MSNBC’s John Heilemann jokes that Lindsey Graham is a woman?

Jeff Poor Media Reporter
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On Tuesday’s broadcast of “Morning Joe”, New York magazine columnist and MSNBC political contributor John Heilemann made a joke that the network apparently felt was ill-advised.

In a segment about Sens. John McCain, Kelly Ayotte and Lindsey Graham’s criticism of UN ambassador Susan Rice, Heilemann seemed to make a joke at the never-married Graham’s expense when he said that Ayotte had replaced retired Sen. Joe Lieberman in McCain and Graham’s gang of three.

“They need a third amigo at all times,” Heilemann said. “So now they have — now two of the three are women. Now at least one of the three are women.”

The line drew laughter from host Joe Scarborough, and forced his co-host Mika Brzezinski to segue to Andrea Mitchell via satellite in NBC News Washington bureau.

In the 8 a.m. ET replay, the quip was edited out, as pointed out by TVNewser.

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