NBC’s David Gregory: GOP has no “Grand Wizard” to force out Cain; Update: Gregory apologizes

posted at 9:50 am on November 9, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Well, that makes sense.  After all, the political party of the Ku Klux Klan wasn’t the Republicans, was it?  Click the image to watch:

Gregory, NBC, grand wizard

Ann Curry, NBC News: “He’s not stepping down, continuing to suck the air out of the narrative the Republican party really wants to tell. Does the party now wish he would just go away?”

David Gregory, NBC News: “Well there is no, you know, grand wizard in the party right now who can really force the issue. I’ve talked to Cain’s advisers in Iowa, they think their support is still strong there, that it’s not falling. There may be cracks in the foundation according to pollsters I’m talking to, that his numbers may be starting to shift but right now core support remains there.”

So … what’s the implication here?  That the Democratic Party has “grand wizards” that can boot candidates out of presidential races against their will?  That’s absurd on the face of it, and all anyone has to do is note Dennis Kucinich’s two runs at the Presidency for proof.  Parties lost the explicit ability to control the candidates when the open primary began prevailing over the open convention model.  It’s true that political-party establishments can coax or discourage candidacies at every level, but that doesn’t work when the candidate doesn’t hold any elective office at the moment and has enough money to run his or her own campaign.

Besides the jaw-dropping reference to the Klan, the statement is absurd on its face anyway.  It’s the same as lamenting that a Deus ex machina doesn’t actually exist to solve a specific, momentary problem of any kind.  Those only existed in Greek theater, not real life, much like the “grand wizards” in Gregory’s head that handpick candidates for presidential races.

Update: Let’s enter the Wayback Machine and recall this catch by Newsbusters from six months ago (via HA reader Pain Train):

GREGORY: First of all, you gave a speech in Georgia with language a lot of people think could be coded racially-tinged language, calling the president, the first black president, a food stamp president.

GINGRICH: Oh, come on, David.

GREGORY: What did you mean? What was the point?

REP. GINGRICH: That’s, that’s bizarre. That–this kind of automatic reference to racism, this is the president of the United States. The president of the United States has to be held accountable. Now, the idea that–and what I said is factually true. Forty-seven million Americans are on food stamps. One out of every six Americans is on food stamps. And to hide behind the charge of racism? I have–I have never said anything about President Obama which is racist.

Can someone please take the race card out of Gregory’s less-than-full deck, please?

Update II:  Via an NBC News e-mail, David Gregory apologized for the comment on Twitter later:

“Wizard” remark this morning was a very poor choice of words. Did not mean to make that connection at all. Was not thinking. I apologize

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Cain Accuser filed complaint in next job.

Interesting takeaway from the article:

“Kraushaar said Tuesday she did not remember details about the complaint and did not remember asking for a payment, a promotion or a Harvard fellowship. Bennett, her lawyer, declined to discuss the case with the AP, saying he considered it confidential.”

Talk about irony. How can this woman not know about the details of her own complaint? Are there so many out there that she can’t keep up with them all?

xblade on November 9, 2011 at 12:34 PM

“Wizard” remark this morning was a very poor choice of words. Did not mean to make that connection at all. Was not thinking. I apologize

Au contraire, Monsieur Gregory. You were thinking ugly thoughts, and we all know what they were.

RAAACIST!

/

disa on November 9, 2011 at 12:35 PM

amateur psychoanalysts, spare me.

sesquipedalian on November 9, 2011 at 12:25 PM

Translated: “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up”.

Great entertainment.

Del Dolemonte on November 9, 2011 at 12:35 PM

Cain Accuser filed complaint in next job.

Interesting takeaway from the article:

“Kraushaar said Tuesday she did not remember details about the complaint and did not remember asking for a payment, a promotion or a Harvard fellowship. Bennett, her lawyer, declined to discuss the case with the AP, saying he considered it confidential.”

Talk about irony. How can this woman not know about the details of her own complaint? Are there so many out there that she can’t keep up with them all?

xblade on November 9, 2011 at 12:34 PM

Nahh… let’s just downplay this & attack Herman Cain some more.

tetriskid on November 9, 2011 at 12:36 PM

“Kraushaar said Tuesday she did not remember details about the complaint and did not remember asking for a payment, a promotion or a Harvard fellowship. Bennett, her lawyer, declined to discuss the case with the AP, saying he considered it confidential.”

