Scarborough 2016 not a joke, says NBC insider

posted at 2:01 pm on February 10, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Which Republicans might toss their hats into the 2016 GOP presidential ring, and when? Speculation in the media usually centers on Washington figures like Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and Marco Rubio, and to a lesser degree about governors like Scott Walker and Susana Martinez. Earlier today, the Daily Caller’s Alex Pappas offered up another suggestion — MSNBC’s longtime Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough:

Last week, Scarborough was all smiles — even letting out a laugh — on “Morning Joe” when Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol suggested on the air that Scarborough could represent the “Jon Huntsman lane” in a 2016 GOP primary.

But behind the scenes, those who know Scarborough are not laughing.

It’s widely believed at MSNBC — including among network brass — that Scarborough is actively mulling a presidential bid, sources said.

Here’s the comment from Kristol, who offered up Scarborough as a candidate to the amusement of Scarborough himself, courtesy Newsbusters:

The suggestion created some laughter in social media, captured by our partners at Twitchy:

Not everyone is laughing. Pappas lays out the argument at TDC:

  • The field is wide open.
  • Republicans won’t nominate a senator. They want a D.C. outsider.
  • Scarborough would perform well in debates, which mattered in the 2012 contest.
  • Scarborough, through his recent book, has offered a blueprint for reform for the GOP.

There are just as many hurdles for Scarborough that would likely be turnoffs in a Republican nominating contest: His show represents the thinking of the Washington and New York political elite. He works for a liberal news network. He’s been divorced twice. He resigned from Congress.

Neither Alex or I could get Joe Scarborough to comment on the article; he declined when I asked personally. However, I did speak with an NBC insider with some familiarity of the show’s production, and the source thinks that this is more serious than one might imagine — but still a long way off from a decision. First, Scarborough just published The Right Path: From Ike to Reagan, How Republicans Once Mastered Politics–and Can Again, a book that reads very much like a political manifesto, or a campaign platform should he choose to use it as such. The book and the tour has been quite successful in its genre, especially considering the trough of an off-year publication. (I interviewed Scarborough about the book in November.)

According to this source, the thinking has deepened a bit since the Bridgegate scandal and its impact on Chris Christie’s chances — perhaps best considered as slightly more serious mulling than simply a flight of fancy. Plus, the insider points to some advantages Scarborough has with his current platform. The “entire life at Morning Joe is like a campaign,” the source told me, adding that the seven years Scarborough has spent engaging partisans on both sides has made him into an expert campaigner and communicator. Thanks to that long experience in the trenches and an “obsessive-compulsive” approach to show prep, Scarborough has developed “a ‘Rain Man’ memory” on issues and data.

None of this means that the consideration has gone beyond the spitballing stage. First, NBC won’t allow a show host to begin organizing a political campaign while keeping the day job, and the gig is … lucrative. Besides, no one in the GOP is in a rush to make themselves a political target this early in the cycle. At the moment, there’s nothing to show that this is anything more than theoretical, but it’s not being taken as a joke on the inside, either. If Scarborough doesn’t see any candidates following his right-leaning economic principles in the primary, he might feel “compelled” to give it a go, according to the insider.

We’ll see how serious this gets, but despite Scarborough’s amused reaction to Kristol last week, it’s not just a passing thought.


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LOL…

d1carter on February 10, 2014 at 2:02 PM

Scarborough 2016 not a joke, says NBC insider

At least in Joe Scarbourgh’s mind it isn’t.

Rocks on February 10, 2014 at 2:03 PM

This clown looks like he could be Kissinger’s son.

Lanceman on February 10, 2014 at 2:04 PM

Scarborough/Christie, go ahead and make it easy for me to vote 3rd party with no guilt.

Fenris on February 10, 2014 at 2:05 PM

Bill Clinton, with a -R behind his name…when he’s not a R.

Mika as first lady…dumber than even Michelle…

Schadenfreude on February 10, 2014 at 2:06 PM

I’d laugh this away, but the GOPe is dumb enough to do it.

nobar on February 10, 2014 at 2:06 PM

You have got to be kidding…..save your money Joe!

Mollymaloo on February 10, 2014 at 2:07 PM

Scarborough 2016 not a joke, says NBC insider
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I imagine, for the Democrat Party Ticket!!!!

canopfor on February 10, 2014 at 2:07 PM

Scarborough/Mika/2016!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on February 10, 2014 at 2:08 PM

for the GOP? lol

ConservativePartyNow on February 10, 2014 at 2:08 PM

Now, that is funny..!

d1carter on February 10, 2014 at 2:09 PM

Speaking of Rubio:

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canopfor on February 10, 2014 at 2:10 PM

Oh. I thought this was about him retiring from “Morning Joe”.

