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Friday, February 2, 2007

Scarborough Sees Demise of GOP

Joe Scarborough, conservative host of "Scarborouh Country" on MSNBC and one of the "Contract with America" Republican Congressmen, has written a startling commentary in which he deplores Bush and his remaining supporters for taking the GOP "over a cliff." Titled "Demise of GOP just took turn for the worse," the piece pulls few punches:
The message from the Bush administration seems to be this: “Thanks for carrying our water on this miserable war for four years. Now we’re going accuse you of helping terrorists.”

. . .

The president is prepared to take his administration and his party over the cliff to prove that he right about Iraq—even if most of his generals and the majority of Americans disagree.

The question now is how long will Republicans stand by this war that has cost over 3,000 lives? Is it worth the $1 trillion dollars that will be added to our national debt? Is it worth undercutting our ability to strike at Iran and North Korea? I would say “yes” to all three questions if there were the slightest chance victory was around the corner. But it is not.

. . .

At some point, GOP senators and congressmen need to understand that this war is no longer a battle between Republican war heroes and Democratic 60s hippie freaks. The lines have now been blurred by Bush’s bungling war strategy. Now we find ourselves in a fight between war heroes and war heroes. Former secretaries of Navy and former Vietnam POWs. Conservative Republicans and protectors of the president.

That may not be so bad for George W. Bush in the short run, but it is a disaster for Republicans in 2008 and beyond.

Conservatives had better wake up before all the gains made by Ronald Reagan and the 1994 Revolution are lost. The clock is ticking.

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At February 2, 2007 10:02 AM , Jill said...

Wow. Thanks for highlighting that. Kind of like when Shepard Smith in New Orleans got enraged. Should happen more often.

At February 2, 2007 11:23 AM , bonobo said...

Scarborough is not a dummy. He plays a cartoon version of himself on his own show, but if you ever watched one of those 6-hour Hardball marathons following the debates, you got to see someone who was fairly objective in picking apart the strengths and weakneses of the candidates and campaigns. I don't agree with him on a lot of stuff, even when he's being serious and sincere, but I'm not surprised at this latest.

At February 2, 2007 11:29 AM , Jeff said...

Thanks, Jill and Bonobo. I confess, I fell for the "cartoon version of himself!" I tend to turn him off very quickly, so I never before saw this kind of depth and departure from the talking points.

At February 2, 2007 11:30 AM , LisaCD1 said...

Funny, weren't we just having this conversation about the Dems 4 years ago? My, how times change....
Things must really be bad if the MSM are breaking ranks.

At February 2, 2007 1:35 PM , redhorse said...

I wonder what kind of contortions the R caucus is maintaining to hold the line.

Agree with Bonobo, Scarborough can be very neutral and insightful when he wants. And this isn't the first time he's turned his pen on his party, although it might be the most forceful.

At February 4, 2007 3:37 PM , BruceMcF said...

I'll note that I have the first 15 minutes after the end of Countdown recorded in my DVR ... as long as you fast forward past Buchanan, its a much less painful way to get a Republican viewpoint than most that you can find on television.

I used to have the whole show recorded after Countdown, but then I found that if I happened to keep it running, I never stayed past the first ten or fifteen minutes.

At February 5, 2007 10:25 PM , liberal_dem said...

After that stunt in the Senate today, forestalling the Iraq debate, the R's look like yes-men to Bush and Cheney. The public is getting a good view of these obstructionists.


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