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June 26, 2014 5:21 PM Life Just One Long Series of Distractions From Benghazi!

By Ed Kilgore

Well, you had to know it would happen. TPM’s Catherine Thompson has the story:

It was only a matter of time before a Fox News panelist suggested the FIFA World Cup presented a convenient distraction from the problems facing President Barack Obama.
“I’m suspect,” Dr. Keith Ablow said Thursday on “Outnumbered” as the US men’s national team faced off against Germany. “I am suspect because, here’s the thing. Why, at a time when there are so many national and international issues of such prominence — I’m a little suspicious of yet another bread-and-circus routine. Let’s roll out the marijuana, pull back the laws, and get people even more crazy about yet another entertainment event.”

Yeah, nobody in the U.S. ever cared about the World Cup before Obama came along. You half expected Ablow to say the people in bars across the country chanting “USA! USA!” aren’t real Americans.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


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