Joe Scarborough, who recently implored viewers to "Keep Calm and Carry
On" by seeking civil political debate over nasty partisanship, rebuked
those who laughed at him last year for his 2010 predictions.
"For all of you that made fun of me when I started saying a year-and-a-half ago that this was going to be 1994 - kiss my ass," the co-host blurted to viewers Monday on "Morning Joe."
A shocked co-host Mika Brzezinski gasped before Scarborough kept ranting. Newsweek editor-in-chief Jon Meacham interrupted to briefly lecture Scarborough. "Civility," he reminded the co-host.
"Terrible. That wasn't very civil," Brzezinski bemoaned. Scarborough hastily apologized. "I know it wasn't [civil]. I'm sorry. I said it jokingly, it was a punch line. I'm sorry, it was in my script - oh wait, we don't have scripts," he joked.
Scarborough presumably was talking about how the 1994 "Republican Revolution" election was similar to the 2010 GOP House landslide, although he also drew comparisons between 1994 post-elections and what has transpired since the recent election.
"In 1995 we Republicans came in thinking we owned the world thinking that Bill Clinton was finished, thinking that we had him cornered. We were very arrogant, about how we were going to push him around - and....he knocked us back."
"It was a staring contest, and Bill Clinton didn't blink," he summarized. "This president is blinking in December," he said of President Obama, of whom he is surprised at his legislative concessions to Republicans.
- Matt Hadro is News Analysis intern at the Media Research Center. You can follow him on Twitter here .