05 August 2005

Florida discussion leads to Novak's suspension from CNN

Yesterday, conservative columnist Robert Novak lost his cool during a debate with Democratic stategist James Carville and used profanity on the air. Immediately following the spectacle, CNN announced that Bob Novak would be temporarily suspended from the network.

The two political veterans were discussing the upcoming senate race in Florida, where after yesterday's announcement by Speaker Allan Bense (R-Panama City) that he would not be running, the GOP nominee in waiting appears to be Congresswoman Katherine Harris (R-Sarasota). She will face current Senator Bill Nelson in the general election.

During the back-and-forth, Carville tried to interject, but Novak would not let him speak. Here is the discussion from the CNN transcript:

CARVILLE: Yes. You know the two happiest people in America today about this decision, is Bill Nelson and Jay Leno. I mean --

(ED) HENRY: Bill Nelson the Democratic Senator.

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. [It's why the Wall Street Journal editorial page is watching you.] 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.

CARVILLE: Yeah. I don't think -- I think it's actually pretty good news that far down, because I think they thought this speaker would be a tougher guy. It was just one of these things. I think Nelson's feeling pretty good right now. It won't be a primary. He'd rather not have a primary. But I suspect he's feeling pretty good.

Novak is facing a great deal of pressure due to his role in the entire Plamegate scandal, where a White House aide may have leaked the name of a covert CIA agent to the press for political gain.

There is much speculation that Novak cut a deal with the special prosecutor, and many have questioned the columnist's integrity. Carville's comment about the Wall Street Journal Editorial Page was a dig at Novak and may be seen by some as a shot below the belt.

Novak's freakout on the air is further evidence that the Plamegate scandal is still hot and will not be going away anytime soon.

Below are links to the video. Do not use more than one link; the videos are all the same. Multiple URLs have been provided in case you experience high traffic at one in particular.

Media Matter (view only): http://mediamatters.org/items/200508040004

Crooks and Liars #1 (WMP):

Crooks and Liars #2 (QT):

Crooks and Liars #3 (WMP - best quality with extra footage):

Crooks and Liars #4 (QT):


Anonymous Todd said...

Jesus, I think this guy is done. A long career, but what a way to go out!

9:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love it! This is hilarious!!

7:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Likely yes

12:31:00 AM  

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