Christmas morning will come twice this year. The second time will be at its usual time in December; but for Chuckolytes, the first occurred this morning.
For most, it was an early morning that brought nothing but gifts to those of us that live for the politick, the drama and of course The Chuck. Yesterday NBC announced that it was going to be kicking the long-in-the-tooth Olympics to the curb and in place would be a day, a whole glorious day devoted to the Democratic Vice Presidential announcement.
It all started pre-dawn with an Alex Witt warm-up act. She handed out the new information with a sterile ease and had a couple of guests via satellite, one being Washington Post columnist Jonathan Capehart. Now before you roll your eyes, there was something newsworthy about Diva Capehart's appearance this morning. Get this people: he had no tie! There he sat with an open-collared dress shirt sans tie with the most generic looking white crewneck t-shirt (possibly a poly-blend no less) peeking through. "Diva Capehart almost looks butch!" Viva Chuck Todd fashion correspondent, Devon O'Toole shrieked in horror.
A golden moment in this MSNBC maelstrom was with our crazy uncles Matthews and Olbermann as they primed the prime-time pump with their goofy observations and non-sequiturs. The best came from preternaturally tan Uncle Chris Matthews when he used the words “striptease” and “climax” in the same sentence to reference the suspenseful build-up and explosion if you will of the Biden announcement. Cigarette anyone?
As if it couldn't get any better, the day was ushered in by our old friends, the cast of Morning Joe for a Special Edition of the aforementioned A.M. staple. Special, because as Joe said, “It wouldn’t be ‘special’ if Willie weren’t here.” We second that emotion Scarborough. And, as if to bookend the Capehart fashion fumble, Scarborough was wearing a tie (cats loved on dogs and birds flew backwards as a result).
And then, the moment we all waited for, The Chuck. Let's just say right now, any morning that has The Chuck chiming in every hour in a festive mood is our kind or morning. And this morning was that kind of morning. The first appearance of The Chuck had Scarborough introducing him in the usual fashion and then he said the following: "The kids are in the streets, they’ve got their t-shirts on, they’re eating salsa and chips and shouting Viva Chuck Todd!” We're not even going to try to wrap our brains around the salsa and chips reference.
The Chuck unfazed from his intro came to us from pre-dawn Denver looking alert and fresh giving a stunningly succinct yet copious rundown of the VPshortlist. No teleprompter, no referencing notes, just a smooth delivery of why Biden was chosen (“least amount of drama”). And why Bayh, Kaine, Sebelius, Dodd, Nunn and Edwards (Chet, that is) were the bridesmaids. Although, the Bush/Cheney antithetical comparison to Obama/Biden was a little disconcerting until you put it in the geek fan-boy context of the classic Star Trek episode where the goatee-flaunting evil Kirk and Spock from a parallel universe meld with the Enterprise in this...oh screw it, you know what he meant.
Alright, we have to wrap this up. We have a plane to catch to Denver.