Joe Scarborough: Newt is Moderate and Pragmatic and That’s Why You Shouldn’t Like Him

I really did not want to click on this Joe Scarborough link at POLITICO because I can’t stand Joe Scarborough and his his Broder training wheels.

I thought it would be Scarborough being a “moderate.” I figured he would call out Gingrich for his hardcore hypocrisy and his wrong-headed views on the proper role of government, while offering a healthy dose of two-sided horseshit that we get from Bobo.

Boy, was I wrong.

Instead, Scarborough laments everything Newt Gingrich did after badly bungling the government shutdown and somehow he makes Newt seem like a moderate, pragmatic politician who did what he had to do to get shit done.

I suppose this opinion piece is supposed to make Gingrich less palatable to the neo-Confederates, but again, all he does is make Gingrich sound sane:

In April 1997, Gingrich told The New York Times he was ready to be a kinder and gentler Republican by negotiating away the very tax cuts that he had once called “the crown jewels of the contract.” Soon, conservatives were being pressured to vote for big spending appropriations bills. In his final speech from the floor of Congress, Newt Gingrich lashed out wildly at the same freshmen who had made him speaker — mocking us as cannibals who made up “the perfectionist caucus.”

Here’s where Scarborough’s idiocy floors me: if you ever stumble upon “Morning Joe” and have the misfortune of seeing him and Mark Halperin jerk each other off over Obama needing to move to the middle, you’ll understand why this paragraph is a giant load of pure, 100 percent fresh-squeezed Florida bullshit. Gingrich saw that he had to make amends with the public that was starting to hate him. He correctly compromised on key issues. In other words, he moved to the middle. For chrissakes, Newt Gingrich played it smart. This is what every goddamn pundit goes on television begging for.

So you’ll have to excuse me if I’m not exactly turned off by Gingrich going “moderate.” The hypocritical Scarborough thinks that only Democrats should compromise. When Republicans do it, they are selling out their principles. As long as Americans are fed this bullshit that conservative principles are stronger than progressive ones, we are screwed.

Oh, just for kicks, Scarborough throws in a little anecdote about Steve Largent, the NFL Hall of Fame wide receiver who crossed picket lines during the NFL strike:

Steve spoke softly about how he signed a contract with the Seattle Seahawks and remembered shaking the hand of the team’s owner after the deal was done. A few years later, the NFL Players Association went on strike. But Largent told the mob, who were now transfixed, that he crossed those picket lines because he signed a contract and gave his word. Largent told the group that a few years later, the NFL players went on strike a second time and he was once again one of the few NFL players to keep reporting for work. For Steve, it was a matter of principle.

Hey, Largent didn’t care that owners were getting insanely rich off indentured servitude, or that they were less compensated than players in other pro sports, or that the Seattle Seahawks had the ability to cut Largent and not even pay him. NFL owners love dupes like Largent. Scarborough does, too, which means that I hate Largent even more. 

(I know that’s a digression, but I’m always amazed by people who are so comfortable being dominated by a rich person).

Then, Scarborough finishes off with a flourish. He gives us reason to…cheer Gingrich?

Let’s be clear: Gingrich is an important figure. Regardless of what happens in Florida and beyond, he will be remembered as the man who brought the Reagan Revolution to Congress. Yet it will also be recorded that Newt compared the Great Reagan with Neville Chamberlain, dismissed Reaganomics as flawed and called Reagan’s approach to the Soviet Union an utter failure a few years before the U.S.S.R. was relegated to the dustbin of history.

Wait, so he correctly called Reaganomics out for the bullshit it is? And he correctly called Reagan’s approach to the USSR for what it is? Good grief, I might have to vote Gingrich 2012!

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