Not that I want

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November 20, 2002 1:30 a.m.

Not that I want to bash Tucker Carlson. But can you read the following exchange from Tuesday night’s Crossfire and not think Tucker’s antics are silly and grade-schoolish? Even for Crossfire?

CARLSON: Now I noticed that Al Gore, people say he’s changed a little bit. I’ve noticed a change. I didn’t understand it until I read Time Magazine this week, a long interview with Mr. Gore in there with Karen Tumeltee (ph).

Here’s the explanation. I’m quoting now. “Both Tipper and I have meditated for quite a while.”

Tell me more about that.

KIKI MCLEAN: It means he actually stops to think about what happened…

CARLSON: No, no, truly.

MCLEAN: … and think about what he says.

BEGALA: Oh…

CARLSON: Is it — I know, but you worked for him.

MCLEAN: It is, Tucker?

CARLSON: But no, no, hold on. This is a fair question. Is it Lotus position, incense…

MCLEAN: Tucker, Tucker…

CARLSON: What does he mean by that?

MCLEAN: Do you ever say a prayer? Do you ever give a thought to something you did during the day?

CARLSON: I do. I’m talking about meditation, and that’s distinct from prayer. He said, “We meditate, we pray.”

MCLEAN: I am willing to bet…

CARLSON: What’s the meditation?

MCLEAN: I’m willing to bet, if you asked your pastor, if you asked a rabbi, if you asked a priest…

CARLSON: We’re not talking about a pastor. We’re talking about Al Gore.

MCLEAN: They’ll tell you that prayer and contemplation is meditation.

CARLSON: It is Lotus position?

Okay, maybe Junior High …

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