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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Live by the dog whistle…
……….die by the dog whistle.

Baxter Greene on November 9, 2011 at 10:54 AM

Gregory was, is and will always be a slimy, disgusting bastard.

rplat on November 9, 2011 at 10:57 AM

Careful David, your petard is showing.

greggriffith on November 9, 2011 at 10:57 AM

Reason 1,239,863 why the Lame Stream Media is the biggest threat to the survival of the Republic…

Gregory should be fired, immediately…

Khun Joe on November 9, 2011 at 11:00 AM

Well now, everyone knows that Gandalf turned racist in his later years.

I mean, he was a nice multi-racial Gaandalf the Gray at first, then he starts calling himself Gandalf THE WHITE.

It is patently obvious what that means.

LegendHasIt on November 9, 2011 at 11:00 AM

why would it be a reference to the klan? why does it always have to be race?

sesquipedalian on November 9, 2011 at 9:59 AM

Ask a democrat..

They’re the ones who yell racism if you:

…use Obama’s middle name
……..are against Obama’s Health Care Bill
………..are against his stimulus
…………….are against his massive spending and tax increases

Pretty much any criticism of Obama is followed by cries from democrats of “It’s because he’s black.”

We even have democrats calling Republicans racist for having a black Presidential candidate.

If you are so upset by “everything being about race”…you can start by looking in the mirror liberal.

Baxter Greene on November 9, 2011 at 11:01 AM

Did not mean to make that connection at all. Was not thinking. I apologize

I call horse hockey.

Cindy Munford on November 9, 2011 at 11:01 AM

I’m sure Gregory meant Exalted Cyclops, not Grand Wizard.

Right, Dave?

profitsbeard on November 9, 2011 at 11:02 AM

Grand Wizard and Wizard are not necessarily the same thing, Mr. Gregory…

d1carter on November 9, 2011 at 11:03 AM

you said there was only one definition of “grand wizard.” by these standards, that seemingly innocent children’s book on puppet theater is actually the propaganda work of liberals, who are well known to be the only racists that ever existed.

sesquipedalian on November 9, 2011 at 10:52 AM

Coming up short on dictionary definitions, are you child? You know, you Obama voters really are funny to watch, when we can get you concentrating on things that aren’t destructive to society, such as fluffing your favorite MSNBC hosts.

Here’s your next assignment, champ. Prove to me the n-word doesn’t mean what the universal definition of the n-word is considered to be. Maybe link to a hip-hop video for “proof.” An A in Poli Sci awaits the completion of this assignment.

MNHawk on November 9, 2011 at 11:06 AM

The one thing that keeps me from despising this guy completely, is that he does a devastating Brokaw impression, video for which apparently does not exist. He did it on CSPAN a few years ago and I just happened to catch it. He also tells a funny story of him, Bush and Chirac speaking French, complete with his impression of W.

But yeah, other than that he’s a complete tool.

greggriffith on November 9, 2011 at 11:07 AM

Again if this was a FOX news reporter commenting on Democrat candidates and party…the LSM would publicly crucify him!!!

RedLizard64 on November 9, 2011 at 11:07 AM

Remember when Trent Lott said something far less inflammatory? He lost it all. David Gregory? Oops, sorry! I’ll keep my job because I said it about Republicans!

Nethicus on November 9, 2011 at 11:08 AM

I’m sure Gregory meant Exalted Cyclops, not Grand Wizard.

Right, Dave?

profitsbeard on November 9, 2011 at 11:02 AM

You mean this guy?

Jocundus on November 9, 2011 at 11:09 AM

The KKK has Grand Wizard’s.
The KKK membership were Democrats.
Democrats are Liberals.
Gregory is a Liberal.
By NBC logic, Gregory is a Grand Wizard of the KKK.

barnone on November 9, 2011 at 11:09 AM

Rethuglikkkans are RAAAAACISTS!!1!

OhioCoastie on November 9, 2011 at 11:09 AM

Is the “twitter apology” now considered sufficient because I think an on air apology should be demanded.

