The Scarborough Evolution

posted at 1:01 pm on April 27, 2013 by Jazz Shaw

Any of you who regularly tune in Morning Joe (don’t worry… we won’t tell anybody you do) are already familiar with the endless rants and insulting diatribes which have been coming from Joe Scarborough this year. They are mostly aimed at the NRA, along with anyone who still agrees with the majority of their policies in the wake of the Newtown shooting. They have been described as “fringe”, “radical”, “out of step with the country” and “the ten percent.” (Or less.) We’ve all known for some time that Joe used to be a pretty ardent Second Amendment supporter when he served in Congress, so his recent views are clearly something new. But earlier this week, the Daily Caller came across some interesting documents which show precisely how dramatic this turning of the worm has been.

On more than one occasion over the past month, Scarborough has accused NRA-loyal Republicans of putting the interests of “rapists” ahead of other Americans.

“I can’t believe those Republicans are going to allow the entire Republican Party to be the party that basically put rapists’ rights over parents’ rights to keep their kids safe when they go to school,” Scarborough said on his April 8 program…

But Scarborough hasn’t always been so passionate about restricting gun rights. In fact, prior to the 2003 start of his cable television career, he was among the most vehement defenders of gun rights.

In National Rifle Association questionnaires obtained exclusively by The Daily Caller — dated Aug. 23, 1994, Sept. 2, 1994, and June 7, 2000 — Scarborough declared his strong opposition to any federal effort to restrict gun rights.

Scarborough literally “checks all the boxes” on the NRA form which would keep him in the good graces of the group and his constituents who live in an area with a long, traditional culture of safe, responsible gun ownership. (A couple of which we’ll feature in a moment.) But that’s not as definitive as you might think. There have been more than a few politicians over the years who may have personally held only lukewarm agreement with the NRA but filled out the forms to get the coveted rating that many voters look at. But Scarborough goes to the extra step of penning some “personal comments” on the form above and beyond answering the multiple choice questions.

“The NRA must [underlined twice] elect & support candidates who will view the gun rights issue as a constitutional battle. The Founding Fathers did not give us the 2nd Amendment to protect our rights to shoot ducks. Our constitutional right to bear arms is so we may protect our family in the manner we choose. No compromise!“[underlined once]

Well, that’s pretty unambiguous, isn’t it? I mean, he didn’t have to write that part in. He could have just answered the questions and mailed it in. In another section, the candidate is asked to provide their own definition of “assault weapon.” Joe scrawled in two different answers on two forms. Here’s one of them.

Any thing the government would deny the people from protecting themselves against the government.

And this is the same guy who now routinely makes sarcastic jokes about NRA supporters who are “hiding in their basement, guarding their livestock from federal agents and watching for black helicopters.” Oddly enough, when Joe addressed this on his show the day after the Daily Caller broke the story, he just laughed and claimed that this must mean that the NRA is “really afraid” of him.

Joe’s recent wrath has also turned on the Democrat Senators who voted against the background check amendment, referring to them literally as “cowards” and politicians who are afraid of the NRA and “listening to 4% of the voters int their state.” Yet, as the documents in the article show, for one question after another, Scarborough circled each of the multiple choice answers which begin with, “I agree with the NRA…”

Was that cowardice in 1994 and 2000? Or is this simply a form of “evolution” on the subject? People are perfectly entitled to have their opinions evolve as they grow older and gather more information, but let’s not go on the air every day and keep claiming there’s some sort of consistency to your Second Amendment positions over the years as Joe seems to be doing. He’s also going on and on calling these elected officials “cowards” but he certainly seemed to be singing the same tune when he was responsible for answering to his constituents. Maybe it’s just a bit easier when you get invited to sit at the Cool Kids’ table and you now have to answer to the MSNBC audience. You be the judge.


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you now have to answer to the MSNBC audience.

Take a weakling and MSNBC…and that is all you have to know.

CW on April 27, 2013 at 1:04 PM

Joe is justs a flat out hypocrite who is playing to his extremist, left-wing, anti-American audience in order to keep his job. He has no soul. I am glad he is out of Congress. We have enough pandering, soulless, hypocrites in Washington.

Warner Todd Huston on April 27, 2013 at 1:06 PM

Shame on you Joe.

