The panel on "Morning Joe" got into a very heated argument on Friday, comparing Hilary Rosen's comments about Ann Romney to Rep. Allen West's claim that numerous Congressional Democrats are Communists.
On Friday, co-host Joe Scarborough was skeptical about the commotion over Rosen, who said that Ann Romney has "never worked a day in her life." The remark caused a kerfuffle on Thursday, immediately prompting Democrats and Republicans to react. The MSNBC host said that the story has been "overblown."
He argued that West's allegation that "about 78 to 81 members of the Democrat Party" are Communists was much more incendiary. To drive his point home, Scarborough asked if Mitt Romney should distance himself from West's controversial comments the way Democrats have distanced themselves from Rosen.
RNC chair Michael Steele dismissed any relationship between Rosen and West's remarks. He began to say, "I don't know —"
An incredulous Scarborough raised his voice, interrupting, "You don't know?"
"I don't know because I don't think it's worth it!" Steele shouted, as Scarborough continued speaking.
Noonan, Steele and contributor Donny Deutsch all jumped in to question why he was drawing parallels between the two stories. The four began to speak over each other, but Scarborough was adamant in his answer.
"Here we have a cable news pundit that has shut down the political discourse over the past 24 hours when a sitting United States congressman says something deeply, deeply offensive," he insisted. "And no Republican has spoken out against that. Does nobody see there’s a little bit of inconsistency here, Peggy? Do you distance yourself from Allen West’s comments?"
Noonan said that Scarborough was being "mischievous," and maintained that Rosen and West's remarks were completely "different stories."