Cindy Munford on November 9, 2011 at 11:11 AM

We’re the party of Lincoln, not the party of Robert Byrd.

hawksruleva on November 9, 2011 at 11:12 AM

you said there was only one definition of “grand wizard.” by these standards, that seemingly innocent children’s book on puppet theater is actually the propaganda work of liberals, who are well known to be the only racists that ever existed.

sesquipedalian on November 9, 2011 at 10:52 AM

Man; that Obama is a real mother f***ker, isn’t he?

By mother f***ker, I mean, of course that he has sex with his wife (a mom) on occasion.

Here’s my tip: When tempted to defend stupidity because you agree with the obvious content of the statement; don’t.

lorien1973 on November 9, 2011 at 11:14 AM

MNHawk on November 9, 2011 at 11:06 AM

is the book’s title referring to the kkk, just like gregory’s comment did?

sesquipedalian on November 9, 2011 at 11:15 AM

David Gregory is an ape-faced b*tch.

tetriskid on November 9, 2011 at 11:16 AM

you said there was only one definition of “grand wizard.” by these standards, that seemingly innocent children’s book on puppet theater is actually the propaganda work of liberals, who are well known to be the only racists that ever existed.

sesquipedalian on November 9, 2011 at 10:52 AM

Man, I wish Obama would just die already.

Of course, by “die” I mean that he should go got some 20-sided dice so we can play D&D.

lorien1973 on November 9, 2011 at 11:17 AM

is the book’s title referring to the kkk, just like gregory’s comment did?

sesquipedalian on November 9, 2011 at 11:15 AM

Gregory seemed to think -he- was referring to the KKK, since you know, he said he didn’t mean to.

So that’s something.

But, of course, by KKK, he meant kosher snacks.

lorien1973 on November 9, 2011 at 11:18 AM

i give up. david gregory is a flaming radical who has a leading role in a sinister conspiracy to oppress champions of liberty. i applaud your finely tuned instincts that immediately recognize every instance of conzies being victimized by these shadowy forces of evil. sesquipedalian on November 9, 2011 at 10:51 AM

It’s even worse than that.

Akzed on November 9, 2011 at 11:19 AM

David Gregory is an ape-faced b*tch.

tetriskid on November 9, 2011 at 11:16 AM

Yes, but you see “ape-faced b*tch” really means he’s the main character of a children’s book. You would never imply anything else, right? ;)

lorien1973 on November 9, 2011 at 11:19 AM

lorien1973 on November 9, 2011 at 11:17 AM

also, too, referring to ernie roth as the grand wizard of wrestling implies that wrestling is racist and is an incarnation of the kkk.

sesquipedalian on November 9, 2011 at 11:20 AM

also, too, referring to ernie roth as the grand wizard of wrestling implies that wrestling is racist and is an incarnation of the kkk.

sesquipedalian on November 9, 2011 at 11:20 AM

By god, you’re genius (by genius, i of course mean, a totally idiot). Of course, Gregory was saying that we need to get wrestlers out there (possibly with hand puppets!) to talk to Cain.

What else could possibly be implied!

lorien1973 on November 9, 2011 at 11:22 AM

Gregory seemed to think -he- was referring to the KKK, since you know, he said he didn’t mean to.

lorien1973 on November 9, 2011 at 11:18 AM

gregory was inundated by angry tweets from conzies once again wallowing in their victimhood, so he felt compelled to apologize for something he didn’t intend to suggest.

sesquipedalian on November 9, 2011 at 11:23 AM

sesquipedalian on November 9, 2011 at 11:20 AM

I’ve seen our liberal commenters die on some weird hills before, but this one is really out there.

lorien1973 on November 9, 2011 at 11:23 AM

What else could possibly be implied!

lorien1973 on November 9, 2011 at 11:22 AM

maybe that “grand wizard” does not necessarily refer to the kkk, but is a general term meaning top leader? why else would it be used by ernie roth or in the title of a children’s book? are these people clueless? i’m guessing you are.

sesquipedalian on November 9, 2011 at 11:25 AM

just wow.

