I’d have gotten away with it too if it wasn’t for those meddling kids
Scooby Doo Where are you (1969-1972)
Right, well I’ll go and have a lie down then. No I won’t; I’ll go and hit some guests.
Basil Faulty Faulty Towers (1975)
A Congressman’s first duty is to get re-elected
Just 24 hours after MSNBC viewers where shocked to learn that John McCain’s gaffe’s concerning the economy and NOT the selection of Sarah Palin had everything to do with his defeat in 2008 Joe Scarborough and company slipped back into standard MSNBC mode.
Citing Jeb Bush’s remarks he talks about how closed the Republican Party has become, Mike Barnicle brought up the 10-1 ratio business and Joe took a swipe at bloggers and tweeters in the process with the panel all backing him up as they sit in that most honest city in the nation Chicago.
Let’s forget for one moment that the Bush wing of the GOP didn’t care for the Reagan wing until Until George Bush Sr. became Vice President and the deals he made as president that led to 8 years of Bill Clinton (as well argued by Bryan Preston.) Let’s forget that Morning Joe had nothing but scorn for Pat Toomey right up until he actually won and lets forget, like all MSNBC shows their favorite Republicans are always those who bash other republicans: (Hi Gov Huntsman how ya doing?) only seem to love republicans who bash the GOP. Let’s even forget if the GOP took their advice the house would still be controlled by Democrats who still wouldn’t have passed a budget.
Let’s instead look at their critique of congress being unwilling to “compromise” with democrats.
The first point is of course that these deals invariably result in real spending increases but phony “cuts” I’ve been hearing about budget cuts for 20+ years yet federal spending has gone up every year. For some reason this fact doesn’t seem to play with this crowd, but that the minor point.
The 2nd point is the real question: These GOP candidates who didn’t choose not to give in to the Democrats are doing what the voters who elected them want.
These are the voters who stayed home in 2006 when they had enough of GOP spending. These are the voters who stayed home when the “Maverick Moderate” John McCain won the nomination, and they are the same voters who made the difference in 2010 for Scott Brown in January and who drove the big red wave nationwide on the federal and state level. These are also the voters who elected Scott Walker and who after he refused to compromise with the Democrats in deep blue Wisconsin convincingly re-elected him.
Maybe Joe never did his show in his pajamas, but he also has never done the show from a Major National Tea Party event, if he had back in September of 2010 he would have heard this:
“Why are you active now?” The answers were more direct, the actions of this congress and president, Obamacare, cap & tax, the bank bill, the bailouts, small business owners in particular were adamant about what this was doing. They talked of the pain of laying people off to survive.
“Who here trusts the GOP?” Not a single hand went up, but people over and over promised me that if the GOP spent like the democrats they would be back to throw them out too. No wonder the GOP is scared of the tea party.
These are the votes who successfully voted for tea party republicans in Utah, Indiana and elsewhere. These are the voters who melted Olympia Snowe and have kept the rest of the National GOP honest, a GOP they have explicitly said they do not trust. When he insists the future of the GOP is with him he sound like Basil Faulty, his hotel would be a wonderful place if it wasn’t for those foolish guests.
Joe Scarborough argument isn’t with the GOP it’s with the voters who elected them. He advises the GOP in congress to ignore these votes. An older hand had other advice:
He would never ask a man to do anything against his own interests. “A Congressman’s first duty is to get re-elected” he would say and he would advice young Congressmen: “Always vote your district.”
Robert A. Caro: The Years of Lyndon Johnson The Path to Power 1982 pp 329
That man was Sam Rayburn, one of the greatest members of congress who ever lived. I like Joe Scarbrough and if he thinks Rayburn was wrong that’s his privilege and he’s welcome to make his case to any person who will listen.
As for the members of congress, the choice is theirs, Sam Rayburn’s way or Joe Scarborough & Co’s way. If they want to take Joe’s advice over Mr. Sam’s well, the more fool them.