Scarborough: Obama really trying to move beyond his extreme base and get some stuff done

posted at 4:01 pm on March 13, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Obama’s very recent “charm offensive” and the ostensible desire for a “grand bargain”: Sincere effort, or a total joke? Joe Scarborough, at least, is convinced that our infamously aloof president is in earnest:

Is the president really trying to bypass his “extreme base” get a debt deal done, though? He apparently warned Democrats they might need to be ready to embrace some entitlement changes on Tuesday, but as Stephen Hayes argued yesterday, the president’s best shot for a productive second term still lies in campaigning against those obstructionist, incorrigible Republicans on behalf of Congressional Democrats:

In my view, there’s little reason to believe that the president wants such a grand bargain—or at least that he wants it enough to jeopardize his second-term political strategy. That plan? To win back the House of Representatives for Democrats, with heavy Obama involvement, by portraying Republicans once again as extremists. As the Washington Post reported earlier this month, Obama intends “to articulate for the American electorate his own feelings — an exasperation with an opposition party that blocks even the most politically popular elements of his agenda.” Then, having secured control of Congress, the president can consolidate and build on his implementation of the progressive agenda he began in his first term and laid out in his second inaugural and most recent State of the Union Address.

A grand bargain with Republicans makes such a case impossible. The president won’t agree to any deal without additional “revenues” of some kind. If Republicans were to be a part of any such compromise, something that would overshadow his other potential policy accomplishments, it would be difficult for the president to suggest that they’re simply obstructionist ideologues.

It’s far more likely that the real target of President Obama’s “charm offensive” isn’t Republicans but the journalists who cover such matters. It’s a bank shot. By “reaching out” to Republicans, he is attempting to position himself as the “reasonable” party in Washington even if his big ask—additional revenues—is something Republicans already gave him as part of the fiscal cliff deal.

And they definitely haven’t abandoned that approach, whatever else they’re saying this whole “charm offensive” is meant to accomplish; on election night, President Obama telephoned House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and DCCC Chair Steve Israel to emphasize that he was all in for helping the Democrats out with 2014, and BuzzFeed reports that the Democrats have so far been pretty pleased with how “receptive” the White House has been to their campaign concerns. Yeah, I’ll bet:

“We’re in a very good place on the president’s commitment, and the president is in a very good place on the president’s commitment,” Rep. Steve Israel, the chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, told committee supporters during a presentation Wednesday.

“The president has also asked us to keep him apprised of some of our recruiting priorities and we’ve been sharing that information with the White House, and they’ve been very receptive to it,” he added.


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esh I want what Joe’s drinking or he’s been hanging around MSNBC too long!!

What a tool!

CoffeeLover on March 13, 2013 at 4:08 PM

joe’s given the word “conservative” a dirty meaning.

reason #2345 to start a 3rd party.

renalin on March 13, 2013 at 4:10 PM

Scarborough: Obama really trying to move beyond his extreme base and get some stuff done I’m really a complete effing idiot

Fixed.

Physics Geek on March 13, 2013 at 4:11 PM

Then here’s to 46+ more months of this.

Chuck Schick on March 13, 2013 at 4:13 PM

Scarborough is such a complete JACKASS

jake-the-goose on March 13, 2013 at 4:15 PM

Joe Scarborough…useful…err…usless idiot.

kingsjester on March 13, 2013 at 4:16 PM

Joe is becoming goofier by the year! I remember when he was sane….before Mika and the One.

tomshup on March 13, 2013 at 4:16 PM

Republicans want to balance the budget. Obama wants to kill all opportunity for our kids. It really is that simple. Even one of the worthless parasites could understand it with a bit of explanation…. you’ll get free stuff but Obama wants to hurt your kids to do it.

Happy Nomad on March 13, 2013 at 4:17 PM

joe’s given the word “conservative” a dirty meaning.

renalin on March 13, 2013 at 4:10 PM

Joe’s given the words human being a dirty meaning.

Happy Nomad on March 13, 2013 at 4:18 PM

Scarborough has been drinking a cup of snow coffee – thanks to the benevolence of the People of North Korea.

Tonight, he will eat a bird, and the tree outside of his window will have no more birds.

OhEssYouCowboys on March 13, 2013 at 4:19 PM

Scarborough: I really like the way obama’s butt looks in mom jeans – he is sooooooo HOT!

Pork-Chop on March 13, 2013 at 4:19 PM

Joe is either smoking something at is illegal or he is drinking to much Obama Kool Aid. He should try to get invited to the White House parties, that way he could drink the good stuff on the taxpayer dole. Why Lord do we suffer these fools.

savage24 on March 13, 2013 at 4:21 PM

Obama’s information gatherers and enforcers must have some really good stuff on Scarborough.

