Morning becomes elected?

Will Mark Halperin be his VP (via)?

After the presidential inauguration in January, Joe (no fan of Mitt Romney’s—”I’ve been very critical”) plans on publishing a memoir that will serve—no joke—as a vehicle to test the waters for a presidential run in 2016.

(The “Joe” here is Scarborough.)

Update. This is what it’s come to: Washington Post editorial members brag when Joe Scarborough likes their pieces.






150 replies
  1. 1
    rlrr says:

    A dead intern in every pot.

  2. 2
    ellie says:

    I love the tag! Bring on the meteor, indeed.

  3. 3
    Warren Terra says:

    You might add a “[Scarborough]” to the post – when I see that a “Joe” might test the waters for a 2016 run, I think Biden …

  4. 4
    Ben Cisco says:

    And Stockholm Mika by his side.

  5. 5
    Villago Delenda Est says:

    There is no way this vile slimeball runs.

    He’s got the skeleton of an intern in his closet. He’s as fucked as Huckabee is. Never going to hold an elective office again.

  6. 6
    Suffern ACE says:

    @Warren Terra: I was thinking Lieberman.

  7. 7
    Turgidson says:

    Bwaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahahahahahahahahahaha.

    [breathes]

    HAAAAAAAAhahahahaha.

    Do it, Joe. Mika has been lobby for either veep or press secretary for a long time, too. Don’t forget her!

  8. 8
    MikeJ says:

    There’s no way he gets the Republican nomination after working for MSNBC. That’s worse than Huntsman working for the dusky usurper.

  9. 9

    I was thinking Joe Biden and thought: “This is news?”

  10. 10
    Punchy says:

    You mean, as an indy, right? There’s a Dilly Bar’s chance in Phoenix that a man employed by Librul MSNBC(TM) gets the nod as a Repub Prez candy. Especially how nuckin’ futz the Pubs will be 4 years from now.

  11. 11
    Jim, Foolish Literalist and Fact Checker says:

    I didn’t know what to say when I saw that quote, and I knew who Joe was, but I clicked on the link to be sure, and between Mika (she’s wearing Donna Karen!) and the by-line of would-be Serious Historian Douglas Brinkley. I am ready to be beamed up.

    That said, if Joe Scarborough wants to run on Paul Ryan’s privatize and voucherize original plan in ’16, fuckin’ bring it, one more crab in the pot, and a particularly cranky crab.

  12. 12
    joes527 says:

    That picture at the link ….

    They are outright saying that Mika is furniture.

    I have no love for Mika, but shit. Get some self respect.

  13. 13
    Steve says:

    I realize people don’t like Joe Scarborough much, and I don’t see any reason why they should, but nobody seriously thinks he killed his intern – right? Other than in an “it would be irresponsible not to speculate” way, of course.

  14. 14
    Thoughtcrime says:

    Mika: What’s all this fuss I’ve been hearing about the 2016 presidential erection??

  15. 15
    Hill Dweller says:

    If it means the end of that abomination they call a morning show, I’m all for that half-wit running for President.

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    The Dangerman says:

    @Villago Delenda Est:

    He’s as fucked as Huckabee is.

    Yup; neither Scarborough nor Huckabee has any electoral future.

    Since Jeb can’t change his name, gotta figure the runners will be Ryan and Christie (though running may not be an apt description for him).

  17. 17
    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @Steve:

    There’s no way to know, because the investigation was so perfunctory.

    However, the taint is there.

  18. 18
    MikeJ says:

    @Steve: She wasn’t an intern. She was a paid staffer.

  19. 19
    Wally Ballou says:

    @Suffern ACE: And I was thinking Mr. The Plumber.

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    DBaker says:

    I laughed out loud at this: “Joe, a moderate Republican”. Sure, whatever you say.

  21. 21
    Mary G says:

    @joes527: Yes, Mika,that cheerleader-does-Playboy-but-there’s-no-nudity pose is just sad. No amount of money is worth your self-respect.

    Joe will do at least as well in 2016 as Jon Huntsman did this year, maybe. His picture could illustrate “blowhard” in the dictionary.

