Far be it from the Viva Chuck Todd editorial staff to take umbrage with The Chuck, but a particular fast and loose discussion on Morning Joe has led us to do such a thing.
This morning on Morning Joe, curmudgeons Mike Barnacle and Pat Buchanan were bookending The Chuck and muttering about god knows what (perhaps their peas were cold or some kid was on their lawn), when Mika Brzezinski brought up the very appropriate appellation of "Muppets" for the pair of codgers; referring to The Muppet Show characters, Statler and Waldorf who would heckle from the balcony. We here at Viva Chuck Todd prefer The Sunshine Boys for those of you who get that reference, but Statler and Waldorf will certainly do nicely.
Once The Chuck caught the Muppet reference (and this is where we take umbrage), he replied "Well, I guess I'm Fozzie Bear." Point of order Sir. You certainly are not the oafish ursine puppet playing jester to a felt frog. You Sir are a grizzly bear. You are the apex predator in the electoral ecosystem. A Grizzly Chuck if you will.
Mika quickly got in on the act and asked "What am I?" and nobody was going to touch that sucker with a 10-foot pole knowing that "Miss Piggy" was who she was directly referring to. Chuck was noticeably uncomfortable in inadvertently helping draw that parallel.
We think we'll let Willie deal with that "third rail" tomorrow.