Scarborough: Reid, Dems “too stupid to be in politics”

posted at 10:01 am on April 5, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

“Politics and governing aren’t for the stupid or the fainthearted,” Joe Scarborough wrote in the preface of his book The Right Path. But is Harry Reid trying to prove him wrong on the former point? It depends on whether one considers Kochsteria a round of truth-telling, or just a desperation play to get Democratic donors into the mix. On yesterday’s Morning Joe, Scarborough dominated and dedicated a segment to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to call him a liar, equate him with “those cheap, dirty political consultants, and declare him “embarrassing.” The Blaze notes that his panel didn’t exactly rush to Reid’s defense, either:

Co-host Mika Brzezinski, and in-studio panelists Jim Vandehei of Politico, and “Morning Joe” regulars Willie Geist, and Katty Kay were silent for much of the segment, speaking only when called upon to join the uncomfortable conversation.

At the 7:00 point of the clip, Joe actually referred to the leader of the U.S. Senate by saying, “He’s like one of those cheap, dirty, political consultants you stay away from because they would embarrass you.”

Not a voice was raised to object to Scarborough’s argument.

The usually unapologetic Democratic supporter, Mika Brzezinski said nothing for most of the segment. In fact, it was 10 minutes into the clip before Mika finally shared her feelings on Reid’s relentless attack on the Koch brothers by saying, “I cringed watching it,” and then criticizing his comments’ “destructive tone.”

But what is the “bigger strategy” in play, and is it as “stupid” as Scarborough says? Michael Steele and Chuck Todd explain the strategy as a fundraiser and distraction in the next segment, and Todd tells the panel that he’s heard nothing from Democrats dissenting from Reid’s strategy. In the end, Scarborough just isn’t buying it, and even David Gregory acknowledges that demagoguery may be Democrats’ “only hope” in motivating their base and their donors:

If you want to hear Reid (accurately) described as “McCarthyite” on MSNBC, you’ve got to get up pretty early in the morning. Scarborough still isn’t impressed at the end of this explanation, suggesting that anyone backing this strategy might be too stupid to be trusted with household appliances. Perhaps voters will conclude that, at the least, they shouldn’t be trusted with control of the Senate.

As for turning the Kochs into Bain, let’s not forget that the Bain attacks didn’t do nearly as much damage as Mitt Romney’s “47%” comments, and Bain related directly to the Republican nominee. On top of that, Obama only eked by Romney as an incumbent President, with his massive GOTV organization the key difference. If nouveau-Bain really is the Democratic strategy in 2014, then Gregory’s right — they really are more desperate than we knew.

Besides, one has to wonder about this as a fundraising strategy. Are all of the wealthy donors on the Democratic side taking notes about the McCarthyism launched against their opponents, and perhaps wondering if certain precedents are being set in politics that might come back against them down the road? Because the more Democrats embrace Reid in his Kochsteria, the more likely Republicans are to return the favor when they take control of the Senate floor, and that’s not going to be good for anyone’s interests.


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…it WAS about the three California Senate Democrats including the gunrunner. Of course, it was the final 10 minutes of her show.

Marcus on April 5, 2014 at 10:45 AM

Even madcow knows that no one has the stomach to stay with her “show” all the way through. She was on pretty safe ground that none of the faithful would be traumatized.

Solaratov on April 5, 2014 at 2:01 PM

Jesus Christ.No matter how many times I point out nonparisian is fake, you all still react to it.

Lanceman on April 5, 2014 at 11:40 AM

Jesus Christ. I guess you have proof of that.

Midas on April 5, 2014 at 2:05 PM

Jesus Christ.No matter how many times I point out nonparisian is fake, you all still react to it.

Lanceman on April 5, 2014 at 11:40 AM

Jesus Christ. I guess you have proof of that.

Midas on April 5, 2014 at 2:05 PM

nonpartisan’s no fake. Ample proof of same can be found in this morning’s Yee/CNN thread.

Del Dolemonte on April 5, 2014 at 2:15 PM

For your Saturday afternoon enjoyment…

‘Toon Special: How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maerose (Nancy)? – Vol I

Resist We Much on April 5, 2014 at 2:20 PM

Resist We Much on April 5, 2014 at 2:20 PM

The cow said yesterday that “we finally recovered all the jobs lost under GWB”. Did she forget that she and Harry were in charge since Jan. 2007? Why does the scumhag consume oxygen, without the media holding her to account? Because they eat her shit, not Beluga caviar.

Schadenfreude on April 5, 2014 at 2:26 PM

RWM, for your blog.

