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  • Dem Senator Threatens: Pruitt-EPA Confirmation Hearings Will Have ‘Razor-blade Sharp Edges’

    12/08/2016 1:56:58 PM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 30 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    My, my: such a violent metaphor. Aren’t the Dems the peace ‘n love party? On MSNBC today, regarding the nomination of Scott Pruitt as EPA Administrator, Dem Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts threatened “a confirmation hearing that has razor-blade sharp edges.” To which guest-host Peter Alexander stunningly responded: “as the Sierra Club told me last night, they said this is sort of like putting an arsonist in charge of fighting fires.” Note: Alexander wasn’t merely reporting the Sierra Club’s statement. With his preface—”as the Sierra Club told me”—Alexander seemed to be adopting the slanderous simile as his own. View the...
  • Scarborough: Never Trumpers Saying ‘Wow,’ Wouldn’t Have Gotten These Nominations with Jeb or Marco

    12/08/2016 7:06:06 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 53 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Donald Trump’s nominations have turned out to be a pleasant surprise for some of his biggest conservative critics. That was Joe Scarborough’s take on today’s Morning Joe. From James Mattis at Defense, to John Kelly at DHS, and now to EPA foe Scott Pruitt . . . at EPA, the President-elect has proposed people with strong records and in a number of cases, strong conservative philosophies. So much so that Scarborough remarked: “How fascinating that the Never Trumpers and the Wall Street Journal editorial page and the Bill Kristols, and all the people who were rightly the most skeptical of...
  • Liberal environmentalist compares Trump to Hitler, complains about “toxic rhetoric”

    12/07/2016 5:59:23 PM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 42 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    If you haven’t already discovered Tucker Carlson’s new Fox News show, weekdays at 7pm, do yourself a favor and check it out. This Insurrectionist says it’s the most entertaining conservative hour on TV. Carlson opens most shows with a left-wing guest whom he politely, but fearlessly, takes on. Tonight’s lib, environmentalist Erin Schrode, had, in response to Time naming Donald Trump its Person of the Year, compared Trump to Hitler. When toward the end of the segment, Schrode decried Trump’s “name-calling and hate speech and toxic rhetoric,” Carlson pounced. “You just compared this guy to Hitler and then with a...
  • Morning Joe’s Surprising Support for Trump’s China Move: A Way to Get ‘Leverage’

    12/05/2016 5:53:59 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 14 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    The American foreign-policy establishment is wringing its collective hands over Donald Trump’s phone conversation with the President of Taiwan, and his subsequent tweet in which he took China to task for its currency devaluation, tariffs on American products, and military build-up in the South China Sea. But there was some surprising support for Trump’s initiative on today’s Morning Joe. First, Mark Halperin said this showed that Trump wasn’t planning to be a passive “inbox president” [Ed.: sayonara, leading from behind], and that it was a way for the US to get “leverage” on China where we had none before. Joe...
  • CNN’s Camerota Suggests Trump Used ‘Threat’ to Get Carrier Deal

    12/02/2016 10:21:00 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 50 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Nice little company you got there. Wouldn’t want to see nuthin’ happen to it . . . CNN’s Alisyn Camerota suggested this morning that Donald Trump used a “threat” against United Technologies to get its Carrier subsidiary to agree to keep manufacturing jobs in Indiana. Even the Indianapolis Star reporter who had criticized the deal as being “an extremely expensive campaign promise” took issue with Camerota’s suggestion of a “threat.” CNN: the network that would depict President-elect Trump as using mob-boss tactics. View the video here.
  • Thatcher Nods: Dems Ran Out of Other People’s Money

    12/01/2016 7:57:10 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 33 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Margaret Thatcher once famously said that “the problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.” Is that what’s happened to the Democratic party? Morning Joe devoted a navel-gazing segment today to the question of where Dems go from here given their loss of the presidency, their failure to take back either house of congress, and their hemorrhaging of governorships and hundreds of state-legislature seats. There was consensus that Nancy Pelosi and her septuagenarian cohort in the Dem leadership were past their sell-by dates. But the bigger problem that was posed was the lack of a...
  • Mika’s Shockingly Scorches Elizabeth Warren: ‘Tired of this Act,’ ‘Shrill, Almost Unhinged’

