The good folks on the set of Morning Joe spent Friday morning dodging prairie oysters flung by the host at rival Rush Limbaugh, who had called Joe Scarborough a "neutered, chickified moderate." Rush had simply been trying to geld another Republican who dared criticize him, but this time Scarborough gelded back and it was not a pretty sight.
It all started earlier this week, when Scarborough ripped Rush for going "off the deep end" by jiggling with glee over Obama’s failure to win the 2016 Olympics for Chicago.
No forgiver of lese-majeste, Limbaugh hit back Thursday at Joe and "PMSNBC":
"I would be careful," Joe replied this morning, "if I had put my testicles in a blind trust for George W. Bush for eight years." He liked the image so much he painted it again, and again: "There are a lot of people on the right that in fact did put their testicles in a blind trust for the past eight years and stopped being conservative and started being apologists."
Eeew! on Joe’s suitcase metaphor. But more eeew on Time.com’s Mark Halperin and his rictal smile as it dawns on him that he’s one of the apologists who Joe just sliced and diced.
More substantively, though, anybody who’s been paying attention has to know that much of Scarborough’s argument is laughable: Does anyone remember his principled opposition to the invasion of Iraq? Nope, because until relatively recently he was all for boots on the ground pretty much everywhere there’s terra firma. And how can this former congressman-soldier in Newt Gingrich’s Contract-with-America revolution (which shut down the government when President Clinton wouldn’t slash Medicare funds) really claim that he represents a different kind of conservatism?