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He's a regular on Fox and Morning Joe, so don't expect much from him.
Whoa, it's been like six months since we've made fun of National Journal's hilariously dense editor Ron Fournier.

Last we saw him, his "head hurt" from trying to understand filibuster reform (his words), and he thought Third Way's op-ed claiming Democrats would benefit politically from cutting Social Security was a "takedown of professional Left's magical thinking" (again, his words).

So what brings us back to Fournier today? Soccer.

First, start with an insufferably stupid premise based on an incorrect assumption:

Trying to figure this out: If politics were like soccer, and you could advance by losing, Eric Cantor would be Speaker?
@ron_fournier
That's so stupid it hurts. The U.S. did not "advance by losing". The team advanced by coming in second in the toughest group in the World Cup, one that included the second and fourth highest-ranked teams in the world, as well as a stellar Ghana team. The fact that they lost their last game was immaterial. That's like saying that Boston advanced to the 2013 playoffs by losing, because they lost the last game of the regular season to the Orioles.

The U.S. got enough points to advance. Eric Cantor did not get enough votes to advance. End of stupid attempt at stupid analogy. So Washington City Paper editor Mike Madden tried to be helpful, and it all goes downhill from there, as you'll see below the fold.

@ron_fournier Try thinking about it as if the U.S. advanced by winning first game and tying second. Loss in third became immaterial.
@MikeMadden
Sensible, right?
@MikeMadden not buying it
@ron_fournier
Figures. If you can't think about filibuster reform without getting a headache and think that Third Way has anything of worth to say on Social Security, then it follows that the concept of a simple four-team, three-game tournament is well beyond reach. And rather than sit there and work things out in that addled brain of his, he does the conservative thing and wave it off, "I'm not buying it", as if it's a matter of opinion.

Ladies and gentlemen, I'll remind you again, this is the National Journal's editorial director. Kinda explains why the Beltway media is so bad, huh?

One more:

Sorry, one more issue:

#USA lost game.
#USA advances.

Is this #Obama's fault or to his credit?
@ron_fournier

He really is that stupid.

Originally posted to kos on Thu Jun 26, 2014 at 11:55 AM PDT.

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