MSNBC's Tucker Carlson called Sen. Barack Obama a "wuss" and a "BS artist," citing Obama's response to the question, "What does the word 'Clintonian' mean to you?" during a recent ABC News interview. Carlson asserted that "[h]e should just [have] come out and sa[id], 'Yeah, [Sen. Hillary Clinton is] Clintonian.' ... 'That's why they call it Clintonian.' " He later claimed that people "who plan to vote for her know that she is Clintonian in her answers. I mean, that's seen as a good thing a lot of the time. Why doesn't Barack Obama have the gumption, the moxie, the toughness?"
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Tucker Carlson said he was "outraged" by a statement from Rep. Charlie Rangel critical of Rudy Giuliani's "personal life," adding, "I don't think you should attack Giuliani for philandering." But Carlson has previously asserted that Sen. Hillary Clinton's marriage to former President Bill Clinton is "[o]f course" an issue in the 2008 presidential election, discussing the Clintons' marriage in TV appearances, with references to Bill Clinton's "philander[ing]" and "famous appetites."
On Tucker, discussing the targeting of 17-year-old Iowa voters by Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign, Tucker Carlson said the practice has "a Khmer Rouge quality to it," adding, "[I]t's scary." He also stated, "[I]f a right-wing candidate came and targeted my kids, I'd be mad about it. I don't want my kids near political candidates. ... They're creepy."
While discussing what he suggested might be "hypocrisy when it comes to political attacks" with regard to a MoveOn.org ad headlined "General Petraeus or General Betray Us?" and comments by Rush Limbaugh about "Senator Betrayus, new name for Senator Hagel," MSNBC's David Shuster asked Rep. Marsha Blackburn, "Where was the outrage when Rush Limbaugh said this about Republican Senator Chuck Hagel over one of the senator's stances on Iraq?"
Tucker Carlson quoted Michelle Obama, wife of Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL), from a recent interview with Glamour, saying of her husband and children: "We have this ritual in the morning. They come in my bed, and Dad isn't there -- because he's too snore-y and stinky, they don't want to ever get into bed with him." But Glamour left out a key word from Michelle Obama's quote; she had said, "They come in my bed, and if Dad isn't there ..." -- the addition of "if" turning her remark into a conditional statement that her children come into bed "if Dad isn't there." But Carlson went beyond Glamour's original error, asserting, based solely on the inaccurate quote, that "the Obamas do not sleep in the same bed, Mrs. Obama is saying."