Chuck Todd attacked Alison Lundergan Grimes on MSNBC by claiming that she disqualified herself from being elected to the Senate from Kentucky by not saying who she voted for in 2012.
After Joe Scarborough had treated Grimes’ refusal to say whether or not she voted for Obama as the biggest mistake in the history of elections, Chuck Todd went full Republican hack.
Todd said, “Even to say you regret your vote would almost be as disingenuous, but that is if Kentuckians expect her to cast a tough vote on anything. Is she ever going to answer a tough question on anything? You want to be a U.S. Senator? If you can’t say, if you can’t find a way to stand behind your party’s president. You can disagree with him, but you can’t answer that basic question, and come across looking that ridiculous. I think she just disqualified herself.”
The fact is that Grimes should have answered the question. It is a simple question. She could have answered it by saying that she thought Obama was the better choice over Romney, then listed all of the things that she disagrees with the president on. There are a lot of ways to answer that question, and come out looking good.
The problem is that Chuck Todd is now trying to swing this election for Mitch McConnell. His analysis was anything but non-partisan and journalistic. Todd’s suggestion that Grimes lacks the character to cast a tough vote was straight electioneering. Chuck Todd didn’t phrase his answer as a potential question. He made a flat statement of opinion. His idea that Grimes disqualified herself was also silly Beltway conventional wisdom.
There is also the issue of MSNBC, the supposedly Lean Forward network, giving Scarborough and Todd a platform to campaign for Mitch McConnell. One of the biggest reasons why MSNBC is heading for the dumpster is their love affair Joe Scarborough and Chuck Todd.
It was unprofessional for Chuck Todd for try to swing a Senate election for a candidate. MSNBC is trying help Mitch McConnell get reelected by giving Chuck Todd his campaign for Mitch airtime for his opinions disguised as journalism.
Mitch McConnell remains one of the most unpopular senators in the country, who is running an embarrassingly bad reelection campaign, but you wouldn’t know any of this from listening to Chuck Todd.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA.Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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