On Morning Joe today the political class hype regarding Libya's flowering democracy was muted by Libya's reality. There's chaos in Libya, Gadhafi's son was not captured and the rebels don't have control of Tripoli, they are just there -- but facts will not get in the way as Democrats search for ways to spin the situation in Obama's favor. Katty Kay said that Obama has excelled in foreign policy, and Howard Dean concurred by listing Obama's accomplishments -- hey, he killed Osama bin Laden!
The Morning Joe crew quickly transitioned to the Republican race for President, and one Leftist after another took their turn bashing the extremist elements of the party that they say have taken control of the Republican Party, then the guests took up much of the early part of the program contrasting Jon Huntsman with the other Republican candidates. Micheal Steele was the lone Republican on the show. Jacob Weisberg came on praising Huntsman and calling all other Republicans ignorant. Huntsman doesn't even register in the polls -- Ron Paul was not even mentioned. This is what substitutes for political analysis on the Left.
If Willie Geist has any influence over choosing guests on Morning Joe, I'd suggest less Eugene Robinson and more guests who can actually present an objective analysis of what's happening in American politics. Katty Kay, Eugene Robinson, Jacob Weisberg, Howard Dean and Mike Barnicle against Michael Steele is not really a balanced program, nor an intellligent program. Spending the morning attempting to build up Jon Huntsman is a weird way to inform the public of what's happening in the Republican race.
Morning Joe showed a clip Obama talking about Libya. Obama appeared to go through the motions, but it was evident his heart wasn't in it. I have a feeling that Obama is somewhat aggravated with the work part of his job and much prefers to give speeches to the faithful on the campaign trail and play out the image of great historical figure on the national and international stage -- this business of governing is obviously a drag, and having to speak to the Libyan situation he knows is a loser -- it would be much more inspiring if people could just praise him like Katty Kay and and Howard Dean without all this reality spoiling the image.