    11/29/2016 6:03:47 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 111 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Earlier in this presidential election cycle, Mika Brzezinski was a big Elizabeth Warren booster, repeatedly urging her to throw her hat into the ring. So it was nothing short of stunning to see Brzezinski go on a blistering attack against Warren on today’s Morning Joe. The segment began with a clip of Warren in essence declaring war on Republicans, claiming Dems had won more presidential and senatorial votes, and that they weren’t intending to “whimper, whine or grovel.” Wondered Mika: “do you lead with anger? . . I am getting tired of this act.” “There’s an anger there that was...
  • Morning Joe: Trump ‘Furious’ at Kellyanne Conway Going ‘Rogue’ With Romney Criticism

    11/28/2016 6:02:03 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 121 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    When I suggested yesterday that Kellyanne Conway was being “less than loyal” to Donald Trump by sharply criticizing Mitt Romney on the Sunday shows, some readers took issue, surmising that Trump himself had encouraged Conway’s attacks. But today’s Morning Joe reported as Breaking News that two sources at the top of the transition say that Trump is “furious” at Conway for her comments, notably her suggestion that Trump had “betrayed” his supporters by considering Romney for Secretary of State. The sources described Conway as having gone “rogue.” Scarborough read a response from Conway in which she called the comments “sexist”...
  • Chuck Todd to Kellyanne Conway: Criticising MSM a ‘Knee-jerk Crutch’

    11/27/2016 10:22:18 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 84 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Much of the commentary about Kellyanne Conway’s Meet the Press appearance this morning has focused on her criticism of the prospect of Mitt Romney as Secretary of State. We’ll discuss that in a “Note” below but would like to highlight a striking statement by Chuck Todd that immediately preceded the Romney discussion. Todd was grilling Conway over potential conflicts between Trump’s business interests and his role as president. Conway eventually had enough, and observed “I went back and looked at what all the press clips and the conversations on shows like this eight years ago. It was basically debating just...
  • Tongue-Tied Green Party Official Stumbles to Explain Wisconsin Recount

    11/25/2016 7:04:44 PM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 33 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    If this is the best that the Hillary/Stein people can come up with to justify a recount in some states, Donald Trump can rest very easy tonight . . . On Tucker Carlson’s new Fox News show this evening, guest host Ed Henry interviewed Ian Jackson of the Massachusetts Green-Rainbow Party regarding a possible recount of the presidential vote in Wisconsin. Green Party candidate Jill Stein campaign has in recent days raised millions of dollars to fund such an effort. The responses from Jackson—who seemed a nice guy in over his head—were a string of painful pauses and hesitations, concluding...
  • Wow! MSNBC Anchor Defends Trump Pick of School-Choice Advocate as SecEd

    11/24/2016 8:59:35 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 24 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Something to give—surprised—thanks for this morning: an MSNBC anchor staunchly defending school choice and Donald Trump’s pick for Secretary of Education . . . while ably and aggressively arguing the issues with the head of America’s biggest teachers’ union! Stephanie Ruhle is the MSNBC anchor in question, and she took on Randi Weingarten, head of the AFT teachers’ union. The topic at hand was Donald Trump’s naming of school-choice advocate Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education. Weingarten, acknowledging that the union is “so opposed” to DeVos, repeatedly accused Trump’s pick of wanting to take a “sledgehammer” to public schools in...
  • Chris Cuomo: Trump Administration Will Demand ‘Constant Opposition’ from Media

    11/23/2016 11:00:56 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 52 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Is it the role of the media to serve as “opposition” to the Trump administration? Yes, in the mind of Chris Cuomo. On his CNN show this morning, Cuomo said “the media cannot yield. This administration is going to demand constant fact-checking, and opposition. Because otherwise, you don’t know which way it’s going to go from day to day. That’s just a fact.” Fact-checking an administration? Absolutely. That’s an important role for the press. But “opposition?” That’s the role for the opposition party. Unless, of course, Cuomo sees the MSM as a wing of the DNC? Don’t answer that question,...
  • Matthews: ‘Dog-Train Trump—If He Poops in Hall, His Nose Goes in It’

