Why I Hate Politics

Kevin Drum and I don’t agree about a whole heck of a lot, but this observation is spot-on:

I just turned on the TV for a few minutes and switched to MSNBC. Where I found Rachel Maddow going on and on about the fact that Mitt Romney once called the residents of Afghanistan “Afghanis” instead of Afghans. That got tedious after the fifth or sixth bit of snark, so I switched over to Fox. Where Sean Hannity and a pair of guests were guffawing over the fact that Barack Obama once referred to the “Austrian” language and mispronounced “corpsman.” Yuck yuck.

This is why I hate politics sometimes.

Just sometimes?

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Doug Mataconis
About Doug Mataconis
Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. WR says:

    I realize that BOTH SIDES DO IT, but at least Maddow was mocking Romney in the context of his new campaign strategy of presenting himself as the great master of foreign policy opposing that stumblling no-nothing Obama. And once she was done with her snark, she moved on to Romney”s serious FP problems, documenting the incoherent flip-floppery with which he’s approached ever foreign issue over the last couple of years.

  2. @WR:

    Sadly Maddow’s idiotic snark still makes her the smartest person on MSNBC after 10am in the morning.

  3. wr says:

    Nice of you to judge the intellect of a woman whose show you’ve frequently bragged you never watch.

  4. wr,

    I’ve watched it enough. And my comment is actually a compliment. Although saying that someone is smarter than Chris Matthews, Ed Schultz, and Al Sharpton isn’t really a compliment, is it?

  5. J-Dub says:

    @Doug Mataconis: Don’t forget Tamron Hall. I watch because she’s smokin’ hot!

  6. In fact, the biggest problem of Maddow´s MSNBC show is that she is a dozen times more intelligent and knowledgeable than she looks on the air. Her show in the first years was extremely better, by the way. There were cordial interviews with policy and science wonks, Republicans and Conservative Democrats.

  7. Janis Gore says:

    You didn’t go onto the “And I hate TV almost all of the time,” which resolves most of the other issues.

  8. An Interested Party says:

    Sadly Maddow’s idiotic snark still makes her the smartest person on MSNBC after 10am in the morning.

    Ahh, so your a fan of Joe and Mika? How nice…meanwhile, while you complain about what Maddow says on TV, I suspect you might agree with her ideas in her new book about the bloat of the military industrial complex…

  9. G.A says:


    A big reason why I hate,Hate Politics.

    Doug is there a tip line for this blog, just wondering.

  10. SKI says:

    @Doug Mataconis: No need for that inclusion. She is light years smarter, and more to the point, more typically substantive, than Joe and crew.

  11. Gromitt Gunn says:

    @Doug Mataconis: And which member of the Morning Joe crew do you believe to be smarter a former Rhodes Scholar with a Ph.D. in politics from Oxford?