Tuesday morning on msnbc's Morning Joe Representative Anthony Weiner, a Democrat on the Energy and Commerce Committee, sat in with the guys (and Mika) to discuss health care reform. What host Joe Scarborough was probably expecting was a fiery exchange of “capitalism” vs. “socialism” but what he found sitting across the desk instead was a calm, rational and, most likely, frustrating guest.
Scarborough, used to being the one to control the panel, continually sputtered and stumbled over his words as Rep. Weiner answered brilliantly every question, comment, or charge brought before him.
Before you watch this rare clip of Joe Scarborough, who usually brings a fair amount of fairness and insight to the partisan table, being frustrated time after time when he couldn't get the guest to admit that a public option or even, God forbid, a “single-payer” system wouldn't or couldn't work in this country.
Joe concedes early on in the interview that a government plan in the health care system isn't really a government “takeover” at all, but throughout the exchange he goes back to again and again. Because his deep-rooted conservative instinct to throw fear into the possibility of change came welling back into his head.
Best moment: Rep. Weiner asks Joe point blank, what's the value of insurance companies? Joe can't give an even remotely clear answer.
Rep. Anthony Weiner is obviously a single-payer advocate and if that type of system is your cup of tea you should definitely pay attention to this man. He can provide the kind of voice this radical concept of “Medicare-for-all” so desperately needs: a smart, rational point of view.
Just for fun: a beautiful thing to notice is the beautiful Mika's face as it changes from one of keen interest to one that practically glows as Mr. Scarborough continually takes it on the chin for the insurance industry.