Martin Bashir on Romney: Presidents who don’t drink haven’t done very well in office

posted at 5:23 pm on April 23, 2012 by Allahpundit

Via the Washington Free Beacon, what’s unusual about this isn’t Bashir looking for excuses to inject Mormonism into his coverage of Romney. That’s par for the course; he was much more heavy-handed about it last week. What’s unusual is that this is the closest to lighthearted that I’ve ever seen him, more a tribute to the edifying effects of booze than a serious knock on Mitt. You would think under those circumstances he’d jettison the whole segment as not worth the heat he’s going to take for dragging Romney’s faith into the debate, even implicitly, but no. I’m not sure where he goes from here over the next six months but I know who I’m betting on as biggest MSNBC newsmaker of the 2012 campaign.

As further reading, here’s a nice study asserting that the media’s coverage of Romney has been more positive than its coverage of Obama so far this year. Print it out and put it in a time capsule to be opened on November 7. Exit question: Does this mean the left now regrets all the “dry drunk” crap that was thrown at Bush while he was in office?


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If it wasn’t for HotAir no one would know about MSNBC.

I’m betting you get more ‘unique views’ per day than they do, Allah?

CorporatePiggy on April 23, 2012 at 5:25 PM

Man, this guy is putting olberman to shame of late.

sbvft contributor on April 23, 2012 at 5:25 PM

religious baiting by alcohol? Really?

Exit question: Does this mean the left now regrets all the “dry drunk” crap that was thrown at Bush while he was in office?

whoa, I forgot all about that.

upinak on April 23, 2012 at 5:26 PM

MSNBC, News Organizati…. baahahhaha!!! I can’t get it out.

Fish on April 23, 2012 at 5:26 PM

TV “journalists” that drink don’t do very well on TV…

d1carter on April 23, 2012 at 5:26 PM

I’m betting you get more ‘unique views’ per day than they do, Allah?

Not remotely. They do better than CNN in some hours, in fact.

Allahpundit on April 23, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Wow! Amazing. What an amazing, intelligent commentator.

Prufrock on April 23, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Are we electing the president of a country or a Frat house?

LincolntheHun on April 23, 2012 at 5:27 PM

7 months of this followed by attacks, (encouraged) by the media that MItt is a sell out to the right for 3 days a week, followed by 4 days a week of reports about how right wing fringe he is. In other news the country and world speed towards collapse.

rob verdi on April 23, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Does this mean the left now regrets all the “dry drunk” crap that was thrown at Bush while he was in office?

Hell no…they use whatever stick they have to beat the GOP with…no matter what the standard.

thebrokenrattle on April 23, 2012 at 5:28 PM

When did the BBC and MSNBC merge?

Bitter Clinger on April 23, 2012 at 5:28 PM

The stupidity of this clown is mind boggling

ObamatheMessiah on April 23, 2012 at 5:28 PM

TV “journalists” that drink don’t do very well on TV…

d1carter on April 23, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Have you got a problem with a drunk Diane Sawyer moderating the debates?

JPeterman on April 23, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Managed to stealsteer the country through the Great Depression

(From the clip)

Seriously — Bashir’s words. What a great Freudian slip. Allah, how could you have missed that?

Prufrock on April 23, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Exit question: Does this mean the left now regrets all the “dry drunk” crap that was thrown at Bush while he was in office?

That was then. This is now. Back when they were against drinking before they were for it.

Lily on April 23, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Does this mean the left now regrets all the “dry drunk” crap that was thrown at Bush while he was in office?

Hardly. The left is incapable of ever regretting their ridiculous partisan hackery unless it hurts them at the ballot box.

Good Solid B-Plus on April 23, 2012 at 5:31 PM

I would rather have a non-drinker than a dog eater. Bam!

rustynca on April 23, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Liberal logic:

a) Bush was a drinker so he sucked

b) Romney doesn’t drink, ergo he will suck

Is this seriously all the democrats have? A couple stories about a dog on a roof, cookiegate, and now correlating someone’s effectiveness in governance based on their alcoholic intake?

I’m lost: Why is it that some republicans are worried about the upcoming election again?