Talk about irony. How can this woman not know about the details of her own complaint? Are there so many out there that she can’t keep up with them all?

xblade on November 9, 2011 at 12:34 PM

And yet Cain is supposed to remember ever detail of every interaction with a potential lawsuit-bringer like yourself, hmmm?

disa on November 9, 2011 at 12:37 PM

“Wizard” remark this morning was a very poor choice of words. Did not mean to make that connection at all. Was not thinking. I apologize

good on ya, DG

ted c on November 9, 2011 at 12:37 PM

To echo lorien’s earlier point, this is literally the dumbest possible hill to die on. I know you’re stupid, but you’re not this stupid.

Good Solid B-Plus on November 9, 2011 at 12:29 PM

thanks for the faint praise, but you’re the one asserting that that gregory, who is actually despised by liberals, holds a deep-seated belief that the gop is a racist organization, without any kind of supporting evidence other than “the msm is evil.”

sesquipedalian on November 9, 2011 at 12:37 PM

How come Hotair is not reporting the history of the new woman and her propensity to file false complaints at work. I guess exculpatory evidence against herman Cain doesn’t count now…just attacks and smears.

good to know.

http://news.yahoo.com/ap-exclusive-accuser-filed-complaint-next-job-080946066.html

Accuser filed complaint in next job
By BRETT J. BLACKLEDGE and SUZANNE GAMBOA – Associated Press | AP – 1 min 48 secs ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — A woman who settled a sexual harassment complaint against GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain in 1999 complained three years later at her next job about unfair treatment, saying she should be allowed to work from home after a serious car accident and accusing a manager of circulating a sexually charged email, The Associated Press has learned.

Chudi on November 9, 2011 at 12:39 PM

Did anyone catch that, that he apologized on Twitter?!

So let me get this straight, he says his rubbish on national tv, but he “apologizes” on an internet site that only his rabid “fans” would be on. So in reality, he did nothing. And his comment, and the implications for Republicans, stand.

I want to see him “apologize” on the same media outlet that he commented on in the first place.

Sterling Holobyte on November 9, 2011 at 12:41 PM

Chudi on November 9, 2011 at 12:39 PM

Maybe she’s just really, really hot.

29Victor on November 9, 2011 at 12:41 PM

amateur psychoanalysts, spare me.

sesquipedalian on November 9, 2011 at 12:25 PM

Translated: “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up”.

Great entertainment.

Del Dolemonte on November 9, 2011 at 12:35 PM

Funny to watch their little heads explode when they’re called on the actual racism of their own VS the false accusations they always throw around at others.

You’re right Del…..always entertaining.

Tim_CA on November 9, 2011 at 12:42 PM

thanks for the faint praise, but you’re the one asserting that that gregory, who is actually despised by liberals, holds a deep-seated belief that the gop is a racist organization, without any kind of supporting evidence other than “the msm is evil.”

sesquipedalian on November 9, 2011 at 12:37 PM

Yeah, no one in the media has ever accused the GOP or the Tea Party of being racist, or intimated that opposition to Obama is primarily race-based. That’s just ****ing crazy talk.

Good Solid B-Plus on November 9, 2011 at 12:42 PM

I want to see him “apologize” on the same media outlet that he commented on in the first place.

Sterling Holobyte on November 9, 2011 at 12:41 PM

I want to see him look deep inside himself, admit and come to terms with his prejudices, recognize how they’ve colored his reporting and overcome them through honest introspection, logic, love and faith & humility.

But that’s not gonna happen either.

29Victor on November 9, 2011 at 12:43 PM

I gotta say, maybe I’m naive but I didn’t even think “KKK” until Ed mentioned it.

Criticism of Gregory is, of course, warranted under the same standards he demands of everyone else.

JohnTant on November 9, 2011 at 12:48 PM

Yeah, no one in the media has ever accused the GOP or the Tea Party of being racist, or intimated that opposition to Obama is primarily race-based. That’s just ****ing crazy talk.

