On Morning Joe today at least they started out with an important issue and not more Gingrich bashing. The important issue was Blago's sentence. Scarborough was outraged at the length of the sentence, and when Mika attempted to say that Blago brought it on himself, Scarborough exploded in a rant. Mika was taken aback at this misunderstanding of her point. Scarborough looked directly in the camera and said if anyone thinks he's defending Blago's behavior, they are too stupid to be watching his program. This is the kind of passion America needs, not the erratic behavior of a Newt Gingrich. The sentence is too long, but, jeez, I think I'd save that passion for more important issues. It suffices to say that hopefully a repeal will produce a much more sensible punishment.
After this brave, passionate condemnation of unusual punishment, the topic drifted to Gingrich and his commanding lead in the polls. John Heilemann was the not-too-regular guest, then Niall Ferguson and David Gregory came on, and then the super lobbyist guy who went to prison, Jack Abramoff. Barnicle, Heilemann, Ferguson, and the rest agreed that Gingrich will kill the Republican Party if he gets the nomination. The word on the street is that establishment Republicans are pushing Romney to squash Gingrich. Republican establishment types believe they have a chance to take the House and the Senate and the presidency, and they don't want to blow it with an erratic Newt. Romney has an ad out showing how he's been constant through the years in his marriage, his job and his religion, which is supposed to contrast with Gingrich's multiple marriages, religious conversion and checkered political career.
Kudos to Scarborough for recognizing Ron Paul's influence in the race -- I just wish he'd shown a little passion here and told his viewers who diss Paul that they're too stupid to vote or breathe. The real point is not winning, but what will happen if Republicans win. If it's like the Democrat's majority win across the board in 2008, will Republicans roll back what Democrats got passed? Obamacare? Dodd-Frank? All the EPA regulations? Will Republicans abolish unneeded goverment departments and programs? Will the Fed be audited? Will the wars in the mideast end? Will energy regulations blocking production be removed? Will there be an announcement that government is going to trust the private sector and not interfere in the economy? Or, will Republicans protect the status quo and buckle at the first charge that Republicans hate old people and poor people and kids and single moms and the middle class?
What good will it do to win, if Romney doesn't uphold classical liberal values regarding limited government and a free market. We don't need a technocrat from the Right to manage the economy -- we need for government to limit its power, leave the economy alone and stop intervening in foreign countries. I'll write something later about Romney.