COMMENTARY | Liberal commentator Bob Beckel channeled his inner Joe Biden and let the F-bomb fly during an episode of the Sean Hannity show earlier this week. The venom in Beckel's tone was far more shocking than hearing the curse word uttered on live TV.
Beckel continued a heated debate over the success of the Head Start program into the commercial break and missed the signal that the show was back on the air, according to Business Insider. The notoriously outspoken Beckel appeared to have a hard time comprehending why Hannity was calling on him to apologize and initially thought the show's host was joking about his swearing tirade being heard by viewers.
While Beckel losing his temper at conservative contributor Neil Boortz is the headline-grabbing aspect of the incident, that is not the intriguing part of the story. As the profusely sweating Beckel sat unusually quiet in his chair, the other panel members began a discussion about liberal angst. The guests were correct when noting liberals have a difficult time abstaining from personal attacks when disagreeing on an issue.
All liberals do not go for the jugular with insulting comments when engaged in a debate with a conservative, but many are guilty of such tactics. Cooler heads do not always prevail when conservatives are faced with vocal opposition by the far left but gutter behavior and sexist comments are rare from the right.
Beckel might often be a hot head, but he is also an intelligent man who could have make his point without dropping the expletive. Liberal politicians and commentators do not need to borrow a page from the Bill Maher playbook to convey an opposing viewpoint.
A deep dislike for not just the views but the individuals who comprise the right side of the political spectrum permeates through the far-left wing of the Democratic Party. News broadcasts and governmental meetings are rapidly becoming too much like an episode of a cheesy reality show.
Hopefully, the Beckel fiasco will be a wake-up call for liberals who routinely engage in such tactics, regardless of whether or not they are on live TV. Conservatives seeking to hang onto the moral high ground should issue a few words of caution to their peers who also struggle with self-restraint.