Schadenfreude on April 5, 2014 at 2:35 PM

Like Pelosi, Reid only spews talking points. Repeating the slander, the lie, the innuendo is supposed to get the phrasing fixed in the public’s “mind,” so that no skepticism is allowed. Messina pulls this stunt by evading the questions put to him with his Kochs are evil mantra below:
http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/375099/head-obamas-26-million-advocacy-group-laments-koch-money-politics-andrew-johnson

The Leftists stay on message regardless of contrary facts or challenges. They brazen it out.

onlineanalyst on April 5, 2014 at 3:52 PM

Scarborough: Reid, Dems “too stupid to be in politics”

Says a guy who is a de facto Democrat.

RJL on April 5, 2014 at 4:29 PM

Reid can lie and say stupid things as long as his targets are Republicans.

There are two types of people who will vote Democratic now, after six years of Obama. The first are the diehard leftists, for whom lying is just a tactic like any other, in fact a preferred one. Lies will never dissuade them.

The second are the stupid and/or apathetic, the “47%” parasites who don’t know they are being lied to and don’t care as long as the government gravy keeps flowing to their troughs.

Reid and Obama both know their target audience.

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let’s not forget that the Bain attacks didn’t do nearly as much damage as Mitt Romney’s “47%” comments

Proof? A rather bold assertion, where is the research to support it?

Adjoran on April 5, 2014 at 4:31 PM

Jesus Christ. I guess you have proof of that.

Midas on April 5, 2014 at 2:05 PM

The proof is is stupidity is too goddamned perfect. Every time. Whoever it is is Bishing, nothing more. It makes one lousy comment, suddenly the thread is, at least half of it, answers and retorts to it.

Do you honestly believe anyone that spells that well doesn’t know that Fey was the one seeing Russia from her house?

Lanceman on April 5, 2014 at 5:13 PM

Jesus Christ. I guess you have proof of that.

Midas on April 5, 2014 at 2:05 PM

The proof is is stupidity is too goddamned perfect. Every time. Whoever it is is Bishing, nothing more. It makes one lousy comment, suddenly the thread is, at least half of it, answers and retorts to it.

Do you honestly believe anyone that spells that well doesn’t know that Fey was the one seeing Russia from her house?

Lanceman on April 5, 2014 at 5:13 PM

Its stupidity isn’t “perfect”, if it were nonpartisan wouldn’t have forgotten to capitalize the first letter of “Russia” earlier in this thread.

And its comments in the gun control threads are far from “perfect”.

Del Dolemonte on April 5, 2014 at 6:03 PM

I love how the Koch Brothers are all “shadowy” and malevolent, and how awful money in politics is, and how only evil people are rich…Unless you’re George Soros or Warren Buffet or Richard Branson…

Liberals are not just stupid…they’re hypocrites of the worst order.

a5minmajor on April 5, 2014 at 6:45 PM

not sure intelligence (or lack thereof) is a bar to public office…

nonpartisan on April 5, 2014 at 10:16 AM

Heh. You aren’t smart enough to rinse out her pantyhose, you twit.

Jaibones on April 5, 2014 at 6:54 PM

Not really. It’s just kinda funny to to see an obambi fluffer duke it out with another obambi fluffer and never mention obambi by name.

VegasRick on April 5, 2014 at 12:03 PM

Fair enough. Call it “for sport”. I get it now.

Jaibones on April 5, 2014 at 6:57 PM

Because the more Democrats embrace Reid in his Kochsteria, the more likely Republicans are to return the favor when they take control of the Senate floor, and that’s not going to be good for anyone’s interests.

That could be true. On the other hand, if they think Reid isn’t going to be around much longer (the guy is getting so feeble they may need a ventriloquist for him) they can play good cop/bad cop with him. Reid can play the hard core base, and the ones who still need independent votes can pretend they care

entagor on April 5, 2014 at 7:26 PM

HMMM…Me thinks Joey is moving his rhetoric to the right. I wonder why…

mumbojumbo on April 5, 2014 at 7:33 PM

And its comments in the gun control threads are far from “perfect”.

Del Dolemonte on April 5, 2014 at 6:03 PM

Maybe Allah really hates guns and his emotions take over at that point.

Lanceman on April 5, 2014 at 7:36 PM

Me thinks Joey is moving his rhetoric to the right. I wonder why…

mumbojumbo on April 5, 2014 at 7:33 PM

Uh huh. When in Scab-borough’s entire misguided media career has he ever attacked liberals before? Never. But I don’t think even he is stupid enough to run … someone’s bought him off to snort a few times and play the stalking horse.

Jaibones on April 5, 2014 at 8:29 PM

Did no one else notice that on the Hot Air front page, the picture for this story shows an MSNBC chyron that says “CHARTER assassination”?

clayj on April 5, 2014 at 10:52 PM

When you’re too stupid for politics, that doesn’t really leave you many options.

