Here was the Morning Joe panel bemoaning Ted Cruz's supposed incivility at CPAC in allegedly insulting war hero Bob Dole, when up pops Mike Barnicle to ask "what does it say about CPAC, where the most popular speaker they had, the one who received the most rousing reception is a moron, Sarah Palin?"
A bit later, Mika Brzezinski piled on, calling Palin a "multi-million dollar moron." When Joe Scarborough challenged her, saying "you don't think that, right?", Mika didn't retract her slur, saying only that Palin is "savvy in selling a message that makes a lot of money." View the video after the jump.
Consider the blatant double-standard. MSNBC has spent countless hours decrying Ted Cruz's supposed incivility, but its minions don't hesitate to vilify a conservative in the crudest and most insulting terms.
Note: as we reported here, on Friday Mika claimed that millenials join the military "if they need the money." In the course of saying that Ted Cruz should have promptly apologized for his remark about Dole, Mika this morning mentioned that after her remark about millenials, "I went on Twitter and made an apology."
MIKE BARNICLE: I have a question. The word conservative can mean many things; there's [sic] many definitions to it, but what does it say about about a group, CPAC, where the most popular speaker they had, the one who received the most rousing reception is a moron, Sarah Palin? I mean, she received a reception at that group that took the roof off the place. Sophomoric, nearly libelous, not amusing. What does it say about that group?
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JOE SCARBOROUGH: Barnicle, you need to lighten up. The kids are just having fun, okay?
MIKA BRZEZINSKI: A moron? A multimillion dollar moron selling a message.
SCARBOROUGH: What are you talking about? Stop saying that.
BRZEZINSKI: That the extremes love to gobble up.
SCARBOROUGH: You don't think that. A very smart woman. You think she's a smart woman.
BRZEZINSKI: I think she is savvy in terms of selling a message that makes a lot of money.