Call it a case of interview envy--in the context of an ongoing feud between two MSNBC hosts.
There has been bad blood between Joe Scarborough and Chris Matthews for years, as here, here and here. On today's Morning Joe, Scarborough took the occasion of Chris Matthews' impending interview of President Obama to mock the way Matthews' on-air schedule has shrunk. In a particularly low blow, Scarborough even compared the Hardball host to Regis Philbin. View the video after the jump.
Even Mika Brzezinski--who has had her own clash with Matthews--got into the act, sardonically saying "I sit on the edge of my seat watching Hardball."
Wouldn't you like to be a fly on the tuna salad the next time Scarborough and Matthews meet up in the MSNBC cafeteria?
MIKA BRZEZINSKI: The president will be doing a town hall with Chris Matthews, live I believe, at American University. Tomorrow.
JOE SCARBOROUGH [feigning enthusiasm] Oh! Now, that's going to be great.
BRZEZINSKI: They're trying. The setting is interesting.
BRZEZINSKI: Because, obviously, the president is appealing to those young people who they want signed up for Obamacare.
WILLIE GEIST: They need them.
BRZEZINSKI: Exciting! Chris is going to be great.
SCARBOROUGH: I think that's a great idea for the president. It's fantastic for Chris Matthews.
BRZEZINSKI: So we'll be watching that.
SCARBOROUGH: For all of his viewers. Man, you know, since they moved that show -- you know, they used to have it at like 2:00, 4:30, 5:00, 7:00 and 9:15 --
BRZEZINSKI: It was watered down. Now --
SCARBOROUGH: It was like Regis.
BRZEZINSKI: It's on fire--and he's on fire!
SCARBOROUGH: Remember Regis, when Who Wants to be a Millionaire, they did it every night?
BRZEZINSKI: Vintage Matthews.
SCARBOROUGH: But Chris, they moved it to 7:00--boom! He's kicking it old school. It's just like it's 1999 all over again.
BRZEZINSKI: I sit on the edge of my seat, watching Hardball.
SCARBOROUGH: You just don't know what's going to happen.