Are you ready for President Scarborough?

posted at 7:21 pm on September 11, 2012 by Allahpundit

Oh, come on. The conservative base would never allow the GOP to nominate someone so famously moderate. Except this year, I mean. And in 2008. And 1996, 1992, 1988. And come to think of it, Dubya wasn’t exactly a tea partier either.

Three words, my friends: Scarborough/Huntsman 2016?

First, Joe flirted with the idea of running against Barack Obama. An ex–Florida congressman and a moderate Republican, he conferred with fellow centrists just before the primaries, occasionally shuttling around with his friend Mike Bloomberg…

And just to raise the temperature a tad? After the presidential inauguration in January, Joe (no fan of Mitt Romney’s—”I’ve been very critical”) plans on publishing a memoir that will serve—no joke—as a vehicle to test the waters for a presidential run in 2016. Take that, Mr. Romney.

All a big misunderstanding, said Scarborough to Politico. The interview for this Vanity Fair piece was, allegedly, conducted in 2010(!); the “testing the waters” stuff was a reference to 2012, and he ultimately decided against testing them. I kind of believe him too, just because the field of candidates this year was so thin and the potential field in 2016 or 2020 so strong that it’d be crazy to have passed on a run now in hopes of trying later. Against Romney, Gingrich, and Santorum, Scarborough could have tried to fill the Huntsman role of “more moderate than Mitt” with some Contract With America cred and media savvy. He wouldn’t have won (unless Mike Bloomberg gave his Super PAC a few hundred million dollars), but he would have raised his profile and the profile of the No Labels crowd a bunch. Against Rubio, Ryan, Christie, Jindal, and maybe Jeb Bush, he’d just be the guy from MSNBC who used to be a congressman or something. No chance of it happening. Or is there?

Still, while Scarborough said he had no plans to run for president at the moment, he did not rule out the possibility that he might change his mind before 2016.

“I’ve got no plans to run in 2016, or in 2020. But you never know what’s going to happen,” he said. “Every two years, there’s someone suggesting that I run for Senate. Every two years, the national party comes to me. I’ve always been really flattered. But I look around, and I have the best job in the world. I have no desire to leave.”

The conventional wisdom is that if Romney loses, the base will demand a truly conservative nominee next time after riding two squishes to bitter defeats against O. The thing is, as noted up top, the base typically doesn’t decide who wins. If there’s a fight on the right among Rubio et al. to be the “conservative choice” next time, does that leave a huge space on the center-right for Jeb Bush or some other Scarborough-esque moderate to clean up? Chris Matthews is kidding himself if he thinks losing to O will destroy the right, but I do think you’ll see some strategic concessions in the next cycle depending upon what happens this fall. The GOP won’t back away from fiscal conservatism — budgetary math simply won’t allow it — but if O wins narrowly on the strength of Latino voters, some form of amnesty will get a fresh look. (And don’t think Jeb, in particular, doesn’t know it.) The alternative is that no serious moderates run next time and the GOP does at last get a solidly conservative nominee, but in that case we’ll have to endure endless agonizing months of media hyperventilation over a third-party run by Bloomberg himself or some other well-known moderate (Huntsman?) backed by major Super PAC money. Not sure if there are enough No Labels billionaires out there to keep things competitive when rich Republicans and Democrats will be pouring money into their sides’ respective Super PACs, but if you want a thumbnail sketch of Election 2016 or 2020, there you go. Just imagine the debates: Hillary for the Democrats, Rubio for the GOP, and a guy whose signature issue is banning Big Gulps for No Labels. *Sad trombone*


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LOL…wait that was a joke, right?

d1carter on September 11, 2012 at 7:23 PM

Blech.

esr1951 on September 11, 2012 at 7:23 PM

Delusional.

bayview on September 11, 2012 at 7:24 PM

Scarborough isn’t moderate. He’s a blowhard and he’s full of crap.

