Morning Joe Orders Miller Lite

MSNBC’s Morning Joe is a window on the immaturity of the ruling class. It consists largely of pundits making faces and rolling their eyes, seconding each other’s sophomoric liberal talking points, and attitudinizing about the latest Trump “outrage.” The smugness of it all can’t be overstated.The conversation barely rises above the level of mean cheerleaders at a high school cafeteria. Though the ratings for the show are mediocre at best, its participants see themselves as the cool kids of American politics, whose job it is to cat-call the misfits in the cafeteria. The show’s premise is no more sophisticated than that. Collective gasps or guffawing ensue the moment one of those purported misfits deviates from the judgment or taste of the show’s participants. No arguments are necessary. The cool kids just point and laugh.

Stephen Miller, Trump’s policy adviser and speechwriter, must feel like he is back at the cafeteria at Santa Monica High School, after watching Morning Joe on Monday. Host Joe Scarborough was at his most juvenile, oblivious to his own immaturity as he ripped into Miller for his youth. Whipping himself up into a lather over Miller’s criticism of a runaway judiciary and Miller’s assertion that Trump’s immigration orders fall within the unquestioned constitutional authority of a president, Scarborough sputtered:

No, no. They are questioned, my young, little Miller. They will be questioned by the court. It’s called judicial review. Alexander Hamilton and James Madison wrote about it in the Federalist Papers. It was enshrined in Madison’s Constitution.

Andrew Jackson — you go into your president’s office; you know, that one — and you look on the walls, and there are all these pictures of Andrew Jackson and books of Andrew Jackson. He talked about judicial independence. He talked about the importance of the judiciary. You really need to go back and read the Constitution.
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