Now we find out if the Morning Joe team that has been so happy to make fun of republicans for not standing up to Rush will challenge the president to do the same.
5:50 a.m. It is 10 min before the show. I’m predicting that they will pooh pooh the idea of the debate and only Pat will be there to ask why it is incumbent on Republicans to challenge Rush but it is not incumbent for the White House that attacked him to do so. Will I be right?
6:00 a.m. Ok lets see….They lead with the counterproductive quote.
6:02 a.m. Oh they’ve spent very little time on Rush says Barnicle, only what 4-5 news cycles now?
6:04 a.m. Apparently it’s mission accomplished for the White House, no comment on the challenge by Rush yet. Apparently the only thing that Rush has ever said is the 60 seconds of his 80 minute speech that they played over and over and the 30 seconds of his rebuttal to Michael Steele. Nothing else exists.
6:05 a.m. I’ve got to admit that is amazing that fellow lived.
6:07 a.m. They now show the debate challenge, they all dismiss it.
6:10 a.m. Barnicle brings up Tip, I loved Tip he was awsome and an honest opponent.
6:12 a.m. Apparently everyone who meets Rush likes him, he’s funny and not a hater, but I disagree with him.
6:13 a.m. They are still hitting Steele but they have still dismissed the challenge to President Obama
6:14 a.m. “Sometimes being black isn’t enough” says Joe. They are talking about Michael Steele, I wonder who else this could apply to?
6:18 a.m. Funny Rush Joke. Good point the late nights won’t attack Obama, but will now attack Rush.
6:30 a.m. They point out the distraction factor on the Rush story.
6:40 a.m. I did miss this, they hit Geithner on hypocrisy. Good!
6:45 a.m. Apparently Patterson doesn’t enjoy the president’s immunity. That was funny. Note the joke had nothing to do with race.
7:00 a.m. Hey the 7 figure offer for the birth tape is better than the 7 figures for the sex.
7:06 a.m. They play Rush’s challenge again followed by the counterproductive quote from Gibbs. That is interesting.
7:08 a.m. Carlos says there is only so much time you can distract from the issues.
7:10 a.m. Watson says Steele can recover by organizing actual alternatives.
7:11 a.m. Again we see the Steele is a coward and looks weak, but apparently the president isn’t cowardly or looking weak not answering Rush’s Challenge.
7:12 a.m. They are right about the grass roots stuff.
7:13 a.m. Now lets attack Palin as a token and bring back the Being Black is not enough line, Mika tried to head it off. They still don’t get the irony of all of this.
7:15 a.m. This has the potential to be an Imus moment for Morning Joe, it will not be because Mr. Steele is a conservative Republican.
7:17 a.m. “Why does Rush Limbaugh hate children?”
7:20 a.m. Lets make something clear. If Michael Steele was the DNC chairman instead of the RNC chairman this would be Morning Joe’s Imus moment.
7:30 a.m. Now the topic is Iran. Actually a good question from O’Donnell does the worldwide downturn give us leverage against Iran. Haass says yes and praises diplomacy. The problem that these guys have is that they forget dictators don’t care what the standard of living is for their people.
7:32 a.m. Cuba is doing ok according to Hass, but apparently retreats in Syria, Russia etc are all positive things.
7:39 a.m. Is there anything in the advice that Smiley and Scarborough said about Steele that could not be said about the president?
7:41 a.m. Limbaugh challenges the president to a debate and is the lead story so the topic of discussion is the fecklessness of Michael Steele, amazing! Is there an actual conservative that they are willing to talk to or have on for more than 60 seconds.
7:43 a.m. Smiley is asked the “black enough” question in different words. He says symbolism is important but substance matters more. This is what is called “projection”.
7:44 a.m. OMG Smiley says that Obama has to be held accountable to deliver! This is a seminal moment!
7:45 a.m. Annoying doctor: “Leaders don’t grovel.”
7:53 a.m. They are talking healthcare, they are now asking about costs.
7:55 a.m. The Doc is talking about a dark underside on this stuff dealing with coverage.
7:56 a.m. Did you hear anything out of their mouth?
8:01 a.m. Now they are laughing at Gibbs, Good!
8:05 a.m. Obama is just like any other pol looking for advantage says Ari Fleischer as a guest.
8:07 a.m. Barnicle says they aren’t really worrying about Rush in the Whitehouse is he. I say look at the news cycle.
8:07 a.m. Would you have gone after Michael Moore? Would you go after Moore.
8:09 a.m. “Are you going after Democratic candidates for not denouncing Keith Olberman?” Zing! Fleischer is cleaning their clocks.
8:14 a.m. Defensive medicine, they are really talking solid sense now. This is the best non-Rush topic they have done today.
8:16 a.m. 50k is what this doc pays for insurance. This is a solid topic, I’m sure they would LOVE to talk about this instead of Rush on the radio today.
8:20 a.m. I think Tavis Smilley might have saved the day for Morning Joe.
8:29 a.m. How can this argument concerning a “fundamental change” be true when gay marriage wasn’t legal in California until the last year or so. Correct me if I’m wrong but hasn’t California been a state before the civil war?
8:50 a.m. Breaking Bad interesting show.
8:57 a.m. What did I learn today. Being Black isn’t enough if you are a black Republican who won’t oppose Rush. That’s being a grovelling leader. Being Black IS enough if you are a liberal first term senator who wants to be president and doesn’t want to engage Rush in debate. At least that is the case on Morning Joe.