D0WNT0WN on September 11, 2012 at 7:24 PM

Not today.
Not tomorrow.
Not 2016.
Not when the Sun supernovas.

Jeddite on September 11, 2012 at 7:24 PM

President Stupid Clown Plantation Democrat Token ‘Conservative’ Crybaby Scarborough? That guy?

oldroy on September 11, 2012 at 7:24 PM

NO. Not now, not ever.

thatsafactjack on September 11, 2012 at 7:25 PM

just put Russel Brand’s “I am the walrus” on loop, Allah……

it’s over.

ted c on September 11, 2012 at 7:25 PM

Three words, my friends: Scarborough/Huntsman 2016?

Well, however many words, that could be IF we have an election in 2016. Obama gets re-elected, all bets are off on that.

hawkeye54 on September 11, 2012 at 7:25 PM

Three words, my friends: Scarborough/Huntsman 2016?

Three words in response: Not on your life, dude.

Weight of Glory on September 11, 2012 at 7:25 PM

Three words, my friends: Scarborough/Huntsman 2016?

I see what you did there. You threw out red meat. And we all pounced.

oldroy on September 11, 2012 at 7:26 PM

While we’re at it, how about Crist / Snowe 2016?

Stoic Patriot on September 11, 2012 at 7:26 PM

Well, he can use the slogan, “Making Huntsman look tough and conservative”. Yeah, that’s probably not going to work very well.

AZfederalist on September 11, 2012 at 7:26 PM

Joe Scarborough wants the GOP to accept same sex marriage, stop fighting against abortion, and he supports Bloomberg’s nanny state bans on soda, salt, and so on. Joe Scarborough has also opposed several Republican candidates because they were, in his own words “too conservative to win”. Then he turns around and rips Romney saying “A Real Conservative Would Be Winning Now”

Joe Scarborough is a smart man, but he is also extremely lazy and deeply unprincipled. He just likes playing the media personality game. Whatever gets him headlines, viewers, ratings, and invites to the parties. He changes what he says based on the audience. Pure politician.

D0WNT0WN on September 11, 2012 at 7:27 PM

Even if Romney wins he’ll get a conservative challenger in the 2016 primary.

bgibbs1000 on September 11, 2012 at 7:27 PM

While we’re at it, how about Crist / Snowe 2016?

Stoic Patriot on September 11, 2012 at 7:26 PM

Campaign colors are orange and white?

Ward Cleaver on September 11, 2012 at 7:27 PM

Do the right thing and run in the Dem primary, Joe.

Robert_Paulson on September 11, 2012 at 7:28 PM

Tingles Matthew flirted with running for Senator from Pennsylvania. You know, Toomey’s seat. The race he refused to call that the Republicans had taken until like 5 am the next morning.

And IMHO, Scarborough has always been pea-green jealous of Marco Rubio. It’s why he pushed Charlie Crist so hard. Less of a bitter pill for him to swallow.

Marcus on September 11, 2012 at 7:28 PM

Didn’t he take a family vacation with a dead intern on top of his car? I thought that I saw that on DU or something.

rw on September 11, 2012 at 7:28 PM

Steve/Biff 2016..?

d1carter on September 11, 2012 at 7:28 PM

Great. A pair of RINOs can run against Hillary/Michelle.

HopeHeFails on September 11, 2012 at 7:28 PM

Even if Romney wins he’ll get a conservative challenger in the 2016 primary.

Ron Paul?

hawkeye54 on September 11, 2012 at 7:29 PM

I see what you did there. You threw out red meat. And we all pounced.

oldroy on September 11, 2012 at 7:26 PM

AP is the bestest with the red meat. But his plates always come with a side of vegetable Eeyorey-ness. I usually try to hide those in my pocket and feed them to the dog later.

Weight of Glory on September 11, 2012 at 7:30 PM

Was about to say, slowest news day evah, but our embassy is burning. And we get this?

de rigueur on September 11, 2012 at 7:30 PM

Every two years, the national party comes to me.

