Mark Halperin Calls Obama a "Pussy"

pretty outrageous that "journalists" invoke their own misleading character associations into the mouths of other candidates.

http://thephoenix.com/MediaLog/PermaLink .aspx?guid=7bc50b07-ec45-44c2-8816-edf18 144313c

HALPERIN [discussing John Edwards' potential endorsement of Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama]: I can tell you, he's really skeptical of her ability to be the kind of president he wants. But, he kinda thinks Obama is...he thinks Obama is kind of a pussy...He has real questions about Obama's toughness, his readiness for the office.

There you have it!

Here are my questions:

1. Suppose Edwards told Halperin he questions Obama's toughness, but didn't actually use the word "pussy." Should Halperin  really introduce it to describe Edwards' point of view?

2. Suppose instead that Edwards actually used that phrase himself--that he told Halperin or someone he knows that Obama is "kind of a pussy." In repeating the phrase for a broader audience, might Halperin be doing Edwards' pre-Clinton-endorsement dirty work for him?

3. I know satellite radio is freewheeling and everything, but does Time really want its staffers using the word "pussy" in their guest appearances?

4. Coming on the heels of the pimped-out-Chelsea debacle, is this some sort of Machiavellian effort by Halperin/Sirius/Walters to increase their visibility?

Here's Halperin's response

http://thepage.time.com/2008/02/13/my-ap ologies/

I'm sorry. In a live radio interview this week, I used a word I shouldn't have. The fact that I was conveying other people's words is no excuse for my lapse in judgment. It won't happen again. -- Mark Halperin

this isn't really conveying anything that's appropriate for a journalist and I doubt Edwards would use that word in public.

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37 Comments

So, the "P" word was one used by

John Edwards?

by CarolinaNumber23 2008-02-13 09:52AM | 0 recs
that's part of the problem

halperin doesn't make it clear whether he just threw it in their or not.

very unlikely edwards used it

by TarHeel 2008-02-13 09:54AM | 0 recs
Re: Mark Halperin Calls Obama a "Pussy"

How ironic that after attacking Edwards' masculinity for so long (after all, we all know he gets expensive haircuts!) now the media wants to portray him as attacking Obama's masculinity.  Bottom line, these people have some serious issues.

At least he had the good sense to apologize, although he shouldn't have left the implication hanging out there that Edwards used that word.

by Steve M 2008-02-13 10:02AM | 0 recs
Re: Goodness knows there is no better

The etymology of the word pussy to mean weak comes from the word pussycat not vagina.  And do we really have to get into the gender politics of calling someone a dick, a prick, or a schmuck?

by Piuma 2008-02-13 10:54AM | 0 recs
Re: Goodness knows there is no better

or "son of a bitch," "cocksucker," "motherfucker," "douchebag," etc. There's a whole can of "sexist" worms there, if the PC crowd wants to open it. I recommend everyone just chill out a little bit.

by DPW 2008-02-13 11:19AM | 0 recs
Re: Goodness knows there is no better

Not true.  It means "a finicky, old-maidish, or effeminateboy or man; a homosexual."

http://en.allexperts.com/q/Etymology-Mea ning-Words-1474/word-Pussy.htm

by Sensible 2008-02-13 12:03PM | 0 recs
Re: Goodness knows there is no better

You didn't read his comment.  He said it came from (etymologically) pussycat, not that it means exclusively pussycat.

by frankies 2008-02-13 12:07PM | 0 recs
Re: Mark Halperin Calls Obama a "Pussy"

I think there is room for a middle ground in between being a macho cowboy and being a pussy.

by Steve M 2008-02-13 10:12AM | 0 recs
Re: Mark Halperin Calls Obama a "Pussy"

Now we can't use the word pussy in a conversation?  This is getting to be too much.  

by Piuma 2008-02-13 10:18AM | 0 recs
Re: boo hoo

To you JoanH, and the rest of the rational Hillary supporters who have flocked here to MyDD:

When you lay down with dogs.....