Tim_CA on November 9, 2011 at 11:27 AM

gregory was inundated by angry tweets from conzies once again wallowing in their victimhood, so he felt compelled to apologize for something he didn’t intend to suggest.

sesquipedalian on November 9, 2011 at 11:23 AM

Have you even bothered to look at the video in the first update?

The point here is that Gregory is a race-baiting assclown who relishes in “gotcha’ journalism.

Now that it’s come back to bite him in the ass he suddenly looses his appetite for the game.

pain train on November 9, 2011 at 11:30 AM

sesquipedalian on November 9, 2011 at 11:25 AM

Cuz gregory was clearly thinking of a children’s book or wrestling when he was talking. It’s amazing to me that anyone could think otherwise.

This is magnificent hill you’ve chosen to die on. Please never leave it.

lorien1973 on November 9, 2011 at 11:31 AM

maybe that “grand wizard” does not necessarily refer to the kkk, but is a general term meaning top leader? why else would it be used by ernie roth or in the title of a children’s book? are these people clueless? i’m guessing you are.

sesquipedalian on November 9, 2011 at 11:25 AM

New Troll?…..yaaaay!

And this one seems especially stupid!

Here’s a clue D-Bag – when you hear the words “Grand Wizard” come out of the pie-hole of an MSM liberal-hack-newsman, he’s talking about one thing and one thing only.

Give me your address pea-brain – I’ll send you 10 bucks so you can buy a clue.

Tim_CA on November 9, 2011 at 11:32 AM

lorien1973 on November 9, 2011 at 11:23 AM

I’m with you brother.

Wait, can I say “brother?”

pain train on November 9, 2011 at 11:32 AM

why would it be a reference to the klan? why does it always have to be race?

sesquipedalian on November 9, 2011 at 9:59 AM

That’s so weak I’m not even going to give you a grade.

When you Google “Grand Wizard”, the reference you cherry-picked comes up second.

Guess what comes up first?

BTW,even at Zsa Zsa’s site, no one there is defending him:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/09/david-gregory-grand-wizard-gop_n_1083881.html

Del Dolemonte on November 9, 2011 at 11:33 AM

David Gregory will get away with it just like every single journalist from CBS/NBC/ABC all the way down to every college newspaper since 2007…

Republicans = Nazi/KKK

That’s basically what they teach you in J-School.

tetriskid on November 9, 2011 at 11:34 AM

If we thought like liberals we’d be screaming that Gregory is inciting violence against Republicans, words have consequences, blah blah blah.

Anyone who considers MSNBC to be a source of news should rent our their head as a canoe.

Crusty on November 9, 2011 at 11:35 AM

sesquipedalian on November 9, 2011 at 11:25 AM

Remember the other day, when you got all bent out of shape when you thought I called you a “rapist” for supporting OWS?

I still amazed you were upset, cuz I was really just saying what a good rapper you are. Stop wallowing in victimhood, dude. Geesh.

lorien1973 on November 9, 2011 at 11:36 AM

Cuz gregory was clearly thinking of a children’s book or wrestling when he was talking. It’s amazing to me that anyone could think otherwise.

lorien1973 on November 9, 2011 at 11:31 AM

he wasn’t thinking of either, he was thinking of a top leader and the term “grand wizard” came up in his admittedly moronic brain.

sesquipedalian on November 9, 2011 at 11:37 AM

Silly conzis. “Grand Wizard” is also the highest rank in the Coast Guard, the Peace Corps, and the Anti-Defamation League.

/sesquipedalian

OhioCoastie on November 9, 2011 at 11:37 AM

It’s about time David Gregory had his smug liberal a$$ handed to him in a loud and obvious manner. NBC lost viewership when he assumed the mantel of responsibility for MTP because he is so abrasive and arrogant. He has a “Cecil the Seasick Sea Serpent” look about him that I find funnier that all get out! If he wasn’t thinking “Grand Wizard” he must have researched it quite recently or he uses the term in private conversations. Maybe he is just conditioned to think that the only control on a determined black presidential candidate is the KKK. He has judged so many other people, conservatives primarily, that he deserves quite a bit of payback.
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Who’s the “Grand Wizard” in the ØBlama administration, DG?
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I wouldn’t be surprised if many of his cocktail party invites weren’t rescinded after this!

