Hi there, ladies ‘n germs — I’m your host Chuck Todd (excuse me while I roll my eyes thoughtfully as if I was physically capable of having thoughts) —
— And welcome to another installment of “Benefit Of The Doubt — the game show where we give the benefit of the doubt to folks who we probably shouldn’t ought to give it to. But, hey — that’s what I think journalism is cos otherwise, I’d have to do research and prep for interviews! Did I say “Welcome to Benefit Of The Doubt yet? I can’t remember — I get so easily distracted.
Tonight’s panel are, first, my co-worker over at NBC News, Chris Matthews —
Chris — say something to the folks!
CHRIS: I miss Bobby Kennedy.
[While Chuck rolls his eyes thoughtfully] CHUCK: Do you think… What I mean is… What if… Is it possible that Sirhan Sirhan was aiming at someone else that night in the Ambassador Hotel kitchen?
CHRIS: No. Sirhan was Palestinian. He said he hated Bobby’s position regarding Israel. It wasn’t really a question of— Now, wait a minute, Chuck — were you playing the game without saying?
CHUCK: Guilty! I bet if I hadn’t spent the whole time rolling my eyes thoughtfully, you’d have never caught me.
CHRIS: It’s true… Umm… could ya stop now, Chuck — it’s starting to weird me out.
CHUCK: I’ll try, but — now I’m just trying to see if my bangs are straight… I wish they hadn’t left those pruning shears on my makeup table… Our other panelist tonight is CNN’s Wolf Blitzer.
WOLF: Hi, everyone. I just want everyone to know that the look on my face isn’t because I’m thinking about anything, I’m doing math — I’m figuring out how long much longer I can hold onto the fart now in the chamber. Not much longer to judge from my expression, right?
CHUCK: Thanks for the heads up, Wolf. I’ll just move my chair way over here. [As Chuck moves his chair] Our first guest tonight is Climate Change.
[Polite applause as Climate Change enters and takes the seat next to Chuck’s.]
CHUCK: Welcome, Climate Change! You’re really in demand right now. I feel like we were lucky to get you as a guest.
CLIMATE CHANGE: Well, I am trying to get around — what with the book coming out and–
CHUCK: What– wait– what? You have a book coming out? Why didn’t anyone tell me?
CLIMATE CHANGE: Probably cos you can’t read.
[Chuck flashes angrily] CHUCK: What? I can read just fine. Don’t blame me cos I bore easily. Wait — are my bangs straight?
CHRIS: Please, Chuck, I’m begging ya — stop rolling your eyes! In two seconds I’m going to start hurling last year’s St. Patrick’s Day’s corned beef and cabbage. And that disagreed with me then.
WOLF: I bet the gas was intense.
CHRIS: You know it was.
CHUCK: So, Climate Change — We know… what I mean is…
CHRIS: Chuck — stop rolling your eyes–
CHUCK: I’m trying, Chris, I swear it but it’s gone a little autonomic on me. I’m not that in control of it–
CHRIS: Well, I’m not that in control of what I’m about to puke up either.
WOLF: Please stop saying “puke”, it gives me gas.
[Meanwhile, Chuck has continued rolling his eyes]. CHUCK: Are my bangs…? Is it… Would you say…What if the climate deniers are on to something?
[Everyone stops to stare at Chuck]. CHUCK: What?
WOLF: Are you saying climate change isn’t real?