As the January 6 hearings kicked off on Thursday evening, the liberal media frenzy followed. On the Friday edition of Morning Joe, the hosts and guests whined at Republicans for “deflecting and deflecting” the “attack on our democracy” and glorified Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) as the new Winston Churchill of our time.
Here’s a thought for them: maybe right-leaning media outlets and average Americans could care less about the January 6 hearings because they have more important things to worry about such as inflation, gas prices, and other needs that the Democratic party screwed up.
Aside from their anti-GOP rants, Morning Joe did something even more ridiculous when talking about Cheney. Quoting Ed Luce, Joe Scarborough said “a lot of politicians through the years have loved quoting Winston Churchill. Very few actually show Churchillian courage.” We've certainly seen that with Zelenskyy in Ukraine in the most graphic of terms. But Luce says we saw some of that with Liz Cheney.”
That’s right. Joe Scarborough thought that it would be a fantastic move to compare Congresswoman Cheney to the likes of Sir Winston Churchill and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
Scarborough really thinks that this afternoon “insurrection” is worth comparing to World War II and Putin's invasion of Ukraine. Winston Churchill was Prime Minister of Britain when enemy bombs were pummeling the country, killing so many people, and the war looking absolutely hopeless for the British. Getting his country to rise up and come out victorious was no easy task.
Now we look at President Volodymyr Zelenskyy of Ukraine who is dealing with the ongoing onslaught from Russian forces and fighting a war for the survival of his country. Again, people are being displaced and killed by the Russians. That's courage.
So, the fact that Joe is comparing these two extraordinary men who have been through wars to someone who is conducting a political hearing for an event that lasted one day, with one person shot (by a Capitol policeman), just shows how out of touch he truly is.
Even better, those around the table agreed with Scarborough, with Mike Barnicle chiming in about Cheney with: “she has covered herself in glory. She has covered herself clothed in character. She has risked her political future, certainly, in order to tell this country exactly what happened.”
Barnicle then characterized the Republican Party as “an entire political party seems to have left us in terms of truth, common sense, and character.”
Co-host Willie Geist expressed his admiration for the Congresswoman by saying what she was doing was an act of “political courage.” That act is helping to conduct the January 6 hearings as one of two Republicans on the committee. She is “taking a risk” with her primary coming up.
Further speaking to Geist, Barnicle opined: “And it’s up to people like Liz Cheney who stands alone in her party, as you referenced, stands alone in her party, stands for the truth with basically armed with her own character.”
What Morning Joe needs to do is get out of the studio and get a serious reality check.
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MSNBC’s Morning Joe
6:58:20 a.m. Eastern
JOE SCARBOROUGH: Yeah. No doubt about it. You know, Mike Barnicle, you have this morning -- let's talk about Liz Cheney for a second. You have Edward Luce talking about Liz Cheney, a Republican profile in courage after the Capitol attack. And Ed says, “a lot of politicians through the years have loved quoting Winston Churchill. Very few actually show Churchillian courage.” We've certainly seen that with Zelenskyy in Ukraine in the most graphic of terms.
But Luce says we saw some of that with Liz Cheney. As Liz occupies, you could call it, to paraphrase Roy Jenkins, a paradoxical terrain. The fact that she is sitting here among Democrats and is actually the person that is speaking truth to power, to a Republican president, doing it fearlessly, again, on paradoxical terrain, the last place many people would have expected her to be two, three years ago is, I would say, extraordinary, but, really, not to take anything away from Liz because Liz would say this, I'm sure, it's not extraordinary to Liz.
It's not extraordinary to Adam Kinzinger. It is not extraordinary to George Conway. It's not extraordinary to people who have been Republicans their whole life and—
MIKA BRZEZINSKI: Loved this country.
SCARBOROUGH: -- loved their own country. It's just the right thing to do. I think that's what Liz Cheney would tell you.
And the fact that it's been described as Churchillian, the fact that it is being described as extraordinary says a lot about Liz Cheney. I think it says a lot more about just how intellectually and morally bankrupt Liz's party is.
MIKE BARNICLE: Well, you know, Joe, I mean, January 6, just to cite one day that we're talking about here this morning, shows that there was an extraordinary absence of courage, political courage, and there was an extraordinary semblance and an arrival of character among some people.
Liz Cheney is specifically included in that as having character. General Mark Milley has character, and character is an all-important function in people who are supposedly in charge of our government. Liz Cheney's role in this was defined, I think, for all time last night by her comment that, you know dishonor, you'll live in dishonor forever. I don't remember what the exact phrase was.
She has covered herself in glory. She has covered herself clothed in character. She has risked her political future, certainly, in order to tell this country exactly what happened. Basically, again, as we were talking about in the last hour, you know, trying to shake this country from the sleepwalking, from the dangers that we're all just walking through.
I mean, the Reagan quote, that freedom isn't free, obviously, and freedom is something we could lose in a generation. And you can't help but get the sense, watching what we saw last night, witnessing it, that we were on the verge of perhaps losing our democracy.
And it’s up to people like Liz Cheney who stands alone in her party, as you referenced, stands alone in her party, stands for the truth with basically armed with her own character. Willie, it is incredible that an entire political party seems to have left us in terms of truth, common sense, and character. That's the Republican Party.
WILLIE GEIST: And Liz Cheney has made that point time and again Joe, as Mike said, she's in trouble in her primary. She just is. She's running against a Trump-backed candidate in a Republican primary in Wyoming. She's down by well over double digits, according to one poll Liz Cheney is. And guess what? It doesn't matter.
GEIST: There are 435 members of Congress. They come and go, most of them are forgotten by history. She will not be forgotten by history. She will be remembered for doing this at her own political peril.
And she knows that. She knows she's taking a risk. She knows there is a very good chance she's going to lose her primary because of this, but she doesn't care because this is too important, and that is political courage.
And you’re right, the bar for political courage has been lowered. This seems obvious to most of us, but she is risking her job, and that is something no other Republican has been willing to do in this case.