Guess the MSNBC Show: Answer to Higher Education Costs, ‘Nationalize Colleges’

Loyal readers of this space will know that the “art of trolling” was long ago perfected by one MSNBC program. That show has developed such an aptitude for advancing provocative notions for their own sake that an earnest, circumspect, and pragmatic segment would be seen as a disingenuous and contrived attempt at unpredictability.

On Thursday, reacting to President Barack Obama’s campaign speech before an audience of college students in which he touched briefly on proposals to control of costs of college amid rhetoric about the accomplishments of his admiration, MSNBC’s Now panel guests were nonplussed.

Not sweeping or extra-constitutional enough, they grieved. The Guardian columnist and Wonkette founder Ana Marie Cox did the network proud when she insisted that the only solution to the bloated costs of America’s college was to create a government monopoly on colleges by nationalizing them. This suggestion inspired groans from her fellow panel guests. Not because it was a bad idea, but such a solution remains politically unrealistic.

Now’s efforts to gratify progressives’ wildest fantasies, the ones they only allow themselves to verbalize in the most forgiving company, is admirable. You have to be impressed with Now‘s unashamed insularity. While the liberal pep talk isn’t what it used to be, it probably does not get any better than this show.

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An experienced broadcaster and columnist, Noah Rothman has been providing political opinion and analysis to a variety of media outlets since 2010. His work has appeared in a number of political opinion journals, and he has shared his insights with television and radio personalities across the country.