Morning Shmo

In the final run-up to the election, Joe Scarborough of “Morning Joe” said this about Nate Silver and his FiveThirtyEight blog showing an extremely high probability of an Obama victory:

Anybody that thinks that this race is anything but a tossup right now is such an ideologue, they should be kept away from typewriters, computers, laptops and microphones for the next 10 days, because they’re jokes.

Here’s Scarborough post-election, after Silver the “ideologue,” Silver the “joke” predicted not just the overall result correctly, but the  outcome in every single state:

I won’t apologize to Mr. Silver for predicting an outcome that I had also been predicting for a year.

The Emperor Has No Clothes

MSNBC’s resident conservative, former Florida Republican congressman and host of Morning Joe, Joe Scarborough said out loud what everyone is thinking (except Ann and Mittens and their five boys), that the GOP’s emperor has no clothes:

“Let’s just be honest. Can we just say this for everybody at home? The Republican establishment — I’ve yet to meet a single person in the Republican establishment who thinks Mitt Romney will win the general election this year…. I’ve yet to meet anybody in the Republican establishment that worked for George W. Bush, that works in the Republican Congress, that worked for Ronald Reagan that thinks Mitt Romney is going to win the general election.”

When Mitt infuriates me (pathetically projecting his own most obvious defects onto Obama by calling him a flip flopper, calling him out of touch, saying he’ll end Medicare, etc.), I just imagine watching Mitt’s concession speech in November.

Maybe there’s a novel to be written — Chronicle of a Defeat Foretold.


The Pressure’s on Mitt

Mitt Romney is finally going on a Sunday talk show for the first time this election cycle.  He’ll do Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday on December 18.  You’d expect that to be the friendliest of the shows, but Joe Scarborough claims that Wallace can’t stand Mitt, and Fox in general seems to be leaning towards Newtie.

If true, it’s interesting about Wallace, given that he and Mitt are both where they are today because of their fathers.  You’d think there would be sympathy among those who share the bond of nepotism.

Mitt put this pressure on himself.  If he’d been doing these shows all along, like John McCain, this appearance wouldn’t have so much riding on it.  It probably wouldn’t attract as big an audience.  But having shied away from the spotlight for so long, Mitt now finds himself under a much bigger one.  He’d better be more chipper and gracious with Wallace than he was with Bret Baier.