How do you boost ratings? Ed Schultz has an idea. Invite a mild-mannered Republican on your show as a guest, pair him with a wild, shoot-from-the hip Democrat who doubles as a satellite radio host, throw them some political meat called "Bush tax cuts," and watch them fight over it.
That pretty much describes the "Ed Show" segment from Tuesday night, when Ed hosted GOP strategist Ron Christie and Democratic radio host Joe Madison. All Schultz had to do was ask their thoughts on the tax cuts, sit back, and watch the segment degenerate into what on Saturday night would pass for an SNL skit.
Don't believe me? Here's the opening statement from Madison, where he calls for Democrats to take to the streets:
We ought to be in the streets. We ought to be jumping on these greedy Republicans who have the audacity to try to keep going what they had going on for the last ten years. Here’s what I would tell Republicans: okay, baby, it’s in your court right now. Create the jobs. And you’ve got 13 months to get these people off unemployment that you’ve held hostage…Ron is full of it. This is an attempt to just allow rich people to maintain their hundred thousand three hundred thousand four hundred thousand. Create jobs or shut the hell up.
It was all down hill from there (especially when Christie tried to reason with Madison):