Yesterday on Morning Joe with the world blowing up around Rep John Conyers Joe Scarborough reiterated the status of the congressman as an Icon and implied that his issues came from advanced age. Mika backed him up citing the need to tell her own father that it was time to leave the public stage.

It was a narrative that was used by others as well Jeffrey Toobin at CNN said the same thing implying that his actions were all about advanced age and declining mental facilities.

It was an argument that might have resonated with many American who deal with elderly parents, if Cokie Roberts hadn’t let the cat out of the bag that is.

“Don’t get in the elevator with him, you know, and the whole every female in the press corps knew that, right, don’t get in elevator with him,” said Roberts. She continued, “Now people are saying it out loud. And I think that does make a difference.”

Now Ms. Roberts statements means one of two things. Either Mr. Toobin, Mr. Scarborough and Ms. Brzezinski despite decades of experience on Capital Hill were somehow completely ignorant concerning Mr. Conyers proclivities and thus played the old age card for Conyers, or they were not and attempt to deceive the public to hide their knowledge and decades of silence.

Which is it?

Longtime readers know that before I got my overnight job I was a regular viewer of Morning Joe.  I’ve always liked Joe and Mika, not only because they’re been willing to be interviewed and treat their fans well, but because unlike most of the MSM they’ve never pretended to be other than partisan.  Mika in particular has on occasion refused to deny realities unfavorable to the Democrats.

That doesn’t mean I’ve been shy about critiquing and hitting her (do a search of the term “mikaburger” on my site for a great illustration of it) but you won’t’ find anything personal, for example this sentence is the only comment you will ever find on my site concerning her and Joe’s upcoming nuptials.

All that being said Mika and Joe’s attacks on the president have been over the top even for MSNBC, to the degree where I’ve reached the point where I find it highly unlikely that even they believe what they are saying.  It’s my opinion that it’s all about ratings vs reality although the fact that both Mika and Joe qualify as part of the establishment crowd may have something to do about it (An O’Keefe video of the pair on Trump/Russia, if it exists, would be most interesting.) and frankly I’m a tad surprised that it’s taken Trump this long to hit back in this way since it’s his nature.

I don’t like it (the remark about the bleeding facelift).  I don’t like it because it’s indecorous, I don’t like it because I was taught not to treat a woman this way (although the Booster Gold equality rule might apply) and I don’t like it because I don’t like having to pay the price for it, although in fairness if this is the highest price I have to pay for NOT having Hillary as president picking SCOTUS judges is an occasionally a tweet like this, then I’ll take them every day and twice on Sundays.

But the reason I dislike it the most is because it’s not the right thing, and subsequently it’s also not the smart thing for several reasons.

The media at the moment was reeling over the various retractions, public embarrassments that they have been experiencing, this changes the subject away from them.

The James O’Keefe videos had finally broken through to the point where the MSM was not able to spin it away, The President has now given the MSM a chance to go 24/7 on something else.

Nothing will raise the status of Joe and Mika more than this tweet, it raises their prominence in the anti-Trump crowd, gives them a reason to obsess about it on air and moreover will coin viewers for them who will turn on just to see what they will say.  If I was Joe, Mika or their producers even if it caused some personal distress I’d be dancing with joy over this because it’s money and ratings in the bank.

It allows the media to play the Todd Akin game on the GOP asking for comments, I usually think this game is unjustified but as you are the president and the defacto head of the GOP in this situation this tactic can be justified as actually newsworthy.

It’s a distraction for folks like me who find themselves writing this post rather than something else

Now it’s very possible that this is Trump playing 3D chess while I’m playing checkers.  He knows the media effects of this kind of thing, knows it will help their ratings short term and may want the media obsessing on this rather than the healthcare bill or something else coming down the pike.  He might even be interested in demonstrating that he can lead the MSM by the nose where ever he wants them to be.

But for me Mr. President, I don’t like it, I didn’t like it, I would have advised against it and Mr. President as a person who both wants you to win and thinks you should continue to tweet in general as it in general helps us much more than it hurts us,  I’d suggest avoiding such personal attacks on Mika or any other media woman appearance’s covering you in the future.

No charge.

Update: left out a critical NOT in a sentence concerning Hillary, fixed.

Thus says the LORD: ‘I will bring evil upon you out of your own house. I will take your wives while you live to see it, and will give them to your neighbor. He shall lie with your wives in broad daylight.  You have done this deed in secret, but I will bring it about in the presence of all Israel, and with the sun looking down.'”

