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Anthony Weiner Smacks Down Peggy Noonan

I agree with Bob Cesca on this one -- Morning Joe at Its Worst: This video could be one of the most infuriating segments on Morning Joe ever. Jo

I agree with Bob Cesca on this one -- Morning Joe at Its Worst:

This video could be one of the most infuriating segments on Morning Joe ever.

Joe's rant at the top is basically another reading of the same rant he's been rattling off since the Fall. You remember the one: the health insurance industry loves this bill -- the stock market for example. Of course Nate Silver and others totally debunked any relationship between the stock price of insurance companies and the healthcare reform bill's success/failure.

But the way he's approaching this -- seemingly from the left -- is concern trolling at best. It's entirely disingenuous. His argument is basically that this is a huge giveaway to the private insurance industry without restriction or regulation. I mean, he even went off about there being no public option. Uh-huh. Joe Scarborough is seriously a fan of the public option. Right. Yup.

More from TPM: Anthony Weiner Smacks Down Peggy Noonan On Health Care:

Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) appeared on Morning Joe today, and things got a bit heated when he told Wall Street Journal columnist and former Reagan speechwriter Peggy Noonan that her criticisms of President Obama and health care reform were some "of the most cliched, hackneyed assessments of this thing."

Noonan started off by stating that Congress was already "one of the most unpopular institutions in America before they went through this dreadful process, with all of the buying of Congressman and the buying of the Senators."


"This is how legislation works," he added.

Weiner continued: "Secondly, this idea that we are not losing jobs because 20% of every dollar we spend goes to health care is just wrong."

Noonan shot back: "We are in a great recession. You gotta focus on that. You don't go on to the secondary and tertiary issues, you go on to the main and essential issues. You don't go off on this one-year tangent that takes people off the issues."

And Wonkette's take on it is too funny not to share:

The prodigal video, it has finally arrived, praise Jeebus: delightful Rep. Anthony Weiner yelling at old moron Her Highness Madame Regina WordGod Peggy Noonan, who is piiiiiiiissssssed. Sit through about 30 seconds of Howard Dean not knowing what he’s talking about process-wise (You can’t pass the whole thing through reconciliation! George Bush had trouble passing domestic legislation too!), and then watch Anthony Weiner try not to beat the shit out of all of these people.

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