    11/21/2016 6:23:03 PM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 81 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Imagine if just after the 2008 election, a conservative pundit had said this of President-elect Obama: “how do you dog-train Obama? I mean it tough. Dog train. If he poops in the hall, you make his nose go in it.” Western civilization as we know it might have ended right there. But on this evening’s Hardball, that’s precisely what Chris Matthews said—except about Donald Trump, of course. His point seemed to be that Trump must be brought to heel should he have the audacity to follow through on his promises to build the wall and end Obamacare. View the video...
  • Kellyanne Conway: ‘Election Results Very Hard to Swallow’ for MSM

    11/21/2016 5:58:33 PM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 36 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    On With All Due Respect, John Heilemann was aggressively questioning Kellayanne Conway, arguing that conflicts of interests would arise when the Trump administration makes decisions that could affect Trump business interests at home or abroad. Conway eventually had enough. She shot back: “look, John, I know the election results are very tough to swallow, particularly for those of you who just couldn’t see it coming, couldn’t even conceive of the possibility that the other candidate may actually win, that you don’t understand America.” Ouch. View the video here.
  • Morning Joe Continues Anti-Rudy Rampage: Off Camera, People Say He’s ‘a Few Steps Slower’ Mentally

    11/21/2016 6:05:15 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 41 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Last week, we reported on Morning Joe ripping the notion of Rudy Giuliani as Secretary of State, with Joe Scarborough saying “he’s temperamentally not qualified to be, and he’s not qualified to be it based on any experience or training or any contacts.” This morning, the show was still on its anti-Rudy rampage, with Scarborough stating: “it’s one of these things that everybody says off camera. I’m going to tell you it to you on camera . . . Even people close to Trump say Rudy Giuliani mentally is a few steps slower than he was several years ago.” View...
  • Deutsch: Someone ‘Very High Up’ in Trump Circle Says Prospect of Romney as SecState ‘Very Real’

    11/18/2016 4:46:24 PM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 153 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Say what you will about Donny Deutsch, but the man-about-Manhattan and the Hamptons moves in the Trump social circle and is well-connected there. So attention must be paid to Deutsch’s declaration on today’s With All Due Respect. Asked by Mark Halperin whether the talk about Romney being considered for Secretary of State is “real, whether Romney might end up with the job,” Deutsch responded: “somebody very, very, very high up in the inner [Trump] circle yesterday told me it was very, very real,” and that this person was “very excited about it.” View the video here.
  • Ah, ba-ba-ba-ba! Hillary Surrogate Childishly Cuts Off Conservative Critic of Sanctuary Cities

    11/17/2016 8:52:51 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 26 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    And people have been worrying whether the Trump administration would conduct itself in a mature manner? . . . On CNN this morning, Christine Quinn—former NYC Council Speaker and a Hillary surrogate—used childish antics in an attempt to silence conservative radio talk show host Ben Ferguson on the subject of sanctuary cities. At one point [1:46 in video], Quinn raised her hand and angrily yelled “ah, ba-ba-ba-ba!” to shut Ferguson down. It was the most churlish display by a political pundit this Insurrectionist can remember. Ferguson took it all in stride, smiling wryly through Quinn’s antics. View the video here.
  • Morning Joe Rips Rudy, Bolton for SecState, Calls Corker ‘No-Brainer’ for Job

    11/15/2016 3:17:45 PM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 44 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Morning Joe spent its opening segment scalding the notion of either Rudy Giuliani or John Bolton as Secretary of State in the Trump administration. Giuliani was described as completely unqualified for the job, and someone who has personally profited off national security matters, a la the Clintons. Bolton was blasted as a “neo-con on steroids” whose views are out of sync with Trump’s, and is “donor-driven,” with Sheldon Adelson’s name being dropped. So who’s Scarborough and company’s pick for SecState? Joe and Mike Barnicle called the selection of Tennessee Senator Bob Corker a “no-brainer.” Maybe so, but not necessarily in...
  • CNN Goes Bonkers Over Bannon