Good Solid B-Plus on November 9, 2011 at 12:42 PM

it is useful to think of the media as a monolith. david gregory, the blandest and most inane show host on tv, thinks exactly the same way as liberal commentators and other talking heads do. that makes it easier to demonize them.

sesquipedalian on November 9, 2011 at 12:50 PM

you’re the one asserting that that gregory, who is actually despised by liberals, holds a deep-seated belief that the gop is a racist organization, without any kind of supporting evidence other than “the msm is evil.”

sesquipedalian on November 9, 2011 at 12:37 PM

LOL! Liberals despise Gregory? Some credible evidence would be nice.

Too bad you don’t have any.

Del Dolemonte on November 9, 2011 at 12:54 PM

I gotta say, maybe I’m naive but I didn’t even think “KKK” until Ed mentioned it.

JohnTant on November 9, 2011 at 12:48 PM

You immediately though of sesquipedalian’s favorite professional wrassler, right?

Del Dolemonte on November 9, 2011 at 12:55 PM

I want to see him “apologize” on the same media outlet that he commented on in the first place.

Sterling Holobyte on November 9, 2011 at 12:41 PM

I want to see him look deep inside himself, admit and come to terms with his prejudices, recognize how they’ve colored his reporting and overcome them through honest introspection, logic, love and faith & humility.

But that’s not gonna happen either.

29Victor on November 9, 2011 at 12:43 PM

LOL
and well said

inviolet on November 9, 2011 at 12:58 PM

Del Dolemonte on November 9, 2011 at 12:55 PM

:) Sesquipedalian’s protestations are amusing. But to answer you, no, not at all. I guess I just read it as Gregory trying to say that there’s no kingmaker in the GOP. Even in context I still don’t quite get the racial aspect…wouldn’t a lack of a “grand wizard” be a good thing?

JohnTant on November 9, 2011 at 12:58 PM

I gotta say, maybe I’m naive but I didn’t even think “KKK” until Ed mentioned it.

Criticism of Gregory is, of course, warranted under the same standards he demands of everyone else.

JohnTant on November 9, 2011 at 12:48 PM

Then maybe I’m just getting old.

They used to show the old black & White KKK news footage in civics class (I was raised in the inglewood, California School District)…some of the scariest sh!t you ever saw.

The footage of the civil rights marches with the fire-hoses and police dogs were equally frightening.

“Grand Wizard” only means one thing to me………maybe it’s an age thing….but Gregory is my friggin’ age. He knew EXACTLY what he was saying.

Tim_CA on November 9, 2011 at 12:59 PM

Too bad you don’t have any.

Del Dolemonte on November 9, 2011 at 12:54 PM

one example from many, look for more yourself if you wish.

why are you forcing me repeatedly to out you as a half-wit?

sesquipedalian on November 9, 2011 at 1:00 PM

it is useful to think of the media as a monolith. david gregory, the blandest and most inane show host on tv, thinks exactly the same way as liberal commentators and other talking heads do. that makes it easier to demonize them.

sesquipedalian on November 9, 2011 at 12:50 PM

Most inane host on TV? Dude’s not even Top 10.

Good Solid B-Plus on November 9, 2011 at 1:01 PM

To echo lorien’s earlier point, this is literally the dumbest possible hill to die on. I know you’re stupid, but you’re not this stupid.

Good Solid B-Plus on November 9, 2011 at 12:29 PM

Sshhhh. We like it when they devote their little selves things like this. It beats pooping in church, or stinking up the local parks. Se should encourage all Obama voters to take up causes this mundane.

MNHawk on November 9, 2011 at 1:02 PM

“Grand Wizard” only means one thing to me………maybe it’s an age thing….but Gregory is my friggin’ age. He knew EXACTLY what he was saying.

Tim_CA on November 9, 2011 at 12:59 PM

Could be…I’m an early forties guy from the suburbs, so that would make sense. As I said, maybe I’m just naive about it.

JohnTant on November 9, 2011 at 1:03 PM

gregory, who is actually despised by liberals

sesquipedalian on November 9, 2011 at 12:37 PM

LMFAO!!!

What color is the sky in your world, sunshine?

Tim_CA on November 9, 2011 at 1:04 PM

Hmmm, still number three

I’m rooting for you, little guy. If you can get to #1, Sesquitard, you will really rule the interwebs, and thereby pwn us all.

MNHawk on November 9, 2011 at 1:05 PM

Too bad you don’t have any.

