Addressing a crowd of progressive talk radio fans in Minnesota, MSNBC’s Ed Schultz revealed some of the harsh words he exchanged with White House spokesman Robert Gibbs off the air earlier in the week.
“I told him he was full of sh*t is what I told him,” Schultz said. “And then he gave me the Dick Cheney f-bomb the same way Senator Leahy got it on the Senate floor. I told Robert Gibbs, I said, ‘I’m sorry you’re swearing at me, but I’m just trying to help you out.”
“I’m telling you, you’re losing your base,” he continued. “Do you understand that you’re losing your base? And that the American people don’t want public option, the American people want single-payer!?'”
Schultz, microphone in hand, got quite a few things off his chest at the AM950 Blue State Bash on Saturday night. He criticized Senators Joe Lieberman, Max Baucus, Jim DeMint and Ben Nelson. He called for voting out “people who have infiltrated the Democratic progressive movement.” And he also talked about why he doesn’t believe in bipartisanship.
“I probably wouldn’t make a very good candidate,” Schultz admitted. “I don’t believe in bipartisanship. After the way (Republicans) ran the country into the ground for the last 8 years what the hell you want me to work with them on?”
Acknowledging Thom Hartmann’s concerns about the impact of the recent Supreme Court ruling on campaign spending, he presented a less intellectual take on the situation. Eddie just wants people to get fired up.
“We are still in an ideological fight for the country,” he barked. “We gotta make sure that President Obama gets the message. We’re with you, but you gotta be with us.”
Video shot January 23rd, 2010 and posted by The Uptake: