Luke Russert Links GOP Debt Ceiling Extension to Anniversary of JFK Killing: 'Looks Bad Optically'

 

MSNBC reporter Luke Russert on Thursday found the need to gratuitously connect the anniversary of John Kennedy's assassination with a possible GOP extension of the debt limit. Appearing on Now With Alex Wagner, Russert said of the John Boehner-supported move: "So the idea is the debt limit would be extended until November 22, which is, by the way, the 50th anniversary of the death of the President Kennedy, which is a whole other thing that would probably look bad optically. " [See video below. MP3 audio here.]

In the 50 years since JFK's murder, many things have happened on November 22, including congressional legislation. What point, exactly, was Russert trying to make by linking the murder of a president to the debate with a current commander in chief over the debt ceiling?

In an earlier appearance on Thursday, Russert mentioned November 22 without making a Kennedy assassination reference. The cable journalist is known for his occasional left-wing asides. On September 24, 2008, the son of Tim Russert offered this thought about how University of Virginia students might vote:

LUKE RUSSERT: You have to remember, the smartest kids in the state go there, so it's leaning a little bit towards Obama.

A partial transcript is below:


10/10/13

Now With Alex Wagner

12: 21

JONATHAN CAPEHART: Luke, it's Jonathan Capehart, I want to make sure I heard you correctly did say that as part of this Republican deal it would stipulate that the Treasury could not use extraordinary six weeks– let's say it passes -- six weeks from now?

LUKE RUSSERT: Yeah. So the idea is the debt limit would be extended until November 22, which is, by the way, the 50th anniversary of the death of the President Kennedy, which is a whole other thing that would probably look bad optically.

CAPEHART: Right.

RUSSERT: But yes, part of this deal would be the Treasury is not able to use the measures– extraordinary measures to push it back further.

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