TIME TO UPDATE THE RESUME, FEHERTY…. Chances are, David Feherty, a golf analyst of CBS, thought he was being funny. He wrote a disjointed, 1,500-word piece for D Magazine about George and Laura Bush moving to Dallas, and Feherty apparently thought it would be a good time to dabble in some political analysis.
After explaining his belief that Bush’s critics are awful, his presidency will be appreciated in the future, and Bush was dealt “rotten cards” to play, Feherty argued:
From my own experience visiting the troops in the Middle East, I can tell you this, though: despite how the conflict has been portrayed by our glorious media, if you gave any U.S. soldier a gun with two bullets in it, and he found himself in an elevator with Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and Osama bin Laden, there’s a good chance that Nancy Pelosi would get shot twice, and Harry Reid and bin Laden would be strangled to death.
It’s not clear why Feherty wrote this, or even what his point was. As best as I can tell, the golf analyst believes Democratic leaders’ opposition to Bush’s Iraq policy has led servicemen and women to want to kill them. Or something, it’s hard to tell.
Regardless, Rush Limbaugh’s audience got to hear Feherty’s words of wisdom yesterday; Media Matters is on the case pressing for an apology; and Keith Olbermann labeled Feherty the “worst person in the world” last night.
As for the “substance” of Feherty’s bizarre perspective, it’s also worth noting how insulting this is to those who wear the uniform. Atrios noted, “I’m sure there are plenty in the military who hate Democrats. I bet plenty don’t! I don’t really know how it breaks down and it doesn’t really matter. I’m not going to play mindreader, but if I were in the military I wouldn’t be too thrilled if someone assumed that we were all just waiting for an opportunity to assassinate leading politicians.”
VoteVets had an item striking a similar note: “Evidently, Feherty believes that we are mindless machines of death, who would without hesitation accept a loaded weapon from a stranger in civilian society, and then use that weapon to assassinate political leaders of the country we have sworn to defend…. Feherty, who to my knowledge has never served his country or ours in uniform, makes the assumption that he knows Soldiers and Veterans, and that ‘any U.S. soldier’ has such hatred for (again) the political leaders of the country we have sworn to defend, that we could not be professional enough to help ourselves from committing murder on the spot. What Mr. Feherty might not understand is that there are few Americans who have been as loyal to Veterans and Soldiers as Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid. If I found myself in that proverbial elevator, the first thing I would do is thank them both profusely.”
I’m guessing Feherty will issue some kind of statement this weekend, explaining that his column was a poor attempt at humor, and he’s sorry if his insult against the troops and congressional leaders caused offense. One wonders if CBS will find that sufficient.