Next.

WisRich on February 10, 2014 at 2:10 PM

Would comment further, but curling is on…LOL.

d1carter on February 10, 2014 at 2:10 PM

Just goes to show how sheltered the Beltway crowd is from the rest of us.

Plus he looks like Waldo.

JR on February 10, 2014 at 2:10 PM

There was no comment from Lori Klausutis.

there it is on February 10, 2014 at 2:11 PM

Scarborough/Fluke/2016!!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on February 10, 2014 at 2:11 PM

Chamber of Commerce & HotAir moving into full RINO campaign worship mode!

philw1776 on February 10, 2014 at 2:11 PM

He has to get around a dead female staffer.

RickB on February 10, 2014 at 2:11 PM

This would be the perfect way to get me to stay home on election day.

BushyGreen on February 10, 2014 at 2:12 PM

“Scarborough ’16″ is a punchline to a joke that nobody wants told.

libfreesMom on February 10, 2014 at 2:13 PM

Just like the Dems are floating Warren out there to make Hillary look “moderate” in contrast, this must be a ploy to make Obama’s hug buddy look more “centrist” to all the conservative who loathe him. Nah, it’s a joke, and a not very tasteful one at that.

polly2150 on February 10, 2014 at 2:13 PM

Scarborough?

LMAOROTF!

GarandFan on February 10, 2014 at 2:14 PM

It’s widely believed at MSNBC — including among network brass — that Scarborough is actively mulling a presidential bid, sources said.

It’s time that those at MSNBC, including Scarborough, finally stop sniffing glue…

…but I do have to admit, the delusion and hubris is strong there.

Athos on February 10, 2014 at 2:14 PM

The field is wide open.

Not that wide open, the GOP would want to nominate a Republican.

Republicans won’t nominate a senator. They want a D.C. outsider.

Okay, are all the governors busy? Wasn’t there a suspicious death out there that might resurface?

Scarborough would perform well in debates, which mattered in the 2012 contest.

Based on what? I’m not saying it isn’t true but his time in a Dem echo chamber is hardly proof of debate skills. I mean his nominal foil in these “debates” is Mika B.

Scarborough, through his recent book, has offered a blueprint for reform for the GOP.

Yeah, who cares what advice some leftist has for the GOP?

Seriously the last point is probably the big one. Throw your name out there as a means to boost sales of a pathetic book.

Happy Nomad on February 10, 2014 at 2:15 PM

Alex – Allah?

cmsinaz on February 10, 2014 at 2:15 PM

I know Joe personally. He is far more conservative than he has to come off when the little red light is lit at MSNBC. He came into the House as part of the 1994 Glorious Revolution and campaigned as a bona fide conservative.

His book is pretty good, too. Y’all should read it before passing judgment on him. I’d rather have him that Christie or another McRomney clone like Jeb.

Conservative Mischief on February 10, 2014 at 2:15 PM

Let’s go to Bobby the Brain Heenan for his reaction to this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afNOqwJrT8s#t=3m21.5s

cdog0613 on February 10, 2014 at 2:16 PM

Scarborough 2016 not a joke

.
Yes … yes it is … but what is even a bigger joke?

Anyone who runs a political blog writing it up as anything other than the perfect symbol of an intellectually bankrupt political party, GOPe, which would view EGO as being more important than COMPETENCE.

Congratulations, Ed … you should consider switching to stand up comedy … especially since you’ve now demonstrated how completely you have given yourself over to the “Beltway Mentality”.

PolAgnostic on February 10, 2014 at 2:16 PM

“than” Christie, too.

Conservative Mischief on February 10, 2014 at 2:16 PM

Mika gently nudging Joe off the stage…. morning mika ftw!

cmsinaz on February 10, 2014 at 2:17 PM

So, he jettisoned wife #2 to get ready for a presidential run? Sounds kinda like… McCain? Maybe, Gingrich?

Fallon on February 10, 2014 at 2:17 PM

Scarborough/Mika/2016!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on February 10, 2014 at 2:08 PM

Great ticket. Now we just have to figure out for what. I’ll just throw it out there. With a little training and a lot of practice, Joe and Mika might just make it as Walmart greeters.

Happy Nomad on February 10, 2014 at 2:17 PM

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Flora Duh on February 10, 2014 at 2:19 PM

Yes, it is a joke, even if the NBC insider doesn’t realize it.

Red Cloud on February 10, 2014 at 2:20 PM

The field is wide open.
Republicans won’t nominate a senator. They want a D.C. outsider.
Scarborough would perform well in debates, which mattered in the 2012 contest.
Scarborough, through his recent book, has offered a blueprint for reform for the GOP.