2 Samuel 12:11-12

One of my favorite stories about my late mother comes from the days of my youth.  It was near the end of the school year, May early June when I was in 4th grade at St. Anthony’s School.   School was out and I was waiting on the steps for my mom to pick me up. This was in the days when nuns just started to ditch the habit and there was a young and very pretty nun who had done so at the school.

She was coming down the stairs near where I was sitting just as my mother was pulling up to get me, but ahead of my mother came by a guy in a convertible with the top down who seeing a very pretty girl coming down the stairs pulled over and said something to her.  I didn’t hear what he said and it’s likely my nine year old, pre-internet/cable TV era ears might not have understood it at the time,  but I remember sister getting very visibly angry as the man pulled away and my mother pulled up.  I didn’t say goodbye to sister as I normally would  (even out of uniform we kids knew enough to keep out of the way when one of the nuns was mad) so I just headed for the passenger seat of mom’s car, when the nun,  still steaming  walked over to my mother to vent her outrage at about that guy trying to pick her, a nun, up,  Till my dying day I’ll never forget mom’s answer delivered in a tone that was reserved for my and my brothers when being scolded:

Don’t go blaming that man, if you want to be treated with the respect of a nun, DRESS LIKE ONE! 

The shock on sister’s face (and my own since I’d never seen anyone talk to a nun like that) was complete and had not gone away when I had gone.  I went to a public school built practically next door to my house for the next two years and didn’t come back to St. Anthony’s till 7th grade but to my memory from that day on either in school or at church at St. Anthony’s  I never saw that nun without at least her nun’s coif (the headscarf) on again.

The lesson I learned that day was this:  While my mother was a woman of discretion, you would never hear her make a negative public or even private comment about anyone even an enemy,  but if you invited her opinion you had better be ready to hear it because it would be blunt and merciless.

And that brings me to Morning Joe and their attack on Kellyanne Conway

Until I started doing daily mass and working overnights, Morning Joe a staple of my day.  It was practically the only outlet for conservative opinion on MSNBC and I liked the fact that Mika didn’t pretend to be “objective” as many liberal members of the media do.

I also had a good relationship with both Joe and Mika.  Joe hit DaTipJar at least once and in my early days it got back to me that he had good things to say about the site.  I admired (and still do) their commitment to their fans who made the show and still believe Mika’s willingness to discuss putting on a few pounds was an important cultural symbol and a positive message to women who think they have to starve themselves to look good.  Both, Joe & Mika have been interviewed by me and despite their current Trump Derangement Syndrome, this show is, based on content, chemistry and sanity the best choice of viewing on MSNBC and it’s not even close.

I have written a lot about the show itself but have been  silent on their personal lives.  I heard plenty of rumors over the years but ignored them because first of all you don’t know whose saying things for the sake of an agenda and second of all it wasn’t my business.  When those rumors eventually turned into a public engagement I still said nothing since it was no more my business when it’s now a matter of public record and planned to have no comment on it on the grounds of decorum.

However now that I see this on youtube:

and all over the net, and read this  at HotAir:

Assume it’s all true, though. Why are Joe and Mika telling tales out of school like this? Whatever Conway said to them about her reluctance to flack for Trump was doubtless said in confidence. They’re breaching that confidence and seemingly doing it in hopes that Trump will hear this, get pissed off, and fire her. If you’re one of the eight thousand establishment political/media people who frequent this show as guests, why would you ever say another candid thing in Scarborough’s or Brzezinski’s presence? Obviously they’ll try to use it to destroy you, publicly, on their own show, if you end up on their sh*t list. Sheesh.

I found the sheer brazen hypocrisy in a public forum for political and ratings gain is so offensive that it becomes necessary to say the obvious rejoinder aloud:

Did I actually just wake up and see that Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski who, newly engaged after divorcing their respective spouses during the run of their show, excoriate Kellyanne Conway in public for doing her job of defending her boss in public even if some of his past actions displeased her, rather than abandoning him to help the much worse Hillary Clinton?

Do Joe and Mika really think it’s a good idea to public suggest KellyAnne Conway is two faced over a campaign when they apparently spent years keeping up a pretence, saying one thing on air and making one pose in public, while doing something completely different when the cameras are off and not only doing so but asking others to go along with this masquerade?

Not only is their attack on Kellyanne Conway dishonorable, but it boggles the mind that Trump derangement Syndrome has driven them to say this given their own efforts to hide their relationship from the public as long as possible.  It terms of stupidity, that move is so remarkable, so incredible and so clueless that I’m shocked that they would resort to it.

