Greatest C-SPAN Moment Ever

Greatest C-SPAN Moment Ever December 18, 2014

Okay, this is hilarious. Brad and Dallas Woodhouse are political pundits who disagree on virtually everything and they went on C-SPAN to debate a range of subjects. Then their mother called in and harangued them, saying that she hopes they get it out of their system so they can have a peaceful Christmas. When her voice comes on the line, one of them does a facepalm and says, “Oh God, it’s mom.”


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  • John Pieret

    There’s nothing as good as being surrounded by family during the holidays … no, really, I mean nothing!

  • garnetstar

    If these two don’t have the manners or the consideration for their family to keep their political opinions to themselves when visiting during holidays, they deserve to be publically embarassed.

    Any of us who did that at my parents’ table would be invited to take their plates and eat dinner in the basement.

  • hunter

    I love her response to the question about raising them: “Well, it wasn’t easy.”

    That’s as much a Southernism as “Bless your heart.”

  • Sastra

    It’s what I call Dinner Table Diplomacy — holding off on debating or bringing up controversial topics in situations where people are supposed to focus on a common goal or fellowship. This can mean politics, religion, abortion, weight, war, Kids Today, or the hundreds of other extraneous issues important or unimportant which can derail an attempt to just get along.

    My complaints about advocating Dinner Table Diplomacy come up when the “dinner table” seems to extend itself into public discourse in general, usually as an attempt to get atheists to shut up.

  • otrame

    Most of my family are pretty liberal, even the few that are religious. There is that one set of nephews and their wives that are fundamentalists (to my atheist sister’s embarrassment–I told her this is what you get when you raise kids in Tennessee), but they are not at every big family meeting. When they are, religion is flat out not talked about.

    One of my nephews is a cop, so I guess that Ferguson will be off limits too. I’m fine with that. I could sit down with him and we could talk and there wouldn’t be any trouble, but when you get a whole bunch of my family together, the poor kid would get dumped on pretty bad, especially if my brother was involved.

    But as much as I love them all and enjoy our big get-togethers, when I visit for more than a few days I am reminded of George Burns remark about how much happiness there is in a large family–who all live in another state*.

    *In my case, many of my family live in the same state, but Texas is large. That is enough distance so occasional visits are doable but more than that isn’t. And that is why I still love my family and enjoy spending time with them.

  • Michael Heath

    To Sastra’s point. I have a handful of conservative relatives who want to bring up politics and want to hear what I think. They all belong to mainline churches. However I mostly do not engage with them on politics since there’s other topics they’re experts at that I’d prefer we discuss.

    I also have some conservative Christian relatives, i.e., evangelicals and fundamentalists, who always want to engage in politics and demand no rebuttals. That any rebuttal from someone who is not a conservative Christian, however mild, is divisive. Of course their rhetoric is exactly what Ed blogs about here on a daily basis, as if that’s not divisive.

    Over the past two or so years I’ve decided these conservative Christian people are simply toxic. So I avoid talking to them about anything and avoid encounters with them as well. I developed this position from commenters in this blog who shared their doing the same and being glad they did. There is a cost to doing this, but there’s also benefits. I don’t have a position on whether my avoidance of these relatives is worth it or not.

  • yazikus

    However I mostly do not engage with them on politics since there’s other topics they’re experts at that I’d prefer we discuss.


    I find it fascinating to get the inside scoop, if you will, on beliefs that I don’t agree with. I try to come across as very neutral, and let them make their case in peace. I’ve learned a lot. It can help to say things starting with a , “I’ve heard that….(some point they agree with), what do you think?” I guess it might seem sneaky, but I like knowing where they are coming from, makes me feel better about the strength of my own views and arguments.

  • busterggi

    Stealing the plot of an episode of ‘The Big Bang Theory’ – CSPAN is desperate.

  • fleetfootphilo

    Love this so much.

    “Awe, mom. You always liked Brad’s policy positions more than mine.”