Nothing says “DC Outsider” more than a guy hosting a morning program on MSNBC that caters to beltway insiders.

JR on February 10, 2014 at 2:21 PM

He came into the House as part of the 1994 Glorious Revolution and campaigned as a bona fide conservative.

Conservative Mischief on February 10, 2014 at 2:15 PM

And suddenly took to the hills when a staffer was found dead in his office.

Sorry, but his MSDNC persona shows no indication of a serious conservative voice that I want to hear more about. He bullies conservative guests (such as they are) just as badly as his fellow leftists. I’ll pass on any consideration of his credentials.

Happy Nomad on February 10, 2014 at 2:22 PM

Yes, it is a joke, even if the NBC insider doesn’t realize it.

Red Cloud on February 10, 2014 at 2:20 PM

Nobody ever claimed that an NBC insider would get a joke.

JR on February 10, 2014 at 2:22 PM

HA may need another open registration soon…

d1carter on February 10, 2014 at 2:23 PM

Nothing says “DC Outsider” more than a guy hosting a morning program on MSNBC that caters to beltway insiders.

JR on February 10, 2014 at 2:21 PM

And gets Valarie Jarrett to actually phone in talking points to Mika during the show.

Happy Nomad on February 10, 2014 at 2:23 PM

Hey Joe, I got a better idea..

You should market a new Men’s Cologne..called “Delusion”

ToddPA on February 10, 2014 at 2:23 PM

I’d vote for Mika before I’d vote for him…

..and she’s clinically Retarded…

ToddPA on February 10, 2014 at 2:27 PM

Scarborough has developed “a ‘Rain Man’ memory” on issues and data.

I think I’ll some bathwater for this baby.

cbenoistd on February 10, 2014 at 2:29 PM

Oh good grief…

ladyingray on February 10, 2014 at 2:29 PM

Thank goodness an ELECTABLE candidate has finally emerged!

Racistanyway on February 10, 2014 at 2:29 PM

He has to get around a dead female staffer.

RickB on February 10, 2014 at 2:11 PM

He’s the face of the Republican “War on women”.

the_nile on February 10, 2014 at 2:30 PM

Scarborough/Mika/2016!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on February 10, 2014 at 2:08 PM

WHAT IS MIKA’S JOB ON THAT SHOW!!!! All she does is look dotingly into joe’s eyes while joe talks about how important joe is.

BoxHead1 on February 10, 2014 at 2:31 PM

Apparently I also disagree with MSNBC on what constitutes a joke.

jhffmn on February 10, 2014 at 2:32 PM

Another thing msnbc will be apologizing for.

phatfawzi on February 10, 2014 at 2:33 PM

I know Joe personally. He is far more conservative than he has to come off when the little red light is lit at MSNBC.

Well Bully for him!
So he doesn’t really think the NRA are morons and that Harvard grad Ted Cruz is an idiot? Oh, that’s nice. Now I’ll vote for him.

Marcus on February 10, 2014 at 2:34 PM

Yeah, and Scarborough will get as many votes as MSNBC has viewers…

ThePainfulTruth on February 10, 2014 at 2:34 PM

Now that there is funny! I don’t care who you are.

De Oppresso Liber on February 10, 2014 at 2:34 PM

SCARBORUGH 2016

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

:GUFFAW: :SNORT: :WIPE TEARS OF EYES: :CHUCKLE:

JAJAJAJAJAJAJAJAJA!!!!!!!

conservative hispanic on February 10, 2014 at 2:35 PM

OT- Speaking of fun pipe dreams:

Eight Republicans in the 141-member Maryland House of Delegates introduced legislation Thursday that would deny the NSA “material support, participation or assistance in any form” from the state, its political subdivisions or companies with state contracts.

The bill would deprive NSA facilities water and electricity carried over public utilities, ban the use of NSA-derived evidence in state courts and prevent state universities from partnering with the NSA on research.

Happy Nomad on February 10, 2014 at 2:36 PM

Scarborough 2016 not a joke, says NBC insider

If it’s not, it is.

bigmacdaddy on February 10, 2014 at 2:38 PM

So he doesn’t really think the NRA are morons and that Harvard grad Ted Cruz is an idiot? Oh, that’s nice. Now I’ll vote for him.

Marcus on February 10, 2014 at 2:34 PM

Yeah there is that whole gun-grabbing thing. He said the GOP was wrong to fight against “common sense” ideas like universal registration. He was angry that the bill proposed in the Senate was so “watered down.” How does that square with the idea that he should be running as a Republican and conservative?