ExpressoBold on November 9, 2011 at 11:37 AM

when you hear the words “Grand Wizard” come out of the pie-hole of an MSM liberal-hack-newsman, he’s talking about one thing and one thing only.

Tim_CA on November 9, 2011 at 11:32 AM

no, it’s you who thinks about one thing only.

sesquipedalian on November 9, 2011 at 11:39 AM

why would it be a reference to the klan? why does it always have to be race?

sesquipedalian on November 9, 2011 at 9:59 AM

I don’t know, ask David Gregory. Or maybe he was just remembering Robert Byrd and got confused?

Deanna on November 9, 2011 at 11:41 AM

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

Ed Morrissey, you come up with some great lines, but this one is a true classic.

UltimateBob on November 9, 2011 at 11:41 AM

he wasn’t thinking of either, he was thinking of a top leader and the term “grand wizard” came up in his admittedly moronic brain.

sesquipedalian on November 9, 2011 at 11:37 AM

Yes, because when I’m fumbling around in my head for the word “leader” I always spit out “grand wizard” – and also, when I do so, I’m referring to wrestlers and puppets.

Read your stupid comments. They don’t even make sense.

lorien1973 on November 9, 2011 at 11:41 AM

he wasn’t thinking of either, he was thinking of a top leader and the term “grand wizard” came up in his admittedly moronic brain.

sesquipedalian on November 9, 2011 at 11:37 AM

Hey Genius….in what context would you put the words “Grand Wizard” together, that wouldn’t immediately mean “KKK”?

Please enlighten us.

I mean is there a “Grand Wizard Burger” in your neighborhood? Do you shop at “Grand Wizard Grocery”?

Give me 3 examples of everyday phrases where the words “Grand Wizard” come together, and I’m more than happy to shut-up.

Please…..educate me.

Tim_CA on November 9, 2011 at 11:44 AM

“grand wizard” is a term that’s not exclusively associated with the klan.

sesquipedalian on November 9, 2011 at 10:33 AM

The Wrestling Grand Wizard didn’t start calling himself that until over 100 years after the KKK originated the term. David Gregory was only 2 years old at the time, so he was obviously not a Wrasslin’ Fan. And that Grand Wizard died when Gregory was only a teenager. No Dice.

As for the Grand Wizard Puppet Theatre, now you’re simply showing your desperation.

BTW, since yesterday I’ve found a grand total of one news story describing what Herman Cain did as “Sexual assault”. Newstrack in India.

Nobody in the US Democrat Media is using the word “Assault”. None.

Del Dolemonte on November 9, 2011 at 11:44 AM

Yes, because when I’m fumbling around in my head for the word “leader” I always spit out “grand wizard” –

lorien1973 on November 9, 2011 at 11:41 AM

why did ernie roth call himself a grand wizard if the term refers exclusively to the klan? just answer me this.

sesquipedalian on November 9, 2011 at 11:45 AM

sesquipedalian on November 9, 2011 at 11:45 AM

Why is David Gregory thinking about men in tights when talking about Cain? Just answer me this.

lorien1973 on November 9, 2011 at 11:48 AM

Hey Genius….in what context would you put the words “Grand Wizard” together, that wouldn’t immediately mean “KKK”?

Tim_CA on November 9, 2011 at 11:44 AM

wrestling, puppet theater and apparently the lord of the fcking rings.

sesquipedalian on November 9, 2011 at 11:48 AM

when you hear the words “Grand Wizard” come out of the pie-hole of an MSM liberal-hack-newsman, he’s talking about one thing and one thing only.

Tim_CA on November 9, 2011 at 11:32 AM

no, it’s you who thinks about one thing only.

sesquipedalian on November 9, 2011 at 11:39 AM

Wow – he’s deep and well thought out too!

now let me try….

Nuh uh….it’s you!