And I am referring to the sad antics by SOME of the Hillary supporters here who use xenophobic, race-tinged, tactics to slam Obama. As the mask is peeled back, you can see they would just a soon be misogynistic as well.

by John in Chicago 2008-02-13 10:50AM | 0 recs
I wouldn't use that word

But I think Obama  is soft, and weak, and will not be able to command the gravitas to win if he is forced to stand next to John  McCain.

by dpANDREWS 2008-02-13 10:38AM | 0 recs
Re: I wouldn't use that word

Did you see the two speeches back to back last night?  Who was soft and weak?

by Piuma 2008-02-13 10:42AM | 0 recs
Obama comes across to me as a wimp

That is just my opinion.

by dpANDREWS 2008-02-13 10:48AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama comes across to me as a wimp

If you look into the background of Obama as I did looking for the answer to the muslim question the truth comes out

There are quotes of the locals saying his head was hard like steel and their hand hurt when they hit it.

And another quote about tying him to a tree and everyone chasing him and him running to a fence in the process etc.

Obama was that kid that everyone beat up.
Its sad but that kind of treatment produces scars that don't heal.

Obama is the guy who always wanted to fit in and never did in his early years.  His parents sent him to live with his grandparents etc.

Obama craves the lime light like Bush because he has a hole is his soul like Bush.  But much more damaging he has an intense need to belong to continue to get that support etc.

Like Bush its a personal defect and we will get the liberal "decider" which will hurt us as Bush hurt them.

by sonofdonkeykong 2008-02-13 10:59AM | 0 recs
Dr Phil

glad to have you with us.

None of your armchair psychoanalysis even remotely resembles the man we have been watching (here in Illinois) since 2003.

Back to the show.

by JoeCoaster 2008-02-13 11:16AM | 0 recs
Look into Obama's eyes

He has that empty look like someone who has no soul.   Like he is empty inside and just on some crazed mission.

by dpANDREWS 2008-02-13 11:17AM | 0 recs
by Piuma 2008-02-13 11:21AM | 0 recs
Re: Look into Obama's eyes

"has no soul"? You people are whacked! What a toilet this place is.  You are a sad little guy dp...

by PositiveFreedom 2008-02-13 12:19PM | 0 recs
Re: Obama comes across to me as a wimp

pathetic, mouthbreather vitriol. You guys are sad losers, typing your little useless thoughts into the ether. No one gives a fuck what you think, knuckledragger.

by PositiveFreedom 2008-02-13 12:22PM | 0 recs
Re: Obama comes across to me as a wimp

I'm sure you have links for all of that right?

by illlaw1 2008-02-13 02:58PM | 0 recs
Re: Obama comes across to me as a wimp

Well, not all presidential canidates can kill people (Vince Foster).

Hey, if were going to use baseless slurs you might as well fire back.

by Socraticsilence 2008-02-13 03:03PM | 0 recs
Why are you asking this guy a question

as if he's going to give an objective answer?

by NeuvoLiberal 2008-02-13 12:27PM | 0 recs
Re: Mark Halperin Calls Obama a "Pussy"
Wow. How classless. This is becoming a trend for you, bluestate and sonofdonkeykong. With dems like you guys, who need wingnuts?!?
by John in Chicago 2008-02-13 10:46AM | 0 recs
Re:

Obama doesn't like debates we know that much! Imagine him on stage with McCain, sure he is young and all that but based on substance what has he done to deserve to be on that stage with a decorated certified War hero? I think McCain will eat his lunch in the debates...

"Well as you know I opposed this war from the start..."-Obama

"I know a little something about war and its consquences, I have been to Iraq, the surge is working. A President doesn't look back to a vote that was cast six or seven years ago before they were even in the Senate, he looks forward. We are in Iraq now, we have a dangerous situation and my experience in war and peace makes me the best candidate to be Commander and Chief of this great nation."

Senator Obama rebut?