Happy Nomad on February 10, 2014 at 2:39 PM

*sigh*

Jack_Burton on February 10, 2014 at 2:40 PM

Wow, you’re REALLY trying to get me to support Christie or Bush aren’t you? No, I won’t fall for it. I won’t. I won’t. I won’t.

Chris of Rights on February 10, 2014 at 2:41 PM

Backstabber, brown noser, blowhard. Yeah, I’m excited.

cbenoistd on February 10, 2014 at 2:43 PM

Eight Republicans in the 141-member Maryland House of Delegates introduced legislation Thursday that would deny the NSA “material support, participation or assistance in any form” from the state, its political subdivisions or companies with state contracts.

The bill would deprive NSA facilities water and electricity carried over public utilities, ban the use of NSA-derived evidence in state courts and prevent state universities from partnering with the NSA on research.

Happy Nomad on February 10, 2014 at 2:36 PM

Follow up story:

All eight Republican members of the Maryland House of Delegates were killed in separate accidental vehicle explosions today. Investigators were unable to identify a likely cause for the explosions because in the words of the lead investigator, “These vehicles were completely shredded. If it wasn’t for the license plates we wouldn’t be able to tell you what type of cars they were.”

PolAgnostic on February 10, 2014 at 2:45 PM

Wow, you’re REALLY trying to get me to support Christie or Bush aren’t you? No, I won’t fall for it. I won’t. I won’t. I won’t.

Chris of Rights on February 10, 2014 at 2:41 PM

Say, you suppose John McCain is up for another run? Newt? Rick Santorum? Huckabee?

[that do it, you willing to look at Jeb or the fat man now?] ;0

Happy Nomad on February 10, 2014 at 2:45 PM

Now let’s hear from Skeletor on this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4HAUzVJPM2g

cdog0613 on February 10, 2014 at 2:47 PM

I think the GOP has a serious case of allergic RINOitis. Needs to be treated ASAP. Maybe Scarborough will pick Al Sharpton as his running mate if he gets the nod.

Krupnikas on February 10, 2014 at 2:58 PM

sigh! there are no great candidates. some good ones,mostly bad ones.

hillary can’t miss

gerrym51 on February 10, 2014 at 3:01 PM

LOL

Midas on February 10, 2014 at 3:02 PM

Really don’t expect Ed to bait us like this. AP? All day long.

besser tot als rot on February 10, 2014 at 3:04 PM

He has to get around a dead female staffer.

RickB on February 10, 2014 at 2:11 PM

Yes, I heard about that. Does he really think the Dems wouldn’t bring up this little detail?

Tasha on February 10, 2014 at 3:09 PM

We’ll see how serious this gets, but despite Scarborough’s amused reaction to Kristol last week, it’s not just a passing thought.

yes it is. MSNBC is just playing with this to get eyeballs. Fist hint…the Jake Huntsman line…right, that went well, right into oblivion

i would like to see more than a few people oblivion express…the huckster, bush III..etc. let them all follow jeff huntsman over the cliff.

of course jeff h has himself a bright new shiny job at an ultra prestigious place The Atlantic Council

r keller on February 10, 2014 at 3:11 PM

Scarborough 2016 not a joke, says NBC insider

Funny, is sure sounds like an effing joke, just like NBC is an effing joke.

Marxism is for dummies on February 10, 2014 at 3:18 PM

Yeah but what about his gayness?

Buttercup on February 10, 2014 at 3:21 PM

Scarborough 2016 not a joke…

My collie says:

Alternative headline: Clueless NBC insider has not yet learned that “comedy isn’t pretty”.

Disclaimer: My collie dog reserves the right to decide what is and what is not a joke.

CyberCipher on February 10, 2014 at 3:23 PM

Every name that is mentioned here as a possible candidate gets shot down.
The GOP primary is going to be a blood bath again.

Pickle on February 10, 2014 at 3:23 PM

No, no and Hell No.

nobama1267 on February 10, 2014 at 3:36 PM

“Not a joke!” Should be the campaign slogan.

jhffmn on February 10, 2014 at 3:49 PM

Scarborough/Condit 2016

Throat Wobbler Mangrove on February 10, 2014 at 3:59 PM

He will do just as well as Huntsman did…..

Then, just like other arrogant wannabes who think of themselves as smarter than you, more cultured, fair minded, and of course, politically moderate, he will get all butt hurt when he gets 11 votes in his first primary and turn on the GOP. Probably endorsing Hillary eventually.

Scarborough is just the kind of empty suit that thinks, his courage to call conservatives names while hanging out with progressives, qualifies him for higher office.