Tim_CA on November 9, 2011 at 11:49 AM

lorien1973 on November 9, 2011 at 11:17 AM

also, too, referring to ernie roth as the grand wizard of wrestling implies that wrestling is racist and is an incarnation of the kkk.

sesquipedalian on November 9, 2011 at 11:20 AM

Your desperate gymnastics are fascinating to watch.

Simple question for a Simple Mind: why did Gregory apologize?

Del Dolemonte on November 9, 2011 at 11:49 AM

Cuz gregory was clearly thinking of a children’s book or wrestling when he was talking. It’s amazing to me that anyone could think otherwise.

lorien1973 on November 9, 2011 at 11:31 AM

he wasn’t thinking of either, he was thinking of a top leader and the term “grand wizard” came up in his admittedly moronic brain.

sesquipedalian on November 9, 2011 at 11:37 AM

So you’re an expert on reading moronic brains? Figures.

Del Dolemonte on November 9, 2011 at 11:51 AM

Hey Genius….in what context would you put the words “Grand Wizard” together, that wouldn’t immediately mean “KKK”?

Tim_CA on November 9, 2011 at 11:44 AM

wrestling, puppet theater and apparently the lord of the fcking rings.

sesquipedalian on November 9, 2011 at 11:48 AM

ROTFLMAO!!!

Wanna Try again?….or are you gonna hang your hat on this.

He was talking about a party he beleives to be racist and how they will deal with a black man.

You’re really not this stupid are you troll?

Tim_CA on November 9, 2011 at 11:52 AM

why did ernie roth call himself a grand wizard if the term refers exclusively to the klan? just answer me this.

sesquipedalian on November 9, 2011 at 11:45 AM

He thought that referring to himself as an “archmage” might be too nerdy?

Jeddite on November 9, 2011 at 11:53 AM

Simple question from a Simple Mind: why did Gregory apologize?

Del Dolemonte on November 9, 2011 at 11:49 AM

sesquipedalian on November 9, 2011 at 11:53 AM

BWT, on that Gingrich / Gregory exchange, I’m kinda disappointed Newt didn’t hand it to him worse. David Gregory damn sure knew what Gingrich meant. Playing stupid is a sleazy non-journalist tactic and Newt should have called him on it.

deadrody on November 9, 2011 at 11:54 AM

So you’re an expert on reading moronic brains? Figures.

Del Dolemonte on November 9, 2011 at 11:51 AM

And not only that; he likes to spend his time defending morons.

I guess that explains most of his comments here? Not just in this thread; but it sheds light on his comments in every post right?

He’s just here defending people he thinks are morons. I’m glad he’s so honest and upfront about it.

lorien1973 on November 9, 2011 at 11:54 AM

Hey Genius….in what context would you put the words “Grand Wizard” together, that wouldn’t immediately mean “KKK”?

Tim_CA on November 9, 2011 at 11:44 AM

wrestling, puppet theater and apparently the lord of the fcking rings.

sesquipedalian on November 9, 2011 at 11:48 AM

If your first thought when hearing the words “Grand Wizard” is of a Professional Wrestler who only called himself that for about 10 years some 30 years ago, you’re either a die-hard Wrestling Fan or a Lying Leftist.

I’m going with Door #2.

Need another shovel?

Del Dolemonte on November 9, 2011 at 11:55 AM

He was talking about a party he beleives to be racist and how they will deal with a black man.

Tim_CA on November 9, 2011 at 11:52 AM

perpetual victimhood.

sesquipedalian on November 9, 2011 at 11:56 AM

I dont see what the fuss is about , his comment is correct , the RNC does not have a grand wizard, the DNC is full of KKK turds. Robert Byrd (yea I know he is dead).

ColdWarrior57 on November 9, 2011 at 11:57 AM

gregory was inundated by angry tweets from conzies once again wallowing in their victimhood, so he felt compelled to apologize for something he didn’t intend to suggest. sesquipedalian on November 9, 2011 at 11:23 AM

Save it for Trent Lott.

Akzed on November 9, 2011 at 11:58 AM

What is this “apology by Twitter” crap? Too many older/nonTwitter viewers will have no idea he apologized. You say it on national TV, you apologize on national TV.

