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Viguerie versus Parker Spitzer, Round 1: Dancing with the czars

CHQ chairman Richard Viguerie appeared on CNN’s Parker Spitzer show last night to explain, among other things, why their show won’t help CNN’s plummeting ratings. It is, after all, just more liberal perspective in a liberal media world, but our country is center-right.

Eliot Spitzer announced CNN isn’t liberal. (Stop the presses! And, when a liberal says that, they mean it literally.) Kathleen Parker nodded in silent approval, then noted she is living, breathing, nodding proof of balance at CNN.

Well, I guess that settled that.

The segment opened with Parker taking umbrage with Viguerie’s calling her a “pleasantly wishy-washy, mostly plain vanilla Republican.” Parker attempted to make Viguerie squirm by confronting him that it’s a little more difficult to say those things face to face.

Viguerie agreed he was wrong. After watching the show, he concluded she’s actually more like distilled water than the comparably flavorful vanilla. He then explained Parker never presents an ideological challenge to the liberally charged comments of Spitzer.

Ah, but Parker responded, she is not an ideologue. (Apparently she believes she is pure logic and holds no policy or life-guiding beliefs, which is actually an ideology unto itself.)

Checkmate, said Viguerie.

Big-government liberal Spitzer is clearly the dominant figure of the Parker Spitzer duo, and he likes to remind his guests and audience that he frequently sued Wall Street and bankers. Perhaps like his former attorney general colleague and Connecticut Senate candidate ‘Sergeant’ Dick Blumenthal, Spitzer believes suing businesses creates jobs.

Citing a $3.7 trillion federal budget deficit, Spitzer challenged Viguerie to provide areas where the budget could be cut. The logically pure, non-ideological Parker sat silent instead of interjecting that lower taxes and a robust private sector increase revenues to the Treasury, or that Spitzer’s party has been even worse than establishment Republicans in increasing the size and scope of the federal government, deficit spending, etc.

Perhaps ‘beliefs’ such as that are verboten and too ideologically ‘fringe.’

Parker did, however, zero in on the Tea Party Viguerie supports, and asked about “fringe elements, noting that the late Bill Buckley attempted to purge the conservative movement of the John Birchers. 

Viguerie restrained from saying, “I knew Bill Buckley. He was a friend of mine . . .” Instead he reminded Parker that every large movement -- and the Tea Party is a huge movement -- has fringe elements. He reminded the logically pure, non-ideological Parker of fringe elements in smaller movements, particularly on the left.

I wish he had mentioned the Democratic Party, or even its congressional caucus.

Despite the back and forth, the show was a chuckle-filled love fest with all the stimulating talk of a Manhattan dinner party, except that Viguerie maybe wouldn’t have been invited to one, or at best, would have been the lone conservative.

Will the Parker Spitzer conservative affirmative action program continue, and they bring more constitutional small-government conservatives onto their show? Perhaps. But only to improve ratings.

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