After reading the other commentary on this program, I came to realize that most of the authors were most likely burdened and overly concerned with the resentment of having a former Republican Congressman on the left of center MSNBC than they were reviewing the show.
If you want the early morning headlines and some diverse political commentary without the fluff of other morning shows, then you just may well enjoy this one.
It is true that Joe Scarborough takes a little getting used to. He is opinionated, sometimes overbearing, and at times rude. He is also well versed in politics, insightful, fair, and able to reduce the complexities of political matters so that Everyman can relate to them without dumbing down the content.
Mika, daughter of foreign affairs expert Zbigniew Brzezinski, is a good foil for Joe, quick to provide an alternative viewpoint or food for thought. Joes steps on her toes sometimes (one reviewer laughingly declared him sexist, citing a time when he took a newspaper out of his hand) but she is easy going and plays her role well. After all, it is called Morning Joe and not Mornings with Joe and Mika.
Willie Geist plays third string, a back ground for most of the political conversation, but contributes nonetheless. He reprises his role on the defunct Tucker show by introducing News You Can't Use.
Despite the assertions of some, the guests they have a varied and frequently political giants. You won't have to worry about seeing the mother of child who appeared on YouTube or the lawyer of a stripper being sued as guests on this show. While Buchanan or Shuster makes appearances, the likes of Bernie Goldberg, Brent Scrowcroft, Joe Biden and Phil Donahue (today's lineup) show up to push their books or talk current events.
While not for everyone, especially if your idea of political insight is Keith Olbermann lecturing the President night after night, Morning Joe is three hours of political opinion and insight most of us could use.
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