I see that S.E. Cupp is rapidly becoming the Jennifer Rubin of cable news; specifically, MSNBC's embarrassment to the Washington Post's embarrassment. This, on MSNBC's part (as well as the Post's), is a peculiar circumstance of network degradation whose avoidability was as completely possible as its rejection was utterly incomprehensible.
I recall the first time I ever laid eyes and ears on Cupp. She was interviewing a distinguished historian of American conservatism, Prof. Corey Robin, for C-Span's Book TV, and it was my instant impression that this woman had in her young life read perhaps one whole book on the general subject--Hayek's, no doubt--causing within her a passionate romance with the idea of conservatism, whose complexity she had since abridged and encapsulated into stock phrases and sentimental platitudes.
The hour spent with her was excruciating, bearable only in the knowledge that it would be my last--and singular--hour with her.
I was living in innocent ignorance. Little did I know that MSNBC's Phil Griffin was out there, somewhere, stalking the airwaves for some "cute" right-winging abomination sans a penis. Damn! He must have been flipping through the snob channels just as Ms. Cupp appeared, and thereupon screamed to some network lackey: Get me that witless foxy thing with the neat glasses!
LACKEY: But Sir, she's an idiot.
GRIFFIN: I'm a cable news executive. Do you think I care? She's foxy, so the witlessness doesn't count.
The rest is permanent history. Now we'll never be rid of her, or her hysterical superficiality.
Because Paddy Chayefsky was prophetic.