If true, this is the real scary part.

sharrukin on September 11, 2012 at 7:30 PM

He wouldn’t have won (unless Mike Bloomberg gave his Super PAC a few hundred million dollars), but he would have raised his profile and the profile of the No Labels crowd a bunch.

Eh, I think he could have won even without Bloomberg’s support. He’s much more conservative than Romney.

The GOP won’t back away from fiscal conservatism — budgetary math simply won’t allow it — but if O wins narrowly on the strength of Latino voters, some form of amnesty will get a fresh look.

Ugh, give me a break… the worship of capitalism above everything else has ruined conservatism and the GOP.

What needs a fresh look is the war mongering posture… how long can “Invade the world, invite the world” last?

ninjapirate on September 11, 2012 at 7:31 PM

Scarborough/Huntsman 2016?

Hey, maybe we can woo Orange Charlie back into the fold by ’16, too.

Kensington on September 11, 2012 at 7:31 PM

I can see it on a Democrat ticket.

portlandon on September 11, 2012 at 7:31 PM

LOL…wait that was a joke, right?

d1carter on September 11, 2012 at 7:23 PM

One more beer and allahpundits cat takes over posting for him…. ;p

SWalker on September 11, 2012 at 7:32 PM

Introducing our latest Congressional Celebrity Debbie Wasserman Schultz!!!

Come on down, Debbie and claim your prize as one of the many champions of the middle class!

/Back to you, Jose Scarborough.

Key West Reader on September 11, 2012 at 7:32 PM

There is a better than 99.8% chance for 5 ravishing leggy super-models in negligees showing up this evening at my door, carrying a magnum bottle champagne and begging me to open the door, than hearing the term President Scarborough.

bayview on September 11, 2012 at 7:33 PM

Look at the timeline. 2010.

When the Tea Party was in full swing. When Bloomberg was hitting his hackery zenith.

Scarby thought he saw an opening and was probably pushed to split the Repub vote.

He declined, and someone talked Huntsman into it.

So the point of this piece is the same in 2010; use Scarby to create a “splintered GOP” narrative.

I’m glad Joe said he still thinks Mitt is 50/50. If he didn’t, then he would be going along with the Vanity piece.

budfox on September 11, 2012 at 7:33 PM

Are you ready for President Scarborough?

Fluke that sheeeeit…

Gohawgs on September 11, 2012 at 7:36 PM

Ron Paul?

hawkeye54 on September 11, 2012 at 7:29 PM

I said “conservative” challenger not “whacko” challenger.

bgibbs1000 on September 11, 2012 at 7:36 PM

The howls of derisive laughter have probably reached him by now.

single stack on September 11, 2012 at 7:36 PM

When you can ice skate in hell.

bayview on September 11, 2012 at 7:37 PM

And, down goes Debbie Downer

All together, in unison: “Awwwwwwwwe”

Bring in the french horns!

“Wah wah wah wah”

/ploop

Key West Reader on September 11, 2012 at 7:37 PM

Was about to say, slowest news day evah, but our embassy is burning. And we get this?

de rigueur on September 11, 2012 at 7:30 PM

Update, not burning- burnt.

MontanaMmmm on September 11, 2012 at 7:37 PM

When did HA get bought out by The Onion?

Seriously, calling Scarborough a moderate Republican is like saying that Hitler had a teensy problem with the Jews. Okay, that may be a bit harsh but the fact of the matter is that some “Republicans” swoon at how liberal Romney/Ryan are. They’d need defibulators to deal with a Scarborough nomination.

He’s in a much better place surrounded by other liberals as the token “conservative” because he isn’t quite as wacked out at the other males on MSNBC like Ed Schultz or Rachael Maddow.

Happy Nomad on September 11, 2012 at 7:38 PM

I’ be surprised if Scarborough could carry Pensacola.