This act, at least to me was so incorgroutious that, like my mother listening to that young Nun’s rant, it’s worth the likely fallout and the burning of bridges to call them out on it.

Simply Amazing.


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Michael Corleone: I saw a strange thing today. Some rebels were being arrested. One of them pulled the pin on a grenade. He took himself and the captain of the command with him. Right Johnny?
Johnny Olaf: These rebels they’re lunatics
Michael Corleone: Maybe so but it occurred to me. The soldiers are paid to fight; the rebels aren’t.
Hyman Roth: What does that tell you?
Michael Corleone: They could win.

Godfather 2 1974

Duncan:  I’m going to win you know and I never forgive people who let me down.
Jim Hacker: I can’t make my support too public.
Duncan:  It doesn’t have to be public so long as everyone knows.

Yes Minister 1984

One of the hardest things in this election cycle is figuring out what is actually happening as the pols and the reporting are constantly in flux.  You don’t know what to believe.

However there are tiny clues out there, to figure out what it what, this is one of them.

Last week, Scarborough and his “Morning Joe” co-host, Mika Brzezinski, visited the Republican presidential nominee at Trump Tower to rekindle a once-rosy relationship that has turned bitter and adversarial, sources with knowledge of the meeting told CNNMoney.

The three also discussed the possibility of conducting an interview for “Morning Joe,” though nothing was decided or finalized, one of the sources said. Scarborough did not respond to a request for comment.

Now one might argue this is just good business, Trump is still a ratings draw and it would behoove Morning Joe to be able to get him on again before the election.  Also as they were friends in the past there is the natural and positive desire to mend fences.

But given the sheer level of public vitriol over the last several months might there be another calculation here.

When it was considered highly unlikely that Donald Trump would win the presidency there was very little downside to the feud for the Morning Joe team.  After all you can never go wrong on MSNBC by disliking or hitting a GOP nominee for president and the louder you do so the better the MSNBC audience will like it and once the election was over the idea is Trump would make the first move once he needed publicity for something, after all business is business.

However as the likelihood of a Donald Trump presidency increases suddenly the danger of being an open enemy of the president of the United States, a president who has a reputation for hitting back, might not be a good idea for a Morning news program who may want access to the administration, particularly since the Obama administration has set the precedent of using the power of the government to retaliate against political enemies.

That being the case it not only become necessary to mend fences, but imperative to be seen to do so BEFORE the election.

There are plenty of signs that the Hillary Clinton campaign is in real trouble, but for my money there is no clearer sign than this one.

 

You hadn’t exactly gone out of your way to call attention to them had you? I mean like actually telling anyone or anything.’ But the plans were on display…’ o n display? I eventually had to go down to the cellar to find them.’ `That’s the display department.’ `With a torch.’ `Ah, well the lights had probably gone.’ `So had the stairs.’ `But look you found the notice didn’t you?’ `Yes,’ said Arthur, `yes I did. It was on display in the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying “Beware of The Leopard”.’

Douglas Adams The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy 1979 — Douglas Adams.

On Tuesday I led with a piece concerning the hilarity of crying “security” with Anthony Weiner and Huma when Bill Clinton is about to be let back into the white house. In that piece I had a quote from Donny Deutsch

Panelist Donny Deutsch guessed that Trump would have no problem counter-punching with the Epstein connection whenever he was hit for his own behavior with women, as he was last weekend in a piece in the New York Times.

“Here’s the tennis game,” Deutsch said. “Donald Trump kissed a woman in a bathing suit. Trump hits back: Tell me about the president’s relationship with a guy named Jeffrey Epstein. That’s your tennis match.”

In my original piece I had video from the Washington Free Beacon story containing that entire exchange. You might wonder why I didn’t include said video of Deutsch mentioning Jeffery Epstein and see the reaction of the people at the table.

Here is why

nbc copywright

If you look at the view count you will see that seven minute clip had over 100,000 views before NBC decided to play copyright police game.

Maybe it’s just me but given how often we see stuff at mediaite et al it seems rather unusual for a news network to make a copyright claim over a clip from a news story that used as “fair use” by another news organization. Could this suggest that NBC wants to keep this clip out of the public view because it might hurt Hillary?

I can see the NBC reaction now: Nonsense, we’re not censoring the clip at all. The seven minute clip IS available IF you

Go to the Morning Joe site

Hit search taking you to the MSNBC search engine

Search for Donald Trump

Narrow the field to Morning Joe

Narrow the field to May 16th 2016

and sit through all the videos till you find the right one.

