Scarborough on running for president: I’ve always said I wanted to get back into politics

posted at 1:21 pm on February 13, 2014 by Allahpundit

Via the Hugh Hewitt Show and RCP, I’m teasing you with that headline. He does claim that he intends to run for office again someday but when asked, per Monday’s rumors, if that means the presidency, he says no. True or false? Before you answer, here’s something that Vanity Fair published back in 2012 that got overlooked in this week’s “Scarborough 2016″ media flurry:

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… 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.

He did, in fact, publish a campaign-ish book late last year — not a personal memoir but a prescription for the GOP. (Title: “The Right Path,” of course.) But if he’s not going to run for president, what’s he running for?

Senate, pretty obviously, no? If Rubio runs for president in 2016, he’ll be barred by Florida law from running for reelection to the Senate too. Scarborough could jump in, hoping that his name recognition and his endless Beltway contacts would give him an advantage in the race. If Rubio does run for reelection, Scarborough would have two options for Florida’s other Senate seat. If Bill Nelson runs again in 2018, Scarborough could challenge him then; or, if Charlie Crist flames out of the governor’s race and Nelson jumps in to rescue the Democrats, Scarborough could run in the special election to fill Nelson’s seat. His ace in the hole in all of this is Bloomberg, whose political influence is at low tide right now between the end of his term as mayor and the lack of traction he’s gotten in his endless anti-gun campaign. Throwing a few million at his moderate-Republican buddy Scarborough, who attacked the GOP relentlessly after Sandy Hook for opposing new gun-control measures, would be a quick path back to relevance. In fact, depending upon how much money Scarborough thinks he can count on, he might be tempted to run as an independent. (Beltway Republicans might see some virtue in that, in fact, given that Florida’s been trending blue.) That would allow him to bypass the GOP primary, where he’d face headwinds from tea partiers — and thanks to Charlie Crist, there’s a precedent for it in Florida. Makes a lot more sense than running for a presidential nomination he obviously won’t win.


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Scarborough vs Huckabee = mutual self destruction

portlandon on February 13, 2014 at 1:23 PM

No, Joe! Stay with PMSLSD…

OmahaConservative on February 13, 2014 at 1:23 PM

Delusional. As well as limp.

bofh on February 13, 2014 at 1:24 PM

Mika for FLOTUS w/b a more stupid hag than Michelette.

Schadenfreude on February 13, 2014 at 1:24 PM

Self-deception: The greatest threat to mental stability.

WordsMatter on February 13, 2014 at 1:24 PM

Every cycle needs a Huntsman, I guess.

Mr. D on February 13, 2014 at 1:25 PM

dude is creepy as a mug.

Murphy9 on February 13, 2014 at 1:26 PM

Awesome! Another GOPe kind of guy…juuust what we need.

/

Left_is_Wrong on February 13, 2014 at 1:27 PM

Go away Joe please just go away.

ouldbollix on February 13, 2014 at 1:27 PM

Now all Joe’s got to do is claim to invent the internet, or something.

Rovin on February 13, 2014 at 1:28 PM

Lowest liked media man seeks to replace lowest liked president, news at 10!

OregonPolitician on February 13, 2014 at 1:29 PM

You live and work in NYC. You’re already back in politics

rik on February 13, 2014 at 1:29 PM

Another RINO joins the herd.

Sheesh.

kingsjester on February 13, 2014 at 1:29 PM

I bet he would do well if it wasn’t for that lady he killed.

thphilli on February 13, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Another narcissist who doesn’t know his limitations.

rcv77 on February 13, 2014 at 1:30 PM

So, is Scarborough the new liberal “progressive” dreamboat being floated by Hot Air, now that Chris Christie has sunk below the waves?

Pork-Chop on February 13, 2014 at 1:30 PM

thphilli on February 13, 2014 at 1:30 PM

It didn’t stop Teddy.

kingsjester on February 13, 2014 at 1:31 PM

Isn’t hosting a show on MSNBC an automatic disqualification?

ElectricPhase on February 13, 2014 at 1:31 PM

Ego … EgoEGO!

