Early in today's Morning Joe, teasing Chris Matthews' upcoming appearance, Mika Brzezinski admonished "you two be nice now." They weren't. Yet again, the two MSNBC hosts came to verbal blows.
The detonator wasn't political differences. Instead, the two MSNBC hosts squabbled over personal supremacy like a pair of eighth-grade boys in the schoolyard. Matthews was on a riff, offering a extended rundown of his predictions on the various Senate races.
After going down the entire list of contested races once, giving his predictions, Matthews circled back to go over them yet again. Scarborough had enough, but Chris didn't want to let Joe stop him. "Just a minute, Joe. Just a minute," insisted the Hardball host. Shot back Scarborough: "no, no. It's my show. I'm going to ask you a question." "No, I finish the answer first," countered Chris. Insisted Scarborough: "you always do this. You act like you never ask follow-up questions on your show, and then you come on my show and then you're so damned shocked and stunned when somebody actually stops you from going on a 12-minute --"
JOE SCARBOROUGH: Anyway, we've got a big show today. Chris Matthews is dropping by to say hello to us. That's really exciting.
MIKA BRZEZINSKI: I can't wait. I can't wait. You two be nice now.
SCARBOROUGH: We're always nice.
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CHRIS MATTHEWS: [Giving his Senate predictions] Again, South Dakota, Montana, West Virginia, Alaska, Arkansas, Louisiana and Iowa. If they want to pick up a little bit of a benefit or a premium, they'll win in North Carolina, but I don't think they will. Or in Colorado, or in New Hampshire or Michigan.
JOE SCARBOROUGH: Hey Chris, what's happening in North Carolina --
MATTHEWS: Just a minute, Joe. Just a minute.Just a minute. Right at the point.
SCARBOROUGH: No, no, no. It's my show. I'm going to ask you a question and then you're going to get to say everything you want to say Chris.
MATTHEWS: No, I finish the answer though first.
SCARBOROUGH: You always do this and you act like you never ask follow-up questions on your show, and you come on my show and then you're so damned shocked and stunned when somebody actually stops you from going on a 12-minute --"
MATTHEWS: OK, so this is a follow-up question. A follow-up question.
SCARBOROUGH: So here's my question -- what's happening in North Carolina?