And skip ahead to the 12 minute mark on that video.

If you do so you CAN find the clip and watch the Morning Joe panel’s reaction to what Donny Deutsch says

So,  You’ll have absolutely no problem sharing this clip with people far and wide and giving them a hint about the relationship between Jeffery Epstein and Bill Clinton and how the media views it…provided you are someone like me who

already saw the clip

remembered what show it was on

knew what day it was broadcast

And knew what time segment to look for 

As for everyone else NBC says to you: Beware of the Leopard!


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There was a throw away line in this piece at Instapundit concerning Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s and wikileaks that jumped out at me:

What is it with the DNC and their strange stalker-like obsession with Morning Joe anyhow? Here’s video of the Obama administration emailing the show and one of Joe’s distaff co-hosts (possibly Savannah Guthrie) reading on the air a White House “correction” to their coverage back in October of 2009. That was also around the time “a ‘senior White House official’sent an email calling Joe Scarborough an ‘asshole’ for mocking Pres. Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize.”

And you thought Trump couldn’t handle criticism!

While these days my work/prayer schedule prevents me from watching the answer is actually pretty obvious to anyone who has watched the show.

Morning Joe has two things that no other MSNBC show has

 A Republican host who while occasionally going off the reservation and not a big fan of Tea Party types provides a reliable conservative viewpoint on basic issues that as a rule MSNBC viewers are never exposed to. 

A Democrat co-host who while a partisan Democrat is honest and cares about her reputation enough not to lie to the viewers simply for the sake of the party and is willing to question things that smell to her.

Even worse when a Tea Party conservative shows up on the show, they are treated fairly and not as a rule dismissed as some kind of loony

It’s one thing to dismiss Fox or GOP activists or even bloggers it’s another to dismiss something when the MSNBC drivetime show talks about something as legit.

For the Democrats that makes them dangerous.

That’s why I think conservatives should invest time in the show an cultivate both Joe and Mika, it’s their easiest entre to introduce news that the MSM wants to suppresses into the stream outside of Fox.


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the latest in our series of posts noting the bright side of Donald Trump’s nomination for president for unhappy conservatives.

Today’s piece comes from the Morning Joe via the Washington Free Beacon:

MSNBC’s Morning Joe panel had a lengthy discussion Monday about the “uncomfortable” facts of Bill Clinton’s relationship with Jeffrey Epstein, the known pedophile billionaire whose jet Clinton flew on dozens of times.

Presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump has been unafraid to level attacks against the Clintons for the former president’s past of sexual misconduct, calling him fair game. Fox News reported last week that Clinton flew on Epstein’s jet, the crudely named “Lolita Express,” far more than previously known in the last decade.

Panelist Donny Deutsch guessed that Trump would have no problem counter-punching with the Epstein connection whenever he was hit for his own behavior with women, as he was last weekend in a piece in the New York Times.

“Here’s the tennis game,” Deutsch said. “Donald Trump kissed a woman in a bathing suit. Trump hits back: Tell me about the president’s relationship with a guy named Jeffrey Epstein. That’s your tennis match.”

Now this story isn’t all that new, in fact I wrote about it two years ago and my own post was derivative of Stacy McCain’s that preceded it.

and you also might wonder why this piece goes under the “Always Look on the Bright Side of Trump” category, well take a look at the video

and two things become immediately clear.

Everybody at the Table knows who Jeffery Epstein is, and what the story is

Nobody at the table wanted to talk about it

Joe Scarborough notes he has been hearing about this for a year and a half but the fact that the viewers of MSNBC are just hearing about it now goes to something I wrote about this story in April 2014

If there is one thing the media that loves to play the War on Women® card doesn’t want to touch it’s a story about people using their own private island to get laid that involves Bill Clinton.

What could the media do if this story involving the former father of the year? They would call it old news, not relevant, dirty tricks from a salacious lawsuit that doesn’t even involve him and an attack on Hillary that crosses the line. In fact the left will deploy a plethora of adjectives to discourage further discussion of this story from antiquated to zany, but there is one adjective that could not come out of their mouth to dismiss this story:

Unbelievable

The last few years have proven that the left can convince a low information voter of a lot of things, but even the full power of the mainstream media and the strongest zealots from the War on Women® brigade would not be able to convince the American public that Bill Clinton would have no interest or business on a private island where orgies took place.

That’s why you didn’t see this story in the news last month and why as the case moves forward you’ll not see it covered period.

