While asking Republican strategist Alex Johnson why the birther movement is not being disavowed by the Republican party strongly enough, he decided it was a good time to insert President Obama's middle name into the conversation, and then pretend like it was an accident. If these people want to be taken seriously and not as not trying to spread fear about the President as "the other" or a foreigner, they need to stop pulling crap like this. At least he immediately got called out for it on the show.
His back-tracking was pretty comical to watch. After doing exactly what he claimed the party should not be doing, which is trying to instill fear about President Obama, he tried to claim that it's only the fringe of the party doing it with this birther movement. Riiiggghhtt. As the Democratic strategist Julian Epstein pointed out, this is not coming from the fringe elements of the party and it is the Republican members of Congress who are stoking these coals.