Lawrence O'Donnell on Friday's Morning Joe

Via Cesca

This was an unbelievable display. I'm not talking about O'Donnell, but former Rummy speechwriter Marc Thiessen playing the "Who us?" card regarding 9/11. The Republicans are pathological regarding those attacks. They're in utter denial. And as soon as Lawrence O'Donnell calls out their bullshit, Scarborough cuts him off and throws to commercial.

Thiessen, by the way, has been justifying torture for some time now. Most recently in an online back-and-forth with Matt Yglesias, Thiessen insisted that waterboarding isn't like the Spanish Inquisition's waterboarding because the Bushies didn't tie down their victims. Good people.

Nevertheless, I love it how Scarborough constantly plays the "civil discourse" card and the "I'm not a radical ideologue" card -- until the subject of terrorism and torture comes up. Then he's shouting people down (as he did with Krystia Freeland), and cutting people off, and calling them crazy (O'Donnell), and saying they're too stupid to be on television (Jesse Ventura).

Spare us the self-righteous lessons in civil debate, Joe.

One more thing. For the record, the Library Tower plot in Los Angeles was thwarted long before KSM was captured, so it's a lie to suggest that waterboarding KSM somehow prevented the attack.

Taking Palin Seriously

Via CQPolitics

On the same day a poll shows the vast majority of Americans don't think Sarah Palin is qualified to be president, two old-line pundits say she must be taken seriously.

Joe Klein: "The Obama presidency certainly hasn't ushered in an era of comity and prosperity. In the end, though, Palin is offering the opposite of hope and change: despair and stasis. The despair is histrionic and purposefully distorted; the stasis proved disastrous during the Bush Administration. But is Sarah Palin the favorite to win the Republican presidential nomination and therefore someone to be taken absolutely seriously? You betcha."

David Broder: "Those who want to stop her will need more ammunition than deriding her habit of writing on her hand. The lady is good.


A new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds 71% of Americans do not feel that Sarah Palin is qualified to be President.

Interestingly, just 45% of Republicans think she is qualified as compared to 66% who thought she was during the presidential campaign.

Rick Klein: "The poll shows a big drop in her favorability rating since Palin's book launched in November -- the event that marked her reemergence into an active presence in public life."