Del Dolemonte on November 9, 2011 at 12:54 PM

one example from many, look for more yourself if you wish.

why are you forcing me repeatedly to out you as a half-wit?

sesquipedalian on November 9, 2011 at 1:00 PM

LOL, Glenn Greenwald? No wonder you cut the line where I asked for credible evidence. Let me know when you find some.

As for your second Alinskyesque Squeal, it’s an admission you’ve already lost the debate.

You really need another Shovel. One for each hand.

Del Dolemonte on November 9, 2011 at 1:05 PM

one example from many, look for more yourself if you wish.

why are you forcing me repeatedly to out you as a half-wit?

sesquipedalian on November 9, 2011 at 1:00 PM

I can find a lot of anti-Cain comments on HA from the past two weeks, for obvious reasons.

Would you say Cain is “actually despised by conservatives”?

Good Solid B-Plus on November 9, 2011 at 1:05 PM

Most inane host on TV? Dude’s not even Top 10.

Good Solid B-Plus on November 9, 2011 at 1:01 PM

Yeah, but sesqui doesn’t want us to treat people as “monoliths,” but earlier said “i don’t live inside the cocoon of the “conservative” movement.”

Moniliths are good..monoliths are bad..amateur psycholanalysis is good…amateur psycholanalysis is bad…straw man…victim card….

at this point I’m pretty sure he could mount a fairly good argument against himself.

29Victor on November 9, 2011 at 1:06 PM

one example from many, look for more yourself if you wish.

sesquipedalian on November 9, 2011 at 1:00 PM

LOL, here’s sesqui’s single cherry-picked link “proving” that all Liberals hate David Gregory. I’ve edited out the offensive language.

David Gregory is just ROCK Stupid, a true Moron. (Just a quick vent)

April 26, 2009, 11:45AM

If you can tolerate David Gregory & MTP at all, just watch the first 10 minutes with the King of Jordan. He is doing his best to score Republican talking points.

Gregory Is an absolute idiot. It is time to Ignore him and his show.

Mr. Gregory, you have been weighed, measured and found………………. F*CKING STUPID.

Sorry about that F Bomb, my dad always told me that profanity is the strongest expression of a weak mind. Those of you that have read some of my past posts know that on occasion I have quite the weak mind, but Gregory deserves an F bomb, and no more of my… or your attention.

Very Eloquent.

/

Del Dolemonte on November 9, 2011 at 1:08 PM

So sesquitard is Glen Greenwald’s new sock puppet?

Hmmm. Makes sense beings that the little guy has made a pretty pedestrian post into a multi page juggernaut.

MNHawk on November 9, 2011 at 1:11 PM

Would you say Cain is “actually despised by conservatives”?

Good Solid B-Plus on November 9, 2011 at 1:05 PM

can you identify liberals who are fans of gregory?

sesquipedalian on November 9, 2011 at 1:11 PM

sesquipedalian on November 9, 2011 at 11:48 AM

Having read the LOtR repeatedly (one of my favorite light reading tales) I know that there is no reference to any Grand Wizard in any of the three books, nor in The Hobbit. I also don’t recall any such reference in the movies. I just double checked my PDF copy of the books and there is no reference to any permutation I can search for grand wizard. The closest I can find is this in chapter 19 of The Hobbit:

It appeared that Gandalf had been to a great
council of the white wizards, masters of lore and good magic; and that they had at
last driven the Necromancer from his dark hold in the south of Mirkwood.

And in The Return of the King:

Denethor looked indeed much more like a great wizard than Gandalf did,
more kingly, beautiful, and powerful; and older.

And in The Fellowship of the Rings, Radigast the Brown is referred to by Gandalf as a “worthy Wizard”.

Sorry, Sesqui, no Grand Wizards in the Lord of the Rings. Try actually reading the works you reference, it really helps.

That took almost no time to call BS on, and 15 minutes to confirm. Perhaps you should try taking the time before making a fool of yourself….again.

Random Numbers (Brian Epps) on November 9, 2011 at 1:12 PM

Hmmm. Makes sense beings that the little guy has made a pretty pedestrian post into a multi page juggernaut.

