CNBC anchor Brian Sullivan made sure his appearance on Morning Joe this morning counted, passionately declaiming against the Republican Party for pushing non-religious moderates like himself out.
This occurred amidst a discussion about the media coverage of Benghazi. Sullivan noted that his parents were conservative and often lamented the press’ supposed disinterest in the story. But from there, he had nothing good to say about the GOP.
“Can we stop saying ‘The Republican Party?'” Sullivan said. “As somebody that grew up in a conservative household, I don’t recognize the Republican Party of even my youth. I don’t like what I see. I don’t like the far right. I don’t like the extremism. They’ve pushed me away.”
He very much continued:
“As someone pretty much not religious, pro-same-sex marriage, pro-legalization of marijuana for the most part — what party is this? What party am I supposed to be in? When I’m a fiscal conservative who believes that small government can often be better — there are times for larger government.
“So we keep saying ‘The Republican Party.’ I don’t know who the Republican Party is anymore. I don’t know if the Republican Party knows who the Republican Party — because it’s not a party, unfortunately, that I can get on board with, because I don’t like the small-minded attitude of a lot of the far right wing stuff that comes out. I should go home now.”
The rest of the panel, which comprised a good amount of the employees at 30 Rock, expressed their wonder at Sullivan’s outburst thusly: “You just booked a ticket to New Hampshire!”
Watch the clip below, via MSNBC:
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