Eschelon on April 23, 2012 at 5:32 PM

But Vice-Presidents who don’t drink do a bang-up job!

Nethicus on April 23, 2012 at 5:33 PM

I would rather have a non-drinker than a dog eater. Bam!

rustynca on April 23, 2012 at 5:32 PM

I’ll drink to that.

Bitter Clinger on April 23, 2012 at 5:33 PM

I consider Bashir performance art.

Standing O for this one.

rickyricardo on April 23, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Aw, where’s that famed Muslim religious tolerance Martin?

Are you bigoted? Naughty Imam.

Mr Galt on April 23, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Drinking worked out well for Barack Obama Sr. /

BHO Jonestown on April 23, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Admit it, Allah. You’re on MSNBC’s payroll, aren’t you?

Jim-Rose on April 23, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Martin Bashir is such a stupid little man. Why would any serious person pay him any mind?

VorDaj on April 23, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Admit it, Allah. You’re on MSNBC’s payroll, aren’t you?

Jim-Rose on April 23, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Gawker/Fox.

upinak on April 23, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Yeah, Abe Lincoln really struggled because he didn’t drink…

cpaulus on April 23, 2012 at 5:37 PM

He and the future SoS, Zakaria, are my favorite moles.

BL@KBIRD on April 23, 2012 at 5:38 PM

They do better than CNN in some hours, in fact.

Allahpundit on April 23, 2012 at 5:27 PM

I thought everybody was beating CNN…

d1carter on April 23, 2012 at 5:39 PM

The Reggae star has scrambled eggs between his ears.

Did I mention he is a dirty kuffar?

tom daschle concerned on April 23, 2012 at 5:39 PM

I’m betting you get more ‘unique views’ per day than they do, Allah?

Not remotely. They do better than CNN in some hours, in fact.

Allahpundit on April 23, 2012 at 5:27 PM

That’s what happens in communism. I guess the collective brain needs to force fairness by letting each “win” some time slots.

kim roy on April 23, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Yeah, Abe Lincoln really struggled because he didn’t drink…

cpaulus on April 23, 2012 at 5:37 PM

I was thinking that the original George W. didn’t do much drinking either. Don’t know if he was a complete tea-toteler but I don’t think he did much drinking.

Bitter Clinger on April 23, 2012 at 5:42 PM

Good to see Bashir keep up the two minutes of hate tradition.

IR-MN on April 23, 2012 at 5:42 PM

Sober is a great adjective for a guy who wants to be hired to do a job as profound as getting the economy back. I could be wrong, but I could see a lot of people favoring a guy who is as boring as Romney, because they want a President who shows up for work and does the dang job. If you’ve ever looked at Obama’s schedule on Whitehouse.gov, the man rarely has any appointments before 10 or 11. I bet Romney goes to bed sober every night, at 9:30, ready for that 3 AM call. I am tired of celebrity parties at the White house. No more bread and circuses, please.

Kristamatic on April 23, 2012 at 5:42 PM

Are we electing the president of a country or a Frat house?
LincolntheHun on April 23, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Judging by the Columbia trip, I would say the latter.

uncommon sense on April 23, 2012 at 5:42 PM

Exhibit A: Beer summit
Exhibit B: Toasting Elizabeth II

The defense rests.

Christien on April 23, 2012 at 5:43 PM

Exit question: Does this mean the left now regrets all the “dry drunk” crap that was thrown at Bush while he was in office?

Google search: “Bush dry drunk”

About 12,700,000 results (0.22 seconds)

Del Dolemonte on April 23, 2012 at 5:43 PM

so a Pakistani Brit is going to be MSNBC’s Mormon hitman this summer? its only April and they are already running with a successful President has to be a drinker? I’m waiting for him to bring it full circle to his Michael Jackson interviews…

burserker on April 23, 2012 at 5:43 PM

Bashir is trying to tell us we shouldn’t vote for Romney because he doesn’t drink? Really?

We have six months to go until the election and this is the best he can come up with? They are really dredging the bottom of the barrel already. It’s some new stupid nothing-burger every day of the week… cookiegate, dogs on roofs (and eating dogs equally so), self-paid trips to France, and now alcohol abstinence.