And yes, as others mention, “wizard” is very different from “Grand Wizard.” he couldn’t even bring himself to type it out; he knows how bad what he said was.

/angry now

inviolet on November 9, 2011 at 12:00 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.

Yes, clearly you aren’t thinking.

That stuff between your ears serves a purpose of controlling that part of the body known as the mouth. One must be engaged before the other is used.

You might want to try it some day.

ajacksonian on November 9, 2011 at 12:00 PM

why did ernie roth call himself a grand wizard if the term refers exclusively to the klan? just answer me this.
sesquipedalian on November 9, 2011 at 11:45 AM

Ask Ernie Roth. But when someone says that the GOP doesn’t have a grand wizard to drive out a black man, I don’t think he has pro wrestling in mind. Maybe you do.

Akzed on November 9, 2011 at 12:00 PM

Was not thinking.

And this is the problem with the MSM. Because if they actually thought, then Giggles would’ve been exposed to the majority of voters as the inexperienced, inept, angry, America-hating disaster of a snake-oil salesman that he is long before he sat his bony butt behind the Resolute Desk.

But that requires actual thinking. Not hosannahs to the One, which are the only thing the MSM is capable of. And automatically playing the race card.

crazy_legs on November 9, 2011 at 12:02 PM

perpetual victimhood.

sesquipedalian on November 9, 2011 at 11:56 AM

Macaca.

Good Solid B-Plus on November 9, 2011 at 12:02 PM

He was talking about a party he beleives to be racist and how they will deal with a black man.

Tim_CA on November 9, 2011 at 11:52 AM

perpetual victimhood.

sesquipedalian on November 9, 2011 at 11:56 AM

????

um….now I’m a “victim”?

Does anyone understand this guy?

Tim_CA on November 9, 2011 at 12:03 PM

Simple question from a Simple Mind: why did Gregory apologize?

Del Dolemonte on November 9, 2011 at 11:49 AM

sesquipedalian on November 9, 2011 at 11:53 AM

Kindly give us the link to his Twitter page, and/or cut and paste some of the “angry comments” you refer to.

Del Dolemonte on November 9, 2011 at 12:03 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.

In other words…

“Sorry, the mask slipped…”

Seven Percent Solution on November 9, 2011 at 12:03 PM

Did not mean to make that connection at all. Was not thinking. I apologize

Well, that’s exactly the point, isn’t it? It was a Freudian slip that revealed his true feeling about Republicans. Feelings that probably slip into every political interview and story that he does, they just usually aren’t this obvious.

29Victor on November 9, 2011 at 12:04 PM

It seems that any criticism is perennially followed by an accusation of racism. Absolutely ridiculous that this is what political discourse has come to.

Sleeper on November 9, 2011 at 12:04 PM

perpetual victimhood.

sesquipedalian on November 9, 2011 at 11:56 AM

Another Simple Question:

Had David Gregory’s anchor counterpart at Faux News had uses the same term in the same story, would you immediately assume he was referring to Pro Wrassler Ernie Roth?

Del Dolemonte on November 9, 2011 at 12:06 PM

Hey Genius….in what context would you put the words “Grand Wizard” together, that wouldn’t immediately mean “KKK”?

Tim_CA on November 9, 2011 at 11:44 AM

wrestling, puppet theater and apparently the lord of the fcking rings.

sesquipedalian on November 9, 2011 at 11:48 AM

So if someone on Fox News (Heaven forbid) refered to President Obama as “Ape Man,” you’d assume he was referencing the Kinks song? And you’d defend him online as staunchly as you are defending him here?

29Victor on November 9, 2011 at 12:07 PM

Gregory’s Twitter Page seems to have crashed.

http://twitter.com/davidgregory

Del Dolemonte on November 9, 2011 at 12:07 PM

It seems that any criticism is perennially followed by an accusation of racism. Absolutely ridiculous that this is what political discourse has come to.

Sleeper on November 9, 2011 at 12:04 PM

My God another one……he used the term “Grand Wizard” you moron – and look at the context.

Google it you Idiot!!!

