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When You’re an Appeaser, You Appease.

And you appease because you’re an appeaser. That’s what appeasers do. They appease. Because they’re appeasers.

I realize I’m all kinds of late with this, but this is just spectacular.

And yet it all sounds vaguely familiar.

Something about the way Kevin James kept repeating variations on the word “appeasement” jogged my memory.

MATTHEWS: I want to do a little history check on you because the president‘s referring to history. He attacked those who would imitate Senator William Boar of Idaho, who was a Republican isolationist back in the late ‘30s, who supported whatever, some notion of getting along with Hitler better. Let me ask you, what did Chamberlain do wrong, Neville Chamberlain do wrong in 1939? What did he do wrong?

JAMES: Oh, come on. It all goes—it all goes back to appeasement.

[From here Matthews poses the same question over and over again, and James … well …]

JAMES: It‘s the key term. It‘s the key term.

JAMES: It‘s the same thing. It puts it all—we‘re talking about appeasement.

JAMES: He‘s talking—he‘s talking—he‘s talking about appeasement.

JAMES: Of course. What Neville Chamberlain—yes, he was an appeaser, Chris. He was an appeaser.

JAMES: Neville Chamberlain was an appeaser, Chris. Neville Chamberlain…

JAMES: Neville Chamberlain was an appeaser, all right?

I had to go back to a blog post of mine from 2004, because Kevin James reminded me of his beloved president.

MARK TRAHANT, SEATTLE POST INTELLIGENCER: Good morning. My name is Mark Trahant. I’m the editorial page editor of the Seattle Post Intelligencer and a member of the Native American Journalists Association.


Most schoolkids learn about government in the context of city, county, state and federal. And of course, tribal governments are not part of that at all.

Mr. President, you’ve been a governor and a president, so you have a unique experience looking at it from two directions.

What do you think tribal sovereignty means in the 21st century? And how do we resolve conflicts between tribes in the federal and state governments?

BUSH: Tribal sovereignty means that; it’s sovereign. I mean, you’re a — you’ve been given sovereignty, and you’re viewed as a sovereign entity. And therefore, the relationship between the federal government and tribes is one between sovereign entities.

Listen for yourself.

(Note the laughter from the audience after the president repeated “sovereign” in a vain attempt to define “sovereign.”)

The resemblance is uncanny, isn’t it?

But what’s interesting about James isn’t so much what he doesn’t know, but what he doesn’t want anyone to know about him. Chris Crain offers this tidbit.

Could this really be the same Kevin James, who with his then-boyfriend raised huge sums of money in Los Angeles to support a number of gay political groups, including the Campaign for Military Service — which later became the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network — to support President Clinton’s effort to end the ban on gays in the military?

I’m not familiar with James on-air schtick, but I’m mighty curious whether he feigns opposition to gay rights or if his Ditto Heads even know he’s a big ole homo. Or maybe he’s Tammy Bruce in drag?

Maybe he doesn’t know himself, given how little he apparently knows about anything else.

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