During a fiery and contentious interview this afternoon on Fox News, former Bill Clinton campaign adviser Simon Rosenberg had enough of conservative talk-show host Ben Ferguson interrupting and talking over him. The disgust was plastered on Rosenberg's face. But disgust soon crept from his face to his arms and then his legs, as Rosenberg got up and left during the interview after telling Ferguson to "shut up!"
The two were discussing Clinton's backstage comments to Paul Ryan about compromising on Medicare. But don't let the "compromise" subject matter fool you -- the two pundits were sure to give an interview that was full of wild disagreement. The main point of contention seemed to be Rosenberg's claim that Democrats were not fear-mongering. Ferguson found the preposterous, especially considering the recent Democratic ad that portrayed Paul Ryan dumping an old woman off a cliff.
Rosenberg's frustration escalated throughout the interview. He initially started with a smug look and accused Ferguson of regular rudeness. He then moved on to telling Ferguson to "shut up" and frustratedly asked, "Guys why should I come on this show if I can't talk?" When Ferguson continued interrupting and accused Rosenberg of pouting, Rosenberg ripped out his ear piece, took off his mic, and walked off set:
The walk-off didn't go unnoticed by Ferguson. In fact, it gave him the opportunity for one last, uncontested jab:
You're proving right now by walking off stage exactly why Medicare will not get fixed with Democrats in office. Because, when someone disagrees with you or says that you guys don't have a plan, you quit and you fear-monger and you say that people are going to die and then you walk of stage. And that's the problem."