On Morning Joe today, the crew spent a lot of time talking about Rick Perry. Joe Scarborough obviously believes Perry is a joke and can't win over independents and NE Republicans. But, by God, Joe could win 'em over -- he understands those Long Island voters. I think my earlier analysis of Scarborough as a wannabe presidential candidate is getting to him. He has practically eliminated every Republican candidate, but when he was running for office, he knew how to cross lines and make things happen. Scarborough says that Palin is over, and that Glenn Beck's influence is over, and that Perry and Bachmann will burn out and fade. There's a pattern here of opposing anyone who has Tea party support. Scarborough is a true faux-elitist, with "faux" being the operative word -- thus, he's frustrated, torn between his country-lawyer act and the desire to be close to the seat of power and political influence. When Scarborough gets frustrated he acts out and does the twirling tie and honking red nose thing to get attention. I wish there was some support for him to run for President -- he wants it so badly.
There's still a push among the Morning Joe crowd to bring back congress and announce that government will do something big to address the economic situation, with FDR as the model of leadership. Nevermind that FDR's big actions prolonged the depression and human suffering during the 30s, they just want to do something Big so that government doesn't look so pathetic. Scarborough did appropriately react to a NYT's article comparing London's problems to Tea Party austerity -- Scarborough said it's ridiculous, and it is. The funny part of the article is that it said Cameron was planning austerity -- planning austerity. What the pundits and journalists are missing is there has been no austerity, just talk about austerity.
Journalists and pundits are babbling now, and in their moments of honesty they say what is obvious to everyone, and it's what the Tea party has been saying -- we need economic growth. Now, they just need to accept that government doesn't create economic growth but a free market does.