Morning Dig: Scarborough Coins Cornyn Lying Phrase

Just after dawn this morning, MSNBC “Morning Joe” Host  Joe Scarborough used a phrase on his  program that would have made a certain senator’s ears perk up.

“What Harry Reid just said wasn’t true – he pulled a Cornyn,” said Scarborough.

The former Republican congressman turned TV host got into a public scuffle with National Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee Chairman Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) last week when The Hill‘s longtime Managing Editor Bob Cusack wrote a story quoting Cornyn saying that he had suggested to Scarborough that he run for Senate in Florida. Cornyn and the NRSC denied it, saying the journalist must have misunderstood. Scarborough confirmed it.

Hence a phrase is born.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) drifted into the fray of the new phrase by saying that everything is just fine with Social Security. “He just said in two decades we’ll take a look at it,” said an incredulous “Morning Joe” co-host Mike Barnicle. “He’ll be 140.”

We called Cornyn’s Washington office for comment, but “due to high call volume” they cannot answer the phone or accept messages at this time. We also checked in with NRSC Spokesman Brian Walsh.  Stay tuned…

UPDATE: Walsh commented to FishbowlDC: “We’ve moved on.”