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  23. 23
    trollhattan says:

    @joes527:
    That pic is tres strange. I wonder if Leibovitz shot it?

  24. 24
    joes527 says:

    @The Dangerman: I thought that Huntsman was positioning himself for 2016…

    My guess … Someone no one is talking about in 2012 will be on the R ticket in 2016.

  25. 25
    Trinity says:

    The picture with that article.

    I just can’t…I mean..W.T.F. Mika???

  26. 26
    JenJen says:

    I subscribe to the digital version of Vanity Fair and when I read this article this morning (and don’t miss that absolutely ridiculous photo of Mika doing a high kick), I almost choked on my yogurt.

    His running mate would be Mayor Bloomberg, people. Duh.

    As an aside, Joe Scarborough actually blocked me on Twitter, which I wear as a badge of fucking courage. :-)

  27. 27
    Jim, Foolish Literalist and Fact Checker says:

    MIka’s brother, btw, is a top neo-con and a Romney campaign advisor, which must make for some interesting family dinners, considering Poppa Zbig suffers fools ungladly and can barely contain his contempt for Iraq War supporters

  28. 28
    Turgidson says:

    @Hill Dweller:

    Yep. And seeing him get 2% in Iowa and New Hampshire and quietly slink off the stage would be the cherry on top. Hopefully after that, only Fox or some wingnut fail factory will touch him and he’ll leave the rest of us the fuck alone finally.

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    Narcissus says:

    He must expect the current GOP to collapse between now and then.

  30. 30
    Ben Cisco says:

    You’re not going to believe this, but…Jim Cramer has a sad.

  31. 31
    gbear says:

    @The Dangerman: I’ll go out on a limb and predict that Tim Pawlenty will not find his mojo in time to run in 2016.

  32. 32
    dedc79 says:

    just spilled a cup of morning joe all over myself

  33. 33
    Spaghetti Lee says:

    Oh, do it, Joe! We need your bipartisan and independent-minded centrism to sssspfffffaahahahahaha oh God I can’t even finish that sentence.

  34. 34
    Suffern ACE says:

    On the other hand, Lou Dobbs still hasn’t launched is campaign.

    Honestly, though, I would like to request the front pagers to get together and agree not to post nuttin that would cause us to speculate about 2016 candidates until 2015. One of the unnerving parts of the horse race focus of our media is that the campaigns start 4 years too early. And everything anyone does is interpreted in light of a presidential campaign.

    Even the Russians are mocking us for the way we go about choosing representatives.

  35. 35
    Anoniminous says:

    @joes527:

    My prediction:

    Christie will run and when he is on the verge of WIN! there will be an unfortunate encounter with a Japanese whaling ship.

    He’ll never be heard from again.

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    Yutsano says:

    @gbear: TPaw running again would make wifey very very stabby. And not in a good way.

  37. 37
    Scott S. says:

    In 2016, Ryan, Scarborough, Pawlenty, and Huntsman will be far too moderate to get the nomination of the even-crazier-than-today GOP. I think they’ll nominate Santorum.

  38. 38
    trollhattan says:

    @Anoniminous:
    The good news: it was research whaling.

    Tony Soprano as Chris Christie…the mind reels.

  39. 39
    Calouste says:

    @Anoniminous:

    Christie will not run. Waddle, maybe.

  40. 40
    Belafon (formerly anonevent) says:

    A black man was able to become president after writing two books. Joe figures that any white man can do it with one book.

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    JenJen says:

    @Ben Cisco: Re: Jim Cramer having a sad? Looks like Pennsylvania wasn’t digging the bad publicity and happily stepped in to fix the Voter ID problem… but just for Cramer’s dad.

    In other words, if you have a famous kid, you can vote in Pennsylvania with no hassle. Everyone else who is poor or elderly can suck it!

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    Culture of Truth says:

    That’s fucking hilarious.

    [ C-3PO voice ]
    “Now he’s getting delusions of grandeur!”

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    👽 Martin says:

    Can’t blame him. The GOP candidacy has turned into the highest rung of the wingnut welfare ladder.

  44. 44
    MikeJ says:

    I realise it’s a cliché to applaud DougJ post titles, but I like this one a lot.

