August 04, 2005

Novakula Snaps

For all those of us wondering what it would take for CNN to suspend Bob Novak, we have our answer:

NEW YORK --CNN suspended commentator Robert Novak indefinitely after he swore and walked off the set Thursday during a debate with Democratic operative James Carville.

The live exchange during CNN's "Inside Politics" came during a discussion of Florida's Senate campaign. CNN correspondent Ed Henry noted when it was over that he had been about to ask Novak about his role in the investigation of the leak of a CIA officer's identity. ...

Here's the Inside Politics transcript:

... CARVILLE: The Democratic Senator and Jay Leno. That -- I mean, they're going to go nuts over this. They're messing with my make-up, but you really don't know who it is. I mean, let's say this: She's going to be good for the humor circuit. She's going to be good for the speech circuit and she's good for a lot. And I think that Nelson -- I think, it's probably no secret that the White House wanted the speaker to run and I suspect that the Nelson people are, you know, feeling pretty good here today.

NOVAK: A couple of points here: The first place, don't be too sure she's going to lose. All the establishment's against her and I've seen these Republican -- anti-establishment candidates who do pretty well. Ronald Reagan, I guarantee you that the establishment wasn't for him. We just elected a senator from Oklahoma, Senator Tom Coburn, everybody in the establishment was against him. She might get elected -- So, wait. Just let me finish what I'm going to say, James. Please, I know you hate to hear me, but you have...

CARVILLE: He's got to show these right wingers that he's got backbone. Show them you're tough.

NOVAK: Well, I think that's bullshit. And I hate that. Just let it go.

(Novak leaves set.) HENRY: OK. James, what do you think though, seriously about this Senate race, James, that the -- that basically the Katherine Harris and Bill Nelson, if they do square off, what do you think -- what will that mean for Bill Nelson? He's considered an endangered incumbent.

... HENRY: Thanks, James Carville. And I'm sorry as well that Bob Novak obviously left the set a little early. I had told him in advance that we were going to ask him about the CIA leak case. He was not here for me to be able to ask him about that. Hopefully we'll be able to ask him about that in the future. ...

Heh. I'd like to think that I contributed in my own small way to his breakdown, but in reality, I just had a heck of a time getting to ask him the question he's obviously so loathe to answer. That memory never fails to leave me grinning like a cheshire.

Update 8/5/05: Digby went to Crooks and Liars yesterday to find out that Sen. Rick 'Man-on-Dog' Santorum blew a gasket on TV yesterday also. Heh.

Posted by natasha at August 4, 2005 08:21 PM | Media | Technorati links |

They showed the clip on The Daily Show.

Posted by: Ryan at August 4, 2005 08:49 PM

I thought of your Novak-baiting, natasha, when I heard about his tantrum yesterday. :-) Seems like some of the bad karma is finally falling on him for his part in the disgraceful outing of Joe Wilson's wife.

Posted by: Mary at August 5, 2005 07:43 AM