Big Orange on April 27, 2013 at 1:15 PM

We have enough pandering, soulless, hypocrites in Washington.

Warner Todd Huston on April 27, 2013 at 1:06 PM

You’re describing 95 percent of them.

John the Libertarian on April 27, 2013 at 1:16 PM

Joe Scar proves that anyone can claim to be a Conservative…don’t be fooled by what they say.

d1carter on April 27, 2013 at 1:16 PM

Joe wants to be loved. He wants to be on the cocktail circuit. He wants to be the “go-to ‘conservative’ that is willing the bash the whackobirds because he is like all sane and reasonable and stuff.” IOW, he’s the Senator John Insane of MSNBC.

Man, how I’d love to slap the smug off of his mug.

Resist We Much on April 27, 2013 at 1:20 PM

How does it feel to be publicly outed as a wh0re, Joe…?

JohnGalt23 on April 27, 2013 at 1:20 PM

‘Mitt Romney is likely to lose – and should, given that he’s neither a true conservative nor a courageous moderate. He’s just an ambitious man.’

- Joe Scarbourough, 13 September 2012

Pot meets kettle.

Resist We Much on April 27, 2013 at 1:22 PM

Devolution.

portlandon on April 27, 2013 at 1:22 PM

Or is this simply a form of “evolution” on the subject?

The constant use of that word is an asinine attempt to make political spinelessness less cowardly and opportunistic than it is; and more like something elevated and superior.

squint on April 27, 2013 at 1:25 PM

Why was it that Joe left Congress again?

Cindy Munford on April 27, 2013 at 1:29 PM

Scarborough is just a typical politician, selling out his so-called “principles” to whoever’s writing him the bigger check.

AZCoyote on April 27, 2013 at 1:30 PM

Gutless, unprincipled, liar [calling himself a Conservative] – there’s a reason that this beady-eyed, pissant is on MSNBC.

OhEssYouCowboys on April 27, 2013 at 1:33 PM

Any of you who regularly tune in Morning Joe

You can’t find a stick big enough to get me to watch that two faced shill for the who ever is winning I’m going to jump in front of that parade moron… He seems to forget, that tides recede, and the GOP will again hold all the reigns..

Though I expect, he’ll then have another moment of “evolution” and try really hard to make folks believe he matters a damn.

mark81150 on April 27, 2013 at 1:34 PM

Why was it that Joe left Congress again?

Cindy Munford on April 27, 2013 at 1:29 PM

Dead intern, Lori Klausutis?

Resist We Much on April 27, 2013 at 1:36 PM

What he might look like AFTER I’ve smacked some of the smug off of his mug.

Resist We Much on April 27, 2013 at 1:39 PM

Joe has ‘gone native’ like so many people who move to DC and NYC. Worse yet, like our State Department officials, who end up supporting the country they are located in instead of representing the USA.

phreshone on April 27, 2013 at 1:39 PM

Of the two, at least Mika is the more honest, she admits she’s a die hard hardcore progressive who’d deport half the country if she could for millions of new illegal democrats..

Joe.. Gawd I hate calling him that.. My younger brother is named Joe,. Scars is the worst kind of amoral oppurtunist, he thinks he can ride that bogus 90% number hard, but he’s the one who’s going to be put away wet… Nobody believes that figure.. not when Pew said only 4% think gun control is an important issue..

But MSNBC is NOT noted for hiring reality based people.

just progressive hate mongers.

mark81150 on April 27, 2013 at 1:40 PM

Think the trolls will leap to Scars defense?

probably not, on MSNBC with that cast of miscreants, he’s nearly normal in comparison, and the left just won’t have that, will they?

mark81150 on April 27, 2013 at 1:43 PM

Any of you who reegularly tune in Morning Joe

Well, there’s your problem!

squint on April 27, 2013 at 1:46 PM

Number One was to get elected and get power and money from the electorate and be elite. Number Two is get power and money from the elite and be super elite

jaywemm on April 27, 2013 at 1:48 PM

More like ‘Morning Schmuck’ .

