The Republican Party has moved so far to the right, you can’t recognize Mitt Romney. What Mitt Romney will appear in October? Mitt Romney has changed positions more often than a pornographic movie queen.Arlen Specter • Basically ensuring that there will be a “Crazy Stuff Arlen Specter Says” Tumblr by the end of the day. (via Matt)
Everyone at Morning Joe considers Pat Buchanan to be a friend and a member of the family. Even though we strongly disagree with the contents of Pat’s latest book, Mika and I believe those differences should have been debated in public.A statement from Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” • Disputing the recent firing of Pat Buchanan by the network in the wake of controversial comments in his most recent book, ”Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025?” The book, which has drawn the ire of numerous groups, led to a lengthy suspension for the former presidential candidate, who spent a decade at MSNBC. Think the network made the right move? Or should they have let the crew of “Morning Joe” grill him?
It would be nice to think that the rapidity of the official reaction had to do with legitimate disapproval. Actually, it is a reflex quickened by practice because what cable news now calls political journalism is set up to produce just this kind of ‘television moment’ and its attendant swirl of attention-getting faux controversy.L.A. Times columnist Tim Rutten • Offering a room-clearing take on the whole situation with Mark Halperin and “Morning Joe.” To put it simply, he doesn’t think it’s actually any sort of controversy of the real kind, but instead an opportunity to create a conversation-of-the-day moment. (Which Halperin’s quip successfully did, by the way.) It’s an idea that started with Fox News but has kinda expanded from there. There’s even a site dedicated to this idea. And well, you know, he’s right. But it makes good TV, and that’s all that matters, right? source (via • follow)