  45. 45
    Maxwel says:

    Whatever. 2016 is their last rodeo.

  46. 46
    Keith says:

    Mika should be careful on that table, lest she slip and hit her head.

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    Suffern ACE says:

    My nerves are a little shot for 2016, but if I were speculating, I think it will hinge on which candidate will allow us to gracefully exit the third Sino-Japanese War and the Great Syrian-Turkish-Persian-Arabian-Israeli Mess For The Ages while convincing ourselves that we won.

  48. 48
    Spaghetti Lee says:

    @JenJen:

    “Hey, Pennsylvania state government? I can’t vote either. My son’s name is, uh, Rocky Roethlisberger. I’d appreciate you clearing that up for me, thanks.”

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    Ann B. Nonymous says:

    Is Mika’s pose the one Lori Klausutis had before her head hit the desk?

  50. 50
    aretino says:

    And here I thought the S/Z post title had secured the too-darn-highfalutin sweepstakes for all time … DougJ, I misunderestimated ya

  51. 51
    Spaghetti Lee says:

    @Suffern ACE:

    Don’t forget the Great Nanobot Uprising of 2015.

  52. 52
    Chris says:

    @The Dangerman:

    Since Jeb can’t change his name, gotta figure the runners will be Ryan and Christie (though running may not be an apt description for him).

    I’d bet on Christie, but if the economy’s still too shaky and/or the Democratic candidate field is fairly strong, he might put it off another election cycle. He wants the presidency, he’s got more chance than Paul Ryan and he’s been smart enough to sit out this current clusterfuck.

  53. 53
    David Koch says:

    BWHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAH

    The guy who killed a married intern he was fucking plans to run for president?

    BWHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAH

    Boy, the bubble he lives in is thick.

  54. 54
    mai naem says:

    Lori Klausutis – that was the staffer’s name and I guess the medical examiner said she had a cardiac issue. I hope he runs. Morning Ho is much better when he’s not around. I’m not sure why he thinks he has the qualifications. If he’s going to do it with Bloomberg it should be Bloomberg as the Prez and Scarbo as the Veep. Bloomy’s got way more credentials than Scarbo.

  55. 55
    Roger Moore says:

    @The Dangerman:

    Since Jeb can’t change his name, gotta figure the runners will be Ryan and Christie (though running may not be an apt description for him).

    And you can’t take Ryan’s claimed time at face value, either.

  56. 56
    Dork says:

    I suspect a Christie Admin would rescind all regulations on (olive) oil, “natural” gas, and chinese buffets.

  57. 57
    ThatLeftTurnInABQ says:

    @Suffern ACE:

    Honestly, though, I would like to request the front pagers to get together and agree not to post nuttin that would cause us to speculate about 2016 candidates until 2015. One of the unnerving parts of the horse race focus of our media is that the campaigns start 4 years too early.

    __
    Not this early we don’t. This is not normal. Who was talking about 2012 back in September of 2008? Or talking about 2008 back in September of 2004? Etc. The lede on this story, buried it has been. The real story here is that Mittens is toast and everybody in the Village knows it but they can’t say it in public. They are already bored with this year’s contest. Hence all the 2016 talk.

  58. 58

    So, it turns out Karl Rove told Susan G Komen CEO Nancy Brinker to back off of Planned Parenthood. So IOW Komen was basically a GOP front group.

  59. 59
    Culture of Truth says:

    Sept. 11 (AFP) Mitt Romney recounted Tuesday how he drove past the smoldering Pentagon on September 11, 2001, saying he was stunned by “the smell of war” that had reached American shores

    .

    Not to be confused with the “smell of fear”.

  60. 60
    Warren Terra says:

    @Trinity:

    The picture with that article.
    I just can’t…I mean..W.T.F. Mika???

    Yup. I’ll consider taking cable news pundits (a tiny bit) seriously when the women are allowed to wear flipping trousers.

    It is completely ludicrous the way that the women on these shows are selected for their appearance and are clothed to show off their charms, while the guys have to be not-very-obese and wear a suit, not necessarily very well.

    You will note that politically opinionated women who expect to have their opinions taken seriously – Rachel Maddow most obviously, but also Samantha Bee, and she’s a comedian – are not so sartorially constrained or demeaned.