The guy really has no clue how low in the minor leagues he resides.

alecj on February 10, 2014 at 4:00 PM

Only the clowns of the liberal NBC/MSNBC would believe that “RINO” Joe had a chance, even with the “Lap Dog” media support.
He could get the “Anti-Hillery” vote (yes, it does exist, shock to the lap dogs). He could get the RINO establishment vote if they had enough Kool-aid.
No conservative would even consider him as anything other than a RINO candidate.

John21 on February 10, 2014 at 4:01 PM

Joe Scarborough can be the Roseanne Barr of 2016.

myiq2xu on February 10, 2014 at 4:01 PM

Scarborough has zero credibility in his old district, (FL-1) and when he does show up around here, he acts like he’s on some sort of an anthropological field trip, studying some lost tribe of neanderthals.

Joe went full NYC, and everyone knows you never go full NYC…

dinahmoehumm on February 10, 2014 at 4:01 PM

Pappas, scab-borough and Ed are all drunk. He wouldn’t even get votes from his 243 MSLSD viewers.

Jaibones on February 10, 2014 at 4:01 PM

Let’s call it what it is: potential leverage to renegotiate the contract of the only MSNBC show that is remotely competitive.

Scarborough didn’t just resign from Congress. He resigned unexpectedly, with no notice, just after being reelected to another term. Although the timing coincided with the still-unexplained death of a young female staffer in one of his Florida offices, he was in DC at the time – but questions still remained.

This was some of Kristol’s dry humor – the tip is he’s telling Joe to “occupy the Huntsman lane,” but of course there was no Huntsman lane, he was out early and never had any support beyond his daughters and his own bank account (except a few leftist media types who had high hopes).

Adjoran on February 10, 2014 at 4:16 PM

He has to get around a dead female staffer.

RickB on February 10, 2014 at 2:11 PM

Yes, I heard about that. Does he really think the Dems wouldn’t bring up this little detail?

Tasha on February 10, 2014 at 3:09 PM

To the Dems, it’s the Kennedy Rule for Resume Enhancement–Bonus Edition.

Let him run–there’s way too much fodder from Morning Joe for RNC commercials. The walkbacks and “out of context” whining should be most entertaining.

Newtie and the Beauty on February 10, 2014 at 4:17 PM

The only reason Scarborough or Peter King would run is to attack the conservatives in the field. Do the dirty work for the left. Well that and to get more attention.

KMav on February 10, 2014 at 4:39 PM

Scarborough fails the “Dead Girl or Live Boy” test.

Haiku Guy on February 10, 2014 at 4:46 PM

The book and the tour has been quite successful in its genre, especially considering the trough of an off-year publication.

Umm..Eddie? Idiot Boy Scarborough’s book is at #61,534 on Amazon

Thanks to that long experience in the trenches and an “obsessive-compulsive” approach to show prep, Scarborough has developed “a ‘Rain Man’ memory” on issues and data.

Umm..again, Eddie?I have no idea if you actually watch Lil’ Joey’s show, but he is amazingly under-prepared for his show, and his analyses are beyond laughable.

I hope this idiot actually throws his hat in the ring. He’ll get laughed right out of it ala Huntsman

beedubya on February 10, 2014 at 4:56 PM

Scarborough 2016 not a joke

I doubt that Scarborough has what it takes to challenge Hillary and Christie for the democrat nomination, but, more power to him. Which raging liberal will come out on top?

Pork-Chop on February 10, 2014 at 5:20 PM

Scarborough vs. Hillary in the Dem primaries. That’ll be AWESOME!

MrX on February 10, 2014 at 5:20 PM

As a former constituent, we spell that last name ScrewYourBorough.

tree hugging sister on February 10, 2014 at 5:21 PM

Even if he only contemplates for an hour it shows what a delusional idiot he really is.

patrick neid on February 10, 2014 at 5:49 PM

Scarborough 2016 not a joke, says NBC insider

Then why am I laughing?

There Goes the Neighborhood on February 10, 2014 at 6:34 PM

Well since NBC is already a JOKE, I think we can put this one aside as a big joke.

KirknBurker on February 10, 2014 at 7:10 PM

A President with no First Lady and 2 ex wives.

In France maybe, but not here

coca on February 10, 2014 at 9:13 PM

Scarborough/Christie, go ahead and make it easy for me to vote 3rd party with no guilt.

Fenris on February 10, 2014 at 2:05 PM

This x1000!

Doomsday on February 10, 2014 at 9:36 PM

Look mommy, I see a RINO!

Farnsworth on February 11, 2014 at 9:22 AM

Sorry, that IS a joke.

MTinMN on February 11, 2014 at 11:59 AM