MSNBC did not serve its dwindling audience very well Tuesday night. While the nation could have heard from a bevy of rising Republican stars who have compelling stories to tell, MSNBC decided it would serve up snark instead. So the speeches of former Rep. Artur Davis, Texas Senate candidate Ted Cruz, and Utah congressional candidate Mia Love were all ignored by the cable net that once called itself the “place for politics.”
While these minority Republicans were delivering their speeches, MSNBC went almost all-white on the air with Ed Schultz, Rachel Maddow, Chris Matthews, Chris Hayes, Steve Schmidt, and Al Sharpton.
How does it feel to be a token, Rev. Al?
The speeches MSNBC ignored were terrific. Ted Cruz brought a dash of Texas to the stage as he told the story of his parents’ escape from Castro’s Cuba. Rep. Artur Davis threatened to be a show-stealer as he described his journey from being Barack Obama’s 2008 co-chairman to a Republican just four years later. The contrast between the Republicans’ “get” with Davis and the Democrats’ “get” with Charlie Crist was so striking that on Twitter I observed that in this switch the GOP had made the best trade since the Dallas Cowboys bankrupted the Minnesota Vikings in the Herschel Walker trade. The ‘Boys got three Super Bowl rings out of that one, while the Vikings got bupkis.
MSNBC didn’t avoid the night entirely. During Chris Christie’s speech, host Alex Wagner snarked a time or two on Twitter. From Wagner the world got the sterling observation that Christie’s call at the end of his speech, to stand with him and fight for Mitt Romney, was “aerobic.” Fat jokes from a thin, attractive newsreader. Har de har.