When Joe Scarborough wondered out loud "how many times can you set your hair on fire?" before viewers stop being shocked, you might have thought he was talking about Keith Olbermann, the man whose scenery-chewing soliloquies inspired an instant-classic Saturday Night Live skit.
But no, Joe was speaking of Glenn Beck. Perhaps the shot Scarborough took at Ed Schultz a couple weeks ago exhausted his monthly quota of internecine MSNBC insults.
On today's Morning Joe, Mika Brzezinski and Joe took turns ripping Beck's promotion of the rally at the Lincoln Memorial he's staging Saturday on the anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. Riffing off a Colbert Show segment showing clips of Beck, Mika claimed he sounded like a drama student "on crack." Scarborough, suggesting Mika might have gone too far, surmised Beck might merely have taken "stupid pills."
JOE SCARBOROUGH: Hey, I don't get it.
MIKA BRZEZINSKI: I don't either.
SCARBOROUGH: How many times can you set your hair on fire before you stop having your viewers being shocked?
BRZEZINSKI: It's like the boy who cried wolf in drama form, on crack.
SCARBOROUGH: On crack? That's awfully harsh. I don't know if I'd go that far.
BRZEZINSKI: It's just silly: how many times can you set your hair on fire?
SCARBOROUGH: On crack? Maybe he's taking stupid pills. I don't think it's crack.
BRZEZINSKI: That's better: you're so smart.