Republican Senator Judd Gregg of New Hampshire practically threw a tantrum on air today when he was asked a simple follow up question by CNBC's Melissa Frances. Frances appears on MSNBC weekly along with Contessa Brewer for an hour solely focused on the economy. On today's segment, the guest was Sen. Gregg, who was asked to give his thoughts on ways to increase jobs and improve the economy. Rather than answer with any specifics, he offered up very simplistic and generic Republican talking points about "reducing the size of government" and "cutting spending."
Okay. But when Frances told the Senator that what he was saying was "good in theory" but wondered what specifically he would cut, Gregg attacked her personally and called her "duplicitous" and "irresponsible." When Contessa Brewer tried to diffuse the situation by suggesting that the Senator was not being challenged, just being asked for specifics, he erupted at her, too. When asked if federal education spending should be cut, Gregg then when after her integrity, "And what a dishonest statement to make. On its face you’re being fundamentally dishonest when you make that type of statement."
So asking an elected official what specifically should be trimmed from the federal budget is being "fundamentally dishonest?" What an arrogant prick. Here is the video of the exchange:
First of all Senator Gregg, those generics you like to speak in might work in a softball format like Fox News, but follow-up questions are sort of par for the course from actual reporters/anchors. Secondly, Melissa Frances is, without a doubt, a conservative. She is from CNBC, and is generally quite critical of President Obama. Gregg was way out of line, and was attacking someone who more than likely agreed with him. Lastly, Senator Gregg, don't mess with Contessa Brewer! That is thoroughly unacceptable in my book.