Curtiss on September 11, 2012 at 7:38 PM

Seriously, calling Scarborough a moderate Republican is like saying that Hitler had a teensy problem with the Jews. Okay, that may be a bit harsh but the fact of the matter is that some “Republicans” swoon at how liberal Romney/Ryan are. They’d need defibulators to deal with a Scarborough nomination.

How was he a “moderate” republican?

ninjapirate on September 11, 2012 at 7:40 PM

Well, a dead girl in his office right before he resign[ed] [from congress] to spend more time with his children, so he does have the Ted Kennedy factor going for him.

pain train on September 11, 2012 at 7:40 PM

Just imagine Mika as FLOTUS.

Schadenfreude on September 11, 2012 at 7:41 PM

Introducing our latest Congressional Celebrity Debbie Wasserman Schultz!!!

Come on down, Debbie and claim your prize as one of the many champions of the middle class!

Key West Reader on September 11, 2012 at 7:32 PM

Poor Little Debbie. Isn’t she just precious.

Bless her heart.

Curtiss on September 11, 2012 at 7:41 PM

Oh urge him to go for it. After this campaign we are going to need some levity next time around.

This guy can go from left wing to right wing in about 10 seconds flat.

He may be the first presidential candidate to successfully debate himself.

sherry on September 11, 2012 at 7:41 PM

Are you ready for President Scarborough?

Thanks Allah, real rough day at work and I needed a good hearty laugh….Joe Scarborough….President…hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha *gassssp* aaaAAAAAhahahahahahahaha.

NY Conservative on September 11, 2012 at 7:42 PM

Scarborough is an incompetent, phony jerk that fits in well at MS(NBC). Next time we need a strong, committed conservative . . . no more of this phony trash.

rplat on September 11, 2012 at 7:42 PM

loser

Lost in Jersey on September 11, 2012 at 7:42 PM

But somebody showed him secret photos of him with Charlie Crist at “The Mine Shaft”. He reconsidered.

KirknBurker on September 11, 2012 at 7:43 PM

Well, a dead girl in his office right before he resign[ed] [from congress] to spend more time with his children, so he does have the Ted Kennedy factor going for him.

pain train on September 11, 2012 at 7:40 PM

Wow! I forgot about that.

KirknBurker on September 11, 2012 at 7:44 PM

Next, Joe and Mika flirted… Now the pair are flirting…

Douglas Brinkley is wicked.

Schadenfreude on September 11, 2012 at 7:44 PM

What is Mika doing in that picture?

Schadenfreude on September 11, 2012 at 7:44 PM

How is amnesty supposed to win the GOP Hispanic votes, exactly? Shouldn’t it have worked after the 1986 amnesty? We’ll never be able to outdo the Dems in offering free govt. goodies with OPM…

Jeb Bush, please stay far away…

DavidW on September 11, 2012 at 7:45 PM

Scarborough/Huntsman 2016? LOL. Scarborough is not a “moderate”, he is a semi-closeted liberal (and obama supporter). And Huntsman? Well, Huntsman, as we know him today, only exists as a figment of obama’s diseased imagination – once obama is removed from power, all of his machinations, i.e. “candidate” Jon Huntsman, obama’s OCCUPY and ANONYMOUS, etc., will quickly evaporate.

Pork-Chop on September 11, 2012 at 7:46 PM

vote for Joe?…I think we would all rather have a shredded glass enema…WHILE we are cleaning and eating out pig slop excrement from a pig pen… with a Gerber baby spoon!

KOOLAID2 on September 11, 2012 at 7:46 PM

a moderate Republican ????
He gets his moderate talking points from Barnicle,Brzezinski, and Halperin and that would make him a ‘Moderate.’

RickinNH on September 11, 2012 at 7:48 PM

Er.

I really think ya’ll need to be looking at this. Debbie Wasserman Schultz just lost her career.

You should check out her sister.

