Bloomberg Politics managing editor Mark Halperin isn’t subtle in his insults.
As some may recall, he once called President Obama “kind of a dick” on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” and got suspended for it. Well, today, he told NationalReviewOnline‘s Jonah Goldberg to get out of his office and actually go watch a speech about Jeb Bush before declaring him “rusty” on the stump.
It’s important to note that Halperin recently altered his views on the inevitability of a Hillary Clinton presidency. Because of the email scandal, he now thinks she’s toast: “I said a few weeks ago on this show that I thought she was easily the most likely president of the United States,” Halperin recently remarked on ABC’s This Week. “I now think not only is she because of this as a symptom and a cause, I now think she’s not only easily the most likely, I don’t think she’s any more the most likely.”
Halperin added, “I don’t think she’s going to be president.”
In his piece, Goldberg writes that the Clinton brand is popular with Americans while the Bush brand is tired.
“The Clinton name unifies Democrats while the Bush name divides Republicans. Moreover, Hillary’s private-e-mail fiasco notwithstanding, the Clinton brand and Clinton era are more popular with most Americans than the Bush brand and the Bush era.”
In the same breath that Goldberg calls Hillary Clinton a weak campaigner, Bush is rusty.
“Well, she’s a weak campaigner, and foreign policy has been an utter disaster under the Democrats, particularly on her watch as secretary of state. If Jeb — who is still quite rusty on the stump – …”
Except the way Halperin wrote his unsolicited journalism advice as a reply to Washington Examiner‘s Chief Political correspondent Byron York, it appears to be Halperin dressing down York, not Goldberg. York isn’t really someone to spar with — for God sakes the mild-mannered journalist looks like one of the Founding Fathers.
After York politely defended himself, saying he saw Jeb speak in Florida two weeks ago, Halperin chimed back in to explain.
The always polite York ended the testy exchange with Halperin on a note of gratitude.
“But thanks for reading, I always appreciate,” he wrote.