WMV Quicktime. During a debate about Rush Limbaugh's influence on the GOP and Phil Gingrey's boot licking apology for crossing the almighty Rushbo , Dick Armey, former GOP leader with Newt proved the point that Limbaugh's piggish views are the benchmark for conservatives when he insulted Joan Walsh as they debated the stimulus package. As she was making an informed argument, Armey started interrupting her as is typical with Republicans who never want to take any responsibility for their destructive policies that almost destroyed America, but really lost it with this exchange. Armey: Well the biggest income redistributions was a Republican congresswoman, urr. Senator, but Charlie Rangel cracked me up, Charlie said you guys are giving her things that I wouldn't even ask for. Armey: I don't want to get into that because then the controversy is that Dick Armey is assaulting somebody.
Dick Armey was so stymied by Salon 's Joan Walsh on Hardball this evening that he was reduced to saying he's glad she isn't his wife Minutes later, New York Times columnist Bob Herbert came on and said that he felt Armey owed Walsh — and Hardball viewers — an apology for his sexist bullshit. I added that last part; Bob Herbert didn't actually curse. Chris Matthews later said, "We had a rather uh, rough back and forth; I think Dick Armey, I like the guy but I think he went way overboard going after Joan. I mean, you gotta let the other person make their point without a reference to your wife or whatever. This gender aspect that shouldn't have been brought up.
Armey, who once referred to fellow Rep. I am so damn glad that you could never be my wife, 'cause I surely wouldn't have to listen to that prattle from you every day. Joan responded, "Well, that makes two of us.
Salon editor at large Joan Walsh cuts through the nonsense to discuss the right's internecine but profitable feuds in unusually frank terms, even for cable. The sparks start to fly around the mark:. Visit NBCNews. Alex Halperin is news editor at Salon. You can follow him on Twitter alexhalperin.