A political war of sorts has broken out inside MSNBC, with Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough criticizing prime-time talking head Keith Olbermann for his scathing criticism of Scott Brown, the Republican candidate in Tuesday's special Senate election in Massachusetts.
"Olbermann calls Brown a 'homophobic racist reactionary' who 'supports violence against women.' How reckless and how sad," Scarborough, a former Republican member of the House, Tweeted Monday evening.
In a "quick comment" section on his show, Countdown, Monday night, Olbermann referred to reports that Brown had speculated that President Obama was born out wedlock; his opposition to funding Massachusetts Red Cross workers who went to help in the 9/11 rescue efforts; his support of a Constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage; and his (disputed) approval of a supporter's urgings that someone "shove a curling iron up" the backside of his Democratic opponent, Martha Coakley.
"In short, in Scott Brown, we have an irresponsible, homophobic, racist, reactionary, ex-nude model teabagging supporter of violence against women and against politicians with whom he disagrees," Olbermann said. "In any other time in our history, this man would have been laughed off the stage as an unqualified and a disaster in the making by the most conservative of conservatives. Instead, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is close to sending this bad joke to the Senate of the United States."