Scarborough blamed other conservatives for not giving Huntsman a chance, and derided other members of the GOP field as “big government Republicans.” That proclamation drew the ire of conservative talker Rush Limbaugh.
Limbaugh responded that Huntsman wasn’t much of a conservative, citing his positions on gay rights, climate change, the war on terror and United States-China relations.
The radio host then attacked Scarborough, describing his affinity for Huntsman as an attempt to win favor at the “liberal network.”
“I think that’s what you say when you have to keep your job at a liberal network,” Limbaugh alleged. “I think that’s what you say when you’re trying to make a move, if you’re a known conservative and you’re trying to make a move to the center and become a favorite son of the left. It’s what you say. It’s where you work.”
“Pat Buchanan has been suspended from the place because of a book he wrote,” Limbaugh said. “Not for something he said on MSNBC, but [because] he has written a book. Phil, what’s his name, Griffin announced it. They suspended and it may be permanent. While Buchanan is out there selling his book, he can’t appear on MSNBC to do commentary.”