  61. 61
    Redshift says:

    @joes527: There seem to be quite a few Republicans trying to position themselves to be the savior of the party once it recovers its sanity. However, they all seem to be delusional enough to think that will happen by 2016.

  62. 62
    RareSanity says:

    The caption for that photo should read simply…

    “Pimpin’ ain’t easy”

    …because that’s exactly what it looks like.

  63. 63
    gypsy howell says:

    Zbig must so be proud of his little Mika.

  64. 64
    ThatLeftTurnInABQ says:

    @Scott S.:

    In 2016, Ryan, Scarborough, Pawlenty, and Huntsman will be far too moderate to get the nomination of the even-crazier-than-today GOP. I think they’ll nominate Santorum.

    __
    By 2016 Santorum will be too moderate to get the GOP nomination. With Citizens United, the Right Wing has opened up their very own Little Shop of Crazy, and all you can hear coming out the front door is “FEEEEED ME, Seymour!”. This isn’t going to end until somebody important gets ate.

  65. 65
    KG says:

    @joes527: someone no one has ever heard of will be the GOP VP nominee in 2016, but not at the top of the ticket, that’s not how the Republicans work… The Republicans always (1952 and 2000 excepted) pick the guy who is next in line. Look at it:

    1960: Nixon (VP)
    1964: Goldwater (senior Senator)
    1968: Nixon (former VP, did his time in the wilderness)
    1972: Nixon (re-election)
    1976: Ford (appointed by Nixon to take over)
    1980: Reagan (lost in ’76)
    1984: Reagan (re-election)
    1988: GHW Bush (lost in ’80, sitting VP)
    1992: GHW Bush (re-election)
    1996: Dole (senior Senator, majority leader, lost in 1988)
    2000: GW Bush (went against the rule)
    2004: GW Bush (re-election)
    2008: McCain (senior Senator, lost in 2000)
    2012: Romney (lost in 2008)

    It’s why I said from the beginning that it was Romney’s nomination to lose (the only other person in the race who could claim “it’s my turn” was Gingrich). I’d put Huckabee and Santorum as the potential frontrunners for 2016, maybe Huntsman. One of those three won’t run and one will probably win the nomination.

  66. 66
    David Koch says:

    ME: Digya hear Morning joke is gonna run for president?

    Friend: Of which country?

    ME: Of the United States

    Friend: Of America?

  67. 67
    Bulworth says:

    I predict a campaign that will resemble a combination of Rick Perry/Donald Birther Trump/That 9-9-9- Cain dude.

  68. 68
    Redshift says:

    @Culture of Truth: I don’t care enough to suffer through reading the article, but my first thought on reading that quote is to wonder how long it will be before the truth comes out that Romney was nowhere in the vicinity.

  69. 69
    Hoodie says:

    What’s with Mika and the table? Is she what’s for dinner? Couldn’t they find her a pole?

  70. 70
    maya says:

    ….. to test the waters for a presidential run in 2016.

    Hope someone throws a toaster in while he’s testing those waters.

  71. 71
    Culture of Truth says:

    He’s not serious, of course, but he does know that in our media environment just running is a ticket to even more fame and riches.

  72. 72
    NancyDarling says:

    Christ almighty. I got nothing else.

  73. 73
    👽 Martin says:

    @mai naem:

    I’m not sure why he thinks he has the qualifications.

    How is he less qualified than Romney or Ryan? Everyone is more qualified than the guys who lose.

  74. 74
    bemused says:

    @Trinity:

    I had the same reaction when I saw the photo earlier today. Then I remembered she had written a book about women valuing themselves or something. Looked it up and the title is “knowing Your Value: Women and Getting What You’re Worth”. You just can’t make this stuff up.

  75. 75
    pragmatism says:

    Joe has the perfect face for punching. So smug.

  76. 76
    Culture of Truth says:

    @Redshift: Oh he was there. He was fleeing Washington DC for dear life when he happened to pass within a mile of the Pentagon. That I do believe.

  77. 77
    Steve says:

    @KG: Any time your theory says that Goldwater was “next in line,” when he was actually one of the all-time insurgent candidates, you need to do some rethinking.