/ploop. Welcome to the Shark Tank. Breitbart Lives.

Key West Reader on September 11, 2012 at 7:49 PM

Scarborough–the new word for delusional.

Usage: if Joe Biden thinks he’ll run for President in 2016, he’s totally Scarborough.

ElectricPhase on September 11, 2012 at 7:51 PM

OT: American killed in Libyan consulate raid…

d1carter on September 11, 2012 at 7:51 PM

I laughed so hard at this, that my testicles descended another inch.

Shaughnessy on September 11, 2012 at 7:52 PM

Here’s one for your bookmark file:

http://sadtrombone.com/

Mary in LA on September 11, 2012 at 7:52 PM

No way. That guy has a cartoon character face. But he’s just type establishment Republicans go for.

rickv404 on September 11, 2012 at 7:55 PM

I just threw up a little……

Opposite Day on September 11, 2012 at 7:57 PM

LOL…wait that was a joke, right?

d1carter on September 11, 2012 at 7:23 PM

You’d hope..morning joe preezy, blegh…

jimver on September 11, 2012 at 7:58 PM

If the Moderates can’t beat an eminently beatable Obama with their Golden Boy, Barack Obama, I predict a Third Party movement will begin next spring in reaction to what happened in Tampa and a general disgust among the rank and file with the GOP.

Rush alluded to this today. I think Allah is way off. I think the cleavage that began at the Cow Palace in 1964 is beginning to finally become a divorce.

victor82 on September 11, 2012 at 8:01 PM

I could not, would not, on a boat.
I will not, will not, with a goat.
I will not vote him in the rain.
I will not vote him on a train.
Not in the dark! Not in a tree!
Not in a car! You let me be!
I will not vote him in a box.
I will not vote him with a fox.
I will not vote him in a house.
I will not vote him with a mouse.
I do not like him here or there.
I do not like him ANYWHERE!

I do not like Scarborough the Ham!
I do not like him, Allah-I-am!

Marcola on September 11, 2012 at 8:04 PM

He was approached about running for the Senate from Florida over the last several election cycles and always declined. Now he’s spent years hosting his television program and being the most conservative guy on a far left station doesn’t make him appealing to the GOP base. He has his moments, but years of live television have provided hordes of intemperate, ill-conceived statements to trawl through. Plus, the sum of his background is some time in the military and spending a few years in the House of Representatives. Add a busted marriage and chronic back pain to the mix and you’ve got a guy who would have a hard time getting the nomination.

Jill1066 on September 11, 2012 at 8:04 PM

About Those 42 Million to 24 Million Jobs….

http://predicthistunpredictpast.blogspot.com/2012/09/about-those-42-million-to-24-million.html

M2RB: Taking Back Sunday

Resist We Much on September 11, 2012 at 8:04 PM

Key West Reader on September 11, 2012 at 7:49 PM

Interesting but hardly career suicide. She’s a hypocrite – par for the course.

salem on September 11, 2012 at 8:05 PM

Why not? Any idiot who would vote for Obama would vote for Joey.

GarandFan on September 11, 2012 at 8:07 PM

I just threw up a little……

Opposite Day on September 11, 2012 at 7:57 PM

…in Joe’s mouth?..I hope!

KOOLAID2 on September 11, 2012 at 8:08 PM

obama wont win. and there wont be a challender in 16. wait til 20 joe. i am sure hillary and biden will be there waiting for you.

t8stlikchkn on September 11, 2012 at 8:09 PM

Nah baby nah.

CW on September 11, 2012 at 8:10 PM

The conservative base would never allow the GOP to nominate someone so famously moderate.

Democrat Scarborough wants to run on the GOP ticket? HAHAHAHA!!!

MrX on September 11, 2012 at 8:12 PM

Vile idea.

clnurnberg on September 11, 2012 at 8:13 PM

Because what better launching pad for a GOP primary run than a MSNBC TV show with nothing but leftist guests and media-fraud Democrats?