    11/14/2016 9:53:57 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 133 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Remember when, at the beginning of his administration, President Obama made Valerie Jarrett his closest advisor, and how CNN went on the attack because of her far-left roots? Neither do I. But now that President-elect Trump has named Steve Bannon as a senior advisor, CNN is in full inquisition mode. Chris Cuomo and Poppy Harlow, co-hosts on today’s New Day, cross-examined Trump spox and former Sen. Tom Coburn, respectively. References to the alt-right, anti-Semitism, etc. flew as the CNNers combatively questioned their guests. View the video here
  • Maddow Questions Whether Trump Can be Trusted with Intel on Russia

    11/11/2016 4:31:35 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 68 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Rachel Maddow has wondered out loud whether President-elect Trump might be under the influence of Russia. On her MSNBC show this evening, Maddow suggested that Trump might betray the most sensitive intelligence to the Russians—including the identity of US spies. She questioned whether US intelligence agencies should provide Trump with such information. View the video here.
  • NY Times Headline Epitomizes MSM Myopia Over Trump

    11/10/2016 5:51:33 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 36 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Want to understand the bubble in which the elite, liberal media lives? Check out the banner headline of today’s New York Times: “Democrats, Students and Foreign Allies Face the Reality of a Trump Presidency.” On today’s Morning Joe, Mark Halperin nailed it: “Look at the headline of this story. This is the day after a surprising underdog sweeping victory and their headline is not “disaffected Americans have a champion going to the White House” or “the country votes for fundamental change.” The headline is about how disappointed the friends of the people who run the New York Times are about...
  • Princeton Prof: ‘White America has Elected an Ill-informed, Morally and Ethically Bankrupt Racist’

    11/09/2016 7:11:07 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 65 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    We’ll put Eddie Glaude Jr. down as “undecided” about attending the Kumbaya love-in . . . on today’s Morning Joe, Glaude, chair of Princeton’s African-American studies department, said “across the board, white America has just elected to my mind an ill-informed racist who by any standard is morally and ethically bankrupt . . . I have to confront my son. ” Joe Scarborough has a surprisingly astringent response: “just so you understand, when you talk to your son, that if Hillary Clinton had won, there would have been other people in Iowa who said how do I explain to my...
  • Star is Born? Donald Trump, Jr.’s Impressive Morning Joe Appearance

    11/08/2016 7:34:38 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 37 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Ivanka has attracted attention as the Trump most likely to have a significant political future. But don’t sleep on Donald Trump, Jr. Appearing on today’s Morning Joe, Trump, Jr. was impressively thoughtful, articulate, substantive and nuanced, without for one second backing down from making his case forcefully and unapologetically. For a taste of Trump, Jr., view the video as he unblinkingly attacks the double standard, asserting that any average American who had done what Hillary did with her email would be in jail. And when Eugene Robinson of the Washington Post scoffs at his assertion that African-Americans and Hispanics speak...
  • James Carville: ‘I’m a Nervous Wreck, Not Impossible’ for Trump to Win

    11/07/2016 6:07:47 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 54 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    If Serpent Head is nervous . . . There was an ironic contrast on today’s Morning Joe. On the one hand, Steve Schmidt—former McCain campaign manager turned Trump antagonist—sees no real chance for the Donald. Said Schmidt: “I’ve been in the camp that says it’s been over for some time,” and that “the bill is coming due for the tone and tenor” of Trump’s campaign. Schmidt sees Hillary cruising to a win with 320-340 Electoral College votes. It was actually James Carville who in contrast said that it’s “not impossible” for Trump to win, and indeed that he’s a “nervous...
  • Joy Reid Guest: 'Hubris' for Trump to Think He Could be Assassination Target

    11/06/2016 7:43:06 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 26 replies
    In one of the more absurd statement of this absurd political season, Joy Reid guest Michelle Bernard said it was "hubris" for Donald Trump to imagine that he was "akin" to American leaders who have been the target of assassination attempts such as Lincoln, MLK, JFK, RFK and Reagan. How illogical can Bernard be? Whether or not Trump belongs in the political pantheon she described, can she possibly believe that he could not possibly be the target of a madman? And what of the lesser figures who were the object of assassination attempts, such as McKinley, Garfield and Gerald Ford?...
  • MSNBC Terrorism 'Expert': I Know the FBI Spy Catchers Who Took Down ‘Victor Davis Hanson’

    11/05/2016 11:30:31 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 52 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Victor Davis Hanson: Russian spy? Who would have suspected that one of America's leading conservative intellectuals, a prominent historian who is currently a Senior Fellow at Stanford's Hoover Institution, was selling us out to the Russkies? Actually, no one would suspect it because it isn't true. But on today's AM Joy, MSNBC terrorism expert Malcolm Nance bragged: "I know some of the spy-catchers in FBI counter-intelligence, guys who have taken down big names, like Aldrich Ames and Victor Davis Hanson." Nance presumably had in mind Robert Philip Hanssen, a former FBI agent who was convicted in 2001 of spying for...
  • MSNBC’s Kasie Hunt: Hillary Events ‘Don’t Feel Like a Winning Campaign in Final Week’

    11/04/2016 8:39:23 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 70 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    As MSNBC reporters go, Kasie Hunt is among the more even-handed. Even so, no one would confuse her for a covert Trump fan. So it was remarkable that on today’s Morning Joe, Hunt offered up this personal observation born out of her being out on the Clinton campaign trail: “the events that Hillary Clinton is holding in these swing states, they don’t feel like a winning campaign in the final week.” Yikes! Hunt contrasted the “relatively small, relatively excited” crowds at Hillary events with the “screaming crowds of people” at recent Obama rallies, where “the vibe is just entirely different.”...
  • Andrew Sullivan Calls Trump ‘Fascist,’ But Predicts He’ll Win

    11/04/2016 4:29:51 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 39 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    On yesterday evening’s Hardball, an overwrought Andrew Sullivan stopped just short of chewing the scenery, while repeatedly referring to Donald Trump and Ann Coulter as fascists. But precisely because of Trump’s supposed fascist fear-mongering, Sullivan predicted that “Trump is going to win this election.” Former New Republic editor Sullivan claimed that we are in a “fascist moment” because white Americans are reacting to the country becoming majority-minority. Calling Ann Coulter “the other fascist” along with Trump, Sullivan cited Ann’s book “Adios, America” as epitomizing the fear of the foreigner driving Trump’s support. View the video here.
  • Morning Joe Confronts Kellyanne Over Trump Calling Out NBC’s Katy Tur

    11/03/2016 9:02:31 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 62 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway was in the process of wrapping up a bravura performance on today’s Morning Joe. Conway was crisp, pleasant, substantive and nimble. And this Insurrectionist found himself thinking: for once, Conway can focus on the issues as the campaign sees them, instead of having to clean up after some intemperate statement Trump had made. And then . . . Morning Joe rolled a clip of Trump at a rally repeatedly calling out by name NBC reporter Katy Tur for her failure to report the good news about his campaign. Willie Geist: “Do you think it’s appropriate...
  • ‘Vote for the Crook, It’s Important?’

    11/02/2016 5:54:23 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 8 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Readers will remember the runoff race for governor of Louisiana in 1991 in which the notoriously corrupt Edwin Edwards faced off against ex-Klansman David Duke. The race spawned the greatest bumper sticker in American political history: “Vote for the Crook. It’s Important.” Now it looks like Hillary might need that same kind of sentiment if she’s going to win. Take two telling anecdotes from today’s Morning Joe. First, Eddie Glaude, Jr., chair of Princeton’s African-American studies department, told of someone in an airport telling him “if there’s a crook who is going to go into the cockpit, who knows how...
  • Way We Were: Morning Joe Montage Mocks Dem Hypocrisy on Comey

    11/01/2016 5:51:27 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 19 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Readers have likely already seen montages of major Dems lavishly praising FBI Director James Comey after he announced in July that he wouldn’t be recommending the indictment of Hillary Clinton. Those same Dems turned on Comey with a vengeance when this past Friday he announced that the FBI was looking into newly-discovered emails that could be pertinent to its investigation. Morning Joe took the flaying of Dem hypocrisy to another level today, setting its montage to Barbra Streisand’s “The Way We Were.” And when the camera cut back to the set, there were Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough, overcome by...
  • NYT’s Bruni Whistles Past Graveyard: Comey Letter ‘Won’t Move People Away’ from Hillary

