One day, I would like to finally figure out what I think I’m doing when I decide to watch MSNBC in the morning. Each time, I end up either pissed at politicians, pissed at the hacks who create this news, or just genuinely confused. This morning it was confused.
For anyone who isn’t familiar with Morning Joe, it’s a round-table style discussion populated by such luminaries as former three-term Republican Rep. Joe Scarborough, fleshy ole Pat Buchanan, former Gov. Ed Rendell (a new, pleasant addition), another interchangeable blond woman with a vaguely Eastern European name I can never remember, and creepy little 20something named Willy.
I mention that Ed Rendell’s coming on the show is a pleasant addition simply because I like watching the guy talk, even more so when I know he has no actual power. David McCullough came on today to publicize his new book about the French influence on America and American culture, and reminded folks that Rochambeau’s army at Yorktown was bigger than Washington’s. From off screen, you can hear Ed saying “Is that so?” and when the cut to him, his got his grin on, shaking his head from side to side, gee.
Commercial break: Lawrence O’Donnell sitting on a teacher’s desk in an empty classroom, making a plea for understanding for the children who have to enter a classroom from a life of privation instead of privilege. “MSNBC: Lean Forward” It’s not a bad little speech, except for the fact that O’Donnell is apparently talking to someone off to the side of camera, exactly like Michele Bachmann in that hilarious and frightening Tea Party response to the State of the Union. The only difference: O’Donnell is looking to the left.
I turned the TV off.