Ed Schultz wasn’t kidding about his State of the Union affinities when he asserted on his radio show Tuesday that “I'll be in the Rotunda tonight, listening to the boss, rootin' for him, if you know what I mean.” He did not mean MSNBC boss Phil Griffin.
Schultz and CNN’s Paul Begala are participating Wednesday night in a House Democrat “Reignite the American Dream” retreat at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa & Marina in Cambridge, Maryland. Chris Ariens at TVNewser reported on Wednesday “We’re told MSNBC executives gave Schultz prior approval to participate. Schultz will also conduct an on-site interview with Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi which will air on his show tomorrow night.”
John Stanton of Roll Call reported Wednesday evening's festivities are highlighted by an "American Voices Panel" that includes CNN and Newsweek contributor Paul Begala and "the leaders of several Democratic-leaning interest groups.” Meanwhile, “MSNBC host Ed Schultz will participate in a panel on Minority Whip Steny Hoyer's (Md.) ‘Make it in America’ plan."
Stanton added that the resort's website touts amenities including “pampering spa treatments, golf, sailing, fishing and swimming … [and] delicious meals in our many Cambridge, Maryland hotel resort restaurants.” It's not exactly sleeping in a tent with the rats at Occupy DC.
In addition to his "boss" comment about President Obama, Schultz also dropped these nuggets on his Tuesday radio show:
-- "And what is so bastardly terrible [yes -- "bastardly terrible"] about this is that once they [Republicans] get power, they come up a legislative agenda that attacks the very people that are paying the highest rate -- the wage earners."
-- "No one is trying to take anything from Mitt Romney or any other wealthy person. We just think here on the left that there is such a thing as earned income and unearned income. Income is income because you can't have income unless you have money."