 

It’s very clear that the MSM has been sitting on this stuff for almost two years and had no intention of ever talking about it, and it even clearer that if the GOP voters had elected any other nominee MSNBC’s Morning Joe would have happily kept their viewers in ignorance.

But Donald Trump nomination throws those rules out the windows.  He’s willing to do what Stacy McCain & I Couldn’t do and what Mitt Romney and John  McCain wouldn’t do, force a story like this onto the national stage.

Mind you Trump hasn’t even bothered to say a word about Epstein yet and the table does its best to spin this in a different direction, but the very fact that Trump is who is forced MSNBC to deal with the story even if most of dealing with it was talking about Trump’s willingness to go there.

Take a look at the set of dejected faces on that video, remember those faces are being broadcast on MSNBC to liberal viewers who would never do a web search of the words “Jeffery Epstein + Bill Clinton”

Donald Trump did that and if you’re a conservative it’s a joy to behold.

Closing thought: They mentioned the word “enabler” used in the context of Hillary, would it not that word be better applied to the press who has known about these stories but have kept silent to protect their hero?

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Today on Morning Joe it’s been all about “Marco Rubio and accomplishments” fueled by the inability of Rick Santorum to name one.

They’ve been all in on the “lack of Rubio accomplishments” meme that Chris Christie launched in the debate and in fairness it’s not an unreasonable argument to make about a 1st term Senator running for President.

However there is an irony here that everyone seems to miss.

Let me take you back to April of 2014 Bill Kristol is on the Morning Joe table and he asked the assembled members of the press there to name an accomplishment not of first term senator from Florida or Texas, but of Hillary Clinton a Two term senator, former Secretary of State first lady and former presidential candidate. Here is what happened.

The full segment is here.

I’ve been talking about this subject for three years and nobody in the MSM seems to be interested in it.

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For the first time in a month I woke up at 5 AM (day off) and with daily mass in the evening I turned on Morning Joe and saw something amazing.

The discussion was why Donald Trump was perceived as he was and turned instantly to Barack Obama noting that Paris happened after he said ISIS was contained and San Bernardino happened after he said ISIS can’t strike here. The pièce de résistance was when
Jon Meacham called it a malaise among the people like the Carter years and NOBODY AT THE TABLE CONTESTED IT.

Now for people like Glenn Reynolds and myself this is no big deal, I started my (Chester) Arthur (Jimmy) Carter watch during my first week of blogging (day 4 actually Dec 2 2008)

You sometimes get a rookie pitcher with a winning season but usually not. I’m hoping for Chester Arthur but I’m expecting Jimmy Carter.

But for the Morning Anchor show of MSNBC to say this in their first hour and have no liberal at the table contest it is amazing.

What was their explanation? ISIS. People are more afraid of a terror attack then at any time since 9/11. It’s brings to mind an early episode of the original Star Trek series: What are little girls made of?

Kirk: Emotion, Ruk? You disapprove of Miss Chapel’s orders to save my life?
Ruk: To maintain your existence would be illogical.
Kirk: Why? Can’t your memory banks solve a simple equation like that? …

Just as conservative bloggers and writers have been doing our best to counter the programing that the MSM has given the public concerning the Obama administration, Kirk presses the Android Rok to see the danger to him that he has been conditioned to avoid and finally gets a breakthrough…

Kirk: The danger to you is Korby.
Ruk: I was programmed by Korby. I cannot harm him.
Kirk: The old ones programmed you, too, but it became possible to destroy them.
RUK: [Excited] That was the equation! Existence! Survival must cancel out programming.

Realizing that this administration will get them killed has finally overridden the MSM & culture’s programming.

Too bad for America they didn’t figure this out four years ago.

Incidentally I dropped Arthur / Carter watch in the first year when it became clear which one he was going to be.  Walter Russell Mead said in 2001 that Jimmy Carter was the best case scenario for Obama.  He hasn’t even managed that.

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I know you can get the MSM for nothing, but that’s pretty much what most of them are worth.

Today the entire Morning Joe table from Joe & Mike to Barnicle to Katy Kay & Howard Dean etc all agreed that the Baltimore police simply can’t investigate itself on the Freddie Gray case.

They talked about credibility of the report and public perception and the relationships between those doing the investigation and those being investigated.

I have just one question:

Did any of these people for one moment suggest that this White House couldn’t’ investigate itself on Benghazi, or the IRS scandal, or Fast & Furious? Did they demand an outside investigator on the Clinton emails? I don’t remember that happening at all. I recall instead them believing the WH and saying that conservative concerns were smoke and mirrors.

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