Jaibones on September 11, 2012 at 8:16 PM

Who?

WhatSlushfund on September 11, 2012 at 8:17 PM

Three words, my friends: Scarborough/Huntsman 2016?

Sorry, AP. That’s four. Just ask Teh Won.

nukemhill on September 11, 2012 at 8:19 PM

And as for the blond…I’d hit it.

Jaibones on September 11, 2012 at 8:20 PM

What

is Mika doing in that picture?

I don’t know but she’s got great legs. It’s a crying shame that her brain is a turd.

single stack on September 11, 2012 at 8:20 PM

Being against conservatives, he’ll easily win the GOP primary with the help of the establishment.

After telling us to hold our noses and vote for him in the general, he’ll lose handily.

The tried and true RNC formula.

Valiant on September 11, 2012 at 8:24 PM

There is something in the water at 30 Rock that turns people into lunatics.

OxyCon on September 11, 2012 at 8:25 PM

stop the presses. this thread is just way to stupid for any more comments including mine.

gracie on September 11, 2012 at 8:27 PM

Can’t read the rest of it, it makes me sick!

Bambi on September 11, 2012 at 8:28 PM

Thank goodness he’s not running, but if he did, the same people who are protesting him now would warm up to him, sell their values down the river like they did with Romney because he is the ONLY one who can appeal to the middle. I take that back, this is exactly what will happen when Jeb Bush runs in 2016.

Stryker83 on September 11, 2012 at 8:28 PM

Who is this Huntsman and what does he want?
Add Chazz Crist and you got one nut between the three.

RovesChins on September 11, 2012 at 8:29 PM

Tailwind Joe

iurockhead on September 11, 2012 at 8:38 PM

Note to Morning Joe: run as a Democrat and have Mika as your V.P.

That’ll work…

Khun Joe on September 11, 2012 at 8:39 PM

Oh pleeez! Even if by some remotely miniscule far-flung dubious chance we lost to Obama–not gonna happen though–if we couldn’t do better than scarborough, huntsman or another bush, then we would deserve the oblivion we’d be spiraling toward.

stukinIL4now on September 11, 2012 at 8:45 PM

I would have said no until the GOP nominated the Governor of Taxachusetts as their Candidate for President.

Kaptain Amerika on September 11, 2012 at 8:46 PM

No way, no how, not ever! What’s that? Oh never mind, I am heading to the polls to vote for Mitt Romney!

Momma on September 11, 2012 at 8:47 PM

I sorta like Joey/ Bloomberg in 2016 as I might consider killing myself.

Fuquay Steve on September 11, 2012 at 8:51 PM

Get off the hookah. Put it down, Joe, Put It Down!!

Just imagine the debates: Hillary for the Democrats, Rubio for the GOP, and a guy whose signature issue is banning Big Gulps for No Labels. *Sad trombone*

My dog wants to know what’s so funny.

Naturally Curly on September 11, 2012 at 8:53 PM

Two words: Lori Klausutis.

Scarborough is the RINO Ted Kennedy. F***in’ Creep.

teacherman on September 11, 2012 at 8:55 PM

Terrorist BOMB and ATTACK TWO American Embassies Today,

AND ALLAHPUNDIT CHOOSES TO BLOG ABOUT THIS?!!!

Because he HATES America!!

williamg on September 11, 2012 at 9:15 PM

ALLACHOOM. Dude what’s up with you last couple of days? Put down the bong, and quit petting the cat……… ;)

maineconservative on September 11, 2012 at 9:25 PM

Joe Scarborough running for pres in 2016? I just threw up in my mouth a little bit…

mathscience41 on September 11, 2012 at 9:36 PM

President of what?

Ellis on September 11, 2012 at 9:43 PM

Umnnn..I am guessing that the dead intern would be a bit of a problem…just saying…

Xango Annie on September 11, 2012 at 9:56 PM

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