It seems that few if any events in political history has caused such a rapid meltdown among the media and the Democrats as last week's election of Scott Brown as senator from Massachusetts. And a prime example of the many meltdowns now happening is an off-camera exchange between Ed Schultz of MSNBC and White House press secretary Robert Gibbs in which Big Ed told the latter that he was "full of sh*t." Here is Schultz describing the encounter in this video:
I know it’s being recorded, but I wasn’t told it was off the record but Mr. Gibbs and I had quite the conversation off the air the other night. And I’m gonna tell ya, I told him he was full of sh*t is what I told him. I mean I did. And then he gave me the Dick Cheney f-bomb the same way Sen. Leahy got it on the Senate floor. So I told Robert Gibbs, I said, and I’m sorry you’re swearing at me but I’m just trying to help you out. I’m telling you you’re losing your base. Do you understand that you’re losing your base? And that the American people, they don't want public option. The American people want single payer.
This was from a speech that Schultz gave on Saturday to the liberal Blue State Bash at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Also in the speech was this meltdown nugget from Ed:
We have to get these people who have infiltrated the Democratic progressive movement and get them the hell out. We are still in an ideological fight for this country.
There was also this example of frustration with President Obama from Schultz:
We have to make sure President Obama gets the message: We’re with you, but you have to be with us. If we don’t speak up and tell the White House they’re wrong right now, who will do it?
And here, in the same speech, is why Big Ed has a reputation as a blowhard:
I want all of you to know that I am not running for the United States Senate,” he said. “But I also want you to know that if I did, I’d kick their ass.
He talks the talk but notice that he doesn't walk the walk? It seems that Schultz is well aware of the electoral disaster facing the Democrats in November and doesn't want to give up his cushy low-rated MSNBC show in exchange for being a losing candidate. In any event, it is quite amazing how the political world has so quickly shifted on the heels of the Massachusetts election just a week ago. Curses and purges and meltdowns. More to come.