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During a discussion with Larry King on Thursday, Hollywood director Rob Reiner compared the Tea Party to Hamas, the terrorist group committed to the obliteration (its word) of Israel. His solution for both groups?

Eliminate them.”

The fun begins when Larry asks Meathead (Reiner's appropriately-named character on All in the Family): “What’s to do about the Gaza situation, and Israel?”

“Well, there again, you’ve got a horrible situation where you have an extreme faction, the Hamas, that controls Gaza, that is written into their playbook, the destruction of Israel, the destruction of every Jew on the planet.


You can’t negotiate with that, you have to say Hamas goes away and the Palestinian authority takes over all that region and deal with some kind of honest broker here, and create the two-state solution.”

Makes total sense. But, what does that have to do with the Tea Party, Rob?

“You look at the Congress right now in the United States, you’ve got a strong Tea Party group controlling the whole country, because they have a gridlock...[a] stranglehold on Boehner.


So anytime you’re dealing with an extreme group, you cannot negotiate with them, and the way to do it is to eliminate it. With the Tea Party, you have to go through a political thing, you have to wait till 2020 to redistrict, but, uh, that is really tough stuff.”

So here's the question: Why can we not have honest disagreement and discussion without resorting to conflating our political opponents with terrorists? How does doing so further intelligent debate?

Poor form, Meathead.

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