Sometimes you just have to wonder what’s going through Lou Dobbs’ mind. At the close of a segment yesterday, Dobbs called Rep. Charlie Rangel “partner,” then quickly made light of it. Rangel laughs it off. Then they go to break, but the commercial doesn’t roll and the control room leaves their mics on. Dobbs again mocks himself for calling Rangel “partner” with an unevangelical phrase, and Rangel congratulates Dobbs on his primetime show. The two sound like the play softball together. Which, in the interview, they just had.

You’d think CNN would have the open mic issue taken care of by now.