Don’t worry, Joe … it’s not like there is a network which relentlessly focuses on anything damning or suspicious in EVERY Republican candidate’s history …

… Oh, Wait!

Ego … EgoEGO!

PolAgnostic on February 13, 2014 at 1:32 PM

Lowest liked media man seeks to replace lowest liked president, news at 10!

OregonPolitician on February 13, 2014 at 1:29 PM

Speaking of reaching new lows, did any one notice Obama’s back in the thirties?

http://www.gallup.com/poll/113980/gallup-daily-obama-job-approval.aspx

Rovin on February 13, 2014 at 1:33 PM

He stayed quiet while republicans were slimed on MSNBC. Next!

TAARP on February 13, 2014 at 1:33 PM

On July 20, 2001, one of Scarborough’s aides died after hitting her head on a desk when she fainted while alone in Scarborough’s Fort Walton Beach, Florida, office.

steebo77 on February 13, 2014 at 1:34 PM

Not a snowball’s chances in he11.
There ain’t enough lipstick…
III/0317

Sgt Stryker on February 13, 2014 at 1:35 PM

Anti-Hillary Dummycrats might vote for him.

S. D. on February 13, 2014 at 1:37 PM

Yet with a show on MSLSD he probably has better name recognition amongst D’s and could switch parties and put someone not on the far left into the D mix in FL. With Bloomberg cash, D name recognition and being a ‘maverick’ he could upset a few apple carts.

ajacksonian on February 13, 2014 at 1:38 PM

Listening to the sniveling RINO w/b as painful as listening to the marxist eunuch in the WH now.

Schadenfreude on February 13, 2014 at 1:40 PM

Another RINO joins the herd.

Sheesh.

kingsjester on February 13, 2014 at 1:29 PM

Calling Scarborough a RINO is an insult to actual RINOs.

Myron Falwell on February 13, 2014 at 1:40 PM

Joe,…is a Progressive RINO,..masquarding as a So-called Republican!!

canopfor on February 13, 2014 at 1:40 PM

if Charlie Crist flames out

Homophobe! //

Joe doesn’t stand a chance of holding office in Florida again. Unlike Massachusetts, we don’t cotton to politicians who are connected with women who are found dead under suspicious circumstances.

Flora Duh on February 13, 2014 at 1:41 PM

Speaking of Republicans:

Another GOP’R buites ye Dust:

Doc Hastings
1h
Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash., announces he will not seek reelection – @thehill
see original on twitter.com
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The Hill ‏@thehill 1h

BREAKING: Rep. Doc Hastings (R-Wash.) will not seek reelection
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https://twitter.com/thehill

canopfor on February 13, 2014 at 1:44 PM

Coming in 2014:

The Great Grand Ole’ RINO Purgation Culling Open Season’Rus Operation!!
(snark)

canopfor on February 13, 2014 at 1:45 PM

So, is Scarborough the new liberal “progressive” dreamboat being floated by Hot Air, now that Chris Christie has sunk below the waves?

Pork-Chop on February 13, 2014 at 1:30 PM

I was just about to post the same. Scarborough is the new groan thread of the day.

polly2150 on February 13, 2014 at 1:47 PM

If Joe ran for President, he would be in for a rude awakening. No matter how much he has bashed fellow Republicans in the past, he would quickly cease being the media darling he is now and Conservatives wouldn’t walk out the front door much less go to the voting booth for him. We’ve tried running RINOs the last 2 elections and lost. Can we stop banging our heads against the wall now?

Bitter Republican in PA on February 13, 2014 at 1:48 PM

After a busy week of campaigning Joe says he has at least one vote but his mom remains firmly “undecided.”

Sleazy Eric Holder advised Scarborough that pets can indeed register and vote but only for Obama.

viking01 on February 13, 2014 at 1:49 PM

The Hill ‏@thehill 54m

Scarborough mercurial on 2016 ambitions http://trib.al/Yqggepf by @RebeccaShabad
View summary
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February 13, 2014, 12:01 pm
Scarborough mercurial on 2016 ambitions
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Joe Scarborough can’t seem to give a straight answer about his possible presidential ambitions.

