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#NRISummit: Scarborough 2016?

Posted on | January 26, 2013 | 36 Comments

Joe Scarborough exits the National Review Institute Summit

Strange to say, on the “What’s Wrong With the Right?” panel this morning — which included Reihan Salam, Bill Kristol, Yuval Levin, John Podhoretz and Ross Douthat — the most stubbornly outspoken opponent of “big government Republicans” was MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough.

Scarborough said that George W. Bush’s big-government measures “completely muddied the brand” of the Republican Party, and he was applauded by many of the 700 people attending the National Review Institute Summit at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Was this the start of a 2016 presidential campaign for the former Florida congressman who has become the token Republican host on liberal-leaning MSNBC? Last fall, Scarborough dismissed reports that he was considering such a campaign, saying he has “the best job in the world” and “no desire to leave.” But one veteran political  observer noted the contrast between Scarborough’s engagement with the audience and the more aloof intellectuals on the panel: “That’s the politician in him.”




  • rmnixondeceased

    Heh. I announced my candidacy this morning!

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  • Evi L. Bloggerlady

    Any conservative who trusts Joe Scarborough is bat shit crazy. In fact, this would make a great BSC post linked to this post.

  • Evi L. Bloggerlady

    I am going to state what should be obvious to all of us: Any conservative who trusts Joe Scarborough is BSC

  • Evi L. Bloggerlady

    Sorry Dick, you sucked when you were alive. And I am talking about your big government expansions and market interventions that did not work.

  • rmnixondeceased

    I’ve learned by watching the results of my successors … no more! Small government, big individual liberties!

  • MM

    Insanity. Dead congressional aid Klausutis, infidelity, etc. Any serious consideration of him is yet another recipe for disaster.

  • Evi L. Bloggerlady

    Glad to find out that Zombie Nixon can learn from his mistakes.

  • rosalie

    I don’t think Scarborough would be on that show if he were a real conservative. The reason he’s there is to badmouth conservatives while pretending to be one. That’s what they call balance.

  • Philip James Jr.

    If the Republican Party even contemplates this…. then I will puke and come to the realization that the Republican Party is nothing but a big stinking pile of cow crap and the people advising Americans to move to sunnier, more tax friendly countries are absolutely right and its time to pack.

  • K-Bob

    Say, I like the cut of his GBLT.

    I sure do hope he’s the standard bearer for the Republican party. That way, you’d know.

  • Libertarian Advocate

    Scarborough 2016????

    Bwahahahahahahahahahahaha….. [cough]

  • McGehee

    That pic may very well be the first time I’ve ever seen his face.

    Reminds me of Dan Fielding on “Night Court.”

  • Christy Waters

    This guy is an asshat who loathes the tea party and anything having to do with true conservatism. He makes Bill Kristol look like a right wing nutjob. If he resembled a conservative today, it was nothing but a put-on. He shouldn’t even be at that summit.

  • Evi L. Bloggerlady

    Nice touch with the cough.

  • rmnixondeceased

    Lots of things grow after death, fingernails, hair … and understanding.

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  • rosalie

    Zombie Nixon is better than what we have in Congress. They DON’T learn from their mistakes.

  • Bob Belvedere

    Good one, Evi.

  • Bob Belvedere

    Ahhh…they kinda already are a big stinking pile of cow crap.

  • WJJ Hoge

    I kinda like the idea of Reynolds/Green 2016.

  • StrangernFiction

    If nominating the grandfather of Obamacare didn’t clue you in, I’m not sure anything will.

  • K-Bob

    But that was last time.

  • Adobe_Walls

    Ah yes, time to pack but pack light, more importantly start packing.

  • WarEagle82

    You have got to be joking? If anybody thinks Joe is the answer to the eGOP’s problems then weed must have been legalized in more places than Colorado and Washington state!

    But, I guess the eGOP need to find another designated loser and you can never start too early…

  • BrokenGlasses01

    I can’t believe any Republican would trust Traitor Joe. He helped get BO elected along w/ BFF Matthews and Maddox.

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  • Evi L. Bloggerlady

    Thanks Bob. What is sad is I even have to say it! The crowd at that conference should chase him out of the hall.

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  • rmnixondeceased

    Thanks Rosalie! Remember to vote Dead Dick in 2016!

  • Bob Belvedere

    That particular group of conservatives are desperate and pathetic. They refuse to see just how serious the situation is. They refuse to grasp, for whatever reason, that the Left – and those on the Right who give them legitimacy – are seeking nothing less than to destroy everything America stands for.

  • Bob Belvedere

    Reminds me of many a blowhard I’ve met at a bar.

  • Bob Belvedere

    No…not until Instapundit rejects being a Libertarian [ie: an Ideologue]. We’ve had four years of one.

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