Eager MSNBC Wonders If 2012 Election Is 'in the Bag' for Barack Obama?
Published: 2/16/2011 5:25 PM ET
Despite the fact that the 2012 presidential election is still 20 months away, MSNBC apparently has an idea who might win. On Monday's News Nation, a network graphic featured a picture of Barack Obama and these words: "2012: In the Bag?"
Anchor Tamron Hall even cited as inspiration for the day's segment, last week's edition of the liberal Real Time With Bill Maher: "I was watching Bill Maher and this is how this conversation kind of came up."
Hall continued, "He said, in a sense, 'Doesn't President Obama have it in the bag,' when he was speaking with Arianna Huffington.'" The host, who was talking to Politico reporter David Catanese, appeared completely unselfconscious about referencing a leftist program for proof that the 2012 election is "in the bag."
Hall's evidence for such a conclusion is the fact that only one Republican, Herman Cain, has announced so far: "So, obviously, timing is everything. You have certainly people like Haley Barbour, Mitt Romney, those who haven't officially announce but why do you believe Republicans are waiting?"
A transcript of the February 14 segment, which aired at 2:31pm EST, follows: