RNC Chair Michael Steele, who's made all of the wrong kinds of news this week after he offered Rush Limbaugh a stooping apology for comments he made on CNN's D.L. Hughley Breaks the News, was the subject of a series of acid-tipped disses on this morning's Morning Joe, after canceling his planned appearance. Led by an unabashedly sharp-tongued Joe Scarborough, Steele was viciously mocked at seemingly every lull in the conversation, as the hosts speculated over whether or not Rush Limbaugh had given Steele a "permission slip" to come on the air.
Everyone got in on the act:
MIKA BRZEZINSKI: Our thanks to Lawrence O'Donnell, for being on the show this morning.
LAWRENCE O'DONNELL: Joe, I just want to apologize to Rush Limbaugh before I leave your show.
JOE SCARBOROUGH: Hold on, hold on. You're actually a Democrat, so you don't have to cower in the corner.
BRZEZINSKI: You may snicker.
O'DONNELL: You know, I once criticized Rush for attacking Michael J. Fox, but the more I think about it, I think Michael deserved it.
Scarborough's japes finally culminated in a "Morning Joe Exclusive" interview, which was actually just Scarborough and company yelling over top of Steele's interview with Today's Matt Lauer.