Fallon on March 13, 2013 at 4:23 PM

A$$ hole ground = Scarborough

rik on March 13, 2013 at 4:25 PM

Used to like Joe..before O was elected. He can’t have one show without reference ‘during my time in congress’ where he FAILED

Go home Joe…nobody is watching you and the left wing ugly hair chick

Redford on March 13, 2013 at 4:26 PM

We need a new word for people like Scarborough. “Useful idiot” isn’t quite it. Nor is RINO. It has more to do with a strange inverted relationship between education or self-identified sophistication and a defiant, moronic gullibility. Such people are everywhere on the Right. They can’t see Obama for who he really is, yet feel impelled to lash out against those who do. Almost as if they have skin in NOT seeing him for who he really is. It’s strange. Honestly, at this point how do you account for anybody who not only can’t see Obama but can’t see through him? How can you call such a person educated or worldly?

rrpjr on March 13, 2013 at 4:28 PM

1. Joe is still stupid.

2. Joe is still in Mika’s pants.

3. Obama is still a charlatnic narcissistic thug, and always will be.

4. The Earth is still round.

5. A new pope is chosen.

6. The leftists call him a “lily-White Italian who grew up in Argentina”.

7. The world still turns.

8. Most people are still dumber than rocks.

Schadenfreude on March 13, 2013 at 4:31 PM

Joe Scarborough, at least, is convinced that our infamously aloof president is in earnest:

Great a second Clueless Joe. Biden is bad enough by himself, now we have another one.

rbj on March 13, 2013 at 4:31 PM

“Obama’s extreme base”? Who the hell is Joe trying to kid? Or is he hoping to get RINOs to inch a little more left, by making Dear Leader (the one in DC, not Pyongyang) seem reasonable and amendable?

To liberals, the only ‘extreme’ people are on the Right. No one can ever be too liberal, hence, there is no such thing as an extreme Leftist.

Liam on March 13, 2013 at 4:36 PM

2. Joe is still in Mika’s pants.

Schadenfreude on March 13, 2013 at 4:31 PM

He wishes!

Chuck Schick on March 13, 2013 at 4:38 PM

Scarborough: Obama really trying to move beyond his extreme base and get some stuff done

Scarborough is a useless imbecile. Obama is only trying to ensure that his Marxist power grabs are not dismantled by the American People. We must recognize The Path Forward. and have the courage and strength to follow it or our once great Republic will be lost.

SWalker on March 13, 2013 at 4:41 PM

Are you goin’ to Scarborough Fair? Parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme. Remember me to one who lives there, she once was a true love of mine.

Tell her to make me a cambric shirt (On the side of a hill in the deep forest green). Parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme (Tracing a sparrow on snow-crested ground).

Yeah, Joe’s a tad stoned.

Polish Rifle on March 13, 2013 at 4:46 PM

We need a new word for people like Scarborough. “Useful idiot” isn’t quite it. Nor is RINO. It has more to do with a strange inverted relationship between education or self-identified sophistication and a defiant, moronic gullibility. Such people are everywhere on the Right. They can’t see Obama for who he really is, yet feel impelled to lash out against those who do. Almost as if they have skin in NOT seeing him for who he really is. It’s strange. Honestly, at this point how do you account for anybody who not only can’t see Obama but can’t see through him? How can you call such a person educated or worldly?

rrpjr on March 13, 2013 at 4:28 PM

You stated the problem, brilliantly.

Maybe, Scarborough resents being labeled [by the Left] as a Conservative, because that keeps him from being above-the-fray and, therefore, better than the rest of us ideological fools.

I think that your term, self-identified sophistication, is dead-on.

OhEssYouCowboys on March 13, 2013 at 4:46 PM

Obama isn’t trying to move beyond his extreme base, he IS the extreme base upon which the other useless Dems orbit.

neyney on March 13, 2013 at 4:48 PM

Well second term presidents just have to worry about their legacy. But The One can rely on the media to focus on social issues and ignore economic ones so no, not really trying to get anything done.

Zaggs on March 13, 2013 at 4:49 PM

Alternate headline: Reason #5873 Joe Scarborough is a complete (useful) idiot.

jnelchef on March 13, 2013 at 4:56 PM

We need a new word for people like Scarborough. “Useful idiot” isn’t quite it.

rrpjr on March 13, 2013 at 4:28 PM

I agree, and until we find that word, I a using the phrase Useless Imbecile.

SWalker on March 13, 2013 at 4:57 PM

ScarboroughLinus: Obama Lucy really trying to move beyond his extreme base and get some stuff done her juvenile antics and let Charlie Brown kick the ball.

BobMbx on March 13, 2013 at 4:58 PM

We need a new word for people like Scarborough. “Useful idiot” isn’t quite it.

rrpjr on March 13, 2013 at 4:28 PM

Journalist works for me. They changed the meaning, not me.

BobMbx on March 13, 2013 at 4:59 PM

I think rrpjr nails it pretty good. Joe S became unwatchable after the election and when he taunted those of us that disagreed with him to quit watching it only took hearing it once. He is not conservative and he is not open to an opposing view. He is merely the highest viewed host on a crazy channel and plays it for all its worth.

DanMan on March 13, 2013 at 5:02 PM

…Idget mental midget!

