Martin Bashir is a deranged, sad little man and a nasty piece of work. Last Friday, he launched an an unbelievably gross attack on Sarah Palin because she had made an analogy between crushing government debt and slavery – something I believe more than a few conservatives and libertarians have done. Bashir thought that he would score some race-baiting points by deploying this foul, excrement-soaked race card.
Bashir said Palin deserved a punishment known as “Darby’s dose” because she compared the federal debt to slavery by using slavery in a general–and not a racial–sense:
He gave an example in Thomas Thistlewood, an overseer of slaves at a major plantation in Jamaica in the 1700s. Bashir said that in his diary, Thistlewood wrote, “A slave named Darby catched eating canes; had him well flogged and pickled, then made Hector, another slave, s-h-i-t in his mouth.”
Bashir said this became known as “Darby’s dose, a punishment invented by Thistlewood that spoke only of the slave owner’s savagery and inhumanity.”
“And he mentions a similar incident again in 1756, this time in relation to a man he refers to as Punch,” Bashir continued. “‘Flogged Punch well, and then washed and rubbed salt pickle, lime juice and bird pepper; made Negro Joe piss in his eyes and mouth.’ I could go on, but you get the point.”
In concluding his segment, Bashir said when Palin “invoked slavery, she doesn’t just prove her rank ignorance. She confirms that if anyone truly qualified for a dose of discipline from Thomas Thistlewood, then she would be the outstanding candidate [emphasis added].”
Bashir miscalculated, though – because his attack on Palin was looking more like a vile, misogynistic attack than a deft deployment of the race card.
Sometimes as a blogger, I just stand back and let others handle these kinds of stories because *ewww* – besides – it was being well covered in the right-wing blogosphere. I’d just as soon pass on a story with so high an ick-factor. Really.
There were some interesting developments over the weekend, however.
At some point management at MSNBC must have realized that it might be hard for Dems to maintain their (wholly artificial and undeserved) edge in the #WarOnWomen vote when loose cannons like Bashir are dropping such nasty stink nuggets on conservative women.
So Bashir apologized. I mean over the weekend, this man had a complete change of heart and saw the error of his ways. He has no idea what possessed him to even say such things, and I’m sure MSNBC has no idea what possessed them to promote it.
Bashir: Last Friday on this broadcast, I made some comments which were deeply offensive, and directed at Governor Sarah Palin. I wanted to take this opportunity to say sorry to Mrs. Palin, and also to offer an unreserved apology to her friends and family, her supporters, our viewers, and anyone who may have heard what I said. My words were wholly unacceptable. They were neither accurate nor fair. They were unworthy of anyone who would claim to have an interest in politics, and they have brought shame upon my friends and colleagues at this network, none of whom were responsible for the things that I said. And at a place where we try every day to elevate political discourse, and to focus on issues that matter to all of us.
A complete 180% turnaround. Ooookay.
Unfortunately, this is not the end of the story. By making that apology, Bashir enraged many of the low-life lefties who make up his audience and they let their displeasure be known on Twitter.
— Erin Symons (@cosmoksmom) November 18, 2013
— Ms.Care About People (@Progress4Ohio) November 18, 2013
These are the same vermin who called for Rush Limbaugh’s head on a pike when he (inappropriately) called Sandra Fluke a slut after she had demanded that the government pay for her contraceptive needs – (which according to her, cost an exorbitant amount of money every year.) What’s worse? Calling a woman the S-word, or saying people should poop and pee in her mouth? Bashir’s audience would say they’re equally groovy as long as we’re talking about Sarah Palin.