    10/31/2016 7:36:07 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 28 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Frank Drebin would be so proud of his namesake . . . It was one of those classic “nothing to see here, move along” moments. On today’s Morning Joe, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni, saying that there was no new terrain broached in FBI Director James Comey’s letter of this past Friday, claimed “it won’t move people away from” voting for Hillary Clinton. Bruni also praised the “incredibly rapid and thorough mobilization of the Clinton campaign and their allies” in getting headlines to mention Comey as much as Clinton, and to question whether the FBI Director did the right...
  • Mook's Excuse for Hillary Lie: She Didn't Bother Reading Second Page of Comey's Letter

    10/30/2016 8:00:01 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 38 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    History's Most Qualified Candidate couldn't be bothered to read the second page of a two-page letter. That was Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook's laughably lame excuse for the lie Hillary perpetrated in claiming that FBI Director Comey had only sent his recent letter to Republican members of Congress. In fact, the second page of the letter clearly showed that all the ranking Dems on the various committees had been sent the letter. Mook offered up his feeble fish story to Chris Wallace on today's Fox News Sunday. View the video here.
  • Joy Reid Shuts Down Trump Surrogate for Saying Hillary Jeopardized National Security

    10/29/2016 9:03:33 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 14 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Joy Reid and Kurt Eichenwald are a liberal-media hit team made in heaven—or somewhere else, depending on your perspective. Reid has the habit of rudely cutting off or correcting conservatives brave enough to venture onto her show. Eichenwald’s MO is to laugh nastily in the face of conservatives with whom he disagrees. We’ve documented this before, as here, here and here, and it happened again this morning. On Reid’s MSNBC show, AM Joy, when Trump surrogate Steve Cortes suggested that Hillary Clinton has jeopardized national security with her mishandling of emails, Reid shut him down: “you know better than that....
  • HuffPo's Surprising Sam Stein: Trump Supporters 'Very Nice, Kind, No Blood in the Streets'

    10/28/2016 5:31:05 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 18 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Huffington Post is the site that embarrassed itself by refusing for months to take the Trump candidacy seriously, relegating Trump coverage to its Entertainment section while explaining to readers that the Trump campaign was simply a "sideshow." So it's notable that it was HuffPo's Sam Stein, of all people, who testified to the decency of Trump supporters on today's Morning Joe, saying he found them "kind, very nice" and that there was no "blood in the streets." Stein and Joe Scarborough contrasted the decency ofTrump supporters with the scare story on the front page of today's New York Times, headlined...
  • Ron Reagan: ‘There’s No Such Thing as Partial-Birth Abortion’

    10/27/2016 5:43:36 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 60 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Message to Ron Reagan: when it comes to this barbaric procedure, it’s not about the nomenclature . . . On this evening’s Hardball, Ron Reagan claimed that “there’s no such thing as partial-birth abortion. Doesn’t exist.” Reagan criticized third-debate moderator Chris Wallace for having used the term. Would Reagan’s exquisite sensitivities be assuaged if Wallace had used the technical term: intact dilation and extraction? The bottom line is the same: Hillary Clinton supports it and Donald Trump opposes it. View the video here.
  • Mika: Elizabeth Warren ‘On the Warpath’ for Hillary

    10/26/2016 5:40:17 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 32 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    About the last person you’d expect to be taking unsubtle shots at Elizabeth Warren’s phony claims of Native American heritage is Mika Brzezinski. Early in this presidential cycle, Brzezinski was Fauxcahontas’ biggest fan, urging Warren to get into the race. But on today’s Morning Joe, after clips were played of Warren on the stump for Hillary making over-caffeinated condemnations of Donald Trump, Mika declared “she’s on the warpath.” Mark Halperin groaned in response, but a butter-wouldn’t-melt-in-her-mouth Mika feigned ignorance of the gibe she had just aimed at Lieawatha. View the video here.
  • Brexit Redux? Scarborough, Cillizza Agree: There Is a Hidden Trump Vote

    10/25/2016 7:36:45 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 31 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Could Donald Trump pull a Brexit, confounding elite opinion by winning the election with votes that the polls didn’t pick up? On today’s Morning Joe, Joe Scarborough and Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post agreed it could happen. Scarborough said that people are still whispering to him as they leave the room that they’re voting for Tump, but are embarrassed to tell pollsters given the coverage of his comments about women, etc. There are limits to the phenomenon: in Cillizza and Scarborough’s view, the hidden Trump vote is unlikely to exceed 1.5%. But if Trump can continue to tighten the...
  • NY Times Reporter Won’t Say If She Knows Anybody at Paper Who’s Pro-Life

