And I say that despite the fact that I think that there’s no way that this can be real: this has to be an elaborate prank on Froma Harrop’s part.
Look, nobody’s this dumb, or has this level of lack of self-awareness. I mean, it’s believable that Froma Harrop – a Lefty head of a ‘civility group’ – would later go and call Tea Partiers terrorists. All that requires is the capacity for hypocrisy, which
Democrats (OK, fine, pretty much everybody) can easily manage. But not getting that she was in a gotcha interview with the Daily Show? No, I can’t believe it. Interviewer John Oliver did everything except break out trepanning equipment to drill the point* into her skull, and… it just rolled off of Harrop like water off of a duck’s back. He even asked her for advice on how to deal with people who are just like Froma Harrop in their intemperate language, then repeated it right back to her. No luck. I can only conclude that Froma Harrop has a plan: to wit, make herself a laughingstock for the sake of the Message. Which I suppose is noble of her.
Either that, or Froma Harrop is as sharp as a sack of wet mice. Oh, wait, was that uncivil? Probably. Give me a break: I was provoked.
*As Drew M of AoSHQ notes (he thinks that Harrop really is this clueless):
In fact, she double-downed again, *accusing the Tea Partiers of having difficulty recognizing irony. Oliver clarified, to paraphrase, “You mean, even where there’s almost a dictionary definition of it right in front of them, they don’t get it?” Her response, “Absolutely.”