On Wednesday, the MSNBC host of “Morning Joe” was interviewed on ABC’s “The View” and on conservative talk show “The Hugh Hewitt Show.”

“The View’s” Barbara Walters asked Scarborough if he wants to run for president.

“No, no,” he replied. His co-host Mika Brzezinski interrupted and asked, “Do others want him to run? Yes.” Audience members at the talk show burst out with applause.
(More..)
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http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/198339-joe-scarborough-cant-seem-to-give-straight-answer-on-2016

canopfor on February 13, 2014 at 1:50 PM

If Rubio runs for president in 2016, he’ll be barred by Florida law from running for reelection to the Senate too.

Which is exactly why he wont run for president in 2016.

Valkyriepundit on February 13, 2014 at 1:51 PM

Best laugh I’ve had all day.

rbj on February 13, 2014 at 1:52 PM

Smoosh-Face

jake-the-goose on February 13, 2014 at 1:53 PM

Toxic milquetoast lukewarm RINO. That is all.

xNavigator on February 13, 2014 at 1:55 PM

Another loser running for something he can’t win. The next senator from Florida should be ALLEN WEST. Now THAT would shake things up in Congress and the Tea Party would have a major victory. West would be a huge victory for real conservatives and it would also prove to the media that, once and for all, there are black conservatives out there.

Libertyship46 on February 13, 2014 at 1:55 PM

Which is exactly why he wont run for president in 2016.

Valkyriepundit on February 13, 2014 at 1:51 PM

He might as well. I’ll abstain from Senator if he’s the Republican nominee. Fool me once, and all that.

Lanceman on February 13, 2014 at 1:57 PM

What is JavaJoe going to run on the HuntsmannMSNDC ticket?

ConservativePartyNow on February 13, 2014 at 1:59 PM

How did the book do?

Cindy Munford on February 13, 2014 at 1:59 PM

Joe = A RINO’s RINO

TXUS on February 13, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Scarborough/O’Reilly 2016

Might totally ruin our country (but really how much more could it be ruined?), but it would tremendously improve cable tv.

NOMOBO on February 13, 2014 at 2:01 PM

He’s not aging well. He’s only 50 yet he looks all puffy and red.

Blake on February 13, 2014 at 2:01 PM

Well, why not?

In fact, if you give me good enough odds, I’ll bet he does run.

Recent cycles have proven emphatically that running for President is the ideal platform for a book tour.

HitNRun on February 13, 2014 at 2:02 PM

Beady-eyed, back-stabbing, RINO bag-o-douche.

M240H on February 13, 2014 at 2:04 PM

He might as well. I’ll abstain from Senator if he’s the Republican nominee. Fool me once, and all that.

Lanceman on February 13, 2014 at 1:57 PM

I know what you mean, same here. But he is more likely to prevail in a Florida senatorial primary, as the biggest fish in the pond against a bunch of upstarts, than in presidential primaries, where he has to compete with other heavyweights of the Republican Party and where people who havent forgiven him for being a lying fraud wont vote for him either.

His senate seat means job security and he wont sacrifice it for a presidential run that might as well go awry.

Valkyriepundit on February 13, 2014 at 2:07 PM

Does Lori Klausutis want to get back into politics too?

besser tot als rot on February 13, 2014 at 2:07 PM

Rovin I think if he hits 25 it will be his absolute low. Extremists wont let it go lower but it should be able to get to about there.

And he put off the business mandate deep into the 2016 election cycle for President. Poor hillary will be swearing as she cuts the testes off cute kittens to release her anger.

OregonPolitician on February 13, 2014 at 2:07 PM

No, no, no . . . we don’t need anymore dunderheads wasting our time and our money.

rplat on February 13, 2014 at 2:12 PM

Proof that there are long-term consequences from exposure to stupidity.

Happy Nomad on February 13, 2014 at 2:16 PM

I wonder how Joe will reconcile this in any run…

I love Hillary and I can’t imagine anybody coming between her and the presidency this time…”

What a great campaign line… ‘I love Hillary….’