EnglishRogue on April 27, 2013 at 1:50 PM

Be very careful, Joe. The NRA is the only organization that could tame the OFA, and other political organizations. Joe, if you keep going the way you do, you’ll lose this job too. Never ever underestimate the NRA. Period.

tommy71 on April 27, 2013 at 1:56 PM

Morning Choad..

mark81150 on April 27, 2013 at 1:57 PM

It’s much simpler.

His brain is in Mika’s panties.

Schadenfreude on April 27, 2013 at 2:07 PM

What’s the difference between Scarborough, McCain, Graham, Rubio & Flake? Not much, all traitors that stomp on the Constitution; oh, okay, Scarborough isn’t in office.

The name republican is becoming disgusting to me.

Belle on April 27, 2013 at 2:07 PM

Hey Joe…get the memo….gun legislation LOST..both parties agreed

And you don’t take on the NRA….

Redford on April 27, 2013 at 2:07 PM

We all know that Fascist Liberalism is a communicable disease, so is it any wonder that Red Joe would catch it after sitting so long with that MSNBC blond twit.

SpiderMike on April 27, 2013 at 2:11 PM

I guess I should care because other people watch it, but I’ve been done with TV for a long time expecting to see my side represented. I watch the Sunday shows to see the echo chamber.
Summary of weeks memes. I’ve never even seen this dude. Evah.

Here, Drudge, the Hill, scotusblog, legal insurrection, predictthischump, American Thinker. Rush, Levin, and my local Conservative morning show.

I don’t care what one joe scarborough thinks.

Aren’t there more serious things going on ? We discuss opinions of tv ?

What’s next? Dianne Sawyers views on recycling?

Come on. Throw out a red meat thread.

wolly4321 on April 27, 2013 at 2:13 PM

What he might look like AFTER I’ve smacked some of the smug off of his mug.

Resist We Much on April 27, 2013 at 1:39 PM

Am I missing something? When I channel surf, that’s what I see.

msupertas on April 27, 2013 at 2:16 PM

But earlier this week, the Daily Caller came across some interesting documents which show precisely how dramatic this turning of the worm has been

Yep, “worm” describes Joe S pretty well.

I hate traitors and I hate hypocrites. Not sure yet which one Joe is.

AZfederalist on April 27, 2013 at 2:29 PM

Just another useful idiot. He’s decided – perhaps rightly – that the left is going to someday – perhaps soon – wield tyrannical power in this country like we’ve never seen, and he either wants to be in on it, or wants to avoid being on the receiving end of what’s going to be really, really ugly.

So, he’s a worthless ‘sympathizer’, who would rather tuck tail and be a lapdog to those he used to stand against. Some nerve using the word ‘coward’ to describe others.

Midas on April 27, 2013 at 2:32 PM

Like everyone else at MSNBC he is a thoroughly dishonest POS. I’ve scraped better off my shoe.

SurferDoc on April 27, 2013 at 2:40 PM

M

aybe it’s just a bit easier when you get invited to sit at the Cool Kids’ table and you now have to answer to the MSNBC audience

.

You be the judge.

The “Cool Kids’ table?”

Really?

They are the LEAST POPULAR KIDS IN SCHOOL, judging by the numbers ratings.

Joe is the quintessential “big frog in teh small pond!” You know the one, the braggart who thinks he’s SOMEBODY because he lives in a town of 200 people and everyone thinks he’s the hot stuff.

Hahaha!

Let Joe show up in the House, where the big boys rules apply; he’ll be hiding in the bathroom weeping into his toilet paper in no time.

Joe Scarborough is a nobody; nobody watches him; nobody listens to him; nobody thinks he is relevant to anything.

mountainaires on April 27, 2013 at 2:45 PM

He makes $3M a year. His job is to slander the enemies of MSNBC. Nothing else.

pat on April 27, 2013 at 2:48 PM

Mrs. Scarborough will be the last to know. It’s only a matter of time before he comes out of the closet. I mean he’s come so far, what’s another step or two. Mika would love him so much more not to mention Tingles and The Nanny.

rik on April 27, 2013 at 2:56 PM

Scarborough accepts a paycheck to say what he’s told. It’s that simple. He will say anything to remain connected to that paycheck and to the group of people who make up his current social circle.

More than anything else, Scarborough represents an individual whose principles were, and are, for sale.

thatsafactjack on April 27, 2013 at 2:57 PM

He was a politician so he said whatever he had to in order to get elected and stay in office as long as he wanted.

