Morning Joe hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski were talking about Tommy Tuberville’s refusal to release the nomination for U.S. Marines commandant over abortion rights for female military members.
“Mike Barnicle, I think I come from another era, from another age,” Scarborough said.
“I’m a big believer, if somebody is going to try to do this, if somebody is going to try to impact the readiness of the United States of America, you take it to the floor. You put Tommy Tuberville’s face on a poster, put it on the Senate floor, and tell people — I’d do it tomorrow. Actually, I’d suspend all business. I’d put a picture of Tuberville up.
” ‘All right, guys, gals, we are going to stay here, I don’t care, days, weeks, months. We’re not going out of session. You’ll be here night and day, and I’ll make sure you’re called in at midnight, at 1:00 a.m., 2:00 a.m., at 3:00 a.m., at 4:00 a.m., 5:00 a.m. Every time you come to this floor, you’ll have Tommy Tuberville to thank for that. Because he is screwing with the readiness of the United States Marine Corps and the United States armed forces over a social battle to gain some political points with his base at home. Because he doesn’t want women to do what they can do legally.”
“Joe, the rules of the United States Senate were outlined a couple hundred years ago. Not many have been changed in the history of the United States Senate,” Mike Barnicle said.
“It’s interesting to look how they operate, but in cases like this, they have to be literally dragged into the 21st century. It is time someone, maybe Chuck Schumer, maybe in concert with McConnell, should drag them into the 21st century and do something about a guy who ought to be locked in his office as a public danger.”