    10/24/2016 5:37:20 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 12 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Is anyone at the New York Times pro-life? Times reporter Yamiche Alcindor won’t say. On today’s Hardball, discussion turned to Donald Trump’s charge that the media elites are biased against him. Conservative commentator Hugh Hewitt posited that 90% of the Manhattan/Beltway elite will be voting for Hillary and applauding her election. To test Hewitt’s theory, Chris Matthews asked Alcindor whether she knew anybody at the Times who was pro-life. She first responded, “I’m not going to answer that question.” To his credit, Matthews pressed the question, but Alcindor continued to dodge, eventually saying she hadn’t asked any of her co-workers...
  • ‘This Isn’t Going to Work’: Matthews Shuts Down Trump Surrogate

    10/21/2016 5:50:49 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 35 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    On last evening’s Hardball, when Trump surrogate Steve Cortes said that voters across America aren't bothered by Donald Trump’s refusal to blindly accept the election outcome, Chris Matthews shut him down. After calling Cortes an “elitist,” Matthews declared “this isn’t going to work,” cut Cortes off, and moved to reliable liberal Ruth Marcus of the Washington Post. By coincidence, in this morning’s Quick Hits, this Insurrectionist wrote “the liberal echo chamber has contracted a bad case of the vapors over Trump’s statement, but hard to believe many actual voters out in America give much of a darn.” Guess elitist minds...
  • ‘You Lied!’ Scarborough, Kristol Clash Over Alleged Morning Joe Support of Trump

    10/20/2016 11:30:18 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 53 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    That was ugly! Today’s Morning Joe offered a prime example of the notion that the bitterest political fights are the ones between members of the same party. Joe Scarborough and Bill Kristol got into a nasty spat over Kristol’s accusation that in the early days of the campaign, Morning Joe had been supportive of Donald Trump, and by extension bears some responsibility for his rise. An angry Scarborough shot back “you lied!” and laid out the case that he had declared early on that he wouldn’t vote for Trump, had analogized his call for a Muslim ban to Germany circa...
  • Scarborough Rips MSM’s Hypocritical ‘Freak Out’ Over Trump Refusal to Blindly Accept Election Result

    10/20/2016 5:38:08 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 48 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Every couple of weeks, Joe Scarborough rebuilds lost conservative street cred by going on a good rant against liberals and the MSM. He did so in spades on today’s Morning Joe, comprehensively crushing libs for their hypocrisy in “freaking out” over Trump’s wait-and-see answer at last night’s debate to the question of whether he’d accept the results of the election. Excerpts: “the media got something they can absolutely freak out about and claim that he is an agent of Vladimir Putin and destroying democracy in America and it’s just another example of the media having to find a little phrase...
  • Politico Co-Founder: Trump Could Lose Texas, Race Not ‘Remotely Close’

    10/18/2016 5:39:39 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 71 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Remember Wendy Davis? She was the Texas Democrat who became an MSM darling for her filibuster against a state law restricting abortions. Davis exploited her 15-minutes of fame by running for Governor of Texas in 2014. But despite the backing of an adoring press, Davis got demolished, losing by more than 20 points to Greg Abbott. For the record, my home county of Hood showed its scorn by awarding Davis all of . . . 18.9% of the vote. So when on today’s Morning Joe, Politico co-founder Jim VandeHei claimed that Hillary Clinton is so far ahead that she has...
  • Morning Joe: Michelle O’s Trump-Trashing Speech ‘Wasn’t to Help Hillary Clinton’

    10/14/2016 5:55:24 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 43 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    If it’s up to the liberal media, Blessed Teresa of Calcutta is just going to have to take a back seat: there’s a budding new saint in town, and her name is Michelle Obama. Morning Joe began the canonization process today, beatifying the First Lady for her speech trashing Donald Trump over the stories about his personal behavior that have recently emerged. All the ongoing glorification of Mrs. Obama on the Morning Joe set was leavened with some unintentional humor from Joe Scarborough, who said of the First Lady’s speech that “there was nothing calculated about it. This wasn’t to...
  • GOP Consultant: ‘Political Malpractice’ for Trump Primary Opponents Not to Have Dug Dirt