Rubio is no different.

Neo on April 27, 2013 at 2:58 PM

His brain is in Mika’s panties.

Schadenfreude on April 27, 2013 at 2:07 PM

Do you mean Mika Bloomberg ??

rik on April 27, 2013 at 3:00 PM

Jazz, I think it’s time for another gosnell post…

*snickers*

nonpartisan on April 27, 2013 at 3:02 PM

Resist We Much on April 27, 2013 at 1:36 PM

Hmmmmm, why not push gun control? It’s not like they are necessary.

Cindy Munford on April 27, 2013 at 3:02 PM

Rubio is no different.

Neo on April 27, 2013 at 2:58 PM

Doubly seconded !

rik on April 27, 2013 at 3:03 PM

nonpartisan on April 27, 2013 at 3:02 PM

Hmmmm, I didn’t have you pegged for an all out masochist. I’m not sure we have enough people here willing to indulge you.

Cindy Munford on April 27, 2013 at 3:05 PM

Even nonP is bored, Jazz.

wolly4321 on April 27, 2013 at 3:06 PM

Until the lying little punk comes clean about the circumstances resulting in his sudden resignation from Congress and about his finances since, I have no interest in anything he says. Or what anyone says about him.

Adjoran on April 27, 2013 at 3:11 PM

Am I missing something? When I channel surf, that’s what I see.

msupertas on April 27, 2013 at 2:16 PM

lol

Knocked in his cheeks and crossed his eyes.

Resist We Much on April 27, 2013 at 3:12 PM

Jazz, his intention is noble.

nonpartisan on April 27, 2013 at 3:02 PM

FIFY

Resist We Much on April 27, 2013 at 3:13 PM

So now we know – He’s a Phony!

A chameleon essentially.

jaydee_007 on April 27, 2013 at 3:17 PM

You know his head is gonna grow since he’s a headline on Hot Air.

Cripes

Key West Reader on April 27, 2013 at 3:19 PM

Is anyone else soured on weekend content? Maybe we should just have a qotd for the weekend. Open threads.

There’s a ton-O shit going on, but,,,, jazz does his best.

wolly4321 on April 27, 2013 at 3:25 PM

apparently, the only people who watch Joe are conservative bloggers. I stopped watching the show since Mika started squirming in heat at the mention of obama name, kind of turns me off.

texasgoat on April 27, 2013 at 3:32 PM

I hate traitors and I hate hypocrites. Not sure yet which one Joe is.

AZfederalist on April 27, 2013 at 2:29 PM

There’s no reason why a “talented” @ssclown like lil Joe can’t be both.

Solaratov on April 27, 2013 at 3:39 PM

Scarborough has become liberal and, like Colin Powell, MeggieMac, etc., depends on getting media attention by being the “enlightened Republican” who vehemently disagrees with other Republicans on all the key policy issues of the day. I imagine this type of tactic is described somewhere in Rules For Radicals. It really doesn’t matter, as few people watch Morning Joe.

Outlander on April 27, 2013 at 3:40 PM

Jazz, I think it’s time for another gosnell post…

>>>>>*snickers*<<<<<

nonpartisan on April 27, 2013 at 3:02 PM

>>>>>”SNICKERS”<<<<<??

You find the murder of born-alive, viable , human babies AMUSING, you little snot-nosed, masturbatory twerp?

I’ll bet you’d like to help snip a couple of necks, wouldn’t you, you worthless piece of offal.

Solaratov on April 27, 2013 at 3:44 PM

Scarborough is either Benedict Arnold or he is a spy working for our side. I say that because some of the positions he wants the democrats to do, like crush democrats from red states who oppose Obama on guns will surely help the GOP chances for taking back the Senate.

I always thought he was an idiot so I will assume it is the former.

William Eaton on April 27, 2013 at 3:48 PM

A Conservative who spews the liberal line is no Conservative. Continuing to call Joe as such is simply an attempt to relabel the liberal brand to make it more palatable to center-right folks.

Liam on April 27, 2013 at 3:49 PM

Joe knows who signs his checks. That’s the root of his “evolution.” Money.

JellyToast on April 27, 2013 at 4:13 PM

Or is this simply a form of “evolution” on the subject?

