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An idle speculation

Could the Right somehow persuade the Left to trade some of their more obnoxious members? They can have Pat Robertson if they'll give up Harry Belafonte. At least he can sing entertainingly...


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Done, we can swap them at t... (Below threshold)
patrick:

Done, we can swap them at the middle of the Golden gate bridge. Now how about Rev. Jesse Jackson for Donald Wildmon?

Huh???...Belafonte????....N... (Below threshold)
mark m:

Huh???...Belafonte????....NOOOOOOO. I'd take Leiberman in a heart beat though.

Mark? You consider Lieberma... (Below threshold)
Dan S:

Mark? You consider Lieberman to be obnoxious?

I've been suggesting for a ... (Below threshold)
Bungaloebill:

I've been suggesting for a while that we do a straight swap--give the Dems McCain, and we'll take Leiberman. I think both sides would be happier.

The problem is, if we propo... (Below threshold)

The problem is, if we propose the Wildmon for Jackson swap, the left will say, "watchoo talking 'bout? Jesse ain't no whako."

We might even get the same response if we propose Wildmon for "Calypso Louie" Farrakhan. But then, if I had to chose between Wildmon and Farrakhan, I'd choose Wildmon.

Sounds like a good idea, bu... (Below threshold)
AC:

Sounds like a good idea, but trades should be categorically equivalent, such as:

Pat Robertson could be traded for Al Sharpton (equal in God's eyes, but abominations to their respective parties)

Rush Limbaugh traded for Michael Moore (equal in weight and annoyance)

Trade Bill O'Reilly for Chris Mathews (in the infuriating TV category)

Trade Jesse Helms for Robert Byrd (white hoods?)

Belafonte would just be deported since nobody would want him.

Dan SMy bad. I was... (Below threshold)
mark m:

Dan S

My bad. I was thinking the right would give up Robertson and in return get Leiberman....my fingers typed faster than the ole brain could sypher.

Hmmm.1. I'd take a... (Below threshold)
ed:

Hmmm.

1. I'd take a straight up swap of Frist and McCain for any well developed secretary.

2. I wonder if it's possible to setup a Fantasy Politics game similar to Fantasy Football or Fantasy Baseball? Now wouldn't that be funny as hell.

3. Trade Robertson? Send him back to the farm league please.

AC has some good suggestion... (Below threshold)

AC has some good suggestions, only I do have a quibble with:

Pat Robertson could be traded for Al Sharpton (equal in God's eyes, but abominations to their respective parties)

Trouble is, I don't think Sharpton is an abomination unto the Democrats. Robertson is a marginalized figure (ever since his 1988 presidential bid tanked) whom the GOP pretty much keeps at arms' length, but Sharpton, himself a presidential candidate in 2004, was called upon to speak at the Dems' national convention. Sharpton has a fair aoount influence in the Democratic Party while Robertson has next to none in the GOP.

I like the idea of using a ... (Below threshold)
moseby:

I like the idea of using a bridge for the trade. Except in my world it is a rope bridge like in the Indiana Jones movies. Once the tradees are out there walking to their destinations we cut the ropes from our side.

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHH!!!!

No way, Jay Tea. <a href="... (Below threshold)
machs:

No way, Jay Tea. Can't give up Pat. It's not a fair trade unless you throw in a couple cases of Pat's health shakes in lieu of Harry's bananas.

Remember, there are fine degrees of insanity that need to be evaluated in the international trade arena.

Robertson is a marginali... (Below threshold)

Robertson is a marginalized figure (ever since his 1988 presidential bid tanked) whom the GOP pretty much keeps at arms' length,

Except, you know when Bush mett with him personally in the run up to the Iraq invasion.

Is that what GOP "marginalized" figures get, and invitation to meet personally and privately with the president?

Except, you know when Bu... (Below threshold)

Except, you know when Bush mett with him [Robertson] personally in the run up to the Iraq invasion.

Does anyone have a source for this? Last I heard, the story that claimed Robertson met with Bush and said that "God told me he wants you to invade Iraq" turned out to be a myth.

And even if they did meet, I'm not sure it means all that much. There's no evidence that Robertson is some kind of de facto advisor to Bush, or someone he gets ideas from, or carries any kind of a voting bloc with him. And every time he opens his yap, he gets laughed at from both sides.

The MSM loves to paint Robertson as this evil, scary right-wing boogeyman who is some kind of guiding force in the GOP, but that canard is about 15 years too late.

Forget swapping them at the... (Below threshold)

Forget swapping them at the Golden Gate Bridge. Instead, let the swap take place at the Dike Road bridge on Chappaquiddick Island. Ted Kennedy can lead the Dems to it.

As long as no one suggests ... (Below threshold)
Jim Price:

As long as no one suggests a trade that would include bringing Susan Estrich to our side of the bridge, I will consider all options on the table.

Rush Limbaugh traded for... (Below threshold)

Rush Limbaugh traded for Michael Moore (equal in weight and annoyance)

For true equality we would have to throw in Larry Nichols, the Clinton Chronicles documentarian.




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