Skip to comments.Ex-Newsweek Editor Fineman: Romney Appeals to 'Xenophobic,' 'Nativist' GOP Base
Posted on 07/23/2012 6:54:05 PM PDT by Kaslin
Former Newsweek editor Howard Fineman appeared on Monday's Hardball to smear the Republican Party as "xenophobic" and "nativist." Fineman lamented that Mitt Romney doesn't have the courage to take on the base, a group he mocked as being "afraid of the world."
Fineman is now the editorial director for the liberal Huffington Post, an outlet in sync with his own left-wing views. Matthews and the journalist discussed Huma Abedin, an aide to Hillary Clinton who Congresswoman Michele Bachmann connected to the Muslim Brotherhood. Asked why Romney won't take on people like Bachmann, Fineman assailed that the presumptive GOP nominee has "played to the kind of nativist base of the Tea Party. And by nativist, I mean people who are, in essence, afraid of the world."
Referring to fellow Hardball guest Bob Shrum, who worked for Ted Kennedy, Fineman sniffed, "The Kennedys stood in the Democratic Party for an expanded view of Americans' role and America's role in the world."
The journalist lectured, "The Republican Party is going to cripple itself beyond recognition if they don't quit being xenophobes, which is what they're doing here now."
Fineman, in recent days, has repeatedly lashed out against conservatives. On July 16, he compared Rush Limbaugh to a "werewolf."
A transcript of the July 23 exchange can be found below:
CHRIS MATTHEWS: Where's Mitt Romney? And I'm talking sheer politics here. Isn't there a plus- forget Profiles in Courage- isn't there a plus in showing you're a man? That you have a guts- or woman- to have the guts to stand up and say, "You know, I want your vote, but not this kind of vote"?
HOWARD FINEMAN: Well, that would require Mitt Romney to run an entirely different campaign from the one he's run so far. And he's not going to do it. He is playing to- and has from the beginning of the campaign- played to the kind of nativist base of the Tea Party. And by nativist, I mean people who are, in essence, afraid of the world.
FINEMAN: And Bob Shrum worked for the Kennedys. The Kennedys stood in the Democratic Party for an expanded view of Americans' role and America's role in the world. The Republican Party is going to cripple itself beyond recognition if they don't quit being xenophobes, which is what they're doing here now. That's the larger picture. There's the Uma Thurman question- the Huma Abedin question and then there's a question about the Republican Party's identity.
And when they come for you and your ilk, Howie, who you gonna call to protect you?
Didn’t Newsweak sell for a dollar? We know why now.
That means you're not allowed to like our American culture best.
Fineman must have been in a coma the last couple of years.
All the jerks on one show and as usual pissing in the wind.
When Newsweak throws you out on your @$$, you really need to come to the realization that you’re finished.
I see that the snarky namecalling phase of the campaign is starting a bit early this time.
Is Newsweak still around?
Howard Fineman - who cares. His career isn’t exactly on an upward trajectory.
This is how thin Fineman's resume is -- it's better for Hardboiled to identify him as former sold-for-a-dollar Newsweak douchebag than his current about-to-be-sold-for-a-dollar AOLHuffPo douchebag.
Hey Howard, we’ll drop you off in the hills of Afghanistan...or maybe somewhere in Iraq.... maybe Sudan or Somalia. Let’s see you if you find a lot of friendly people there. You stupid clown.
Some of these screwballs are so left wing that they view a pro-abortion, pro-homosexual, pro-amnesty, statist liberal like Romney as a dangerous right winger.
Wonders never cease.
Typical uninformed sociology 101 liberal tripe from someone too misinformed and arrogant to know that he is misinformed and arrogant.
Fireman should know the meaning of the word Xenophobic.... It sure doesn’t apply to any group I am aware of....
Watching Fineman and Matthews discuss politics is like break time in the faculty lounge at some junior collage.
Standard leftist boilerplate. “Provincial”? Or, “uptight”, “autoritarian”, etc.
Come here, Howard, I'll show you a Xenaphobe...
Of course Alger Hiss being a communist spy has been absolutely proven, but the moon-bat liberals won't learn.
This is going to get nastier sooner than I thought. They all seem to be saying the same things, so I guess that this is the new “Talking Points”.
I’m a racist, your a racist, don’t you want to be a racist too?
This is amusing. They wrote their stories a year ago assuming it would be Sarah or Newt as the nominee. They don’t care that it’s Mitt, who is to the left of Bill Clinton (but at least a decent person), they’re going with their boilerplate attacks.
WTF is “Nativist” anyway? Sounds like one of those made-up words liberals come up with, like NeoCon.
One of those terms I’ve never understood - what’s wrong with being “nativist?”
the presumptive GOP nominee has “played to the kind of nativist base of the Tea Party. And by nativist, I mean people who are, in essence, afraid of the world.”
You know, the taxpayers, the great unwashed, the hoi polloi, those screwballs paying the bills.
Why can’t they just follow instructions and turn over their guns and more of their income?
Speaking for myself, I'm not afraid of the friggin' world.
But I sure as hell am afraid of what the morons in the liberal media are trying to do to my country.
Up yours, Howie...
Howie your tool of Satan!
That's because, as the Venona Papers were to show, some of them weren't "useful idiots" at all -- they were on the payroll instead.
CBS had one working the Middle East. I.F. "Izzy" Stone was another. There were plenty of high-toned traitors running around back then; the OGPU recruited guys like that especially, disaffected double-domers with a chip on their shoulders because the other boys gave them wedgies in the restroom.
Old "immigrantist" smear .... it means, anyone who didn't like rich guys importing bulk labor to undercut their wages.
Also, anyone who wasn't cool and down with letting in people who couldn't speak the language, didn't know anything about the country or the culture.
They were maybe right about their reluctance: after 1848, we got boatloads of German and German Jewish socialists who were statist as hell and hadn't the foggiest idea about "human rights", "citizens' rights", or anything else, to whom government was supposed to be a Leviathan of social services. Never lived in the countryside, never learned to be American, just stayed in town on the East Coast and dickered with ward heelers for "services".
In 1928, they took over the Democratic Party.