Professional jealousy, or something of a more personal sort? Chris Matthews sniped at Joe Scarborough today as his MSNBC colleague, exercising his privilege as a former congressman, strolled the House floor during the session culminating in the installation of John Boehner as Speaker.
Kvetched Chris: "What do you think of the rule that allows former members like Joe Scarborough to walk around the floor with such impunity, John Harris? We're looking at him on camera here . . . I've never seen such casualness."
Harris, of Politico, seeming to sense the ambient animosity, stayed out of the fray. This isn't the first time that bad blood has broken out between Matthews and Scarborough, as here, here and here.
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Watch Chris get catty.
CHRIS MATTHEWS: What do you think of the rule that allows former members like Joe Scarborough to walk around the floor with such impunity, John Harris? We're looking at him on camera here.
ANDREA MITCHELL: That's always been the rule.
MATTHEWS: I know. I'm kidding. I'm teasing.
But was he? John Harris seemed to be sensing Matthews' hostility.
JOHN HARRIS: Joe Scarborough, he's a colleague of yours on MSNBC, isn't he, Chris? I'm in favor of whatever he wants. You've got to work this out among yourselves.
MATTHEWS: He is, he is. I've never seen such casualness [inaudible] here." He is table-hopping with abandon down there, saying hello to everybody on the Democratic side.