The hosts, Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, and 99% of the guests, of Morning Joe are Democratic Party patsies. I started watching this program because I was interested in MSNBC's twist on "fairness". MSNBC billed the Morning Joe show as a rightwing balancing act to their hardcore progressive defense of Democrats and statist government. At first, Scarborough would go off on some rants that at least put forward some limited government positions regarding less government intervention in the economy, but then I noticed that Scarborough supports liberal/statist positions on a regular basis.
Now, Scarborough is defending Obama and trashing Romney. With someone like Scarborough, you never know if it's selfish political reasons or if he really thinks Romney is that bad. Joe and Mika are treated well by the Obama WH, and they wouldn't get the time of day from a Romney administration. I think a lot of Scarborough's rhetoric and actions are motivated by political ambition, not necessarily running for office, although I think he dreams of the WH, but, rather, being important in the political realm, anyway possible. Joe and Mika enjoy their powerful connections a little too much, I suspect, and they don't realize they are patsies. It's paying off for the WH, because Joe wouldn't even talk about the SS agents cavorting with prostitutes as it might be another faux slam on Obama. But any faux slam on Romney will do, such as the claim Joe made this morning that he would have canceled plans to build a large house with a car elevator if he was in Romney's shoes. Chuck Todd was on and he told Joe that the plans had been put on hold, and that someone leaked the plans, but that the construction has not been started. Joe has been talking as if the Big House With Car Elevator is being constructed. Joe doesn't even research his slams against Romney, but he's worried that the GOP unfairly smeared Obama with Hilary Rosen's comments when it's been documented that Rosen visited the WH 36 times and met personally with the President 5 times.
It was also reported this morning that Bill Maher defended Rosen's remarks and said Ann Romney might work hard as a mother but she never gets her ass out of the house to see the real world. Joe said that Obama has distanced himself from the comments, but, if Maher, who is a million dollar donor to the Obama campaign, and Hilary Rosen, who has visitied the WH 36 times, can do Obama's dirty work, then the distancing looks phony. Scarborough is becoming even more of a hypocrite as he has been in the past as the campaign heats up and Romney is taking the lead. This will smoke Scarborough out, and we'll see to whom his heart really belongs. I think, like David Brooks, Scarborough has seen the crease in Obama's pants.
Even on the Buffett Rule, neither Joe nor Mika will state unequivocably what it is -- a political gimmick. If Scarborough really believed in "small" government, then he would realize that any money confiscated by government beyond what it takes to pay for basic government services which are needed to keep society from turning into ruthless criminals coercing the peaceful is wasted. Joe would see that taxing millionairesandbillionaires just to create the perception of fairness is a wast of money and that this money would be better used invested in the economy by the ones who made the money. Joe believes the progressive narrative of evil businesspeople who screw the little man unless benevolent government leaders protect the powerless from the powerful rich bastards. Why, the Buffett Rule is needed to stop the rich bastards from hoarding all the wealth! I heard it in college, and now it's all over cable news.
It is true that government has lured some Big Corporations into the public sphere with promises of protection. This public/private partnership/enmeshment/cronyism is designed to keep the small businesses at bay and prevent disruption from open competition, but this problem needs to be addressed by limiting the power of the government, not giving government more power to simply take money from rich people.