MNHawk on November 9, 2011 at 1:11 PM

i’m actually paid by salem to drive up hits. ;)

sesquipedalian on November 9, 2011 at 1:12 PM

“Was not thinking” should be the tagline for just about everything Gregory says.

the wolf on November 9, 2011 at 1:13 PM

Sorry, Sesqui, no Grand Wizards in the Lord of the Rings.

Random Numbers (Brian Epps) on November 9, 2011 at 1:12 PM

that’s what you get when you rely on morrissey for information.

sesquipedalian on November 9, 2011 at 1:13 PM

Could be…I’m an early forties guy from the suburbs, so that would make sense. As I said, maybe I’m just naive about it.

JohnTant on November 9, 2011 at 1:03 PM

I’ve got a decade on ya….the collective memory is starting to fade

Tim_CA on November 9, 2011 at 1:14 PM

that’s what you get when you rely on morrissey for information.

sesquipedalian on November 9, 2011 at 1:13 PM

He posted a picture of Gandalf because he’s a wizard. Did you really not get that?

Good Solid B-Plus on November 9, 2011 at 1:16 PM

that’s what you get when you rely on morrissey for information.

sesquipedalian on November 9, 2011 at 1:13 PM

The pic was a jest. Do you know what that is? Damn, you are so un-hip it’s amazing your bums don’t pall off.

Random Numbers (Brian Epps) on November 9, 2011 at 1:17 PM

Yeah, but sesqui doesn’t want us to treat people as “monoliths,” but earlier said “i don’t live inside the cocoon of the “conservative” movement.”

Moniliths are good..monoliths are bad..amateur psycholanalysis is good…amateur psycholanalysis is bad…straw man…victim card….

29Victor on November 9, 2011 at 1:06 PM

Tee hee. Once again Sesque logic is busted.

angryed on November 9, 2011 at 1:17 PM

Agh…Morning fingers for an overnight worker. That would be:

…it’s amazing your bums don’t fall off.

I should know better than to type fast and skip the preview after a 12 hour shift, but I’m too tired to really apply myself right now.

Random Numbers (Brian Epps) on November 9, 2011 at 1:21 PM

that’s what you get when you rely on morrissey for information.

sesquipedalian on November 9, 2011 at 1:13 PM

He posted a picture of Gandalf because he’s a wizard. Did you really not get that?

Good Solid B-Plus on November 9, 2011 at 1:16 PM

He’s a perpetual victim.

29Victor on November 9, 2011 at 1:21 PM

Damn, you are so un-hip it’s amazing your bums don’t pall off.

Random Numbers (Brian Epps) on November 9, 2011 at 1:17 PM

sorry, i’m not a tolkien fan. i sincerely apologize for the misunderstanding and my un-hipness.

also, too: get a life.

sesquipedalian on November 9, 2011 at 1:23 PM

sorry, i’m not a tolkien fan. i sincerely apologize for the misunderstanding and my un-hipness.

also, too: get a life.

sesquipedalian on November 9, 2011 at 1:23 PM

Had he instead posted a picture of Harry Potter, would you insist that “Grand Wizard” was an oblique reference to J.K. Rowling instead of a wrestler from 40 years ago that no one has heard of?

Good Solid B-Plus on November 9, 2011 at 1:26 PM

also, too: get a life.

sesquipedalian on November 9, 2011 at 1:23 PM

Also, too:

Resist we much!

lol….you baffle me bro.

Tim_CA on November 9, 2011 at 1:28 PM

Sesquie, just stop digging the hole on this one dude.
Plenty of other threads to troll.

angryed on November 9, 2011 at 1:28 PM

can you identify liberals who are fans of gregory?

sesquipedalian on November 9, 2011 at 1:11 PM

His Employers?

From his NBC “Resume”

Washingtonian magazine named Gregory one of Washington’s 50 best and most influential journalists.

On the campaign trail in 2004, and during his years covering the White House Gregory was among the most heavily utilized network correspondent on television, according to the Tyndall Report.

His Leftist Democrat Media Peers hate him too. So much so that they named him to emcee one of their Awards Shows:

The Week’s Opinion Awards are the only awards recognizing and celebrating the nation’s best opinion journalists. Wednesday evening’s ceremony was hosted by NBC’s David Gregory. The nominees this year include: Andrew Sullivan of The Daily Beast, Dave Weigel of Slate.com and Matthew Yglesias of ThinkProgress.com.