MSNBC seems so desperate to prop up their savior that they are really throwing any old noodle at the wall to see what sticks.

gravityman on April 23, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Are we electing the president of a country or a Frat house?

We already have the frat house president. Why not someone to lead the country for a change?

Ed Driscoll on April 23, 2012 at 5:46 PM

The infidel should try his luck at a few bars in his home country hell that is Pakistan.

tom daschle concerned on April 23, 2012 at 5:47 PM

Tess McGill: “Martin Bashir is a sleazoid pimp with a tiny little ****.”

aunursa on April 23, 2012 at 5:47 PM

So let me understand the logic here: The guy who is on a bender for three days is much safer to have at the “destroy the world” switch rather than the guy who doesn’t touch alcohol, let alone any drugs?

Just making sure I’m following liberal logic here.

Vanceone on April 23, 2012 at 5:47 PM

I thought everybody was beating CNN…

d1carter on April 23, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Like a rented mule :)

Dr Evil on April 23, 2012 at 5:47 PM

Does this mean the left now regrets all the “dry drunk” crap that was thrown at Bush while he was in office?

No, not at all. Regret would imply a level of intellectual honesty that Leftists simply don’t have.

cicerone on April 23, 2012 at 5:48 PM

I picked a bad day to quit drinking – Martin
I picked a bad day to quit smoking – Martin
I picked a bad day to quit snorting…….

You get the picture.

dentarthurdent on April 23, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Maybe Bashir can recommend a fine whine to go with canine.

Christien on April 23, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Dr Evil on April 23, 2012 at 5:47 PM

LOL

d1carter on April 23, 2012 at 5:48 PM

I was thinking that the original George W. didn’t do much drinking either. Don’t know if he was a complete tea-toteler but I don’t think he did much drinking.

Bitter Clinger on April 23, 2012 at 5:42 PM

George A Washington had his own beer recipe.

Dr Evil on April 23, 2012 at 5:50 PM

War on Drunks

John the Libertarian on April 23, 2012 at 5:51 PM

I think what Martin meant to say was “All Republicans suck,” but he just doesn’t have the guts to do so.

That’s OK, Martin: Republicans feel the same way about you. Mitt Romney and George Bush probably think you suck as well. See, it’s all good.

Philly on April 23, 2012 at 5:52 PM

HIC!!!

MaiDee on April 23, 2012 at 5:52 PM

Obama does drink. Guaranteed.

MadisonConservative on April 23, 2012 at 5:52 PM

Can’t be any worse than the current beer-pong diplomacy.

Christien on April 23, 2012 at 5:52 PM

I usually need a drink after reading some of the libtard crap posted here…..

dentarthurdent on April 23, 2012 at 5:52 PM

Aw, where’s that famed Muslim religious tolerance Martin?

Are you bigoted? Naughty Imam.

Mr Galt on April 23, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Well, muhammedism does not preach tolerance, and Bashir does profess Christianity. As does Obama. Although it’s funny that the most recent church Obama has been a member of is Jeremiah Wright’s. I don’t think much of Mormanism either, but I’m going to go with Matthew 7:16

16You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit.

Fenris on April 23, 2012 at 5:53 PM

Come on, Bashir is on MSDNC, he is an escort, only prostitutes work on CNN

uncommon sense on April 23, 2012 at 5:54 PM

Can’t be any worse than the current beer-pong diplomacy.

Christien on April 23, 2012 at 5:52 PM

Politics would be a lot more fun to watch if battles were settled with a beer pong match (to the death – or maybe “to the pain”…).

dentarthurdent on April 23, 2012 at 5:55 PM

soon coming on the Bashir planet:

‘presidents who didn’t smoke dope haven’t done every well in office…

or

‘presidents who didn’t eat dog meat haven’t done very well in office’ :-)…

take your pick….

jimver on April 23, 2012 at 5:56 PM

When did the BBC and MSNBC merge?

Bitter Clinger on April 23, 2012 at 5:28 PM

at least MSNBC is not funded with taxpayers’ money…

jimver on April 23, 2012 at 5:57 PM

jimver on April 23, 2012 at 5:56 PM

Except the libs keep defending the pResidents who HAVE smoked, drank, smoked dope, snorted coke, eaten dog, molested interns, etc etc.

dentarthurdent on April 23, 2012 at 5:59 PM

Without a doubt, THE BIGGEST TOOL on cable news…now that Olberman is gone.

