Poor Mika Brzezinski. With John Fetterman's campaign collapsing around Democrat ears in the wake of his disastrous debate performance, the Morning Joe co-host soldiered on Thursday.
Like a rescuer sifting through the rubble for signs of life after a building collapse, Brzezinski did her brave best on behalf of her fellow Democrat. Even so, she strained credulity well beyond the breaking point with this line:
"Given that he did have a stroke, some might be surprised, [by] how well he did."
Mika must travel in some seriously strange circles if she knows people who thought Fetterman did surprisingly well. Talk about the soft bigotry of low expectations!
Something that Mika aired really backfired on Fetterman. A clip of fellow stroke survivor Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) was presumably intended to show support for Fetterman. It did anything but.
Mika pointed out that Van Hollen suffered his stroke in the very same month of May that Fetterman did. Yet the difference between the two could not have been more striking. In stunning contrast with Fetterman's obvious impairment, Van Hollen appeared entirely normal and in full control of his faculties.
Then there was something Van Hollen said that was patently false and only served to rekindle memories of Fetterman's worst debate moment. Van Hollen claimed:
"I was glad to see him get out there and put his positions on the table. I don't think voters were looking for poetry. They just wanted to know what the positions of the candidates are on a range of issues. And he was very clear."
Fetterman was "very clear" on the issues? Yo, Chris! Remember this moment?
Moderator: "You're saying tonight that you support fracking, that you've always supported fracking, but there is that 2018 interview that you said, quote, 'I don't support fracking at all,' so how do you square the two?"
Fetterman: "I do support fracking. And I don't, I don't. I support fracking, and I stand and I do support fracking."
Mika made these closing arguments on behalf of Fetterman:
"Two things could be true at the same time. Fetterman could have appeared to be struggling a bit, due to his stroke. And he can also be the candidate who will do the right thing."
Fetterman could have "appeared" to be struggling? Was there any doubt, Mika? And he was just struggling "a bit?" Puh-lease.
And Mika gave away the game in saying that Fetterman is the candidate "who will do the right thing." Translation: he'll vote pro-abortion right down the line, and for the rest of the radical Democrat agenda.
Mika even had the chutzpah to claim, "I think the realities here are still the same. You have two very different choices in these candidates."
So for Mika and like-minded liberals, Fetterman's disastrous performance changed nothing. Vote abortion: vote Fetterman!
On Morning Joe, Mika Brzezinski, trying to defend John Fetterman in light of his disastrous debate performance, saying that "some might be surprised by how well he did" was sponsored in part by GlaxoSmithKline, maker of Shingrix, Schwab, Chevrolet, and Abbott, maker of Freestyle Libre.
Here's the transcript.
7:01 am EDT
MIKA BRZEZINSKI: We're going to begin this hour with the latest on the Pennsylvania Senate race, and some Democrats on edge after the debate performance from Democratic candidate John Fetterman on Tuesday night. Some members of his party question if he should have appeared on stage. While others wonder if he should have remained on the ballot altogether. Several Democrats who spoke to NBC News, some on the condition of anonymity, say they were shocked by the degree to which he struggled to communicate clearly.
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And this from Senator Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, who suffered a minor stroke in May, around the same time as Fetterman.
CHRIS VAN HOLLEN: I'm feeling great, I'm back 100%. I've been lucky. Some strokes take longer to recover from than others. I'm really pleased that John Fetterman's doctors say his prognosis is a full recovery.
And I was glad to see him get out there yesterday and put his positions on the table. I don't think voters were looking for poetry. As you said, I think they just wanted to know what the positions of the candidates are on a range of issues, and he was very clear.
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MIKA: Two things can be true at the same time. Fetterman could have appeared to be struggling a bit due to his stroke. And he also can be, to the minds of some voters, the better candidate, the more honest candidate, the candidate who will do the right thing, or make good decisions, despite processing issues in light of a stroke . . . I think the realities here are still the same. You have two very different choices in these candidates.
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And given that he did have a stroke, some might be surprised, how well he did.