Posts Tagged ‘ RedEye ’

Andrew Breitbart – RIP …….

An already crappy day as been become much worse with news of the passing of the great Andrew Breitbart.  Those of you who are not political junkies probably are not familiar with him.  However, for those of us who are, and particularly those of us on the right, his passing represents an almost incalculable loss for the conservative movement.

While there remains a universe of prominent conservatives out there e.g. Rush, Hannnity, Levin, et. al. Andrew Breitbart was different and special.  He was not your average right-winger. He was not the white bread, pious and square stereotype of a conservative.  He was not, to use the cliché “your father’s Republican”.   He was a guerilla fighter.  He loved to engage the hard-core, Obama-worshipping left on their own terms. Be it Media Matters for America, Occupy Wallstreet or Anthony Weiner,  Breitbart would get in their faces and give as good as he got.  He was not afflicted, as too many of us on the right are, with the almost pathological need to be nice, liked, polite or popular when dealing with the left. He took no crap and was not afraid to defend what he believed. He reveled in making enemies; the more the better as far as he was concerned.  Breitbart also had  unique appreciation for the importance of pop culture, an appreciation which is lost on most conservatives.  He was not overtly religious, was actually kind of hip and could be delightfully irreverent, never more so then when appearing on Red Eye with Greg Gutfeld on Fox News.  He was also a genius.

His latest, and tragically last book, “Righteous Indignation: Excuse Me While I Save the World” is as clear eyed and dead on a dissection of the left and what it has “accomplished” over the past 50 years as anything I have ever read. It stands alongside William F. Buckley’s “God and Man at Yale” and Barry Goldwater’s “Conscience of a Conservative” as a 21st century conservative manifesto in the intellectual battle against the collectivism and stateism of modern left; which is perfectly embodied in the Obama administration.

Given the pathetic weakness of the GOP presidential contenders and faced with a billion dollar reelection campaign teamed with a slobbering media we can ill afford a loss of this type.

 

A sad day indeed.  Rest In Peace Andrew Breitbart.  You will be sorely missed.

RedEye with Greg Gutfeld…….

Today for a moment or two I want to talk about the Fox News Channels “Redeye with Greg Gutfeld” (http://www.foxsnews.com/redeye).  If you have never heard of it shame on you.  It is on at 3 a.m. (but hey that’s what DVR’s are for!) and is one of the funniest shows on television.  The diminutive host Greg Gutfeld and his guest discuss various issues of the day, some sublime and some ridiculous, and do it in such a way as to make other shows jealous.  The “cast” is comprised of the host Gutfeld (a former magazine editor), his grotesque sidekick (their words not mine) and token liberal Bill Schultz, an ombudsman Andy Levy (known as TV’s Andy Levy) and the a talking copy of the New York Times simply know as “Pinch”.   The remaining guests are a combination of various comedian’s, B-list and below celebrities, bloggers, musicians and various FNC anchors, who if female occupy the “leg chair”.  The leg chair is the one most visible to the camera.  Frequent occupants of the “leg chair” include FNC anchors Patti Ann Brown aka “The Notorious PAB” and Juliet Huddy. As well as columnists S.E. Cupp (http://www.redsecupp.com), Ann Coulter (http://www.anncoulter.com) and generally more amazingly gorgeous women than you can shake a stick at.  

 The show first aired on February 5, 2007.  It has since gained a remarkable cult following and regularly beats the offerings of CNN and MSNBC in the ratings (http://www.mediaite.com/tv/red-eye-at-3amet-beat-cnn-and-msnbc-in-every-non-prime-time-hour-tuesday).  In that time is has also seen the stature of its guest increase as well.  Michigan Congressman Thaddeus McCotter is a frequent guest as well many running for office. 

 The shows take on events is decidedly offbeat and more than often a bit off color.  The politics of the show slant right but the “debates” are generally very well balanced as there are many liberal guests.  I mentioned that Bill Schultz is the token liberal.  Gutfeld while a Republican is decidedly libertarian in his positions, particularly on social issues.  While the ombudsman Andy Levy is a self-professed Libertarian. 

 This is a show I never miss.  If you have not yet seen it you simply must.  I insist. 

 And if you disagree with me then you are a racist, homophobe (watch it and you will see what I mean)!