April 16, 2008

Today on "Race to the White House" Rachel Maddow and Joe Scarborough got into a little argument after Rachel called him out for being rude and interrupting her when she criticized John McCain. At the end of the show, when guests are supposed to make a final prediction about the presidential race, Scarborough instead opted to take a shot at Rachel. After Rachel gives her response, Scarborough is nowhere to be found.

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Scarborough: I think I may blow all my time to respond to Rachel. I don't get engage in "Crossfire"-type debates. [...] Again, I don't do Crossfire, so if we want to yell back and forth, then Rachel will have to find somebody else to do that.

Rachel: Joe, I wasn't trying to yell back and forth with you. I was starting to make my point and you cut me off before I started my first sentence.

(a few moments later, sans Scarborough)

Rachel: Me and Joe are gonna get a beer and hash this all out.

UPDATE: Jeremy Gaines tells the Huffington Post:

"Joe didn't walk off. He chose not to participate in the final couple of minutes of the discussion because he felt the conversation didn't fit his role as a political analyst."

What a weak excuse. Joe's job as a "political analyst" is to analyze the political race. That's what the entire show is about. Rachel got under his skin, plain and simple. It was probably when she made that face after he said he didn't want to be condescending, which he was clearly being.

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