KOOLAID2 on March 13, 2013 at 5:03 PM

And of course, the “charm offensive” began a few days after Obama had a “quiet dinner” with the Clintons.

I give Obama 3 weeks till he tires of this.

J_Crater on March 13, 2013 at 5:10 PM

Honestly, at this point how do you account for anybody who not only can’t see Obama but can’t see through him? How can you call such a person educated or worldly?

rrpjr on March 13, 2013 at 4:28 PM

I’d call them people with latent Democrat tendencies.

Happy Nomad on March 13, 2013 at 5:11 PM

If Scarborough was worth a rat’s backside he would have dumped NBC years ago. He’s just another Obama shill.

rplat on March 13, 2013 at 5:13 PM

Scarborough: Obama really trying to move beyond his extreme base and get some stuff done

Scarborough only plays Republican about one day a month, today isn’t that day.

RJL on March 13, 2013 at 5:14 PM

Obama isn’t trying to move beyond his extreme base, he IS the extreme base upon which the other useless Dems orbit.

neyney on March 13, 2013 at 4:48 PM

yep, this is worth noting too, the brain fried hippies in the dem party got their mojo back with him

DanMan on March 13, 2013 at 5:26 PM

And of course, the “charm offensive” began a few days after Obama had a “quiet dinner” with the Clintons.

I give Obama 3 weeks till he tires of this.

J_Crater on March 13, 2013 at 5:10 PM

According the Michelle’s Mirror website, only Billy Jefferson attended that “quiet dinner.” Hillary was absent.

onlineanalyst on March 13, 2013 at 5:32 PM

How about this idea? We don’t want Obysmal (or Pelosi or Reid) “to get stuff done” because we don’t like the “stuff that they are selling nor its cost.

onlineanalyst on March 13, 2013 at 5:33 PM

logic of the koolaid drinkers

RedInMD on March 13, 2013 at 5:38 PM

Hey Joe,

You should have remembered it’s better to keep your mouth shut and be thought a fool than to open it and remove all doubt. Seriously, the last couple of weeks have definitely removed all doubt.

bartonbulletin on March 13, 2013 at 5:44 PM

I’ll bet the other Slow Joe— Scarborough has a picture of Ogabe beside his bed with lots of little hearts drawn around it.

viking01 on March 13, 2013 at 5:48 PM

I think it’s a trap.

Dusty on March 13, 2013 at 6:14 PM

This could have happened:

MSM Reporter – Mr. President, we can’t tell people how hard you’re trying to get along if you don’t meet with the Republicans.

Obama – Well, I can schedule a dinner and a few meetings, but not too many, I really can’t stand them so I can’t do this too long.

MGM Reporter – You don’t have to, just do a couple of meetings and a dinner and we’ll take it from there. By the time we’re done you’re going to be the most bi-partisan person in Washington D.C. and, when the Republicans don’t agree with you, they’ll be the least bi-partisan. Trust us!!!

bflat879 on March 13, 2013 at 6:19 PM

Joey is stupid enough to believe anything Obama says.

GarandFan on March 13, 2013 at 6:21 PM

I believe Joe Scarborough about as much as I believe Karl Rove – not at all.

bw222 on March 13, 2013 at 6:27 PM

At least Joe is smarter than Mika. But so is my desk.

bw222 on March 13, 2013 at 6:29 PM

All the news stories about the strategies Republicans and Democrats are using are laughable. If everyone knows what they are doing, then is it really working? It’s like a bunch of kids playing tag, “you’re IT”. The sad part is it’s taxpayer money they are using.

lea on March 13, 2013 at 6:30 PM

Scarborough is trying to move beyond being a crank and into being a moonbat.

besser tot als rot on March 13, 2013 at 6:47 PM

At least Joe is smarter than Mika. But so is my desk.

bw222 on March 13, 2013 at 6:29 PM

Hey! Moronic Mika’s political patronage job is a Zbig f’in deal!!

viking01 on March 13, 2013 at 7:16 PM

Does anyone watch, or listen, to Joe Scarborough any longer?
His “thoughts” have all the relevance of a Biden discourse on foreign-policy.

Another Drew on March 13, 2013 at 7:25 PM

Scarborough:

RINO twit.

Dr. ZhivBlago on March 13, 2013 at 9:42 PM

Twenty-four-tizzy-teen.

Mais non, Erika! It’s Twi-zenty-fourteen.

Mrs. Smith, PhD (Dr. of Prehistoric Hip hop).

;)

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on March 14, 2013 at 12:00 AM

President Obama’s best way to create a legacy for himself, is to silence himself and let the public do his job.

That is what is the Constitution was created for – delegate important issues as the public see it. If there is a popular issue that we (US)need corrected we tell these people (as our representative)to fix it.

If our representatives find the proper solution we examine it and use the reformation to put it into action. If we do not like it than start all over again.

The simple version – allow reformation to become the law of the land again. There are many of US who really know what is in our best interest and hopefully we send a Representative to D.C, (Dubious Citizens) who actually represent.

MSGTAS on March 14, 2013 at 9:54 AM