In an interview with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) on his Thursday night show, CNN's Piers Morgan sounded just like a Democratic strategist.
Morgan told the Democrat that "you sound eminently reasonable" and accused Sen. Ted Cruz of being the problem in Washington. "[H]e thinks that getting the shutdown was good business for Ted Cruz, Incorporated. What are you going to do about this young renegade who doesn't really care about being reasonable?" Morgan asked Manchin.
If Morgan wasn't being enough of a liberal hack already, he pressed the Democrats to go on the offensive. "What about unleashing your new attack dog, Cory Booker? What about putting him on Cruz point man to point man?" Morgan wondered.
Manchin was actually the more reserved of the two voices, and he refrained from taking direct shots at Cruz. Morgan concluded the interview with some more sugary praise. "Senator Joe Manchin, it's a breath of fresh air talking to you. You are a rare voice of reason in a sea of complete insanity."
Below is a transcript of the segment, which aired on Piers Morgan Live on October 18 at 9:05 p.m. EDT:
PIERS MORGAN: Here's the problem, Senator, is that you sound eminently reasonable and your actions endorsed the fact that you've tried to get through this and ultimately have been successful as have some of the Republicans you've been dealing with. Mitch McConnell today was very reasonable with what he said. He said, "There will be not another shutdown." This is all fine. But you guys aren't the problem. The problem is Senator Ted Cruz who has his gander up, he's got a popular vote now. He's massively more famous than he was two weeks ago. He's getting loads of money pouring in, he's the darling of the Tea Party. And he today is saying "Well, let's not too hasty," because he thinks that getting the shutdown was good business for Ted Cruz, Incorporated. What are you going to do about this young renegade who doesn't really care about being reasonable?
MORGAN: What about unleashing your new attack dog, Cory Booker? What about putting him on Cruz point man to point man?
MANCHIN: Cory is going to be a welcome edition. We're eagerly waiting Cory's arrival next – the week when we come back. And, I think he will be a really a great edition. He's been an executive. He's run a town. He knows he has to work with both sides. He has a bottom line that he has to meet. He can't continue to put hardship on his people. There's a balance.
All of us who've come to the executive roles understand that. And we have an awful lot of good legislators with a lot of experience. Now we've got to use this for the betterment of our country. Piers, we just cannot continue what you've just seen. This was the ugliest show on earth today that you saw unravel the last week or two. That should never repeat itself in the American political spectrum.
MORGAN: Senator Joe Manchin, it's a breath of fresh air talking to you. You are a rare voice of reason in a sea of complete insanity. So, thank you very much indeed for joining me.