Columnists of the year include Nicholas Kristof of The New York Times, Peggy Noonan of the Wall Street Journal and Radley Balko of Reason Magazine. Finally, cartoonist of the year nominees include Tom Toles of The Washington Post, Mike Luckovich of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Steve Breen of The San Diego Union-Tribune. The Week provides readers with commentaries on current events from the Left and Right. The awards dinner was held this year at the W Hotel.

Keep Shoveling, you’re almost to the Center of the Earth.

Del Dolemonte on November 9, 2011 at 1:30 PM

Isay, if they can take down Howard Cosell for a mere slip of the tongue, then they can take down this obnoxious racist for a deliberate use of the tongue.

Look folks, let’s be honest: the late Geraldine Ferraro told the world what we all know -that Obama was put up and would not be where he is if it weren’t for the color of his skin.

No, it’s not about black competence, though this particular black man seems quite competent in putting in the agenda so long desired by the socialist left. It’s about the weapon the left has skillfully honed for decades-political correctness.

Simply put-there is no easy defense against the “racist” charge, so Obama is their contrived untouchable weapon. Their game? You can’t criticize a black president without the left taking you down personally.

I say, if it’s good enough for them to play the race card in order to take someone down, then they too must live with that two-edge sword.

So now, Gregory needs to step down in disgrace as the bigot he is…
How does that sound?

Waiting for the GOP to go get him…waiting..

Don L on November 9, 2011 at 1:31 PM

also, too: get a life.

sesquipedalian on November 9, 2011 at 1:23 PM

The Adults Are In Charge!

Del Dolemonte on November 9, 2011 at 1:31 PM

I have one. I even have grand-kids! I am reading David and the Phoenix to my granddaughter in pieces already (she’s 2). I just think reading is an enjoyable part of life. You should try it.

That “goddam noisy box” will rot your brain – oops, too late!

BTW This post as well my last two posts also contained phrases from books I’ve read. A pink smiley face to the first person who can tell me the books they came from.

Random Numbers (Brian Epps) on November 9, 2011 at 1:35 PM

perpetual victimhood.

sesquipedalian on November 9, 2011 at 11:56 AM

Yes,dear,we know. That is why we’re trying to get you to stand on your own two feet.

katy the mean old lady on November 9, 2011 at 1:37 PM

:) Sesquipedalian’s protestations are amusing. But to answer you, no, not at all. I guess I just read it as Gregory trying to say that there’s no kingmaker in the GOP. Even in context I still don’t quite get the racial aspect…wouldn’t a lack of a “grand wizard” be a good thing?

JohnTant on November 9, 2011 at 12:58 PM

He’s more or less saying that it’s unfortunate there aren’t any grand wizards any longer, or that the R’s have shifted away from the power structure it once used (during KKK days), where there were grand wizards.

preallocated on November 9, 2011 at 1:45 PM

one example from many, look for more yourself if you wish.

why are you forcing me repeatedly to out you as a half-wit?

sesquipedalian on November 9, 2011 at 1:00 PM

I would love to know what right wing talking points Gregory was trying to score. That seems awfully far fetched. I’m assuming the author of that memo was someone from the Kremlin?

preallocated on November 9, 2011 at 1:47 PM

“Wizard” remark this morning was a very poor choice of words. Did not mean to make that connection at all. Was not thinking. I apologize

i.e. ‘I don’t really feel that way about you, it was the alcohol talking!!!’ LOL

He couldn’t have made himself look any worse with an excuse like that. Please don’t blame me for those slurs I made against Republicans – blame my defense shield for failing, which allowed all to see the black stuff I’ve got inside, which I was trying to hide from you because I don’t want you to have a false impression of who I really am!’ -David “Barney Rubble” Gregory, thorough moron.

Bizarro No. 1 on November 9, 2011 at 1:50 PM

also, too: get a life.

sesquipedalian on November 9, 2011 at 1:23 PM

I used to work with a woman who used that term. To this day, the biggest headcase I’ve ever encountered in my life.

I’m suffering serious flashbacks, here.

MNHawk on November 9, 2011 at 1:55 PM

“Wizard” remark this morning was a very poor choice of words. Did not mean to make that connection at all. Was not thinking. I apologize

Right, because it’s so automatic, you don’t have to think about it. The back-spatter on Democrat history is the problem here.

