MSNBC's "The Cycle," apparently meant to be something like a four person recreation of Fox's "The Five" with mostly progressive hosts, and modeled after a "Dinner Party," debuted today. And ordinarily, we would assume most readers of this site wouldn't care, except for one big item: S.E. Cupp is the show's token conservative, a fact for which we have to give MSNBC credit. They at least found someone with unimpeachable credentials.
With that said, if today's ending segment is any guide, the show is going to place a lot of emphasis on Cupp's token status. In a closing segment explaining what "The Cycle" is all about, Cupp's cohost Toure singled her out by name multiple times - albeit mostly in a good natured fashion - and also defended her being on the show.
Toure's defense - as well as his idea of whether obstructionism is or is not 'American' - was questionable, at least if you assume the Founding Fathers have the last word on this topic. His description of conservatives as "the enemy," and his half-serious accusation that Cupp herself "speaks with the voice of the enemy," was also troubling. However, the conversation stayed civil, and indeed, based on this segment, and on the rest of the show, it was clear that Cupp did not need anyone to leap in and defend her honor. She was more than equipped to defend her perspective, perhaps too well equipped for the comfort of her co-panelists in some cases. For instance, consider her exchange with co-host Krystal Ball on the topic of illegal immigration:
We think that clip speaks for itself. This "dinner party" may end up with everyone but S.E. Cupp eating crow.