Skip to comments.J. TODD FOSTER: Thank You, Andrea Mitchell, For The Ready-Made Column
Posted on 06/09/2008 2:28:20 PM PDT by Laverne
I learned something about myself Thursday that I did not know: Im a redneck. But then again, so is every one of you reading this column. Or so says Andrea Mitchell of NBC News.
Mitchell, the wife of former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, actually went on MSNBC on Thursday as Barack Obama was leaving the stage in Bristol and quipped live: Interesting images today. Barack Obama, Mark Warner, in Southwest Virginia. This is real [chuckle] redneck ... sort of ... uhm ... bordering on Appalachia ... country. This is not the Northern Virginia ... uh ... you know ... high-tech corridor. And these are voters that he would not logically ... be ... you know, gravitating to. This is the beginning of a pivot. You know, uhm, Ive been wondering where all these urges of late have been coming from namely the desire to trade my Toyota Camry for a pickup, complete with rubber bull testicles (product name: bumper nuts) dangling from the trailer hitch. Im inexplicably craving chew tobacco. I passed a road-kill possum Friday and thought it looked tasty. And I nearly wore a wife-beater T-shirt to Wal-Mart yesterday, until my wife intervened with thats not a good look for you.
IF MITCHELL were telling Jeff Foxworthy jokes, and lets hope she could do it without all the uhms and you knows, her lead would be: You might be a redneck if you live in Southwest Virginia.
I have a retort, however: You might be a gold digger if you marry a Fed chairman older than your daddy. Harsh? Maybe. But the last bastion of acceptable, politically incorrect stereotyping is making fun of Southerners. And were damned tired of it. WHAT IF Mitchell had used this line for a John McCain rally in Harlem: Interesting images today. John McCain and Mitt Romney, in Harlem. This is a real homeboy sort of uhm bordering on ghetto country. This is not the west side of Manhattan uh you know ... the upper crust of the island?
Al Sharpton would be protesting and the ACLU would be suing. And perhaps rightly so. But where are our special-interest defenders?
I pity todays TV news reporters, with 24 hours a day of airtime to fill on cable. Thats about 23 hours beyond whatever intelligent discourse they can muster. IF A major philanthropist like Don Imus can lose his talk show over a quip albeit highly inappropriate about nappy-headed hos, then whats Mitchells stupid offense worth?
At least an apology.
Thankfully, Obama chose to kick-start his national general election campaign in the very place he has no hope of winning Southwest Virginia. BUT IF he can hold down McCains rural Virginia advantage, Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads will make Virginia run blue for the first time since LBJ was crowned king of the commonwealth in 1964. Theres a reason why the first public event we had, after obtaining the nomination, is right here in Southwest Virginia, Obama told 2,500 supporters inside Virginia High Schools gymnasium.
Because Southwest Virginia is an example of so much that is good about this country, but so many people have been forgotten. There are good, hard-working, decent, generous people in beautiful towns all around this region, but Washington hasnt been paying attention and hasnt been listening, the Illinois senator said. THIS IS a big country, and Obama could have gone anywhere to debut his general election campaign. That he chose our region speaks to the kindness, compassion and energy of its people.
If Andrea Mitchell can ever escape the sucking vortex of the Beltway, maybe she can rent a car and fill it with $4-a-gallon gasoline and drive the six hours and 375 miles from Washington to Bristol.
She wont be cut off and flipped off by other drivers; shell actually get directions and a smile if she asks; and shell discover the real America that eludes so many national journalists.
EVERY ONCE in awhile, I take a shot at presidential buffoons or other wingnuts I perceive are doing our country wrong. Anon-ymous Web readers will post comments to my columns on TriCities.com, comments like this guy is a wannbe journalist. No wonder hes stuck in Bristol. Heres the deal: Im not stuck in Bristol. Ive traveled the country and the world and covered some of the nations biggest stories. I grew up in Tennessee and lived on the panhandles of Florida and Idaho, in Spokane and Portland and in Washington, D.C.
I moved to Bristol because I wanted to. We have some rednecks (see the pickups with the fake testicles attached). But Southwest Virginia is no more defined by rednecks than our nations capital is by two snipers who terrorized that region nearly six years ago. It takes all kinds to comprise a country. And along the way, we have to suffer a few Andrea Mitchells.
I put in the wrong date for the article, it should read 8 June not 9 June. Can you fix? Thanks.
Leftists never apologize.
Andrea Mitchell is a left wing snob, like most of the people on MSNBC. She’s never done a productive thing in her life and wouldn’t last 2 days on her own in ‘redneck country’. She should be deported to France.
Excellent editorial! Thanks for sticking up for us SWVA “rednecks”!
They can be made fun of because “rednecks” and “hill billies” are primarily white. Just like I can be called a white-boy when playing basketball. Would I ever dare to say “black-boy”? Heck no! I would get murdered. This is even though I have black friends.
Now that’s just fun!
“Excellent editorial! Thanks for sticking up for us SWVA rednecks
Why is he surprised? Washington press think southerners are retarded. When do you plan on getting mad?
Just returned home to S.E. Florida after a week in Western Virginia. Trailered my motorcycle there and rode the Blue Ridge parkway for a week.
Mighty pretty country and the folks were just fine.
Went all over into Tennessee, West Virginia, North Carolina and not once did I meet up with a liberal snob.
Andrea Mitchell lived with Greenspan for a long time before he married her.
Blech, both revolting.
Guess she qualified for common law wife so he bit the bullet.
Ms. Mitchell needs to cut back on the airpump before her little head explodes. She might consider going home and blowing bubbles in Greenscam’s ears.
There, fixed it for you
Someone who calls me whiteboy is gonna get called whatever demeaning term that is applicable to their race.
They do it because you put up with it.
P.S. I’m armed 24-7 and will not be murdered without a firefight.
You know how Greenspans first converesation with Mitchell went?
“We’ve already settled that now we’re just negotiating a price”!