Like most people, I never paid much attention to Ed Schultz. A loud, bullying, meaty man in the even meatier middle of the distribution when it comes to smarts, Mr. Schultz was your classic "lunch pail populist" as host of MSNBC's "The Ed Show."
During his six-year run on the network, I don't think anyone ever asked, "Did you hear what Ed Schultz said?" save when he uttered something ridiculous enough to make smart or decent liberals wince.
Still, I always thought he meant what he was saying. Sure he exaggerated and was prone to hyperbole. But that was his shtick.
It's clear now I thought too highly of him.