Apparently this journalistic genius has been interviewing politicians (and making asses out of quite a few of them) for some time now, but I hadn’t heard of him until I saw the video of his interview with Congressman Pete Stark (D-Calif). After Stark realizes that Helfeld has made his repeated assertion that a bigger national debt means we’re a richer country (no, I’m serious, that’s really what he said) he goes Stark Raving Mad (I know I’m not the first to make this pun, but really, it’s too good to resist), drops an f-bomb on camera and threatens to throw Helfeld out a window.
I first saw the video at Hot Air, where Mad Congressman Stark had to share billing with two other leftist loonies in a post Allahpundit called “Too many Democratic congressmen behaving like jackasses for bloggers to keep up anymore.” He got the video from Michelle Malkin, who made it a hot web property even though it’s about a year old.
Picking up on Stark’s sneering where-did-you-go-to-college-and-do-you-have-a-PhD line of defense, Smitty at The Other McCain has less than flattering things to say about “PhD weenies” so I should point out that Pete “do you have a PhD?” Stark does not, in fact, have one himself. All he’s got is an MBA, which means that my academic credentials (a Redneck Republican blogger has a PhD???) trump his. Being an intellectual doesn’t make you a weenie, any more than being a Republican makes you a redneck.
Being Pete Stark, however, does make you the internet laughingstock of the hour. Fortunately for Mr. (not Dr.) Stark, the internet is a fast-paced place, and tomorrow some other jackass will have usurped his place on Memeorandum.