Michael Higgins (the gent on the left) is the ninth and current President of the Republic of Ireland, elected in 2011 with a vote tally larger than any candidate in history. He is also a poet, broadcaster and author, penning numerous contributions to political and philosophical journals on a wide variety of subjects, including ideology, the sociology of literature, clientism in politics, regionalism and the politics of the media.
Mr. Higgins was President of the Irish Labour Party and spokesman on foreign affairs prior to his election to his current post.
Michael Graham (the gent on the right) is an American talk show host, an author and conservative political commentator. He is an avid Tea Party supporter and extreme critic of all things Obama. Living up to his self-proclaimed description of being “loud, obnoxious and frequently fired”, Graham has indeed been terminated from several radio jobs for reasons ranging from refusing to curtail his continual anti-Islamic rants (he has called Islam a “terrorist organization”) and intemperate remarks in the wake of the Columbine massacre.
Back in 2010, the two Michaels came together on the Irish radio program, “Newstalk“, and a glorious verbal fisticuffs broke out, with facts, firsthand knowledge and a worldview (Higgins) disposing of histrionic fear-mongering and fact-free bluster (Graham) with derisive ease.
Well worth 20 minutes of your time. Listen below (just click the pic):
The Democrats could – and should – learn a thing or two from the venerable Mr. Higgins for the run-in to this November’s election.
Thanks to the great Exile On Moan Street blog for posting a portion of this contretemps and thus alerting me to its existence. Take a virtual wander over there – you won’t be disappointed!