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.”
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