Hero Mother Calls into CSPAN to Berate Her Arguing Pundit Sons

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  1. bradl macrumors 68040

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    If politics were comedy (and sometimes, it is a VERY thin line separating them), this would be gold.

    I'll try to find a full clip of this, but for now, here you go. From C-SPAN, via WashPo, via NPR:

    http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way...politics-united-in-mortification-by-moms-call

    WashPo continues:

    I'd start around the 15:30 mark to get some background on the argument, but screw the brothers; I want their mother in Congress.

    Again, I'm trying to find the full clip on youtube, but head over to the URL above to catch the full exchange. Meanwhile, here's the short clip they posted up on Youtube.




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    Mama Woodhouse sounds like one classy level headed lady.
     
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    I sometimes wonder how people can willingly sit through CSPAN.
     
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    No idea, but you know this was pulled for the humour/comic relief, because no-one can sit and be completely serious through all of the political muckraking that goes on.

    Anywho, Joy Woodhouse would make a killer Secretary of State. To be able to put up with these two, and to put them in their place (both in the familial and political) requires a diplomacy like no other.

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    Both of the two have managed to work their way into very good jobs. They are political opposites and disagree vehemently but they are both very successful. I don't believe that she has anything to be embarrassed about. This family allowed a documentary writer to follow them for three years and has a movie out called Woodhouse Divided.
     
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    I love C-SPAN's Washington Journal. The calls are hilarious and it doesn't hurt that a couple of their anchors are drop-dead gorgeous.
     
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    The whole reason that I watch Fox News in the mornings… I'm a leg man. Call it news porn.
     
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    I believe she is embarrassed about the fact that one of her children said that most American families are like this, which is absolutely not the case.

    Also, she's embarrassed that in both a healthy and unhealthy way, strife in her family has become public. It's one thing when you're some sort of celebrity type, like a Kardashian (because their whole life and livelihood was built on such strife), but when it's a homely family, it becomes stressful. And you can definitely tell that in the tone of her voice.

    I'd hate to see the day that their such bickering causes Joy to have a heart attack from the stress, because if politics nowadays being so polarizing that they are breaking up friendships, it is tons worse when it's family.

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    More moms need to call their "children" in Washington.
     
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    Let's be honest, most American siblings tend to squabble a bit. My brothers and I often fought. But that was until a neighbor jumped in, then they found themselves dealing with all of us. I differ politically with two of my brothers and one of my sisters. Fortunately, I come from a big family so I'm still on the side of the majority.
     
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    You may be the perfect sample for this. Regardless of being in the majority or minority, does your family argue politics when they get together, especially around holidays, around children/grandchildren, etc.? To the point where it gets out of hand? How do the matriarchs/patriarchs handle the stress? Because when doing that each and every time families get together doesn't seem to help a person's health, regardless of age..

    You can definitely tell that in the disgust and sadness that Joy had in her voice when she said she was happy that the brothers spent Thanksgiving at their respective in-laws.

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    We didn't "argue" politics. We discussed politics. There is a difference. In addition, in my home, my father's word was law. He'd tolerate it for a while but when he said to end it, you didn't try and get the last word in. The discussion was over. I grew up in a household where the adults ruled the house. I don't remember anyone ever talking back to my father or step-mother, even after we were adults. I don't remember, anyone ever failing to say, sir or ma'am, either.

    Here's a funny one for you. My step-mother was a Democrat, my father was a Republican. Both very set in their beliefs. Since their votes would cancel each other out, they'd each discuss not voting. It would seem as if they had agreed. Then they'd both vote.
     
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    Agreed there, and touche. There is a huge difference.

    You just described my grandparents. :D

    I ask this question, because I certainly don't fit the sample Brad W. was talking about (only child, so I'd be a Jeff Dunham: arguing with myself). Both my parents, however, come from big families, and I don't recall ever hearing any discussion over politics back then (but then again, politics back in the 70s/80s/early 90s weren't as polarizing as they are now).

    My cousin did that just once to my grandmother. Let's just say that that was the first and only time one of the grandchildren got the (no other word to describe it) whoopin' in front of the family. When I saw what was going to happen, I quickly made my way outside to shoot rocks into the field across the street with my slingshot. :eek:

    and cancel each other out either way. At least they still exerted their 15th and 19th Amendment rights, even though it ended like the W.O.P.R. did in War Games.

    I'm actually at the point where I try my hardest not to discuss politics with family, especially the in-laws, in case we get talking about something which we have opposing views. Same thing with friendships; I value the friendship more than the political view we would have, so it isn't worth it. Besides, with people trying to move to various neighbourhoods where their political views match instead of what is more beneficial to their families, we're becoming more polarized than ever. And we know how that affects redistricting.

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    Religion is the topic that I don't discuss with the family. They are Catholic, Methodist and Mormon. I'm Agnostic. That's one of those arguments where they'll all come together.
     
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