Only members of the Plantation Party (Democrats for you slow people) could possibly be this stupid.

Tim_CA on November 9, 2011 at 12:10 PM

sesquipedalian on November 9, 2011 at 11:48 AM

So if someone on Fox News (Heaven forbid) refered to President Obama as “Ape Man,” you’d assume he was referencing the Kinks song? And you’d defend him online as staunchly as you are defending him here?

29Victor on November 9, 2011 at 12:07 PM

What sesqui seems to forget is that the news story Gregory was talking about (notice I didn’t use the word “reporting”) is about an African-American politician.

Only a Leftist World Wrassling Federation Fan would immediately think he was referring to a Wrassler from 40 years ago when he invoked the words “Grand Wizard”.

And the last time I checked, Leftists are as much fans of Professional Wrassling as they are of NASCAR races.

Del Dolemonte on November 9, 2011 at 12:11 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.

Apology not accepted…

Seven Percent Solution on November 9, 2011 at 12:11 PM

Just as there appears to be no “Head Idiot” at NBC.

Axeman on November 9, 2011 at 12:13 PM

Had David Gregory’s anchor counterpart at Faux News had uses the same term in the same story, would you immediately assume he was referring to Pro Wrassler Ernie Roth?

Del Dolemonte on November 9, 2011 at 12:06 PM

no, but i wouldn’t assume that he’s dog whistling as part of an all-encompassing conspiracy. then again, i don’t live inside the cocoon of the “conservative” movement.

sesquipedalian on November 9, 2011 at 12:13 PM

…Or Minister of Truth come to think of it.

Axeman on November 9, 2011 at 12:14 PM

Maybe David G. was thinking about this guy…

Seven Percent Solution on November 9, 2011 at 12:15 PM

It seems that any criticism is perennially followed by an accusation of racism. Absolutely ridiculous that this is what political discourse has come to. Sleeper on November 9, 2011 at 12:04 PM

He said “grand wizard” with reference to a black man. Some see the obvious reference, and David Gregory has apologized half-heartedly (on Twitter).

Imagine that he was talking about a Jewish candidate and said this:

“Well there is no, you know, Reichsführer SS in the party right now who can really force the issue.”

Is that a helpful analogy?

Akzed on November 9, 2011 at 12:18 PM

Had David Gregory’s anchor counterpart at Faux News had uses the same term in the same story, would you immediately assume he was referring to Pro Wrassler Ernie Roth?

Del Dolemonte on November 9, 2011 at 12:06 PM

no

sesquipedalian on November 9, 2011 at 12:13 PM

Welcome to the right side of the issue. I hope you’ll stay with us in the future.

crr6 on June 18, 2011 at 2:38 AM

Del Dolemonte on November 9, 2011 at 12:18 PM

no, but i wouldn’t assume that he’s dog whistling as part of an all-encompassing conspiracy. then again, i don’t live inside the cocoon of the “conservative” movement.

sesquipedalian on November 9, 2011 at 12:13 PM

ROTFLMAO – There it is.

Shouldn’t you be down at an OWS protest catching an STD, stealing your neighbor’s stuff and cruising the anti-rape tent?

Tim_CA on November 9, 2011 at 12:19 PM

no, but i wouldn’t assume that he’s dog whistling as part of an all-encompassing conspiracy. then again, i don’t live inside the cocoon of the “conservative” movement.

sesquipedalian on November 9, 2011 at 12:13 PM

It was a Freudian slip, not a dog whistle.

Good Solid B-Plus on November 9, 2011 at 12:19 PM

then again, i don’t live inside the cocoon of the “conservative” movement.

sesquipedalian on November 9, 2011 at 12:13 PM

When Cain forced that women’s head into his lap; he was just showing her the proper way to eat messy lunch, without getting any on her dress.

She should stop wallowing in victimhood by assuming it was sexual harassment.

Geesh!

lorien1973 on November 9, 2011 at 12:20 PM

sesquipedalian on November 9, 2011 at 11:53 AM

Kindly give us the link to his Twitter page, and/or cut and paste some of the “angry comments” you refer to.