Feedie on November 9, 2011 at 1:57 PM

Well there is no, you know, grand wizard in the party right now…

“Wizard” remark this morning was a very poor choice of words. Did not mean to make that connection at all. Was not thinking. I apologize

First of all, you gave a speech in Georgia with language a lot of people think could be coded racially-tinged language, calling the president, the first black president, a food stamp president.

Okay David, now let’s see a twitter apology for your dispicable “racially tinged” question to Newt back in May. Besides, Obama is probably proud of being the Presidential champion of food stamps. It’s something he should insert into his teleprompter stump speech to fire up the base.

stefano1 on November 9, 2011 at 2:00 PM

PS I made my last post especially with you, sesquipedalian, in mind, because I know you’re the only one here who is able to properly appreciate the clearly well-thought-out, exonerating brilliance of Barney’s “apology”! :)

Bizarro No. 1 on November 9, 2011 at 2:02 PM

can you identify liberals who are fans of gregory?

sesquipedalian on November 9, 2011 at 1:11 PM

Many on this DU Thread are. Like you they have been jumping thru hoops looking for an alternate meaning for “Grand Wizard”. One even suggested “Grand Vezier”.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=439×2269209

As for the Kos Kids, they have ignored this completely.

Meanwhile, there are finally 250+ comments on Gregory at Zsa Zsa:

For saying that on Mainstream Media he did the right thing. On CurrentTV he wouldn’t have to!

The funny thing is that Gregory was (maybe subconciou­sly) closer to the truth than he realized with using the term Grand Wizard in talking about the Republican Party.

You gotta give it to the GOP, I thought that they would flip once Cain’s accuser turned out to be caucasian, but the grand wizards have managed to keep the party in lock step. Is America really post racial? And do we have Herman Cain to thank for it?

grand wizard…. perfect.

the right making a big deal of this and his apology are must making it a big issue, as i didn’t catch it before…

but it’s an excellent analogy, and if the shoe fits.

I’ll give him a pass.

…and this was a poor choice of words how?

When a reporter who leans left errs in any form, he apologizes­. When a Dem rep makes a mistake her retires. When a CEO messes up (see Netflix, Bank of A), the worst option is a golden parachute.
When Repubs mess up, they blame everyone else, and keep their respective jobs.

The GOP must think of Gregory as a faithfull ally. “Meet the Press” after all is a GOP misinforma­tion clearing house.

What did he say that wasn’t accurate?

he finally said something correct. no need for faux apologies.

Gregory was referring to likes of Tip O’ Neil not the kkk.

He should have apologized for NOT naming the Grand Wizards in the GOP — you got Bachmann, Palin, Gingrich, Santorum, Hannity, Limbaugh, Coulter, Megan Kelly….e­tc. Too many to mention.

Too many more to cite here. Oh, and they do a HuffPo Quick Poll. At last count, a Majority of those taking the poll (54%) say Gregory should NOT have apologized.

Yep the Left certainly hates the guy. I stand corrected.

Del Dolemonte on November 9, 2011 at 2:04 PM

I used to work with a woman who used that term. To this day, the biggest headcase I’ve ever encountered in my life.

I’m suffering serious flashbacks, here.

MNHawk on November 9, 2011 at 1:55 PM

was it sarah palin?

sesquipedalian on November 9, 2011 at 2:09 PM

Del Dolemonte on November 9, 2011 at 2:04 PM

Sesqui calls you a half-wit and doesn’t realize that she is unarmed in the battle. I am at hour 22 after getting up a 3PM yesterday, going to work from 6:30PM to 6:40AM in a job that is both physically and mentally demanding (Your life likely depends on how good I do my job and I know that.), and I still am more lucid than Sesqui at it’s sharpest.

I’m done for the day, though. I don’t work tonight, so I’ll catch up with the thread when I awake bright-eyed and bushy-tailed this evening.

Say good-night, Gracie.

Random Numbers (Brian Epps) on November 9, 2011 at 2:14 PM

Yep the Left certainly hates the guy. I stand corrected.

