There’s an ugly, stupid fringe on the edge of all political movements.
Of course, in remembering the deaths of Ronald Reagan, Tony Snow, Gerald Ford, Antonin Scalia and others, it’s seemed like that deranged fringe cuts very close to the center of the Democrat party.
But for one of their own?
Alan Colmes was always the weaker half of the “Hannity and Colmes” line-up. I suspect that was by design. Television and radio shows featuring two equals tend to make wonky audiences happy, and bore everyone else silly. Alan Colmes, I suspect, was supposed to be the New York Generals, to Sean Hannity’s Harlem Globetrotters; the Mister Electricity to Hannity’s Crusher.
Also, and more importantly, he was a human being.
Anyway – that fringe, isolated crank liberal site, Salon, gives Colmes the same treatment Janeane Garofalo and Rosie O’Donnell give departed conservative figures in this incredibly nasty, snarky little obit:
And while one should usually view tributes to the recently departed with a forgiving cynicism[well, no – “one should” ideally not – Ed] in this case they are all too believable: Colmes was the most absurd, useless, and mocked television personality in America for many years, precisely because he was nice. In the context of Fox News, being a nice guy—and a “liberal” nice guy at that—meant being a buffoon, and a patsy. Colmes not only played the part to perfection—he defined it.
Salon “writer” Isaac Chotiner continues the left’s noxious, toxic habit of whizzing on graves.
What a wonderful world.