"Well uh as you know uh I opposed this war from the start"
"I had the judgement not to go in there"

McCain "But we are there now, what are you going to do now? Its easy to deal in hindsight but a President deals with realities"

by rossinatl 2008-02-13 11:02AM | 0 recs
Re:

The reality is there is no military solution to the War, all our military people have admitted that.  The surge is not working.  The surge was meant to give breathing room to the Iraqi Government to come to a consensus and that hasn't happened at all.  The only way to shore up our security is to get in and do the hard work of diplomacy and reconciliation, and our continued occupation of the country is preventing, not helping, us from achieving that goal.

by Piuma 2008-02-13 11:15AM | 0 recs
Re: Debates

When Obama goes off script as he has done at debates he says really stupid things that mark him as a rank amateur.  Remember his pledge to visit each head of state of several rogue nations without any preconditions within his first year?  What a laugh!  I know he's gotten a lot of mileage (and money) out of dismissing everything associated with traditional politics, but if the guy cannot see that diplomatic process and protocol exists for good reason then he clearly lacks the savvy and judgment to be a good president.

Another of my favorite Obama debate flubs is when he proposed to eliminate the Social Security payroll cap.  Now, no one thinks it moral to allow entertainers or sports stars or hedge fund demi-gods to pay a pittance of their overall earnings on Social Security.  But to make such a proposal (which I'm sure the GOP has cued up for YouTube if he's the nominee)is like poking your finger in the chest of every ultra-rich wingnut whackjob.  Giving them a personal incentive to pour even more money into the coffers of right-wing think tanks, media outlets, and 527s is just plain stupid!  

The ability to give a good speech is a good attribute for a president.  And Obama is a great orator, but I hope that someone has told Obama that the presidency does not come with a script.

by newhorizon 2008-02-13 11:25AM | 0 recs
Re: Debates

Diplomacy is stupid.

by illlaw1 2008-02-13 02:55PM | 0 recs
Re: Debates

Hey, give credit where credit's due.  I think it was George W. Bush who said that.

by newhorizon 2008-02-13 07:22PM | 0 recs
Re:

You might want to read Obama's plan instead of making up what he'd say from whole cloth.

by illlaw1 2008-02-13 02:55PM | 0 recs
yeah, don't agree with the word usage...

and I can think of several things that Obama is--both negative and positive things. But he most certainly doesn't come off as a pussy in any shape or form.

by Mariel 2008-02-13 11:08AM | 0 recs
Re: Mark Halperin Calls Obama a "Pussy"

And Obamafans think that these people are their friends? I knew this was coming and it's probably the new line from the media. I doubt that Edwards used those words and I'm sure that Halperin in paraphrasing here.

by Ga6thDem 2008-02-13 11:20AM | 0 recs
Re: get a grip

I know. It's just like using the word "pimpin." It just happens and there's not much you can do about it.

by pcjnyc 2008-02-13 11:23AM | 0 recs
Re: Mark Halperin Calls Obama a "Pussy"

Running away from debates isn't going to work for him in the generals.

He's a coward.

by Sensible 2008-02-13 12:04PM | 0 recs
Re: Mark Halperin Calls Obama a "Pussy"

We all need to accept that the media is interested in only giving positive press to the one who is sure to lose the general election.

by Ga6thDem 2008-02-13 12:28PM | 0 recs
Re: Mark Halperin Calls Obama a "Pussy"

I can't imagine that a man with a wife and advisor as smart and classy as Elizabeth Edwards would use the word pussy in a conversation that he knew could be repeated.

Mark did Edwards a disservice by not identifying whose words he was conveying.

by royce 2008-02-13 01:13PM | 0 recs
Re: Mark Halperin Calls Obama a "Pussy"

yet another classless asshole with a pulpit

by sepulvedaj3 2008-02-13 02:31PM | 0 recs
Re: Mark Halperin Calls Obama a "Pussy"

Mark Halperin wouldn't survive 10 minutes on the South and Southeast side of Chicago so he's confused.

by illlaw1 2008-02-13 02:52PM | 0 recs

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