Really? In 2001, in a discussion about sweeping social changes that the civil-rights movement did and didn’t achieve, “put[ting] together the actual coalition of powers through which you bring about redistributive change” was actually just Obama-speak for knocking a few points off the middle tax brackets? From a guy who wasn’t even a federal legislator at the time? This isn’t even spin; it’s McCaskill putting her fingers in her ears and chanting to drown out the question.

Which Scarborough, by trying to frame it as a simple rhetorical misstep, is happy to let her do.

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