Hardly…Joe has been completely infected with the dementia of liberalism…it’s in the air they pump into the msnbc ( how I hate to even type that filthy 5 letter word! ) and is worse than the flu or mad cow disease….once infected….they never recover.

Here’s hoping the eggplant Joe never has to wait 20 minutes for the cops to come and “protect” him. Better yet…..may they never come.

Twana on April 27, 2013 at 4:35 PM

just another lesson on why not to give any person/politican power over you and yours. the founders were correct to LIMIT GOVERNMENT and CHAIN IT by using man’s own desire for power against each other. GRIDLOCK WORKS. I hope that DC can’t do one thing nor pass one law (expect laws repealing other laws) from now until the day I die.

unseen on April 27, 2013 at 5:20 PM

‘Mitt Romney is likely to lose – and should, given that he’s neither a true conservative nor a courageous moderate. He’s just an ambitious man.’

– Joe Scarbourough, 13 September 2012

Pot meets kettle.

Resist We Much on April 27, 2013 at 1:22 PM

He wasn’t wrong, though. Less a case of “pot, meet kettle,” and more a case of “takes one to know one.”

mintycrys on April 27, 2013 at 5:52 PM

Joe would rather be a critic than a leader. It pays better. He fits in great at MSNBC. Pretends to be a conservative, has no ethics or morals. Jokes about dead staffers in his office. Trades in wives/staffers while in office. If he would change his party affiliation, he could have it all.

JeffinOrlando on April 27, 2013 at 6:04 PM

‘Mitt Romney is likely to lose – and should, given that he’s neither a true conservative nor a courageous moderate. He’s just an ambitious man.’
– Joe Scarbourough, 13 September 2012

Pot meets kettle.

Resist We Much on April 27, 2013 at 1:22 PM

He wasn’t wrong, though. Less a case of “pot, meet kettle,” and more a case of “takes one to know one.”

mintycrys on April 27, 2013 at 5:52 PM

Mitt Romney ran as a public servant. Scarborough is motivated by money and popularity.

Basilsbest on April 27, 2013 at 6:29 PM

Mitt Romney ran as a public servant.

What was he running for? It must not have been important. The man lacked vigor and tenacity.

tom daschle concerned on April 27, 2013 at 6:54 PM

Any of you who regularly tune in Morning Joe (don’t worry… we won’t tell anybody you do) are already familiar with the endless rants and insulting diatribes which have been coming from Joe Scarborough this yearAny of you who regularly tune in Morning Joe (don’t worry… we won’t tell anybody you do) are already familiar with the endless rants and insulting diatribes which have been coming from Joe Scarborough this year

cminaz…watches Joes menstrual flow for us…with a bucket in the morning!

KOOLAID2 on April 27, 2013 at 7:12 PM

Joe didn’t believe what he was saying then….he doesn’t believe what he is saying now……an empty shell who echoes whatever serves his interests at any given time.

kingsmill on April 27, 2013 at 7:14 PM

*snickers*

noforeskin on April 27, 2013 at 3:02 PM…eating your boogers again?

KOOLAID2 on April 27, 2013 at 7:17 PM

Joe is a real RINO! He should change to Dem because he has turned into a real piece of shit!

Jersey Dan on April 27, 2013 at 8:11 PM

*snickers*

nonpartisan on April 27, 2013 at 3:02 PM

That’s no candy bar you’re swallowing, dipswitch.

“Joe”

S. D. on April 27, 2013 at 8:20 PM

Joe Scarborough… is that the piece of skin between the scrotum and anus where gay men rest their chin when they get tired.

roflmmfao

donabernathy on April 27, 2013 at 10:40 PM

That guy needs to get a grip before people start mistaking him for Chris Matthews’ ventriloquist dummy.

Murf76 on April 27, 2013 at 10:57 PM

Good ole’ Joe either has Stockholm syndrome or he sure knows which side his bread is buttered on.

Herb on April 28, 2013 at 10:09 AM

O come on. Someone go wake up cmsinaz.

Paging cmsinaz — paging cmsinaz — don’t miss your custom thread. :)

Axe on April 28, 2013 at 6:42 PM

Drank the cool aid. Inconsequential.

StevC on April 29, 2013 at 10:50 AM