  78. 78
    JGabriel says:

    __
    __
    Damn, DougJ, nice O’Neill reference in the title.

    .

  79. 79
    Steve says:

    @Southern Beale: You linked to one of your older posts by mistake.

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    bemused says:

    @bemused:

    Screwed up 2nd half of the title: Money and Getting What You’re Worth.

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    Chris says:

    @KG:

    It’s why I said from the beginning that it was Romney’s nomination to lose (the only other person in the race who could claim “it’s my turn” was Gingrich). I’d put Huckabee and Santorum as the potential frontrunners for 2016, maybe Huntsman. One of those three won’t run and one will probably win the nomination.

    I agree with the general “next in line/it’s my turn” setup for Republicans, but as you noted there are occasionally exceptions and in the current hyper anti-establishment mood, they might also be tempted to make an exception again and pick a relative unknown or junior person that can be the “grassroots” candidate – just throwing that out there.

    (Of course, such a candidate might have a lot more trouble than the “next in line” guy getting that Unlimited Corporate Cash thing, so maybe not).

  82. 82
    KG says:

    @Steve: fair enough, Goldwater probably belongs in the exception category.

  83. 83
    Kathy in St. Louis says:

    Joe doesn’t seem to realize that every thought, good or bad, that he has had for the all the years that his show has been on are recorded somewhere, and that the purists of the Crazy Party will just pull out any and every comment he’s ever made that wasn’t to their liking. He’s in deep shit territory before he even begins.

  84. 84
    David Koch says:

    Sexy photo of a young Mika

    http://tinyurl.com/92awq55

  85. 85
    Misterpuff says:

    Joe picks Harold Ford as VP

    Scarborough/Ford: A Campaign and an auto dealership

    No sex please, we’re country club Republicans (psst abortions out back behind the caddyshack)

    We’re all about the cash….

  86. 86
    Jim, Foolish Literalist and Fact Checker says:

    @mai naem:

    I’m not sure why he thinks he has the qualifications. If he’s going to do it with Bloomberg it should be Bloomberg as the Prez and Scarbo as the Veep. Bloomy’s got way more credentials than Scarbo.

    They’re both native born citizens over the age of 35. If resumes made good presidents, we’d be arguing over whether Buchanan, Nixon or Poppy Bush were our greatest president.

    @Culture of Truth: and there’s that, the Palin tease strategy to raise the profile and earning potential.

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    Narcissus says:

    Y’know Mika was an actual journalist once.

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    Ed in NJ says:

    @JenJen:

    And now he’s being weaselly about not intending to make this a political issue, just wanted his father to vote.

    Well, you know what, it is a political issue, and he just proved one side is wrong. If he had any sense of fairness or moral character, he would use his influence to ensure that ALL qualified voters maintained that right.

  89. 89
    JenJen says:

    @Spaghetti Lee: I don’t know about that. After Sunday night against the Broncos, that strategy might actually backfire and get you placed on a “provisional ballot only” list. ;-)

    @Ed in NJ: EXACTLY. Cramer seems wholly satisfied with the result, judging by his Twitter feed.

  90. 90
    Chris says:

    @KG:

    I think Goldwater’s more of an exception than George W. Bush, actually – Bush belonged to one of the wealthiest political families in the nation and was the son of a former president whose ideology was in line with the party leadership’s.

    Otherwise I think I agree with all your examples.

  91. 91
    Kathy in St. Louis says:

    @KG: Barry Goldwater, not so much, and I was around to remember that campaign. He was too far to the right for the GOP at that time and was a long shot. His campaign slogan was, “In your heart, you know he’s right”. Some people added, “But in your guts, you know he’s nuts.”

  92. 92
    KG says:

    @Chris: possibly, I just don’t see who it could be

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    trollhattan says:

    @Culture of Truth:
    That smell was probably his magically soiled underoos.

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    Dork says:

    @Southern Beale: That link is from February….is there something more recent?

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    ExurbanMom says:

    Isn’t this the woman who wrote a book with the title “Knowing Your Value: Women, Money and Getting What You’re Worth”?

