Joe Scarborough and Crew Lament the 'Sad,' 'Terrible' Ordeal of Charlie Rangel
Published: 12/3/2010 6:03 PM ET
MSNBC's Joe Scarborough and his Morning Joe co-hosts on Friday commiserated over the "sad," "terrible" ordeal that Charlie Rangel suffered through while being censured. Echoing many liberals in the media, Scarborough commented, "People want to forgive Charlie. They do." He fretted, "And, Norah, a sad day yesterday on the hill."
Journalist Norah O'Donnell recounted the censure for failing to pay taxes as a "very moving moment" and complemented Rangel's "very emotional statement." on the floor of the House. At one point, co-host Mika Brzezinski offered a one word description for the Democrat's punishment: "Terrible."
Later in the morning, while talking to Republican Dave Camp, Scarborough chided those who might not feel sorrow over Rangel's predicament: "I was trying to explain to everybody, and a lot of partisans may not understand this, this was a genuinely sad moment, not only for Democrats yesterday, but so many Republicans." (He didn't specify these unnamed Republicans.)
Scarborough did criticize Rangel, but seemed pained to do it: "He should have taken the deal and spared himself and his Democratic friends who love him- even the Republicans were very respectful on the floor yesterday. They respect this man. He's a war hero."
On Thursday, CBS Evening News host Katie Couric described the censure as "painful" to everyone who watched. On Friday, the network's morning show avoided the topic entirely.
A transcripts of the two conversations, which aired on December 3, can be found below: