Donald Trump tried a few months ago to start some scuttlebutt about Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski being in a romantic relationship to distract us away from something that Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski were saying about Donald Trump. It didn’t take, because no one really cared. They’re co-workers, but best I can tell, they’re in equal positions, and while MSNBC might have some HR policies that discourage dating between co-workers, these things happen. Watch any workplace comedy ever.
Anyway, it turns out Trump was right. Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski were in a romantic relationship, and Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski are now engaged. Scarborough proposed, in France, on Brzezinski’s 50th birthday.
I ain’t even mad at that. I am no fan of Scarborough’s politics, but if you’re wondering why Scarborough has mellowed in recent months, and has actually turned against Trump and his health care bill, I like to think that it was the influence of the more centrist Brzezinski. Maybe Scarborough would’ve arrived at this place on his own, but you guys are just going to have to let me have this.
Anyway, on Morning Joe this morning, the panel tried to bring up the engagement, but Mika and Joe weren’t having it. From Mediatite:
Harold Ford Jr. got the ball rolling.
“First of all can I say something?” he said. “Congratulations. Congratulations.”
“Oh thank you, good good, yeah,” said Brzezinski, seemingly hoping to move on.
“Numbers have been up lately. Show’s going well.” Willie Geist joked.
“Last two month are [our] highest rated,” Scarborough deadpanned.
Economist Steve Rattner didn’t seem to be as quick on the uptake that in fact nobody was actually talking about ratings.
“But I’m reading here, there’s other things to say congratulations about,” he said.
“Steve.” Geist responded through laughter.
Scarborough then tried to steer things back to James Comey.
“What did you think of his very strong defense of the decisions he made over the course of the campaign,” he asked Mark Halperin.
Halperin, responded but not before also wishing “congratulations” on “the ratings.”
They’re engaged and they don’t want to make a big deal out of it. That’s refreshing.
Joe Scarborough is still a terrible person, but hey! He’s a terrible person who has been speaking out against Trump for a while now, so we’ll take it. And I’m a fan of anyone — even terrible people — finding love, because it often makes them less terrible.