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Pick of the day: 'Thank you for not screaming'

I'm neither a cable-news guy nor a morning-TV guy. Yet I loved this GQ piece on Joe Scarborough, the star of MSNBC's morning yakfest, "Morning Joe," because it somehow managed to make a guy whose work I find inherently uninteresting seem ... interesting.

The lead, from GQ's Lisa DePaulo: "To really understand Joe Scarborough, to understand why he's the conservative liberals suddenly think is swell, to understand why 'Morning Joe' has become the best and most buzzed-about political show on television—and yes, this is the same Joe Scarborough whose Republican bona fides included joining the Clinton-crucifixion team while in Congress—you need to hear his Paul McCartney story.

"It starts with a man crush."

Then, some stuff about Scarborough's McCartney worship and his upbringing in Pensacola and his current life and his past life in Congress and the time Carole King bought his vote by signing a guitar, becoming his friend and taking him backstage at a Paul McCartney concert and introducing Scarborough to his idol and ... well, I won't spoil it for you. Just read the story.

Scarborough, who resigned from Congress in 2001, is getting the GQ profile treatment now because he's become "the conservative liberals suddenly think is swell" and "'a neutered, chickified moderate,' in the words of Rush Limbaugh," and also because his show is "more civilized than the usual screamfests," featuring "the kind of stimulating breakfast conversation anyone might have about the news, if anyone could have the smartest journalists, politicians, and celebrities over for breakfast."

I'll take DePaulo's word for it, since I don't watch the show. But I might if he ever books McCartney.

By J. Freedom du Lac  | August 26, 2010; 9:23 AM ET
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