Even when Morning Joe hosts were trying to help Santorum get exposure and explain why he's not going to use government power to forcefully implement his religious principles, Prickly Rick turned on them. Having Santorum on right before Illinois was a big favor in itself, but when Scarborough gave Santorum a softball question regarding the birth control issue and the Catholic reaction, Santorum basically accused Scarborough of trying to frame Santorum as a religious fanatic. Scarborough was taken aback and didn't really know how to respond, so he sent a clear signal by bragging on Prickly Rick's ability to come from 2% to be a major challenger. Prickly Rick accepted that unqualified praise, I think -- he smiled, anyway.
You know, there are a lot of people in media, like Scarborough, who are biting their lips as they boost Santorum in order to suppress Romney. If it ever works and Santorum is the nominee, these media wolves will eat the flesh from Santorum's bones.
Earlier in the program, after the appropriate daily dissing of Romney, the Morning Joe crew discussed Afghanistan, and I give Scarborough credit for being clear on this issue. I have admired Scarborough's consistent position of leaving Afghanistan. Like I've said, though, the test is whether a person believes that mideast/foreign intervention in general has failed and will always fail -- I say it will, but I'm not sure that all those who now see the futility of Afghanistan will apply that principle of non-intervention to other countries and regions. If we don't apply a general doctrine of non-intervention, the problem is that we'll start another Afghanistan in another country when enough interventionists in DC think this time it's the right thing to do. It's how we always get bogged down-- this time will be different -- this is the "good" war -- this is for the "innocent" citizens.
Getting back to Prickly Rick, it was humorous this morning watching Scarborough hold back when Santorum attacked Scarborough for doing Santorum a favor. Andrea Mitchell, Chuck Todd and the others seems baffled also. Yes, if Santorum becomes the nominee, he better watch out, because he ain't seen nuthin' yet.