"Try and imitate somebody with just an ounce of grace. Try and make your mother proud for one second," Mika Brzezinski said over behavior of Republicans at Nancy Pelosi's speech.
November 18, 2022

Boy, was Mika pissed this morning. The Morning Joe host seems to be mourning a time that no longer exists -- or at least, only exists in some parts. She was furious over the lack of respect GOP leadership showed regarding Nancy Pelosi's retirement speech -- with one surprising exception:

"There was a notable reaction, we saw it as we were watching the video yesterday by many House Republicans to Nancy Pelosi's speech, announcing that she is stepping down from leadership. The House chamber was packed with Democratic lawmakers while the Republican side was largely empty," she said.

"At several points, Democrats stood for applause while Republicans sat in silence. But minority leader Kevin McCarthy, who is hoping to succeed Pelosi as House speaker next term, did not even attend her speech. Here's what he told reporters about why he didn't go."

I had meetings, but normally the others would do it during votes. I wish she could have done that. I would have been there.

"Minority whip Steve Scalise was the only member of the House GOP leadership to attend Pelosi's speech, and he showed up late. Compare that to the Senate side, where minority leader Mitch McConnell put out a gracious statement offering his congratulations. He wrote in part this:

The Speaker and I have disagreed frequently and forcefully over the years, but I have seen first hand the depth and intensity of her commitment to public service. There is no question that the impact of Speaker Pelosi's consequential and pathbreaking career will long endure.

Brzezinski went on to compare this to Kevin McCarthy's actions.

"First woman to serve as speaker, an amazing career, a mother of five, and by the way, her husband was just attacked as a result of political violence. This would have been the moment to step up and show some grace.

"Who raised you? Who raised these people? I'm sorry, who raised you? Who raised you, Kevin McCarthy, who raised you, Republicans in the House? Seriously. try and imitate somebody with just an ounce of grace. Try and make your mother proud for one second. It's disgusting. It's disappointing and not to me. You're the one who has to look in the mirror every day."

This was what the nuns used to call "lack of proper home training." They made no bones about it -- when we misbehaved, our mothers were blamed -- and no one wanted that! So mostly, it kept us in line.

But that will never work with the Republican House MAGAts. They're rude, crude, and proud of it. They have no shame. And so it goes.

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