There are a lot of things I don’t agree with Joe Scarborough on. The former Florida Republican congressman has a way about him that grates on my nerves. I’ve seen it very often through the past few years, whether he’s appearing on NBC’s “Meet The Press” or his own “Morning Joe” show on MSNBC or other places.
Joe — at least to me — seems just a bit too … well, full of himself. He can take a bit of a disagreement with something he says and turn it into a full-blown personal insult, doing his best to make the person who’s disagreed with him look and feel like a worm.
When it happens, you can see some odd sense of pride building up inside of him. It can be a bit disgusting.
Lately, though, Scarborough has been saying some things that have left me a bit troubled — troubled because I’ve found myself agreeing with him.
Like on gun control. After the Newtown, Connecticut, shootings in December, Scarborough — who was a darling of the National Rifle Association while in the U.S. House and is a card-carrying NRA member himself — had a major change of heart on gun control and actually turned on the NRA’s leadership a bit.
This morning, Scarborough laid it on the line even more in terms of solidifying his growing rep of becoming a R(epublican) I(n) N(ame) O(nly). He dared to say that Rush Limbaugh and Fox News have not been good for the Republican Party.
“Just for conservatives that think they have to stay in their own little media world, since Rush Limbaugh went on the air and became a national figure, Republicans have lost five out of the last six presidential elections in the popular vote,” Scarborough said. “Since Fox News went on the air in 1996, Republicans have lost four out of the five last —”
“Please keep doing what you’re doing,” co-host Mika Brzezinski joked.
“When Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon had to go up against a media culture that absolutely hated them … and there were no conservative outlets, they won 49 states,” Scarborough continued. He said that he turns to conservative outlets as well as mainstream media, but added, “for people who think they have to stay in the little box, I got bad news for you: it’s not working.”
The sad thing is, Joe Scarborough is largely preaching to the choir on this one. Despite Rush’s pomposity and Fox News’ slow but steady decline in ratings, there are still many conservatives who will pooh-pooh such a notion. I know, because I have my share of conservative friends out there who’ve been brushing aside any similar statements made by me as so much cat litter that needs to be swept under the nearest rug.
But Scarborough — bless his pompous heart — spoke the truth. It’s just too bad he’ll still largely end up preaching to the choir. In the modern conservative world where the spirit of Andrew Breitbart is worshiped at the altar, the facts of the matter don’t fly all that far.
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- NRA facing internal strife over its strident stances on gun control (capitolhillblue.com)
- Joe Scarborough Explodes At NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre’s ‘Racial,’ Paranoid Arguments (businessinsider.com)
- S.E. Cupp and Joe Scarborough take aim at conservative media (theblaze.com)
- Morning Joe Hits Rubio’s ‘Performance Issues’: Looked Like Candidate For College Fraternity President (mediaite.com)
- Scarborough: NRA is protecting gun manufacturers, not the Second Amendment (tv.msnbc.com)
- Scarborough On Palin’s Exit From Fox: ‘De Facto’ Leader Roger Ailes ‘Realized What Had Gone Wrong’ In GOP (mediaite.com)
- RUSH LIMBAUGH: ‘It’s Up To Me And Fox News’ To Stop Immigration Reform (businessinsider.com)
- TurboTax Does Not Advertise on Rush Limbaugh (turbotax.intuit.com)
- Mark Levin: Scarborough ‘Can’t Hold a Candle to Sarah Palin’ (breitbart.com)