On Morning Joe today, the guests were Peggy Noonan, Richard Haas, Tom Brokaw, Jeff Flake and a few others who were not that important to the discussion. Scarborough started out by making fun of Romney's use of the adjective "severely" to describe his conservative governance in Massachusetts. I took "severely" as a description of how Romney's conservative governance affected the liberals in state government, but Scarborough obviously thought it was funny enough to repeat the word "severely" as if everyone gets the joke. Morning Joe liberals certainly got the joke, at least they knew it was making fun of Romney so that's good for them.
More and more Scarborough reveals himself as a Centrist who operates by political means because he doesn't understand and has no use for economic means. If he ever ran for President, he would be a lite version of Obama. Obama knows only political means. In fact, Romney and Paul are the only ones running for President who understand economic means and realize the dangers of continued operations under political means. Scarborough is also either naive or dishonest -- he told Peggy Noonan that the President's "accomodation" with the Catholic Church was made in an effort to solve the problem. Noonan suggested that the administration is attempting to frame the issue as Republicans opposing contraceptions.
Scarborough said that the compromise/accomodation doesn't really solve the problem, but from a political perspective, if Republicans continue to push the issue, it will look like they are opposing contraception. Really? Who will make it look like the Republicans are opposing contraception? Could it be liberal media and every Democrat who was interviewed over the weekend or will be interviewed from here on out during this issue's lifespan? And Scarborough believes the administration was honestly trying to find a solution? This whole issue was a scam, even if it didn't start out that way -- Obama and his media support groups saw an opportunity to frame Republicans as against women's rights, and they played it. It's the political way.
Now, Scarborough is urging Republicans to be "careful", but he implied that they should go forward and accept the "compromise" -- that's the political solution. Santorum is the only one who needs to be "careful". Everyone elese simply needs to be honest and defend freedom. Why did Scarborough oppose the mandates to provide contraception services in the beginning? Because he had cover from the Left -- several Democrats came forth as opposed to forcing Catholics to provide contraception services. But, once Scarborough had to stand on principle, after the phony compromise which gave insincere Catholics on the Left cover to say the issue has been resolved, he folded, because he's afraid that standing on principle at this point will look bad politically. This is what's wrong with Republican Centrism -- it has capitulated to political manipulation over and over for decades and decades, and it has involved itself in political manipulation, because Centrists know only political means. Scarborough is not a limited government conservative -- he's a Centrist political animal who holds a principle only long enough to make an impression or a deal.
Jeff Blake came on the show and he supports Mitt Romney. Blake defended Romney on Romney's governance record and his economic/management experience. I think Romney is a better choice than Gingrich or Santorum, just because he understands economic reality. Healthcare in Massachusetts was a state issue, so I don't care about it-- not when Romney has no intention of expanding Obamacare and promises he will repeal it. But, I support Ron Paul, because Paul has integrity. Brokaw said he attended Paul rallies in which Paul talked about our government constructing a Taj Mahal in Iraq for an embassy while we're drowning in debt -- Brokaw said he can understand this message. Richard Haas said the problem is that wackos like Paul and Ross Perot have been the messengers regarding serious cuts to government spending. Haas said a mainstream politician has to promote this message. The problem is that the mainstream is made up of centrists like Scarborough who capitulate when it becomes politically unpopular to cut spending -- mainstream politicians use political means to make decisions and design policy, not economic means. The mainstream in politics has been statist power maintenance.
Scarborough and the gang managed once again to obscure the real issue -- the controversy with the Catholic Church is not about contraceptions, and it's much larger than religious freedom -- it's about the danger of government intervention when limits to power have been removed. Obamacare is what we get in a statist system, and Obamacare is just beginning to insert its long fingers in our personal lives and our economy. It's the political means used by power-mongers who believe central planning is better than free choice in a free market.