Morning Joe is a failure. Programs such as this that attempt to present political debate and intelligent discussion usually devolve into group think and mediocrity. It's a tall order to keep such a program fresh and maintain the tension necessary to present true intellectual depth on an ongoing basis. As part of MSNBC, Morning Joe is under pressure to present the Progressive argument and to support Democrats no matter what. The few guests from the Right who are on are mostly middling politicians who aren't intellectually prepared to defend an anti-statist/free market position.
This morning it became painfully obvious how out of touch, not just Morning Joe, but, all of the political class has become. Scarborough and the gang were bemoaning the fact that there's no Roosevelt or Reagan to provide the nation with a sweeping vision. This President/State-centered view of America is pathetic. The whole point of this election is that statism has failed and now America has to decide what role they want government to play in the their lives and in the economy. Both Romney and Obama have said what they can say, but there is no grand sweeping plan that the State can develope to save America. Romney has said it, although it's hard to tell whether or not he believes it -- government must get out of the way. This is more than a cliche or a sign at a rally. Government must get out of the way. The "plan" will develope when free men and women make free economic choices -- then the economy will stop its inefficient churning as capital flows to productive endeavors.
The USSR couldn't plan an economy -- Britain couldn't plan an economy -- China can't plan an economy. The idea that developed in Europe which claims that capitalism must be controlled by the State for the greater social good is a dead idea, and the sorry condition of the EU shows this. We don't need Roosevelt or Reagan. We need a President who understands the need to rollback statist interventions and allow a free market to develope. Now, THAT would be courageous. And it won't matter if the President is grand, lovable, articulate, etc --it only matters that the President gets it. Even then, it will take much more than a President to turn back the statist gains. It's going to take a national effort.