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Andrew Breitbart’s remarks at Tea Party rally are hypocritical, lack self-awareness

Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM

Here’s ultraconservative activist Andrew Breitbart at a Tea Party rally in Wisconsin last Saturday, with a message for pro-union forces that had shown up:

“The Tea Party has been the most peaceful, law-abiding . . . group in the history of American protest. . . . You have no right to lecture us on civility. You have no right to lecture us on language. . . . Go to hell! No, serious. Go to hell! Go to hell! You’ve been so rude, you’re trying to divide America. . . .”

Right. And telling people to go to hell because you disagree with their politics isn’t divisive at all. That’s an instant classic of hypocrisy and a breathtaking lack of self-awareness right there.

Then again, this is the same Andrew Breitbart who went on Twitter in the hours after Ted Kennedy’s death to call Kennedy a “villain,” a “duplicitous bastard” and a “prick,” so he’s well-qualified to tell others they can’t lecture him about civility.

Trump and the Chinese

Taking a break from boasting about his relationship with “the blacks” as if he’s in an episode of “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and doesn’t know it, Donald Trump recently bragged to Rush Limbaugh that he knows how to handle the Chinese.

“I made a lot of money with the Chinese, believe me,” Trump told Limbaugh.

“Both in terms of selling them very big apartments — I sold one for $33 million recently to a Chinese gentleman . . . I made a lot of money with the Chinese, and I know the Chinese very well. By the way, they don’t love us.”

You gotta love that Trumpian way of thinking. He made a huge profit on the sale of an apartment to a guy who’s Chinese, so surely he can handle any and all economic negotiations with the country of China!


Take a look at this piece of hardware:

That’s the Maurice Podoloff Trophy, named for the NBA’s first commissioner (then known as league president).

Nobody ever chants “Podoloff Trophy, Podoloff Trophy, Podoloff Trophy!” but there you have it.

As Derrick Rose willed the Bulls to a comeback victory over the Indiana
Pacers in game one of the opening round
of the NBA playoffs, the familiar chant rose up in the United Center: “MVP, MVP, MVP!”

This has been going on for months now. Even at some road games, fans in Bulls jerseys have taken up the chant.

Meanwhile, can you remember the last time an article or a TV feature about Rose didn’t mention Rose’s status as the front-runner for the NBA MVP award?

Rose deserves the honor, but here’s my question: Why do so many fans and sports reporters care so much about this particular honor?

Have you ever heard NFL fans chanting “MVP!” for their favorite player during a regular season game? How many people remember who won the most recent NFL Most Valuable Player award? (It was Tom Brady, the first unanimous recipient in league history.) When the Eagles’ Michael Vick arrived at a Sixers/Lakers game last December, some in the crowd chanted “MVP!” — but that was at a basketball game.

Even in baseball, which pretty much invented the MVP award and is the most stats-oriented sport of all, I don’t recall hearing chants of “MVP!” when Frank Thomas stepped to the plate during his great years with the White Sox. I think it’s just during the last couple of years that we’ve heard the crowd roaring “MVP!” for a Ryan Howard or an Albert Pujols.

Some Lakers fans might want to believe they created the “MVP!” chant for Kobe Bryant a few years back — but in YouTube videos from 1984, you can hear Celtics fans chanting “MVP!” for Larry Bird.

“The crowd is chanting MVP for guess who,” says Dick Stockton.

If anyone has evidence of crowds doing the MVP chant even earlier than that, I’d love to hear from you.

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