Saturday, May 26, 2007

Rosie vs. Elisabeth

Two years ago, who was talking about The View? With the loss of Meredith Vierra and the firing of Star Jones, it looked like The View was on its last legs. In comes Rosie O’Donnell. While I am a Democrat, I can admit that she is a very polarizing figure on television. She gets people talking with her anger over the handling of the Iraq War. I do not agree with her on every issue. I do not believe that 9/11 was an inside job. But like many Democrats, I do agree that going to Iraq was a stupid decision that has caused more damage than good to the American reputation around the world.

I do also believe that while Elisabeth Hasselbeck is a conservative, she has done a poor job defending the positions that she holds.

I feel that looking at the arguments between Rosie O’Donnell and Elisabeth Hasselbeck is representative of America being deeply divided and frustrated over the war. Frustrated and angry Democrats on one side and Republicans forced to defend an unpopular war on the other side. I can’t say which side is more upset. It’s hard as a Democrat who has to wait until after the 2008 election to see an end to a war that they feel should be ended now. It is also hard for Republicans to see a war started by a Republican president so hated. It’s hard to defend the Iraq War for Republicans because it has not gone well at all.

I watched the fight between Rosie O’Donnell and Elisabeth Hasselbeck and in this fight, Elisabeth was standing up for herself. The problem is that she was doing one thing that I disagreed with, not answering a question. Rosie has been accused of implying that the troops are terrorists. Rosie denies this. The problem is that when Rosie asked Elisabeth whether or not Elisabeth thinks that Rosie thinks that the troops are terrorists, Elisabeth wouldn’t answer.

For not answering the question, Rosie called Elisabeth a coward. I think what stood out to me is that Elisabeth realized that she could really make Rosie angry by not answering certain questions. I think that Elisabeth should have answered the question and let them move on. By her not answering the question, Rosie is assuming that maybe Elisabeth may feel that she (Rosie) thinks that the troops are terrorists.

On the other side, why should Rosie argue with Elisabeth and expect that Elisabeth defend Rosie? Rosie and Elisabeth take opposite sides and argue constantly. The show was not as political before Rosie joined the show. Rosie has done a great job arguing with Elisabeth because she’s making Elisabeth have to defend her beliefs. On the same hand, with Elisabeth always on the defensive for herself and for Bush, she shouldn’t have to be defending Rosie as well.

No one can deny is that the Iraq War has divided America deeply and wars should not divide nations. The war in Afghanistan did not divide our nation. I’m going to go out on a limb and say what needs to be said, that Rosie and Elisabeth arguing over the war was an excellent thing.

Rosie O’Donnell has asked for and was granted permission to leave The View three weeks prior to the end of her contract. Like her or hate her, it is better that the women on The View were discussing the Iraq War instead of trivial issues.
I have a feeling that Rosie will get a new show, and that it will be very political. I just hope that she has conservatives on it as well to have true debate and discussion. Shows with only one side preaching to the choir are never as fun as shows with both sides. If her show has her discussing these issues with people who disagree with her, then I think it will be an excellent show.


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