On Monday’s Morning Joe, “conservative” (for MSNBC) host Joe Scarborough moderated a panel discussion that would be the main talking point for the day on the liberal network— conservative celebration at Obama’s humiliation in Copenhagen.
Looking as glum as if his dog just died, and to top it all off, he couldn’t get his cup of morning joe, Scarborough began the discussion by mentioning his weekend column in which he asked, “What would have happened if liberals had cheered the United States not getting the Olympics?”
Joe played the ill-considered video from the previously very effective Americans for Prosperity as people in their workshop heard the news and cheered. We’ll save that topic for a future post.
Next up was a clip of Rush Limbaugh, who buoyantly called it the “worst day in the Obama presidency,” and then Rush repeated the refrain taught to New Jersey school kids, “Mmm, mmm, MMM! Barack Hussein Obama, mmm, mmm MMM!”
Joe then handed the discussion off to the BBC’s U.S. correspondent Katty Kay, who is about a year behind the popular culture when it comes to the outrage of the moment.
KATTY KAY, BBC: “…Listening to that Rush Limbaugh clip again, and I don’t think I really want to hear it again for a fourth or fifth time, is that it’s not Barack Obama it’s Barack HUSSEIN Obama, Barack HUSSEIN Obama– there’s something insidious going on there too with the repetition of his middle name…
The BBC, the network that brought us the classic humor of Monty Python and the original version of The Office, has assigned a particularly humorless drone to cover United States politics for the BBC news.
If you’re going to discuss current events, Katty, try to keep up. Apparently, this constant talking head commentator is the only person on the continent who cares about politics and hasn’t seen this:
Weirdly, not one of the other panelists, Americans all, seemed to see how Katty had stepped in it, including Joe. Maybe his usually sharp sidekick Willie Geist wasn’t paying attention.
Now, we already know Kay has a strange sense of humor— and propriety. She didn’t seem to have any problem when Ted Kennedy biographer Edward Klein revealed to her on NPR, that Mary Jo Kopechne’s chauffer liked to tell Chappaquiddick jokes.
KLEIN TO WAMU RADIO HOST KATTY KAY: I don’t know if you know this or not, but one of his favorite topics of humor was indeed Chappaquiddick itself. And he would ask people, “Have you heard any new jokes about Chappaquiddick?” That is just the most amazing thing. It’s not that he didn’t feel remorse about the death of Mary Jo Kopechne, but that he still always saw the other side of everything and the ridiculous side of things, too.
But it’s one thing for the Limey not to get the subtext of Rush Limbaugh’s daily media tweak, Media Matters shows once again, they are out of touch, too. They posted the Morning Joe video at the top of this article, because they thought it bolstered their point, not realizing how stupid the people agreeing with them look.
Ironically, last week on Fox News, Charles Krauthammer, showed a sense of British humor history, when he described the public option during a recent Special Report panel, as being a “dead parrot” which had been “nailed to its perch.”
Maybe someone should send this to Joe Scarborough, who looked like he could use a good laugh when he glumly declared that all of the anger at Obama was “disgusting.”
Or maybe he just needs a break. Joe seems to be getting Stockholm Syndrome from hanging out at MSNBC too long. I must have missed Joe calling it “disgusting” that every commentator gleefully exaggerated al Qaeda and Iraqi insurgent successes with the regularity of Bagdad Bob, while ignoring any American success until the surge was basically over.
Of course, calling that “unpatriotic” was oppressive and McCarthyite, right? It’s not nearly as serious as the Olympics…