Every once in a while the folks at MSNBC can get a thrill for a Republican. It just has to be one who's denouncing the right people, you see.
Take Contessa Brewer, who today yelled "Preach It!" in enthusiastic agreement after showing her audience a clip of "truth teller" former Sen. Alan Simpson (R-Wyo.) excoriating the "homophobes" in his party:
CONTESSA BREWER: And speaking of truth tellers, former Republican senator Alan Simpson pulls no punches. Here he is with Chris Matthews last night on Hardball railing against the new crop of social conservatives in the Republican Party.
SIMPSON from April 11 "Hardball," first clip: We have homophobes in our party. That's disgusting to me. We're all human beings. We're all God's children.
SIMPSON, second clip: I'm not sticking with people who are homophobic, anti-women, you know, moral values while you're diddling your secretary, while you're giving a speech on moral values, c'mon, get off of it.
BREWER: Preach it! Simpson served as a senator from Wyoming for eighteen years.
Of course, social conservatives are nothing new to the GOP, nor is the sometimes palpable tension between them and the more libertarian-minded like former Sen. Simpson.
But to cheer on Simpson denouncing social conservatives as "homophobes" and "anti-women" is beyond the pale for an ostensibly objective reporter like Brewer.