Del Dolemonte on November 9, 2011 at 2:04 PM

You better stand corrected. Or also too Sarah Palin! Or something…

MNHawk on November 9, 2011 at 2:19 PM

Of course he used the wrong term.

Cain is only a candidate for President.

Surely DG meant “Exalted Cyclops“, not Grand Wizard.

connertown on November 9, 2011 at 2:27 PM

I want to know who ket that little sesqui thing out! Dang it! You guys quit playing with it and put it back in it’s hole.

Vince on November 9, 2011 at 2:34 PM

More HuffPo comments defending Gregory:

First Ann Curry’s question was ignorant. How would Gregory know the answer.

My first thought was “the wizard of oz”

Hey sesqui, you missed one.

Gregory seems like a decent reporter. Everytime I hear him he sticks to the facts and keeps his emotions out of it. One slip doesn’t bother me.

Love it when the conservo twits get their panties in a twist. Keep it up, Gregory!!

I loved his appology. In an era of snide and latent remarks, his appology proves it was neither. It was genuine.

Gregory leans GOP

geez, I hope this doesn’t cause him to miss a R cocktail party.

Would that be Racist cocktail party?

Sure, David Gregory went overboard. But you know what? The truth hurts, and the Republican­s have always treated minorities with disdain, except when it comes to election time, where they pander an say things like ,”Our Blacks are better than yours”. Or the Gas man Rush ranting and spewing racist rants.

Del Dolemonte on November 9, 2011 at 2:37 PM

Limbaugh just started on this story. Too bad there’s only 20 minutes left in his show.

Del Dolemonte on November 9, 2011 at 2:40 PM

Limbaugh just gave Gregory the benefit of the doubt. I’m sure the Left will praise him for that.

Del Dolemonte on November 9, 2011 at 2:42 PM

Nice try,calling the GOP,as KKK!!

Idiots!

canopfor on November 9, 2011 at 3:01 PM

Sorry… when I think of KKK, I think of DEMOCRAT Robert Byrd, Senator, WV…

EVERY TIME… EVERY SINGLE TIME…

Khun Joe on November 9, 2011 at 3:44 PM

“Kraushaar said Tuesday she did not remember details about the complaint and did not remember asking for a payment, a promotion or a Harvard fellowship. Bennett, her lawyer, declined to discuss the case with the AP, saying he considered it confidential.”

Talk about irony. How can this woman not know about the details of her own complaint? Are there so many out there that she can’t keep up with them all?

xblade on November 9, 2011 at 12:34 PM

And yet Cain is supposed to remember ever detail of every interaction with a potential lawsuit-bringer like yourself, hmmm?

disa on November 9, 2011 at 12:37 PM

Now now folks. Aslans Girl and friends will be here soon to call you misogynists and cainlusionals for vetting these women and their stories.

SHAME ON YOU!!11!!! HAVE YOU NO SHAME OR DECENCY!!@!!1!!!

kim roy on November 9, 2011 at 3:52 PM

Time to yank his song from Monday Night Football.

Ronnie on November 9, 2011 at 5:58 PM

Poor sesquipedalian suffers from chronic hyperemotive logorrhea.

OhioCoastie on November 9, 2011 at 6:41 PM

sesquipedalian on November 9, 2011 at 12:37 PM

Why do you liberals so easily despise people? Why do you hold so much hate in your hearts? Why are you so angry?

hawkdriver on November 10, 2011 at 5:50 AM

Considering the Democrats actually had a Grand Wizard and the son of another at one time, that they could even see fit to comment on the subject is too funny.

Hypocrites that believe no one is paying attention.

hawkdriver on November 10, 2011 at 5:54 AM

Live by the racism sword, die by the racism sword.

Technically calling for a Grand Wizard to oust a black Republican is racist. That is, if we fight despicably like liberals do.

scotash on November 10, 2011 at 7:37 AM

Actually, he’s right. We do have a grand wizard, a lot of them. They are called voters. The voters tell a candidate when it’s time to go by not voting for them and bingo, they are gone.

Kissmygrits on November 10, 2011 at 9:06 AM

Point of order:

Parties lost the explicit ability to control the candidates when the open primary began prevailing over the open convention model.

I’ve long held that the parties lost that ability when they no longer controlled the flow of funds to candidates.

Paul_in_NJ on November 10, 2011 at 4:07 PM

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