Congratulations to Joe Scarborough for coming out of the closet once and for all. Thank goodness -- now, maybe, we won't hear anymore nonsense about how he's a "small" government conservative who can roll with the libertarians if need be. This blowhard has no idea why calling himself a "small" government conservative was a tip-off, anyway.
Morning Joe held their show in Chicago to do their part supporting the Obama campaign (it's where it all started), although they are fair in their coverage -- why, they even criticize Obama every once in awhile. Just because Obama is so awesome and Romney is so out-of-touch rich and so beholden to the goobers in the Tea Party is not the fault of the Morning Joe gang, so no one can say they favor Obama -- it's just that Romney is such an awful candidate. Yes, Obama has his faults, but he's on track now with his new ad attacking Romney's record as governor of Massachusetts. Although Obama was mostly correct when he attacked Romney regarding his Bain Captial record, Scarborough felt like this was the wrong tactic because people like success (and something about how his father voted), and Romney was mostly successful. But, as governor of a majority Democratic state with a majority Democratic congress that had become a basket case, Romney was able to make some major, positive changes and the unemployment rate fell to around 4%, but because Romney couldn't perform a miracle in this Democrat-infested money pit, Scarborough believes that attacking his record as governor is brilliant strategy -- Joe was really excited about this strategic change -- really excited.
Why, you ask, would a Republican be so excited about a Democratic President's new strategy to beat his GOP opponent? Because Scarborough is a status quo, Centrist Republican who believes the GOP has been hijacked by Tea Party radicals who want to limit government power and establish free market principles. Scarborough wants Obama to win so that Scarborough, Jeb Bush, Mitch Daniels, and the other Centrist, status quo, statist Republicans can say they told the nation so. Scarborough has political ambitions, and he told his viewers today that the GOP radicals are not the future, that Scarborough's GOP is the future (he really called it his GOP, really), then he told all the Cheeto-eating bloggers in their mothers' basement to shut up. This revelation by Scarborough must be liberating -- now he can be himself. I only suggest that if he's going to attack those who disagree with him, that he come up with something other than the cliched image of Cheeto-eating bloggers in their underwear typing in the basement. I understand that such smear-tactics have been effective in the political world to silence opposition, but this tactic is too trite to have much effect. It was an effective image about three years ago, but not now.
Joe could, instead of smearing those who disagree with him, address their ideas and then refute their ideas by showing how his ideas are much better for the nation. Joe appears to not understand what's going on, because he implies that had Jeb Bush run, the GOP would have a better chance of winning. It's five months until the election, Obama has the power of the State, media, Hollywood and universities behind him, yet Romney is winning is some polls. Jeb Bush would present no opposition to Obama. The Morning Joe gang started the program by reporting what Jeb Bush said yesterday about how his father and Reagan would not be accepted by today's GOP. It boils down to whether the GOP should compromise with Democrats to raise taxes, spend money on infrastructure, education and research, then accept a promise to reform entitlements sometime in the future when the economy recovers, or not. Should the GOP be an opposition party or a partner party in advancement of statist solutions? Should the GOP once again accept empty promises of future cuts so that spending can continue in the present?
There's doubt that the problems suggested by Bush are even real problems. House Republicans have worked with Democrats in the House to produce bipartisan bills, but they are stalled in the Democrat-controlled Senate, so it appears that Reid and Obama want the image of GOP resistance to help them get re-elected, because if Obama admitted that the GOP had ideas for job growth and bills waiting on Senate consideration, then it would remove his biggest campaign strategy -- blame the GOP. So, Scarborough and Bush don't even understand the problem. I don't see any evidence that radicals are in control of the GOP -- actually, the GOP is going along with the normal statist growth in federal government, with a few exceptions holding their ground. It's not clear that Romney will not be the same Centrist pragmatist he's always been. What has Bush and Scarborough frightened is the possibility of true opposition -- if the Pauls, Ron and Rand, can influence the party, and if the limited government faction of the Tea Party can continue to put representatives in congress, Joe and Jeb are afraid of what might happen.
I know that Cheeto-eating bloggers like myself were told to shut up by Joe, but that won't happen. Let's look at what frightens Joe and Jeb. The limited government Tea Party faction wants to limit the power of the State and empower the private sector. Ironically, on the Morning Joe show this morning, Joe and the gang were praising efforts to empower the private sector in Chicago, but this is because their politically correct friends are involved, such as Warren Buffett, which makes me believe they are really praising more government intervention in the priavte sector through subsidies and picking winners and losers based on political affiliation. If, however, Joe and the gang really believe in small business proliferation and private sector empowerment, and not just patronizingly showcasing a minority business that some rich liberal has poured money into, then they will support Tea Party efforts to limit government power and to implement a free market. Statist intervention in the economy has benefitted the Buffetts and Goldman-Sachs of the world, so a free market would go a long way toward levelling the playing field, so that when the big and lazy behemoths fail, as they did in 2007, they will go under, and the more efficient and successful will take their place.
Yet Joe and Jeb say that the limited government Tea Party faction is not the future, that the Centrist, statist GOP, the Scarborough/Bush Party, is the future. Actually, the Joe&Jeb Party is the party of the past -- it's the party that caused the catastrophe of 2008. To go to the Joe&Jeb Party is to go backwards. Obama would destroy Jeb Bush if Bush had run and had won the nomination. It's why Bush didn't run, so that he and the likes of Scarborough could say, if, as they hope, Obama beats Romney, that the nation should listen to them and forget about this Tea Party/ Ron Paul nonsense and return to the Centrist Republicans who are sensible statist managers, not wild-eyed, irresponsible, ignorant revolutionaries. I won't tell Joe to shut up, because if he keeps on talking, the limited government faction has a better chance of really having some influence.