The Unexpectedly Chronicles: Morning Joe’s Michael Corleone in Havana Moment

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The Unexpectedly Chronicles: Morning Joe's Michael Corleone in Havana Moment

Michael Cor­leone: I saw a strange thing today. Some rebels were being arrested. One of them pulled the pin on a grenade. He took him­self and the cap­tain of the com­mand with him. Right Johnny?
Johnny Olaf: These rebels they’re lunatics
Michael Cor­leone: Maybe so but it occurred to me. The sol­diers are paid to fight; the rebels aren’t.
Hyman Roth: What does that tell you?
Michael Cor­leone: They could win.

God­fa­ther 2 1974

Dun­can: I’m going to win you know and I never for­give peo­ple who let me down.
Jim Hacker: I can’t make my sup­port too pub­lic.
Dun­can: It doesn’t have to be pub­lic so long as every­one knows.

Yes Min­is­ter 1984

One of the hard­est things in this elec­tion cycle is fig­ur­ing out what is actu­ally hap­pen­ing as the pols and the report­ing are con­stantly in flux. You don’t know what to believe.

How­ever there are tiny clues out there, to fig­ure out what it what, this is one of them.

Last week, Scar­bor­ough and his “Morn­ing Joe” co-​host, Mika Brzezin­ski, vis­ited the Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee at Trump Tower to rekin­dle a once-​rosy rela­tion­ship that has turned bit­ter and adver­sar­ial, sources with knowl­edge of the meet­ing told CNNMoney.

The three also dis­cussed the pos­si­bil­ity of con­duct­ing an inter­view for “Morn­ing Joe,” though noth­ing was decided or final­ized, one of the sources said. Scar­bor­ough did not respond to a request for comment.

Now one might argue this is just good busi­ness, Trump is still a rat­ings draw and it would behoove Morn­ing Joe to be able to get him on again before the elec­tion. Also as they were friends in the past there is the nat­ural and pos­i­tive desire to mend fences.

But given the sheer level of pub­lic vit­riol over the last sev­eral months might there be another cal­cu­la­tion here.

When it was con­sid­ered highly unlikely that Don­ald Trump would win the pres­i­dency there was very lit­tle down­side to the feud for the Morn­ing Joe team. After all you can never go wrong on MSNBC by dis­lik­ing or hit­ting a GOP nom­i­nee for pres­i­dent and the louder you do so the bet­ter the MSNBC audi­ence will like it and once the elec­tion was over the idea is Trump would make the first move once he needed pub­lic­ity for some­thing, after all busi­ness is business.

How­ever as the like­li­hood of a Don­ald Trump pres­i­dency increases sud­denly the dan­ger of being an open enemy of the pres­i­dent of the United States, a pres­i­dent who has a rep­u­ta­tion for hit­ting back, might not be a good idea for a Morn­ing news pro­gram who may want access to the admin­is­tra­tion, par­tic­u­larly since the Obama admin­is­tra­tion has set the prece­dent of using the power of the gov­ern­ment to retal­i­ate against polit­i­cal enemies.

That being the case it not only become nec­es­sary to mend fences, but imper­a­tive to be seen to do so BEFORE the election.

There are plenty of signs that the Hillary Clin­ton cam­paign is in real trou­ble, but for my money there is no clearer sign than this one.

Michael Corleone: I saw a strange thing today. Some rebels were being arrested. One of them pulled the pin on a grenade. He took himself and the captain of the command with him. Right Johnny?
Johnny Olaf: These rebels they’re lunatics
Michael Corleone: Maybe so but it occurred to me. The soldiers are paid to fight; the rebels aren’t.
Hyman Roth: What does that tell you?
Michael Corleone: They could win.

Godfather 2 1974

Duncan:  I’m going to win you know and I never forgive people who let me down.
Jim Hacker: I can’t make my support too public.
Duncan:  It doesn’t have to be public so long as everyone knows.

Yes Minister 1984

One of the hardest things in this election cycle is figuring out what is actually happening as the pols and the reporting are constantly in flux.  You don’t know what to believe.

However there are tiny clues out there, to figure out what it what, this is one of them.

Last week, Scarborough and his “Morning Joe” co-host, Mika Brzezinski, visited the Republican presidential nominee at Trump Tower to rekindle a once-rosy relationship that has turned bitter and adversarial, sources with knowledge of the meeting told CNNMoney.

The three also discussed the possibility of conducting an interview for “Morning Joe,” though nothing was decided or finalized, one of the sources said. Scarborough did not respond to a request for comment.

Now one might argue this is just good business, Trump is still a ratings draw and it would behoove Morning Joe to be able to get him on again before the election.  Also as they were friends in the past there is the natural and positive desire to mend fences.

But given the sheer level of public vitriol over the last several months might there be another calculation here.

When it was considered highly unlikely that Donald Trump would win the presidency there was very little downside to the feud for the Morning Joe team.  After all you can never go wrong on MSNBC by disliking or hitting a GOP nominee for president and the louder you do so the better the MSNBC audience will like it and once the election was over the idea is Trump would make the first move once he needed publicity for something, after all business is business.

However as the likelihood of a Donald Trump presidency increases suddenly the danger of being an open enemy of the president of the United States, a president who has a reputation for hitting back, might not be a good idea for a Morning news program who may want access to the administration, particularly since the Obama administration has set the precedent of using the power of the government to retaliate against political enemies.

That being the case it not only become necessary to mend fences, but imperative to be seen to do so BEFORE the election.

There are plenty of signs that the Hillary Clinton campaign is in real trouble, but for my money there is no clearer sign than this one.