM

Mike Gravel is SO on my Christmas list now!!

(Who is the silly woman doing the interview? Sounds arrogant and ignorant and very annoying.)

evenfarer on September 10, 2008 at 3:31 AM

I wouldn’t call this comedy.
.
No, Mike Gravel showed himself to be a decent man in this situation and the radical journalists showed themselves to be what they truly are cynical and meanspirited partisan demagogues – exactly kind of people that make me question the legitimacy of American so called democracy. It is really not funny, it is disconcerting that the state of Western society has fallen so deep down into the abyss that journalists are truly upset with somone who doesn’t want to play ball with them in throwing dirt on a candidate’s family.

JC Silverberg on September 10, 2008 at 5:22 AM

The unwritten story by any media so far, is how amazingly, Libertarians from across the political spectrum, have come on board with McCain, since Palin was named. We Libertarian Republicans have just sat back and been amazed at how every corner of our movement is now backing McCain/Palin. Everyone from the LewRockwell.com types, to Ron Paulists, to Radical Libertarians, to Leftwing Libertarians like Gravel, to unsurprisingly Pro-Defense and Rightwing Libertarians.

All the attention is paid to how McCain is now picking up white female support. Well, that’s great. But what’s really lending to his rise in the polls, is the full sweep of libertarian swing voters in the last 1 week and a half.

ericdondero on September 10, 2008 at 7:46 AM

Believing that babies born alive after an attempted abortion should not receive medical care is not an extreme position?

MarkTheGreat on September 10, 2008 at 8:01 AM

“The Democrat party is a party of war. We wouldn’t be in Iraq if it wasn’t for the Democrats. It wasn’t just the Republicans and the president.”

-Priceless.

shick on September 10, 2008 at 8:50 AM

I thought that was actually Tricia Takanawa from “Family Guy”

theRealMcCoy on September 10, 2008 at 9:32 AM

Can you say bitch slapped here??? Because these “reporters” were owned, slapped ridden hard, and then disposed of. It doesn’t get much better then this. My favorite line was about troopergate “do we have to wait for him to kill somebody before they do something”? Sonali Kolhatkar’s trying to dismiss him was too funny….

PatriotPete on September 10, 2008 at 9:53 AM

Hah! Those Liberals got owned.

The lady labeled Palin as “so extreme” on abortion.

So, let’s get this straight, believing in LIFE is extreme? Killing babies is normal?

One thing this election campaign has done for me, is to sit me firmly in the Pro-Life ideology. I always remained somewhat aloof from that–never having faced the issue in my own life. But now? Yes, I believe in a culture of LIFE. LIFE can be hard. But it is good.

This Mike Gavel–we need more Democrats like him. A man who can stand for opposing views than mine and debate me on those issues, without the usual emotional neediness of a Liberal.

Mr. Gavel can see the value of people, opposing views or not.

Montana on September 10, 2008 at 10:25 AM

You have to give those interviewers credit–They tried like hell to get him to say something bad. I thought I heard one say goodbye and the other one said “traitor”.

Herb on September 10, 2008 at 11:58 AM

Bravo,Mike Gavel.A Democrat that would rather stand up to the socialist minded media.He respects a woman that happens to be from another political party Interviewers who try their best to Smear a good woman like Sarah Palin in front of this man ,beware.

randynacol2002 on September 10, 2008 at 11:59 AM

The LONGER you stay in Politics, the more likelihood they have of being corrupted …

Great job Mike.

originalpechanga on September 10, 2008 at 12:49 PM

Interview, debate or an opportunity for Sonali Kolhatkar to make liberal talking points? …

diogenes on September 10, 2008 at 1:56 PM

Gravel is certainly entitled to his ideals. I won’t call him a nut for having them. If we could have the current political spectrum without the name-calling and vitriol, then we might actually get stuff done. I think even McCain’s current ad war about lipstick and sexism is almost going too far. Let’s get back to the issues. We need to educate the public on the issues and convince them why the liberals and Gravel’s isolationism cannot compete with ours.

craig on September 10, 2008 at 2:20 PM

Those lefty Pacifica pukes got their ass handed to them.
Let’s give Mike his due.

RobCon on September 10, 2008 at 2:38 PM

This is Pacifica’s listener board where the Gravel interview posted.
http://www.listenerforums.net/cgi-bin/issues_config.pl

RobCon on September 10, 2008 at 2:52 PM

These “journalists” are clearly hacks.
The guys are smarmy and the woman particularly sounds like an idiot which explains her jealously of Palin.
Yes, Palin does have more executive experience than all three put together and the President is an executive position…sweetie.

RobCon on September 10, 2008 at 3:03 PM

I’m holding up my 10.0 card.

I love it!

{^_-}

herself on September 10, 2008 at 3:20 PM

Gravel is part of the Libertarian Party now. So not so much a ‘lefty’ anymore…

scrubbiedude on September 10, 2008 at 4:50 PM

Awesome! A politician who, while of a different persuasion, is honest and ethical about a differing politician. We heard more honesty from ex-Dem. Sen. Mike Gravel than we’ve heard all year from the professional liars running the Democratic Party.

DavePa on September 11, 2008 at 11:22 AM

That made my day. Thank you.

LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Metro on September 11, 2008 at 12:32 PM

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