Del Dolemonte on November 9, 2011 at 12:03 PM

Just checked his Twitter Page again-it’s still down.

Did you cut and paste those angry comments from his followers?

Del Dolemonte on November 9, 2011 at 12:20 PM

Absolutely ridiculous that this is what political discourse has come to.

Sleeper on November 9, 2011 at 12:04 PM

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Put the blame on the leftist Democrats, where it belongs, or go back to sleep. DG has tweeted some other derisive comments about Herman Cain placing blame on “the Democratic Machine” as if he were taking sides. That’s not journalistic behavior, that’s high school popularity contest stuff.

ExpressoBold on November 9, 2011 at 12:21 PM

maybe that “grand wizard” does not necessarily refer to the kkk, but is a general term meaning top leader?

sesquipedalian on November 9, 2011 at 11:25 AM

Well, let’s see, shall we?

Entering grand wizard top leader into the googletubes gets me…

https://www.google.com/search?gcx=c&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8&q=grand+wizard+top+leader&safe=on

Wikipedia – Ku Klux Klan
Wikipedia – Nathan Bedford Forrest (you know whoooo)

and…

Obamatard #1 with his new definition of Grand Wizard really meaning top leader!

So much fail in such a small package.

MNHawk on November 9, 2011 at 12:24 PM

no, but i wouldn’t assume that he’s dog whistling as part of an all-encompassing conspiracy. then again, i don’t live inside the cocoon of the “conservative” movement.

sesquipedalian on November 9, 2011 at 12:13 PM

It was a Freudian slip, not a dog whistle.

Good Solid B-Plus on November 9, 2011 at 12:19 PM

Exactly. And “conpiracy” is a straw man.

29Victor on November 9, 2011 at 12:24 PM

“Well there is no, you know, Reichsführer SS in the party right now who can really force the issue.”

Is that a helpful analogy?

Akzed on November 9, 2011 at 12:18 PM

If David Gregory was referring to a Jewish candidate and said “It’s too bad there are no kikes within the party that can force this guy to step down,” I’m sure sesqui would come here and say “He was clearly referring to Kike Santander, the Colombian record producer!”

Hell, there’s also Kike Mateo the Spanish soccer player and Kike Elomaa, a Finnish bodybuilder. Clearly anyone who is offended by someone calling a Jewish person a kike is just wallowing in perpetual victimhood.

Good Solid B-Plus on November 9, 2011 at 12:25 PM

The KKK has Grand Wizard’s.
The KKK membership were Democrats.
Democrats are Liberals.
Gregory is a Liberal.
By NBC logic, Gregory is a Grand Wizard of the KKK.

barnone on November 9, 2011 at 11:09 AM

Bingo!

Shiny_Tiara on November 9, 2011 at 12:25 PM

It was a Freudian slip, not a dog whistle.

Good Solid B-Plus on November 9, 2011 at 12:19 PM

amateur psychoanalysts, spare me.

sesquipedalian on November 9, 2011 at 12:25 PM

perpetual victimhood.

sesquipedalian on November 9, 2011 at 11:56 AM

Funny, It seems that Sequi has missed the irony in the fact that this is all about a guy who is defending himself from allegations of someone else’s cries of victumhood.

Scrappy on November 9, 2011 at 12:26 PM

amateur psychoanalysts, spare me.

sesquipedalian on November 9, 2011 at 12:25 PM

You mean like stating that someone is in a state of “perpetual victimhood”?

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

Exit question. If this particular member of the JournoList profession is just sorry for saying “wizard,” what did he mean to say?

Grand _______?

After all, Gregory was thinking about an obscure, self-published children’s book ranked 2,300,000 on the best seller list.

Hmmm.

MNHawk on November 9, 2011 at 12:30 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 wouldn’t dignify what goes on inside David Gregory’s head as thinking. Defecation is more like it.

novaculus on November 9, 2011 at 12:30 PM

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

Nope – this one’s that stupid.

Makes crr6 look like the head of MENSA.

Tim_CA on November 9, 2011 at 12:31 PM

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