In (Partial) Defense of a (Supposedly) Indefensible Ad
August 08, 2012
It's one of those days when the news cycle is moving faster than I can write about it. As of Wednesday afternoon, the chatter online is all about the Romney campaign's unexpected decision to cite his Massachusetts health reforms as proof that he cares about average Americans facing financial hardship. The decision is unexpected because Romney has spent the past two years vowing to repeal the Affordable Care Act, whose scheme for expanding insurance coverage is basically a national version of what Romney did in Massachusetts.
Why Republicans Don’t Mind Newt’s Brazen Flip-Flops
December 06, 2011
“A flip-flopper of Romnetic proportions”—that’s how The Nation paraphrased MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough’s attack on his former congressional leader, Newt Gingrich. The two front-runners for the Republican presidential nomination, presumed nominee Mitt Romney and actual front-runner Gingrich, have each compiled staggering records of multiple positions on issues of importance to Republican voters, from health care to climate change.
July 13, 2011
A couple months ago, I wrote a column quoting a Clinton administration official during the 1990s, who said of the Republican Party's self-destructive aggression, "Every once in a while the Hezbollah wing of their party gets ahold of the steering wheel and drives right off the cliff." Joe Scarborough complains: Chait — who once criticized mainstream Republicans for using an apocalyptical approach against their opponents — compared the GOP’s leadership to a terrorist organization that killed over 250 Marines in Beirut, tortured to death a CIA operative and a Marine colonel, kidnapped scores of
Paul Ryan, Media Mastermind
April 08, 2011
[Guest post by James Downie] Perhaps the strangest part of the furor around the Ryan budget proposal has been his ability to snow the media into treating him as a serious wonk, a thinker of “brave” thoughts. Then again, as Jon has written many times, media outlets seem to have fallen head over heels for Ryan’s “just a plain accountant” persona.
Joe Scarborough And The Straw Man Problem
March 29, 2011
Joe Scarborough has an op-ed in Politico premised entirely on the false premise that left-wingers who once "condemned [President Bush] as an immoral beast who killed women and children to get his bloody hands on Iraqi oil" have now "meekly went along" with President Obama's Libya intervention. Now, there are all kinds of things wrong with this argument. For one, there are some massive differences in the two cases. Scarborough describes the Libya intervention as an "invasion," but that's quite a stretch given that no ground troops are involved.
Scarborough And The Courageous Republicans
March 08, 2011
In Politico, Joe Scarborough flays President Obama for ignoring entitlement spending and the deficit crisis: For two years now, I have been assured by Obama’s closest aides that their man is going to get serious about the deficit — and soon. But in Obama’s White House, “soon” never comes. Right after he got into office, Obama passed the largest spending bill in U.S.
The Sexism of 'Morning Joe'
December 13, 2010
One Monday morning in November, according to the admittedly rough transcript provided by the Federal News Service, “Morning Joe,” anchor Joe Scarborough spoke 3,213 words; his co-anchor Mika Brzezinski spoke just 644. Most of her words seemed merely to remind the audience that she was still awake: Yeah. Okay. Yes. No. Maybe. Right. Terrific. Scarborough dominated the meaty segments; Brzezinski piped up mainly during the transitions.
Sarah Palin And The GOP's Collective Action Problem
November 30, 2010
Joe Scarborough implores Republicans to denounce Sarah Palin: Republicans have a problem. The most-talked-about figure in the GOP is a reality show star who cannot be elected. And yet the same leaders who fret that Sarah Palin could devastate their party in 2012 are too scared to say in public what they all complain about in private. Enough. It’s time for the GOP to man up. In fact, many Republicans are castigating Palin in public.
Eric Cantor, Unpaid Democratic Strategist
March 01, 2010
Speaking on "Meet the Press" yesterday, House Minority Whip Eric Cantor suggested that Democrats would pay a huge political price for passing health care reform: I'll tell you one thing, if Speaker Pelosi rams through this bill through the House using the reconciliation process, they will lose their majority in Congress in November. A couple points. First, I think Democrats are probably going to lose their majority no matter what, though the carnage will look a whole lot worse if they don't pass health care reform. Second, what exactly is the pretense for Cantor offering this advice?
Dick's Daughter Takes It Up a Notch
October 13, 2009
When I read today's Politico piece about Liz Cheney's new "Keep America Safe," a foreign-policy focused group aimed at saving this nation from the "radical" Obama White House, two things immediately sprang to mind: 1. With every passing week, Bill Kristol sounds more like an overcaffeinated Ann Coulter: "The Left has dozens of organizations and tens of millions of dollars dedicated to undercutting the war on terror. The good guys needs some help too." What an appalling jackass. 2.