A few hours before Glenn Beck brought the house down Saturday at the 2010 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC)*, conservative Internet entrepreneur Andrew Breitbart gave the clownish left-wing performance artist Max Blumenthal a much deserved dressing down in public.
Adding to David Swindle’s insightful observations, I witnessed the verbal sparring in person in the lobby of Washington, D.C.’s Marriott Wardman Park. It was entertaining, or rather, Breitbart was entertaining. Blumenthal mostly just took it and hurled unfunny one-liners, perhaps as a defense mechanism. Blumenthal’s no Einstein, as I pointed out previously. (He doesn’t understand what marriage entails.)
I saw Blumenthal, son of Clinton attack dog Sid “Vicious” Blumenthal, for the most recoil while Breitbart went on the offensive. Blumenthal hardly got a word in edgewise with Breitbart but that’s largely because he refused to own up to what he did. I am referring to Blumenthal’s now slapped down smear in which he called ACORN exposer James O’Keefe a racist.
What’s most interesting to me is the way Blumenthal is depicted in video footage from CPAC.
In his own video Blumenthal appears for the most part in control, self-confident, even cocky, as he repeatedly flashes his goofy, vacant grin:
Note how he tries to throw off other speakers with irrelevant observations such as that one person really likes the word rubric or that the other person is getting angry. It’s essentially an adult version of a schoolyard taunt and the kind of behavior that in a bar might cause an argument to easily escalate into a full-scale rumble.
Other video paints Blumenthal is a less favorable light:
Meanwhile, Blumenthal claims he was “mobbed” by angry conservatives but that might just be his narcissism speaking. In fact he was surrounded by CPAC attendees who were for the most part polite, though there were a few who were rude and disrespectful.
“I was prepared for some hostility after the crazed Andrew Breitbart declared jihad but I have to admit that by the end, I was pretty drained.”
Lying does that to a person. If you can’t handle the heat of being a left-wing character assassin, Max, maybe you should find a new, less stressful job.
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*My favorite Beck line from Saturday was the one Media Matters hates the most:
“Progressivism is the cancer in America and it is eating our Constitution and it was designed to eat the Constitution, to progress past the Constitution.”