This morning the news broke that ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) is running for Mayor of New York. Naturally the crew at MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” would discuss it.
But how? What parameters?
If you’re the show’s Co-host Mika Brzezinksi, is the best option to behave gingerly and timidly? What, no weiner jokes? No talk of penis selfies? Seems she wants to find a cautious way to cover the story, if only Joe Scarborough will play along.
“Okay, alright, she began, spreading her arms. “Let’s just, no, we’re not doing that.” No one at the roundtable had done anything — yet.
“Chuck, don’t,” she scolded before NBC Political Director Chuck Todd, in Washington, could even speak. “Don’t egg him on,” she adds, referring to Scarborough, who began by introducing Politico‘s Executive Editor Jim VandeHei to the show.
He called VandeHei “head of the Weiner beat.” The Politico editor laughed and said its telling how the show’s guests reacted while watching Weiner’s video announcing his run. “Well, I think that it’s interesting that when you played the video everybody at the table started laughing,” said Vandehei. “That’s usually not a great start to a campaign. … There’s no doubt the backdrop is going to be that embarrassing picture. And, by the way, he said there’s more, there might be more out there.”
“Alright, behave,” said Mika to no one in particular and everyone. “Stop,” she said repeatedly, even when nothing torrid was voiced.
Despite Mika’s weiner policing, the conversation eventually turns a sharp corner to those nasty naked dick pics that Weiner sent to virtual female girlfriends while in Congress. WaPo‘s Gene Robinson manages to keep the conversation tasteful, saying that adultery is something ordinary people can relate to, but sending naked pictures of your weiner? That’s another story.
Robinson said, “For a lot of people, actual adultery, while not something they would condone, is easier for them to understand than sending pictures of your privates on the internet. There are a lot of people who won’t be able to relate to that. [BURSTS OF LAUGHTER AROUND THE TABLE] .. ‘I’ve made mistakes.’ People are used to hearing that. …I think it’s a new information age sort of sexting angle to this,” he said.
Mika piped up, now seemingly more at ease. “I totally agree with you!”