Another Drew on April 6, 2014 at 1:58 AM

Did no one else notice that on the Hot Air front page, the picture for this story shows an MSNBC chyron that says “CHARTER assassination”?

clayj on April 5, 2014 at 10:52 PM

Well I noticed several hours ago, but chalked it up to typical MSNBC buffoonery. Whoever the interns are at PMSNBC that type the chyron entries should be dismissed.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on April 6, 2014 at 2:18 AM

I’ve heard that any Dem fund raising e-mail that attacks the Koch brothers raises, on average, triple the amount of money that non-Koch brothers e-mails raise. So, yes, these attacks will continue.

Plus, the Dems big donors are not overly worried about similar Republican attacks on them as no matter how many Senate seats the Republicans pick up this November, they will never gain control of the MSM. So the MSM will always have the Dem’s back when it comes to holding conservatives and Republicans to the very highest standards of conduct.

Fred 2 on April 6, 2014 at 2:22 AM

Scarborough: Reid, Dems “too stupid to be in politics”

Except when the electorate is stupider. And wants the government to give them more “free” stuff, as long as their own taxes or costs do not “seem” to go up, before their attention span expires.

The operative words here are “stupider”, “free”, “seem”, and “attention span”

farsighted on April 6, 2014 at 10:05 AM

Scarborough: Reid, Dems “too stupid to be in politics”

In other news, scientists find “Water still extremely wet, especially under ‘sea level’”

a5minmajor on April 6, 2014 at 11:51 AM

Are all of the wealthy donors on the Democratic side taking notes about the McCarthyism launched against their opponents, and perhaps wondering if certain precedents are being set in politics that might come back against them down the road?

Um, no. This is a silly question.

That would require that the Republicans actually behave this way, and they won’t. Not only because it’s wrong to do it, but because they don’t have the balls it would also take to perform this kind of stunt.

Midas on April 6, 2014 at 3:01 PM

Scarborough one year ago: Republicans are going to lose “in a big, big way” because of their gun votes

Scarborough today: Reid, Dems “too stupid to be in politics”

He definitely knows stupid.

Alberta_Patriot on April 6, 2014 at 3:30 PM

They’re going nutz, I tell ya. Nutz. Totally.
Heh!

avagreen on April 6, 2014 at 4:02 PM

I love how the Koch Brothers are all “shadowy” and malevolent, and how awful money in politics is, and how only evil people are rich…Unless you’re George Soros or Warren Buffet or Richard Branson…

Liberals are not just stupid…they’re hypocrites of the worst order.

a5minmajor
on April 5, 2014 at 6:45 PM

ORGANIZATIONS FUNDED BY GEORGE SOROS AND HIS OPEN SOCIETY INSTITUTE

The upper portion of this page is devoted to organizations that are funded directly by George Soros and his Open Society Institute (OSI). The lower portion of the page focuses on organizations which do not receive direct funding from Soros and OSI, but which receive money from one or more groups that do get direct OSI funding.

http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/viewSubCategory.asp?id=1237

avagreen on April 6, 2014 at 4:05 PM

ORGANIZATIONS FUNDED BY GEORGE SOROS AND HIS OPEN SOCIETY INSTITUTE

The upper portion of this page is devoted to organizations that are funded directly by George Soros and his Open Society Institute (OSI). The lower portion of the page focuses on organizations which do not receive direct funding from Soros and OSI, but which receive money from one or more groups that do get direct OSI funding.

http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/viewSubCategory.asp?id=1237

avagreen on April 6, 2014 at 4:05 PM

I ask again, how did the Democratics’ favorite Nazi stooge George Soros avoid prosecution at Nuremberg for his crimes?

slickwillie2001 on April 6, 2014 at 4:43 PM

Really Joe? How long did it take you to catch up to the rest of us? I’ve known Dingy was too stupid to leave his own home without a helmet for years now.

We might not be in this mess if you would tell the rest of the country this sh’t before it’s too late.

PXCharon on April 6, 2014 at 5:16 PM

Besides, one has to wonder about this as a fundraising strategy. Are all of the wealthy donors on the Democratic side taking notes about the McCarthyism launched against their opponents, and perhaps wondering if certain precedents are being set in politics that might come back against them down the road? Because the more Democrats embrace Reid in his Kochsteria, the more likely Republicans are to return the favor when they take control of the Senate floor, and that’s not going to be good for anyone’s interests.

But you see, this actually never really happens. I don ‘t think I have ever heard (or will ever) a scathing attack by any R office holder against, say, Soros (sure, he’s often maligned on the blogs’ comments forums and rightly so) and the massive use of his money in D politics…cuz seriously, I don’t think there’s a single major or minor liberal organization or project that hasn’t received money from Soros to date, in one form or another…

jimver on April 8, 2014 at 5:45 PM

“Addicted to Koch” appears under Mika’s picture. Was that misspelled?

NoPain on April 9, 2014 at 9:44 AM

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