    So her value is as a sex kitten/vamp? WTF? Cmon Mika, seriously?

  96. 96
    mechwarrior oline says:

    @KG:

    Huntsman works for a well known liberal think tank now (urban/cosmopolitan liberal style aka can’t we all just get along on social issues and cut social security) not a chance in hell he can get the nomination now unless the Republicans change majorly. In the same vein Joe works for a liberal cable channel (which is just as much of a joke as a liberal think tank most of the time), no way in hell he can get the nomination either.

    IMHO 2016 will be a blood feud between the social conservatives and libertarians each claiming that Romney wasn’t conservative enough and thus couldn’t bring out the base… and they are correct there.

    I think the Obama administration can manipulate who the right picks in 2016. The mess of Iraq and the killing of Bin Laden has rendered the republican foreign policy types toothless, they have little control now. I’m tempted to say if we don’t tangle it up with Iran, start winding down the drug war, and legalize gay marriage the right will nominate a world class bible thumper. The economy will have turned around and social issues will be all they have.

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    arguingwithsignposts says:

    If Joe Scarborough thinks he’s going to be able to secure a GOP nomination for POTUS, he’s a bigger idiot than I thought he was, and that’s a pretty high bar to move.

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    General Stuck says:

    The GOP and its current participants are teetering on the edge of comic psychosis. Their entire plan consists of, and only of, repeatedly firing Bugs Bunny out of a cannon. Poor Wabbit.

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    KG says:

    @Chris: I tend to consider W an exception because pretty much everyone else ran and lost or was a VP first. W was a one and a half term governor from a state that doesn’t have a strong executive with a name everyone knew. I think McCain was closer to being the next in line in 2000, but 2000 was kind of an outlier for the GOP nomination process.

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    joes527 says:

    @KG: I dunno. I don’t think that what has come before is a good guide for the next few years of the Republican party.

    We are off the edge of the map.

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    Lurking Canadian says:

    @Chris: The voices of millions of wingnuts cry out, “Sarah! Save us!”

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    Jacel says:

    Joe wouldn’t pass the presidential “3 AM Phone Call Test”. At that hour he’d probably be in a cell phone dead zone while commuting to his day job.

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    KG says:

    @joes527: true, of course, we’re all just pissing in the wind until we know who is actually running for 2016.

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    danimal says:

    @KG: Almost certainly Huck. Way too early, yadda, yadda, yadda.

    Santorum will be too moderate and yesterday’s news. Huntsman will be a speaker at the DNC by 2016.

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    Ron Thompson says:

    Must say I disagree with many of the comments. Not everybody who runs for President expects to win. For Scarborough it’s “how can I, like Pat Robertson, Newt, and Santorum, push things toward the right?”

    I think Bush should address the surname issue head-on. Everybody’s got a dim-witted brother, uncle, or brother-in-law. He should say how unfair it is that people should reject him because his brother is an idiot.

    But if Jeb doesn’t run, I’m not sure there are a lot of people available who would clearly be a stronger candidate than Scarborough. He can hold his own in a Republican debate. He’s already got national name recognition. And if it’s him, Christie, Scott Walker, and Santorum on stage, he’d probably be the most likable one to the casual viewer.

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    rea says:

    Jeez Mika–isn’t it a bit tasteless to strike an erotic pose on a desk with a guy who was once accused of killing an intern by hitting her head on a desk?

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    arguingwithsignposts says:

    Also, too, I imagine Morning Ho saw how Stephen Colbert’s run garnered a lot of media attention and thinks he could do the same thing. Morning Ho probably doesn’t realize Colbert is satire.

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    ChrisNYC says:

    Would be SO FUN to watch him get shredded. Can you imagine that ego in a campaign? Running for President on the GOP side has become the swiftest way to infamy and defeat and shame. Palin, Gingrich, Santorum, Perry. Up next … Ryan.

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    joes527 says:

    @Lurking Canadian: She missed her sell-by date some time before the conventions.

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    AliceBlue says:

    @trollhattan:
    (Note to self: please remember not to eat or drink whilst reading BJ comments).

