Nasty Joy Behar Mocks Sarah Palin: 'Shouldn't She Be Turning Letters on Some Game Show?'

A nasty Joy Behar on Wednesday appeared on MSNBC's Last Word to attack conservative women such as Sarah Palin and Nikki Haley. Talking to the ultra-liberal Lawrence O'Donnell, Behar mocked, "Shouldn't [Palin] be turning letters somewhere on some game show at this point? Why is she still involved in the conversation politically?"

Palin's sin, according to Behar? Daring to opine on who Mitt Romney should pick as his vice presidential choice. Behar had more insults for the governor of South Carolina, who recently appeared on her ABC show, The View. Regarding Haley's comment that women don't really care about the contraception issue, Behar dismissed, "...I mean, that just shows you she's not thinking. I don't know where her head is at." [See video below. MP3 audio here.]

The comedienne continued, "...The only women who don't care about contraception are Mrs. Duggar and the Octo-Mom. Everybody else cares about contraception, Okay? Including all the Catholic women I grew up with."

On April 4, Behar repeatedly needled Haley during her View appearance, to the point of even annoying her co-hosts.

A partial transcript of the April 4 Last Word Segment can be found below:


SARAH PALIN: Top of my list is Allen West. I love that he has that military experience. He is a public servant willing to serve for the right reasons. When I talk about going rogue, what I want to do is encourage the GOP nominee to not think that they have to go with somebody necessarily safe, that conventional wisdom perhaps would lead somebody to believe that if it's somebody quote, unquote, safe.

LAWRENCE O'DONNELL: Well, right, yeah. Why would you ever go with somebody safe like Joe Biden? Who would do that when there's Palins out there? And really wacky Republican congressman like Allen West? Joining me now, the always unsafe Joy Behar, cohost of "The View" on ABC. Joy, there we have the advice of an actual former losing vice presidential candidate.

JOY BEHAR: Shouldn't she be turning letters somewhere on some game show at this point? Why is she still involved in the conversation politically?

O'DONNELL: Involved? It was Palin mania this week in New York. Come on, co-hosting or guesting "The Today Show."

BEHAR: That was interesting, that she was on "The Today Show." She was opposite Katie Couric, her nemesis. And I think that she beat Katie in the ratings, so she must be so happy. She have charisma, I'll give you that.

O'DONNELL: Well, we had, you know, Governor Nikki Haley on "The View" the other day. She said a very interesting remark, "women are not interested in contraception," she said.

O'DONNELL: You didn't let her get away with that.

BEHAR: I did not. Are you showing the clip?

O'DONNELL: Show the clip. That's a good cue.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

GOV. NIKKI HALEY (R), SOUTH CAROLINA: Women don't care about contraception. They care about jobs and the economy and raising their families and all of those things.

BEHAR: We should care about contraception, too.

HALEY: That's not the only thing they care about. The media wants to talk about contraception.

BEHAR: But when somebody like Rick Santorum says he's going to take it away, we care.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

O'DONNELL: It would have been really easy for her to say women care about contraception, but they also care about -- instead, she begins it by saying they don't care about contraception.

BEHAR: I mean, that just shows you she's not thinking. I don't know where her head is at. But I mean, the only women who don't care about contraception are Mrs. Duggar and the Octo-Mom. Everybody else cares about contraception, Okay? Including all the Catholic women I grew up with.

O'DONNELL: There are some men I know who care about contraception.

BEHAR: Of course they do. And they should. They're getting Viagra on their insurance plan. I don't think people understand that in order to have a baby, you need to have a man with an erection, usually.

O'DONNELL: Oh.

BEHAR: Did you know that?

O'DONNELL: Oh, OK.

BEHAR: I mean, turkey basters aside, you still need the usual thing, which they now are covering.

O'DONNELL: Erections, turkey basters, who else could it be here with us but Joy Behar? Joy Behar gets THE LAST WORD tonight. Joy, thank you very much.

BEHAR: Thanks for having me.

Scott Whitlock
Scott Whitlock
Scott Whitlock is the senior news analyst for the Media Research Center and a contributing editor for NewsBusters.org