Monday, March 26, 2007

When tag partners turn against each other..

One of the oldest spots in wrestling is when two tag partners in the process of attacking their opponent inadvertently hit each other instead. Usually its done for comic effect, at worst it can lead to the partnership dissolving and may escalate into a feud. At any rate what makes it exciting is the embarrassment it causes. The suspension of hostilities against their enemy as they turn their attention towards each other. Tension between two allies is far more compelling than that between sworn enemies as it is more personal and unexpected.

I'll be linking to some recent episodes where likeminded pundits start conversations cordially enough but slowly turn on each other.

APF pundit Laura Ingraham talks to Conservative commentator Fred Barnes about the recent controversies surrounding Alberto Gonzales. Laura is disappointed at the performance of Attorney General Gonzales. Fred Barnes takes her to task but Laura fights back. Listen to snippets here. Read the discussion here.

Bill O'Reilly talks to his radio audience about the same controversies surrounding Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. Bill faces unexpected opposition from his co-host Lis Wiehl.
WIEHL: That's right. But there's no transcript of it. There's no way that we're -- the people are gonna find out about it.
O'REILLY: No, wait a minute. Hold it. That's another lie.
O'REILLY: You see. I don't like you today.
WIEHL: Why not?
O'REILLY: Because you are not -- you did not do your homework.
WIEHL: Yes, I did!
O'REILLY: No, you didn't. You did not do your homework. There is a record of every word that is said.
Listen here. Read transcript here.

An example of a softer disagreement, but embarassing nonetheless. Sean Hannity tags in Colonel David Hunt after being harangued by two democrats. Hannity doesn't get the reinforcement he expected. Listen here.

Bill O'Reilly gets into a shouting match with Geraldo on the subject of illegal aliens. Read the discussion on this clash here.
VIDEO: Bill O'Reilly argues with Geraldo Rivera

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