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    Suffern ACE says:

    @Chris: While I know some of them will run again, I can’t see any of the folks who ran this year making a show of it. We went through a five month period earlier this year where each and every candidate seemed to poll ahead of Romney at one time or another. At least I think Bachman, Cain, Santorum and Goodhair had their moments. All of these folks have the label “Couldn’t beat Romney”, and if Romney loses big, that will change to “couldn’t beat that loser, Romney.”

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    WaterGirl says:

    @Southern Beale: Not sure I see the connection – you have linked to your own blog post from feburary with a comment that implied this was something new?

    What am I missing?

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    quannlace says:

    Well, somebody’s gotta run. But Christie and Rubio will have come of age by then.
    Someone asked whether Romney (if loses in Nov.) would try another run.. Oh, Lordy. Not likely. The RW machine is already positioning him as THE reason the conservative ticket goes down in flames. Not their policies, or positions. It will ALL be Romney’s fault. He’ll be radioactive from then on.

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    Chris says:

    @mechwarrior oline:

    The last two times a social-issues-only “Bible thumper” ran were Mike Huckabee in 2008 and Pat Robertson in 1988, and both lost to a “moderate” (in the Party’s view). My personal theory is that the religious right’s strength was always overrated, but I think if they combined the traditional SoCon issues with a strong anti-immigration platform (also an issue dear to the base but not a religious issue per se) their odds get much better.

    @danimal:

    The elites don’t like Huckabee because he’s occasionally said things implying that unrestrained capitalism isn’t always the best thing ever. The base doesn’t like him because they see him as soft on crime and soft on immigration. Don’t think he can make it.

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    batgirl says:

    @Ben Cisco:

    And Stockholm Mika by his side.

    I was at Book Expo America a few years ago when Mika was promoting a book. He was there right by her side as she signed copies like she couldn’t do this on her own. Spooky.

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    mechwarrior oline says:

    @Suffern ACE:

    Many conservatives already feel he bought the election and was forced on them by the establishment, which is true to a certain extent. He was also the worst possible person they could have run due to Romney care and his saving grace was supposed to be “but moderates will vote for him”. Santorum even pointed out how stupid that was.

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    MikeJ says:

    @quannlace:

    Well, somebody’s gotta run. But Christie and Rubio will have come of age by then.

    If Christie were smart he’d get Huckabee in to put him on a diet and teach him how to talk to the bible thumpers. He’s already got the rep as the no nonsense action guy (at least among people who would vote in a republican primary), so softening him up and trimming him down could win it.

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    SmallAxe says:

    This is great news for John McCain!

    Only non-dead lobbyist lovers (maybe) in his closet.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist and Fact Checker says:

    @MikeJ: Oh, the heartwarming stories and self-deprecating jokes such a plan would create for him; and his determination and discipline and journey of self-discovery would give Politico their hooks, and Mike Allen would just have to fill in the blanks

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    RareSanity says:

    @Ron Thompson:

    Jeb could never make a legitimate run for the White House. Because every-freaking-time the media would refer to him, it would include, “brother of former President George W. Bush”. I don’t think Dubya will ever reach the point where people find a way to look back on him fondly. He just screwed up too many things, too badly, to be forgiven.

    I can only imagine the anger old Jeb feels toward Dubya. You know that he’s dreamed about being President for as long as he can remember, and that fricken idiot brother of his, has made it all but impossible.

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    Suffern ACE says:

    @MikeJ: He needs to win reelection in Jersey first. He’s more media darling still. The base likes him because he won in 2009 and was lifted up as a sign that the party was reemerging. His speech at the convention “We have tough choices and I’m gonna make ’em.” is what he ran on in Jersey. I don’t know how that’s going to play nationally. I’m biased, but my impression of the pre-Obama Republican party was “We’ll pretend that there aren’t any tough choices. Wanna War? You got one. Wanna low taxes too, ya got that. Wanna drug benefit? You got it. Have to make a decision about your wife whose been on life support? We’ll make that for you!” There whole brand is bound up with certainty and easy choices.

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    maya says:

    @Ron Thompson:

    I think Bush should address the surname issue head-on.

    Yeah. Legally change his name to Jeb Stewart. Go completely Confederate. That should do it.

