Joe Scarborough has become a very good Obama advisor. Scarborough would call me a Cheeto-eating, pajama wearing, basement dwelling blogger for calling him on his constant denigration of Romney and his persistent advice to Obama on how to beat Romney -- Scarborough would say I don't understand his job -- political analysis. Oh, I see. Well, the analysis sucks, too. Joe said Obama should embrace TARP and say he had to work with Bush in order to prevent a depression, then show how we've made money off TARP. If being around 130 billion dollars in the hole is making money, then it appears Scarborough has been advising Obama from the beginning.
A few giant banks took TARP money and made a huge profit, gave their executives millions, then paid back their share with interest. Beautiful. Who wouldn't embrace such a scheme. If you don't count the other parts of TARP which went to small banks, GM, Chrysler and loan modifications and the fact that around 130 billion is still owed to tax payers, with AIG owing about 30 billion or so, it was a raging success. By all means, yes, Obama should embrace TARP, and he should explain how a statist system which created the housing bubble and then the bust, then the need for TARP, is a productive use of money. Let Obama explain how this godawful mess is preferable to free market principles.
Then, they showed a Romney ad in which Obama was criticized for losing money to Solyndra and other green energy schemes. Scarborough said the ad "sucks" and that voters don't care about Solyndra. Old Populist Joe has his finger on the pulse of the voters, you know. What a patronizing schmuck! Yes, voters do care that Obama and Democrats are blowing taxpayer money on green energy schemes to reward their supporters and donors. Scarborough said that voters only care about jobs, as if voters are made up of ignorant rubes who don't understand the Solyndra issue and merely stand at the gate of kingdom waiting for the King to give them crumbs from the cake. Americans understand how Solyndra is connected to a government system which is creating an environment that's stagnating the economy. Scarborough is the one who doesn't understand -- otherwise he'd be a part of the real opposition to modern liberal/progressive policies. Why does Scarborough even pretend he's part of the opposition to Democrats -- he's not. The Centrists don't want Obama to lose, because they fear it will encourage the Tea Party and the new faction of libertarian-leaning anti-statists.
Scarborough is showing his true colors and the true colors of Centrists like Frum, Brooks, McKinnon, etc. They want a return of the Two Party Statist Co-op, the Gentlemen's Elite Club of Statist Mangement that takes turns with the reins.
Later in the show, they had a discussion on Syria, with Mika's dad, David Ignatius and Carl Bernstein and Dan Senor all debating what should be done about Syria. Mika's dad, Zbigniew Kazimierz Brzezinski, made more sense than all of them. The Big Z said that it's complicated and we have a sorry history of interfering in the internal business of other nations -- yes, we do. And our military involvement will cause more deaths than if we simply stand back and call for peaceful resolution. But, in the meanwhile, they had to use the issue to beat Romney some more, because the whole show has to be about how Romney is wrong on all issues. Surprisingly, Bernstein agreed with Romney that Russia is one of our major enemies-at least ideological enemies- but he said Romney basically stumbled stupidly into being right.
Then a lady from Planned Parenthood came on to claim that Romney wants to deny women healthcare services because Romney doesn't want our taxpayer dollars to fund Planned Parenthood. No one on the panel, because none of them think this way, suggested that Buffett, Soros, Gates, Heinz-Kerry, and all the other rich, limousine liberals, such as the many multi-millionaires in Hollywood, could easily make up the 250 million or so that government spends to subsidize the profitable Planned Parenthood.