It took MSNBC host Rachel Maddow just over 90 seconds to poke a hole in the latest Republican photo opportunity, as she highlighted the fact that they have blocked repeated efforts to negotiate with Democrats beforehand.
Displaying a picture of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) and seven GOP colleagues sitting opposite empty chairs in a conference room, Maddow cracked, “Nobody learned anything from the Republican National Convention last year.”
Cantor posted the picture to supposedly illustrate his party’s willingness to attend a congressional committee session with Democrats Monday night in hopes of averting the shuttering of government offices, a gesture that was rejected.
But Maddow pointed out that Senate Budget Committee Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) has been rebuffed by GOP lawmakers 18 times over the past six months when seeking to convene the same kind of meeting.
“Debating with an empty chair is hilarious, until the time when you are debating with an empty chair and you are losing the debate,” Maddow chided.
Watch Maddow’s take on Cantor’s staged photo, aired Tuesday on MSNBC, below.