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    Linda Featheringill says:

    @Belafon (formerly anonevent):

    A black man was able to become president after writing two books. Joe figures that any white man can do it with one book.

    I think the response to Obama’s books figured into the decision making process on whether to run. He sold a lot of books and made a lot of money on them.

    Maybe publishing a book is a good way to run a trial balloon, so to speak. If the book falters, you can save yourself the trouble and expense of a campaign.

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    Linda Featheringill says:

    Cute title. :-)

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    Chris says:

    @Suffern ACE:

    Like I said yesterday – I think the main advantage of Christie is that he can appeal to the base (via his image as an abrasive bully who pushes liberal constituencies into lockers and then brags and laughs about it on TV) and to the elites (being an East Coaster who’s appointed a couple Muslims before and the MSM can therefore sell him as a “moderate”) both, which is rare in these days and pretty important too. Maybe I’m overestimating him.

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    The Moar You Know says:

    Nailed on the first post, but yeah, dead intern.

    The dead intern in your office isn’t going away, Joe.

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    David Koch says:

    Morning Joke = Drew Peterson

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    SIA says:

    I always thought Rosalind Russell was wrong for that part.

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    maya says:

    On the other hand, Joe has his well-known popularity in the role of Chandler on Friends going for him.

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    Shawn in ShowMe says:

    @Narcissus:

    So was Geraldo Rivera. The Invisible Hand of the Free Market works in mysterious ways.

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    The Moar You Know says:

    Lori Klausutis – that was the staffer’s name and I guess the medical examiner said she had a cardiac issue.

    @mai naem: The medical examiner did say that, it is true.

    Without conducting an autopsy.

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    Emma says:

    One lousy commute and I miss this until there’s over a hundred comments.

    Boys and girls, curmudgeons all, the FSM doesn’t love us that much.

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    Seanly says:

    @Culture of Truth:

    Fame & riches, you say?

    I would like to hereby announce that I am running for the President of the United States.

    My first thought was that his dead staffer will be an albatross – no matter the truth of the event.

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    David Koch says:

    @Emma: that’s okay, Emma. We still read your comment. :)

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    hep kitty says:

    @Ben Cisco:

    And Stockholm Mika by his side.

    I am soo late to this but that describes Mika to perfection.

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    David Koch says:

    Lori Klausutis – that was the staffer’s name and I guess the medical examiner said she had a cardiac issue.

    She was a 28 year old marathon runner

    hardly a candidate for a coronary.

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    Studly Pantload, the emotionally unavailable unicorn says:

    If Joe can’t talk to Rachel Maddow without stomping away like a baby, how’s he gonna handle our #1 geopolitical enemy, Zombie Leonid Brezhnev?

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    The Lodger says:

    @trollhattan: I’ve always wondered why no one talks about casting Tim Russ as Barack Obama. Russ was Tuvok, also known as the preternaturally calm black guy with the strange ears. Probably no stranger than James Gandolfini as Christie.

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    Wherein DougJ toots his own horn.. :)

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Suffern ACE:

    Me, too. That bastard DougJ almost gave me a coronary.

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    I need to read Joe’s memoir to find out exactly why he feels he would be qualified to be Prez. Sounds delusional.

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    cmorenc says:

    You have a better chance of winning the Powerball lottery than Joe Scarborough has of winning the Presidency.

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    Kerry Reid says:

    @rlrr: Having just seen Springsteen at Wrigley on Friday, I am now crooning “Dead Intern in the Office!” to the tune of “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out.

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    David Koch says:

    @Studly Pantload, the emotionally unavailable unicorn:

    If Joe can’t talk to Rachel Maddow without stomping away like a baby, how’s he gonna handle our #1 geopolitical enemy, Zombie Leonid Brezhnev?

    That was great.

    Not only did he stomp away, he threw his microphone on the ground.

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    @The Lodger: Your logic is flawless, might I have access to your holo-novel?

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    mainmati says:

    @Warren Terra: Not to mention the ubiquitous “Joe” the Plumber.

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    mainmati says:

    @The Lodger: I totally agree. Tim Russ is a dead ringer for Obama.

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    Morning Joe-ke says:

    When hell freezes over Joe. For reals. What a self important loser.

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