Moderate Republican Joe Scarbourough, who is the co-host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” just eviscerated Mitt Romney in the tradition of Ted Kennedy. Scarborough literally kicks Romney’s ass all over the place. I can’t even bring myself to comment. Scarborough’s obliteration of Romney is just stunning and on-point at the same time:
Joe Scarborough: Voters who like moderates can’t trust him. Conservatives who are desperate for victory don’t believe him. And the election Republicans should be winning seems to be slipping further from their grasp.
How can it be that this man who turned around countless businesses, saved the 2002 Olympics and ran Democratic Massachusetts like a pro be the head of such a disastrous campaign?
Who was responsible for burying his moving convention video behind the bumbling bluster of Clint Eastwood?
Who told Mr. Romney to issue a political broadside against the commander in chief the day after a U.S. ambassador was murdered?
And who decided that Romney would use his general election campaign to stand for absolutely nothing? The Wall Street Journal described this ideological listlessness as a “pre-existing decision.” The question conservatives should be asking is whether that strategy was hatched by a misguided consultant or the candidate himself.
Whoever is responsible needs to know that replacing real conservative ideas with a flood of negative 30-second ads is a pathway to defeat.
Romney’s penchant for one-upmanship on seemingly every foreign policy issue that arises would stretch our military thin and limit our ability to neutralize real threats coming from countries like Iran.
And the lesson is clear: If we want to win the battle of ideas in the long term, we should be willing to face the fact that Mitt Romney is likely to lose — and should, given that he’s neither a true conservative nor a courageous moderate. He’s just an ambitious man.
Damn, Joe Scarborough literally ripped Mitt Romney to shreds and he’s absolutely right on each count. This campaign is a stark reminder of the mess that unfolded during John McCain’s campaign, but much of the missteps and drama didn’t come from McCain, it came from his sidekick. But in this case, the drama is coming from both candidates. That’s just pathetic.
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