Scarborough and Brzezinski do their best to try to give Rep. Peter King some cover after the dust up he and Rep. Anthony Weiner had on the House floor
August 4, 2010

Scarborough and Brzezinski do their best to try to give Rep. Peter King some cover after the dust up he and Rep. Anthony Weiner had on the House floor over the 9-11 responders bill. Scarborough pretends he just can't believe the Republicans would play politics with this issue and Anthony Weiner does a good job of explaining how that's exactly what they did. Our talking heads in the media have done their best to paint Anthony Weiner as unhinged. It didn't work out so well for Scarborough and Brzezinski here.

These hacks on Morning Joe remind me of a bunch of snotty high school kids that think they're better than everyone else and sit around gossiping about the kids they don't like that aren't in their clique. This show really does belong on Fox. It's just awful. Here's part of the exchange between Scarborough and Weiner.

Weiner: But perhaps what was most troubling, what set me off was the idea that when given an opportunity to stand up and fight to try to get this thing passed even the Republican sponsor of the bill Peter King chose politics over trying to get it done.

He didn't once turn to his colleagues and say "please guys, put politics aside and vote for this thing," didn't once do that, instead launched a tirade against Democrats about the process and how cowardly we were for bringing this up to a vote, and when all was said and done, 12 Republicans, just 12 Republicans voted for this bill. If there was ever a bill that I thought would be above partisan politics, on the Democratic side, only four of us voted no.

I mean that's pretty remarkable. Our caucus is pretty diverse.

Scarborough: So... so Anthony... um... this is a pretty stunning charge. You are accusing your fellow Long Island Congressman, Peter King of putting politics above the lives of these 9-11 workers. Do you really think that Peter King is so craven that he's putting political partisanship ahead of people's well being?

Weiner: Well you know I...

Scarborough: By the way you know, by the way you know Peter King lost as many friends on 9-11 as anybody....

Weiner: Joe's here's what I'd like...

Scarborough: ... in the House of Representatives.

Weiner: I think it's possible. I wish there would be as many You Tube on what Peter King said just before I spoke. He stood up and devoted maybe ten seconds to say yeah I support this bill and I'm going and I wish... I support this bill. And then he goes into this rant against Democrats. He never once turned to his own colleagues and said vote for this thing. You know what? 12 Republican votes... I find it hard to believe Peter King even picked up a phone and called one of his colleagues. Congressman Lee three districts away in upstate New York voted no. You know I find it very hard to believe. What it really seemed to be to me is that he was providing cover for his Republican friends. [...]

He chose to wrap his arms around his Republican friends and give them cover, and that's clearly what happened. Let's remember, if we had 21 additional Republicans change their votes, 21, not 100 of them, 21, if Peter King actually tried to get this thing passed, he could have done it. [...]

If this was not a noncontroversial bill I have yet to see one, and it would have been noncontroversial had the Republicans not made this a process argument... You know frankly, I think most Americans don't really care what section of the calendar it comes up on, what day it comes up on, what the rules are. They want to see their representative vote up or down on some of these things. [...]

This is their tatic and their strategy and this has nothing to do with the 9/11 bill, the 9/11 bill was the evidence that nothing is above politics for them.

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