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Cavuto Celebrates Tea Party Confrontation With Obama

Reported by Guest Blogger - August 17, 2011 -

By Brian

Neil Cavuto wasted the first nine minutes of Your World yesterday (8/16/11) celebrating Ryan Rhodes, the Iowa Tea Party co-chair, who confronted President Obama at a recent rally. They didn't speak with anyone who confronted Mitt Romney last week, of course. But Cavuto gushed that Rhodes is "the guy making waves from Iowa to Washington."

Cavuto said, "It seemed to get nasty." But there was not a hint of disapproval in his tone or expression.

"I don't think it was nasty at all,” Rhodes said. “…We disagreed is what actually happened.... He spent the entire time talking about how the Republicans… were unreasonable and he even brought up other candidates running for President being unreasonable, but the fact is people in his own party from the top to the bottom are calling us terrorists, calling us hostage takers, and saying that it's the Tea Party's fault that we lost our AAA bond rating. It's everyone else's fault but the leader of the free world. Well, if he's going to resort to blaming, then I want to know just why I deserve the blame."

Cavuto made a disingenuous attempt at balance, "(Obama) was trying to defend the Vice President… that he might have been hearing that from other Congressman.” Then Cavuto prompted asked, “Do you believe that?”

"They said it's like dealing with hostage takers, and that's the same thing as calling us terrorists… Of all the people sitting there trying to actually stop the debate and be political about this… I’m seeing the President not being able to put anything up, and the only thing he did lost 97-0."

Cavuto asked if Rhodes had planned to confront Obama. "Critics of yours were saying you were shouting him down as he was speaking. I don't know if that's true, and that you planted yourself where you knew the President was gonna shake hands so you could make a media show of it. Is any of that true?"

Ryan didn’t answer directly. "I wanted to ask him a question. I decided to stand up to be seen. He just kind of glossed over me and went to the next person... I decided it was time to ask him how he could spend the entire time essentially talking about being reasonable when people on his entire side of the aisle really aren't being reasonable with people like me… In one sentence we could solve a significant amount. We will have a balanced budget."

Cavuto ignored how Rhodes had evaded his question, yet happened to note, "But he didn't respond in the affirmative to that."

Rhodes added that “we” have to “stand up,” “put our foot down,” and “take our country back.”

Cavuto gave him the stamp of approval. "You're a gutsy guy, Ryan, if nothing else."

A recent article in Politico (hardly a liberal outfit) has an interesting article about blame for the S&P downgrade that states:

A Standard & Poor’s director said for the first time Thursday that one reason the United States lost its triple-A credit rating was that several lawmakers expressed skepticism about the serious consequences of a credit default — a position put forth by some Republicans.

Without specifically mentioning Republicans, S&P senior director Joydeep Mukherji said the stability and effectiveness of American political institutions were undermined by the fact that “people in the political arena were even talking about a potential default,” Mukherji said.

It's pretty clear "some Republicans" means Tea Party Republicans.

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