Sparks Fly on Morning Joe

"Who cares what he is in your mind. But as a journalist you should cover a day like yesterday."

Things got testy on Wednesday's Morning Joe on MSNBC during a discussion of Chris Christie's remarks at a Chicago Republican Governors Association (RGA) fundraiser the day before. Most of the panel thought he did very well, except for Chuck Todd who's snarky, "I guess it's a good day that what, that more indictments didn’t come?" set off former Bush communications director Nicolle Wallace.

It started with Joe Scarborough posing the question to Todd:

Chuck, Chris Christie had a pretty good day yesterday, didn't he?

Todd:

Okay. I mean, how do you define –

Wallace:

Come on! Oh, my God!

Todd:

I guess it's a good day that what, that more indictments didn’t come? Hang on. We're doing feeding frenzy on somebody we're not actually sitting back and -- we're -- we're overdoing it now. I think everybody's just trying to will him back into something.

Wallace:

Overdoing what? Oh, my God. So you have spent -- oh, okay. So much time has been spent in the last four weeks spending every tiny, minuscule, non breaking news event –-

Todd

Not on my show.

As Nicolle Wallace began to speak an obviously angry Chuck Todd kept sipping his coffee almost as a tool to calm himself down:

Well, on the network on which you and I appear, the fact he had an event in front of Democrats and Republicans, a former White House Chief of Staff said he had a great performance yesterday, Republicans remain incredibly focused on everything he says and does because at the moment he leads the RGA and as a guy who is mired in the scandal, I can't think of a politician in either party who has remained more focus on his day job despite the fact that every single, you know, formerly objective member of the political press is coming after him. And the fact that it doesn't at least warrant as much attention where he speaks eloquently on inequality, an issue you spent a great time talk about, is a nothing burger to you should educate governor Christie about the climate he would face should he run for president.

Todd:

No, I just think it's -- I’m not treating him as a presidential candidate in my mind right now. I think he's got to get through this mess.

Wallace:

Who cares what he is in your mind. But as a journalist you should cover a day like yesterday.

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