Friday, January 7, 2011

CNBC Host Chides NYT and Dems for Opposing Constitution Reading

CNBC’s Rick Santelli is known for his conservative-leaning rant. Readers may remember his impassioned speech on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange in 2009, in which he suggested a “tea party.” It was that speech that many credit with launching the Tea Party movement.

Now Santelli’s at it again, this time with a sarcastic mockery of the New York Times and Democrats who opposed the reading of the Constitution on the House floor yesterday.

“Oh my God. We’re wasting so much money. You know this reading stuff is way overrated – whether it’s the Constitution — or reading scores in the U.S., or reading bills,” he said sarcastically on CNBC’s “Squawk Box.” “A complete waste of time – come on. This is the digital age.”

He then went after the hypocrisy of those who objected to the document’s reading:

You know what then – here’s what I want to know – then why did they all swear to that when they took their jobs yesterday? What a bunch of hypocrites.

“Some swear to and some swear at it, I think,” co-host Joe Kernen added:

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