Athos on February 13, 2014 at 2:16 PM

Note to Joey: Don’t bother. We already have enough RINO’s.

GarandFan on February 13, 2014 at 2:25 PM

Bwahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah…
(catches breath)
Bwahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah…

Galtian on February 13, 2014 at 2:28 PM

His accomplishments are what again?

vityas on February 13, 2014 at 2:32 PM

my calendar sez its Feb 13th, not April 1st.

Why doesn’t he run as a dem?

DanMan on February 13, 2014 at 2:33 PM

He stayed quiet while republicans were slimed on MSNBC. Next!

TAARP on February 13, 2014 at 1:33 PM

What a crock of BS.

You obviously don’t watch MSNBC and have no idea of what you speak.

(He has never NOT joined in the sliming of Republicans on MSNBC)

Marcus on February 13, 2014 at 2:43 PM

He is:
a) looking for a pay raise.
b) looking for his own show.

albill on February 13, 2014 at 2:43 PM

Also, in a few years Joe will look exactly like LBJ.

8thAirForce on February 13, 2014 at 2:45 PM

It’ll be funny to watch if he actually decides to run. The guy is so full of himself, when the inevitable fail comes, he’s liable to end up in a rubber room.

dinahmoehumm on February 13, 2014 at 2:50 PM

Doesn’t pass the Dead Girl/Live Boy test.

I you can’t pass that test, you’re wasting our time.

Haiku Guy on February 13, 2014 at 2:56 PM

“back into”

hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

WryTrvllr on February 13, 2014 at 2:57 PM

His accomplishments are what again?

vityas on February 13, 2014 at 2:32 PM

same accomplishments and qualifications as Barky. Nothing!

No Time Clock on February 13, 2014 at 3:09 PM

Why do all of you keep calling a Democrat a Rino???

chicken thief on February 13, 2014 at 3:16 PM

If he really wants to get back into politics, maybe he shoud consider running for dogcatcher.

savage24 on February 13, 2014 at 3:22 PM

Every election cycle needs a Roseanne Barr no-hoper candidate for shitzen giggles..

myiq2xu on February 13, 2014 at 3:45 PM

Who is he? Even Elizabeth Hasselback could get more votes.

Connecticut on February 13, 2014 at 3:46 PM

So does this mean he and Christie are not friends anymore? Will he have to give back the fleece?

Scarborough has zero chance of being nominated, this is just media stunt so MSNBC can mess with the GOP debates.

William Eaton on February 13, 2014 at 3:49 PM

*sigh* The guy is just a fracking imbecile. Why is this even a thing?

beedubya on February 13, 2014 at 4:38 PM

Gun-Grabbing Joe would go over like a lead balloon.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RA_0-ZltUL0

TheDriver on February 13, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Henry Waxman is retiring and should be available, maybe the repbulicans should ask him to lead the 2016 ticket. I’m curious how out “left-ing” the left would work for the Republicans. Hey, can’t be worse than what they’re doing now.

If Dems platform on $10 minimum wage, Republicans should go for $20. Hell, we might actually win!

stopitchris on February 13, 2014 at 4:59 PM

Is the DNC implementing operation chaos?

Brock Robamney on February 13, 2014 at 5:30 PM

Scarborough on running for president: I’ve always said I wanted to get back into politics

I have to admit that Joe has proved himself.

I’m sure that the Democrats would be happy to consider Joe as one of their candidates.

RJL on February 13, 2014 at 6:41 PM

How did the book do?

Cindy Munford on February 13, 2014 at 1:59 PM

If he already published a book, the sales should give some idea of his name recognition, etc. How did it do?

talkingpoints on February 13, 2014 at 7:08 PM

Another dumb*ss who judges the world by standing behind and too close to a single tree.

What a goofball.

KirknBurker on February 13, 2014 at 8:27 PM

Want back into politics? There must be a dog-catcher position open somewhere. Or maybe garbage commissioner?

MTinMN on February 14, 2014 at 11:08 AM

He would have some ‘xplainin to do.

RUexperienced on February 14, 2014 at 11:15 AM