In which your humble correspondent strains mightily not to crack wise when AC says, “It’s hard to talk when you’re teabagging.” I guess when you’re fourth in the ratings in primetime, one way to move up is to lift jokes from the people ahead of you. Although in Cooper’s defense, the partisan motivation here isn’t as clear as it is with MSNBC (which has been so juvenile and derisive about the tea parties as to draw criticism from, of all place, the LA Times). Could be Coop just wanted to make Gergen giggle with a little well-placed scroat humor. Why, just look at that impish, knowing grin. Submitted for your consideration, Peabody committee.

Below the clip you’ll find a link to R.S. McCain’s latest contribution to the Greenroom, a clip from last night’s Maddow show in which Rachel herself gets teabagged. Bet she never thought that would happen to her, huh? Click the image to watch.