On Morning Joe today Scarborough started out complaining about the lack of content in the presidential campaigns. It's actually the Obama campaign that has failed to provide any content -- they are still talking about romnesia -- it's sad. For some reason Scarborough has this deep need to criticize Romney along with Obama so that he doesn't look biased toward the Right, but MSNBC is so biased toward the Left, that it would hardly be bias if Scarborough would say something truthful about Romney. Scarborough said that Romney is not talking about the size of government, regulations and the debt. What? Romney and Ryan have talked about these issues over and over and over. Scarborough is obviously listening only to MSNBC snippets of Romney's speeches taken out of context. Scarborough should feel good about the content coming from Romney, since Scarborough calls himself a small government conservative who relates to libertarians. It's not true, but he says it, so you think he'd at least stay in character. He forgets, though, that he's pretending to be a "small" government conservative, and his centrist establishment true-self comes out.
Later on in the show David Resnick from the New Yorker came on with breaking news that was truly surprising -- the New Yorker is endorsing Obama. Wow, I didn't see that one coming. Scarborough rightfully lit into Resnick because the New Yorker started out talking about how Obama had to bring the country back from the shame of the Bush years. Scarborough said that Obama has practically continued Bush policies, then the two got into a heated debarte about Obama, Bush and Romney, especially regarding the ongoing Afghanistan War and drone warfare. Resnick defended Obama, but also defended the New Yorker by reminding Scarborough of Jane Mayer's articles in the New Yorker criticizing Obama's use of drones. But Resnick is still on the Obama team because Romney will be worse. Resnick didn't say how Romney will be worse, but he and Scarborough both agreed that in the foreign policy debate Romney appeared to simply repeat what he'd been coached on. Romney did fine in the debate, and it was Obama who seemed coached on one line zingers. But this whole argument is empty, even though after the heated exchange they all patted themselves on the back for having a serious discussion, unlike the candidates. Not really.
Resnick and Scarborough, like most in the political realm, argued over which gang of statists will control the country not as badly as the other. The fundamental issue that they both avoided is the statist system itself. It's why it hardly matters anymore who is elected, except for a few issues one party will address as a priority over the other, but whatever president goes into office is rolled by the statist system for the most part, then uses the system to implement their pet projects, but the State becomes more powerful and the government more interventionist. Until we address the systemic problems, it hardly matters if Obama or Romney is in office except to political insiders who will gain or lose from one or the other as President. My hope is that Romney and Ryan are serious and will address the statist system -- if they don't then it becomes clear that a viable, revolutionary, third party is needed to break up the system.
Oh, yeah, and for comic value, Resnick was insulted because Joe included Resnick as being on the Left. Scarborough forgot all the nuance, you know. Hilarious.