Mika Brzezinski is no stranger to fangirl outbursts, but not every outburst is positive in nature. Case in point is the confirmation of Loretta Lynch, which ignited both the positive and negative poles of her fangirl persona simultaneously.
On Friday, the Morning Joe co-host began by harping on the fact that it took 166 days to confirm Lynch, before singing her praises from the heavens, "Okay. After 166 days -- I mean, you know, what's 166 days? -- it's official. Loretta Lynch, the veteran federal prosecutor with the most amazing, outstanding career, is set to become the U.S. Attorney General."
The way Mika delivered these lines, one would be tempted to think that she was describing the works of a divine healer rather than a mere mortal’s Senate confirmation.
She then exclusively blamed the Republicans for the confirmation delay, "Lynch's confirmation came more than five months after her nomination, largely due to gridlock over a section of a human trafficking bill, otherwise known as politics being played very badly, poorly, just ridiculously on the part of the Republicans."
While it is true that many Republicans delayed her confirmation to protest Obama’s executive overreach (which Lynch testified was legitimate), and it is also true that the Republicans stalled the process to secure better language to forbid taxpayer-funded abortions in the human trafficking bill, it is absurd to absolve the Democrats of blame.
If Mika was more balanced – the way Joe Scarborough claims his show is – she would have approached this from both sides of the aisle.
She might have raged against President Obama for picking an whatever-you-say-boss Attorney General that supported his executive overreach, thus provoking the Republicans to fight. She would have reminded her viewers that the Democrats delayed her confirmation when she was nominated in November.
Perhaps she might even have condemned Lynch for being a puppet of the President rather than the Constitution.
Why did Mika not do this?
The answer likely lies in fact that her willingness to do so is located in the same place as her critical commentary of Elizabeth Warren, her fair analysis of Benjamin Netanyahu, and her historical treatment of the Republicans’ letter to Iran: outside the walls of her leftist fangirl cognitive dissonance.