    10/13/2016 8:01:01 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 40 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Was it a mistake for Donald Trump’s opponents in the Republican primary not to have done oppo research on Trump and uncovered the stories about his personal behavior that have recently emerged? On today’s With All Due Respect, Mark Halperin posed the question to GOP consultant Susan Del Percio [who had earlier indicated she wasn’t voting for Trump or Hillary]. Del Percio said that, indeed, it was “political malpractice” for Trump’s primary opponents not to have done such digging on him. She surmised that the candidates didn’t want to spend the money, and were worried that in retaliation Trump would...
  • MSNBC Deletes Scarborough Criticism of NBC’s ‘Cooked’ Poll Helping Hillary

    10/11/2016 7:32:02 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 21 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    During the opening 6AM segment of today’s Morning Joe, Scarborough accused NBC of having “cooked” its current poll to favor Hillary Clinton. But at 8AM when Morning Joe replayed that opening segment, Scarborough’s criticism of the NBC poll . . . had disappeared. Instead, the video jumped ahead to Mika Brzezinski’s reading of the poll results themselves, which showed Hillary Clinton with an 11-14% lead. Scarborough’s point was that NBC sampled only during the height of the hot mic hysteria, but didn’t include sampling from after the debate, widely viewed as having been won by Trump. Joe obviously knew he...
  • Mika Rips Republicans Who Dumped Trump: ‘Pathetic, Weak, Spineless’

    10/10/2016 5:47:55 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 57 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    The headline’s not a typo: avowed Hillary supporter Mika Brzezinski has torn into Republicans who withdrew their support for Donald Trump over his hot mic comments, calling them “pathetic, weak and spineless.” On today’s Morning Joe, Mika’s point was that for anyone who had bothered to look, there was, long before Friday, tons of negative material out there about Trump. So anyone pretending to be shocked by the most recent disclosure must have been willfully blind. And based on his strong debate performance last night, Mika predicted that they might now “have to come back.” Joe Scarborough graphically made the...
  • Sharpton Guest: More Outrage Over Trump Hot Mic Because Comments “Focused on a White Woman”

    10/09/2016 8:20:08 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 38 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Quick: name the woman who was the object of Donald Trump’s crude remarks on the hot mic. Bet most of us can’t. Because her identity, while not a secret, has not been featured in the coverage. But that won’t stop someone determined to drag race and racism into the matter from doing so. Enter Tara Dowdell. The former Apprentice participant, appearing on Al Sharpton’s MSNBC show this morning, claimed that there is “more concern and outrage” about Trump’s hot mic comments because they were “focused on a white woman.” Dowdell’s statement amounted to an accusation of racism against Americans at...
  • Deutsch On Trump Hot Mic: ‘Let Record Show, This Election Has Ended’

    10/08/2016 4:19:38 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 125 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Two days ago, we reported Donny Deutsch predicting that stories damaging to Donald Trump involving women would be emerging. We wondered out loud: “was this pure speculation on Donny’s part, or did a little birdie inside the Clinton campaign tell him something?” And sure enough—just one day later—broke the hot mic story of Trump making crude and lewd comments about one woman in particular and women in general. So sure looks like Donny did know something. In any case, appearing on today’s With All Due Respect, Donny declared: “let the record show, at 4:01pm on October 7th, this election ended—when...
  • Hillary’s Immigration Webpage: Running for Prez of USA, or Mexico?

    10/07/2016 9:09:05 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 11 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    On a morning when the political news has been drowned out—so to speak—by the hurricane coverage, I decided to pop over to Hillary’s official website, where I checked out her “Immigration Reform” webpage. And to look at it, a person could be excused for thinking that Hillary was running for president of Mexico, not the US. The banner is of Hillary hugging what appears to be a young Latino girl, in front of a wall festooned with posters reading “Estoy contigo.” Translation: “I’m with you.” So when it comes to immigration, Hillary’s not with Americans worried about losing jobs and...