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    May 17, 2008

    Is this the same Kevin James?

    Posted by: Chris

    You may have already seen this priceless video clip showing conservative radio talk show host Kevin James making a complete ass of himself Thursday on MSNBC's "Hardball." From the get-go he is hyperventilating -- literally yelling -- about how President Bush was completely justified in comparing Barack Obama, at least by insinuation, with Neville Chamberlain, the infamous British prime minister and other "Nazi appeasers" from the late 1930s.

    Chris Matthews tries 28 times -- I didn't count, but others have -- to ask James to explain what it is exactly that Chamberlain did so it could be compared with Obama's willingness to sit down for talks with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. James tries desperately to avoid answering, except to insist that Obama is "exactly the same" as Chamberlain. Eventually he admits he doesn't know what exactly Chamberlain did and Matthews pretty much lays him to waste.

    I'd almost feel sorry for James, if he weren't so clearly deserving of the humiliation. The video clip is all over the Net -- just one version of it on YouTube has been viewed more than 250,000 times -- but the reaction in gay Washington circles has been more one of jaws dropping.

    Could this really be the same Kevin James, who with his then-boyfriend raised huge sums of money in Los Angeles to support a number of gay political groups, including the Campaign for Military Service -- which later became the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network -- to support President Clinton's effort to end the ban on gays in the military?

    I'm not familiar with James on-air schtick, but I'm mighty curious whether he feigns opposition to gay rights or if his Ditto Heads even know he's a big ole homo. Or maybe he's Tammy Bruce in drag?



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    1. Strict Scrutiny on May 17, 2008 10:44:20 AM:

      This was, indeed, priceless. Matthews appeared on Countdown with Keith Olberman last night (hosted by Rachel Maddow) to discuss this interview. He gave a very insightful spiel on how a lot of conservatives, like this James idiot, use or parrot "coded key words" to shut down debate over national security issues. So, it's kinda like, "Hey, I don't care what the facts are, your an appeaser, a traitor, a cut-and-runner, etc." It's all about the rhetoric, never the facts.

      I have no sympathy for this moron -- he got what he deserved.

    1. Tim C on May 17, 2008 11:19:04 AM:

      My favorite comment about this whole incident was said by, I believe, Pat Buchannan on "Morning Joe" the morning after: "It's not appeasement to talk to your enemies. It's appeasement when you talk to them and then give them half of Czechoslovakia".

    1. Chris Schultz on May 17, 2008 11:28:16 PM:

      This highlights one of the biggest challenges we face in the US, one that I've seen in reading debate over the California Supreme Court's gay marriage decision this week, and that is the ability for people to have an, intelligent substantive debate. I don't mind that people have opinions contrary to my own. What I can't stand is when they can't or won't back up their opinions with any facts or intelligent rationale. And as for Kevin James, how does the saying go? "Those who fail to learn their history are doomed to repeat it."

    1. someonewhoknows on May 23, 2008 8:49:14 PM:

      ... There are plenty of jaws dropping on the West Coast too. Admittedly, I don't feel being gay and successful requires outing yourself or sacrificing a career for the plight of homosexuals everywhere, however, on the flip side, I can’t stand people like Kevin that spew right wing ignorance during the day and attend gay fundraisers by night. As a gay man, how does one get a gig posing as straight conservative. I am in Kevin's "social circle", have been for about 15 years. Kevin was born with a silver penis in his mouth and continues to be the ass he was raised to be.

    1. jason on Jul 10, 2009 5:47:59 PM:

      yes this is the same gay kevin james

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