Tucker Carlson, a good-looking guy, bright, charming and the most popular attraction on cable TV, is also politically incorrect enough to send big-time advertisers fleeing purchases from his 4 million nightly viewers. He sometimes goes beyond this defamed preference for frankness by turning downright foul, and recently exercised this talent when he called Democratic Sen. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois a “moron” and a “coward.”
He did not stop there on his Fox News commentary show, and Duckworth struck back.
She is, after all, a tough lady, an Army veteran who lost both legs when a rocket grenade slammed a helicopter she was flying in Iraq. This fact made Carlson’s name-calling seem particularly outrageous along with a fascinating life story of her having an American father who was an Army veteran, childhood throughout Southeast Asia, two graduate degrees, jobs with the Department of Veterans Affairs, election to the House and then to the Senate.
Joe Biden is considering her as a possible running mate this year, and there is reason to clap: the political demise of Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris. She has had a vetting session with Biden and, as an articulate spokeswoman for rationally indecipherable leftism, is getting more attention, just lately an interview on CNN. This is what got her in Carlson trouble, for she was specifically asked whether a statue of George Washington should come down.
“Well, let me just say that we should start off by having a national dialogue on it at some point,” she replied by way of political evasion, obviously recognizing there were voters out there who would say yes, that this slave-owner is a symbol of evil, along with other voters recognizing heroic greatness that helped render a country that Abraham Lincoln called “the last, best hope of earth.”