Tomolena1 on April 23, 2012 at 6:01 PM

What’s the record for pot-smoking, cocaine snorting, beer drinking, dog eaters?

Buy Danish on April 23, 2012 at 6:02 PM

Well according to that logic, an alcoholic would make the best president. What to do now?

DuctTapeMyBrain on April 23, 2012 at 6:02 PM

Are we electing the president of a country or a Frat house?

LincolntheHun on April 23, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Based on the current administration we have a Frat house president. I think it’s time we replaced him.

talkingpoints on April 23, 2012 at 6:04 PM

…and in other news, the media has waaaaaayyyyy to much time on it’s hands. It’s gonna be a long 6 months.

rubberneck on April 23, 2012 at 6:08 PM

Well according to that logic, an alcoholic would make the best president. What to do now?

DuctTapeMyBrain on April 23, 2012 at 6:02 PM

Zombie Ulysses S. Grant.

TexasDan on April 23, 2012 at 6:08 PM

I don’t see this being picked up and repeated unless they want to have people remark on the hypocrisy of the Carter WH. Although it was officially “dry”, it seemed in reality, you could get liquor if you wanted it.

INC on April 23, 2012 at 6:12 PM

Is this moron competing for Jay Carney’s job? Baghdad Bob lives on.

MJZZZ on April 23, 2012 at 6:12 PM

If it wasn’t for HotAir no one would know about MSNBC.

I’m betting you get more ‘unique views’ per day than they do, Allah?

CorporatePiggy on April 23, 2012 at 5:25 PM

MSNBC says out loud what the rest of the MSM puts out there on Obama’s behalf with nuance. So, it’s important to note what the lines of attack are, ignoring them is stupid.

AYNBLAND on April 23, 2012 at 6:20 PM

Mr. Romney will not be drinking alcohol or RedBull.

SouthernGent on April 23, 2012 at 6:20 PM

Martin Bashir/MSNBC subtext:

“If Obama is re-elected, everyone will be drunk!”

Right, that’ll work. :p

Lourdes on April 23, 2012 at 6:22 PM

What’s the record for pot-smoking, cocaine snorting, beer drinking, dog eaters?

Buy Danish on April 23, 2012 at 6:02 PM

++

Lourdes on April 23, 2012 at 6:24 PM

Heeeeeee’s DRUNK!

KOOLAID2 on April 23, 2012 at 6:24 PM

I would rather have a non-drinker than a dog eater. Bam!

rustynca on April 23, 2012 at 5:32 PM

You wouldn’t be referring to this dog eater, would you?

Pictures of the Day: Man-Child Eats Dog

(now with 45 pics)

Resist We Much on April 23, 2012 at 6:31 PM

That was then. This is now. Back when they were against drinking before they were for it.

Lily on April 23, 2012 at 5:31 PM

..close the thread. WE HAVE A WINNAH!

The War Planner on April 23, 2012 at 6:37 PM

MSNBC host: Romney’s abstinence from alcohol a presidential disqualification
On the other hand, OBOZO’s abstinence from THE TRUTH, from THE FACTS, from COMPETENCE and from REALITY is a presidential qualification

TeaPartyNation on April 23, 2012 at 6:38 PM

Yeah, Abe Lincoln really struggled because he didn’t drink…

cpaulus on April 23, 2012 at 5:37 PM

I was thinking that the original George W. didn’t do much drinking either. Don’t know if he was a complete tea-toteler but I don’t think he did much drinking.

Bitter Clinger on April 23, 2012 at 5:42 PM

Don’t you remember reading “Poor Dick’s Conspiracy” (1761) by Ben Franklin in high school?

Start at the 4:40 mark for your answer.

Del Dolemonte on April 23, 2012 at 6:39 PM

Bashir has his head so far up Obama’s ass it’s a wonder that the FCC doesn’t hit them with a pornography charge.

