Once again I could stomach only so much of the foolishness from MSNBC's Morning Joe show. The usual suspects were on, Mark Halperin, John Heilemann, Ed Rendell, Sam Stein, and so on. Scarborough and crew praised the content-free speech given by Obama last night, and Scarborough said several times that the Democratic Convention put the Republican Convention to shame.
There are two points I want to make out of all the foolishness put forward on Morning Joe. At one point this morning Scarborough said that negative economic numbers will not sour the great impression made by Obama and co. last night, that if anyone thinks negative economic numbers trump big impressions, then they don't understand politics. I looked behind Scarborough at the crowd listening to the show, then I thought about Morning Joe's viewers at home, and what Scarborough is saying is that facts don't matter to these people, only marketing and impressions. Of course, Scarborough knows the real scoop and that the economy is in terrible shape, but, according to Scarborough and pundits like him, the average American is moved by big impressions, not economic reality.
Another point I want to bring up is what the Morning Joe pundits said about Obama's strategy of using the auto bailout to help with midwestern states. In his speech, Obama said his administration reinvented the auto industry. Scarborough nor any Morning Joe guest analyzed this statement to see if the auto bailout claim is valid. Remember, only Big Impressions count, so if Obama says he saved the auto industry, then that's what counts. It goes without saying that news outlets like MSNBC are in the bag for Obama and the Democratic Party, but this is pathetic.
The sad state of affairs in America, though, is that intellectuals in general are made foolish by politics. Surely someone on Morning Joe knows enough about the true condition of GM to question Obama's claim that he has reinvented the industry. This is absurd. Surely someone on Morning Joe understands how government interventions have caused such great uncertainty among business people that the economy has seized up, therefore they would question Obama's call for more government intervention.
Are American voters too stupid to understand that interventionist government is the problem and not the solution, or are voters mesmerized by Big Impressions? I don't know what Scarborough's political angle is but I'm pretty sure he has one, or maybe placing politics over reason has made him permanently foolish -- many in the political realm are going to be suprised in the next few years.