GarandFan on April 23, 2012 at 6:42 PM

If it wasn’t for HotAir no one would know about MSNBC.

I’m betting you get more ‘unique views’ per day than they do, Allah?

CorporatePiggy on April 23, 2012 at 5:25 PM

No, it’s just the day before a primary so Hot Air needs to find every single anti-Romney article it can find, no matter how ridiculous, and plaster the site with them in order to feed the trolls. It is a “troll multiplier” sort of thing.

crosspatch on April 23, 2012 at 6:43 PM

[Slow Clap]

WeekendAtBernankes on April 23, 2012 at 6:47 PM

I’ll drink all of ya under the table…you don’t want me as president.

DHChron on April 23, 2012 at 6:49 PM

Abraham Lincoln was a teetotaler.

He did an alright job if I recall my history correctly.

Jingo95 on April 23, 2012 at 6:59 PM

Didn’t Obama quit smoking? I’m not sure Churchill would approve!

Dollayo on April 23, 2012 at 7:01 PM

Do not care in any way, shape or form what Martin Bashole thinks, says or does.

Siddhartha Vicious on April 23, 2012 at 7:16 PM

When did the BBC and MSNBC merge?

Bitter Clinger on April 23, 2012 at 5:28 PM

at least MSNBC is not funded with taxpayers’ money…

jimver on April 23, 2012 at 5:57 PM

Are we sure about that. GE did owned it for a time and got gambillions of green dollars when they did green week and still do.

tjexcite on April 23, 2012 at 7:29 PM

What is “MSNBC”? Is that some sort of skin or mental condition? And a Bashir? Is that just an inebriated way of pronouncing a female undergarment?

lonestarleeroy on April 23, 2012 at 7:33 PM

I wasn’t sure, but now I know…. With Bashir’s support I am now running on the LUSH ticket. It should be a shoo-in….

PaCadle on April 23, 2012 at 7:58 PM

Heh, only the insane Left can harp on a “too clean” candidate.

Go to Hades, Bashar. You are in insipid creature who hates the U.S.

Schadenfreude on April 23, 2012 at 8:00 PM

Of all the dog eating presidents, Obama is by far the best.

Rusty Allen on April 23, 2012 at 8:14 PM

I’m betting you get more ‘unique views’ per day than they do, Allah?

Not remotely. They do better than CNN in some hours, in fact.

Allahpundit on April 23, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Then again, HotGas is not splashed up on the default homepage for Internet Exploder.

Random Numbers (Brian Epps) on April 23, 2012 at 8:16 PM

Are we electing the president of a country or a Frat house?

LincolntheHun on April 23, 2012 at 5:27 PM

It’s the film Van Wilder but staring Barack Obama in the title role. This Van Wilder is a doofus who can’t get anything done but can sure talk pretty if you don’t listen to his actual words.

hepcat on April 23, 2012 at 8:32 PM

And community organizers that hung out with domestic terrorists and did drugs do really well, don’t they…..moron

crosshugger on April 23, 2012 at 9:50 PM

Seriously, does any other nation have a talking head from America commenting on a culture that is not native to him or her? And is this person viewed as an “authority” of the politics of that nation?

onlineanalyst on April 23, 2012 at 9:54 PM

Marti,

Could you take your Limey Pakistani butt back to either one
of those socialist estates and stay there. Your just not
very bright. And I bet you smell like goats and onions.

Texyank on April 23, 2012 at 9:56 PM

And television “journalists” like Chris Matthews, who appears to love the sauce is supposed to be a voice of authority when he tells Michael Steele that the Republicans are the “party of Grand Wizards”?

onlineanalyst on April 23, 2012 at 9:58 PM

ABRAHAM LINCOLN DIDN’T DRINK.

EL on April 23, 2012 at 10:15 PM

F**king ridiculous.

Did Martin Bashir steal from a SNL comedy script for this piece, or was he really trying to be serious?

UltimateBob on April 23, 2012 at 10:31 PM

There is ONE QUESTION you should ALL be asking yourselves:

WHAT Motivated Allahpundit to PROMOTE and CELEBRATE this TRASH?

….you wil Learn a LOT by answering THAT question….

williamg on April 24, 2012 at 12:29 AM

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