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Conservative MSNBC host Joe Scarborough on Sunday warned Republicans that fringe elements were causing the party to shrink and it was “just gerrymandering” that allowed the GOP to keep control of the U.S. House of Representatives in the 2012 elections.

A Republican State Leadership Committee report released earlier this month acknowledged that a “Strategy of Targeting State Legislative Races in 2010 Led to a Republican U.S. House Majority in 2013.”

On Sunday, Scarborough pointed to this as evidence that the Republican Party needed to become more inclusive.

“William F. Buckley in the 1960s at some point had to start defining the boundaries of conservatism,” Scarborough explained to NBC’s David Gregory. “He went after the John Birch Society, Ayn Rand, George Wallace. That has to happen again with this party because it’s getting smaller and smaller.”

“In this debate, we actually have conservative thinkers, talking about Ronald Reagan being a RINO — a Republican in name only — because he supported an assault weapons ban. They keep pushing themselves closer and closer to the cliff.”

“But I just have to say one other really important point, because I made a mistake over the past month talking about how Republicans have also won a majority in the House,” he continued. “We actually got a minority of votes nationwide in House races.”

“It was just gerrymandering from 2010 that gave us the majority.”

A post-election analysis by Think Progress’ Ian Millhiser determined that House Democrats actually received almost 1.4 million more votes than House Republicans in 2012, but thanks to partisan gerrymandering, Democrats would have needed to win by 7.25 percentage points to take back control of Congress.


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Tom Ricks, author of the Generals on Morning Joe on MSNBC “It’s harder in these smaller, unpopular wars, to know what success looks like.  World War II, it was pretty clear what we were doing.  Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, these have been messy smaller unpopular wars.  That said, we did know what success looked like when David Petraeus achieved it in Iraq.  Now, I think his mission was to get us out of Iraq, and he achieved it.  So yes, success …

Mike Barnacle “Was Petraeus a great general?”

Ricks “I think Petraeus is a terrific general.”

Barnacle “What about Tommy Franks?”

Ricks “I call him, in my book, a two time loser.  Most generals only get a chance to screw up one war.  He screwed up two, Afghanistan and Iraq.  Here’s a guy who thought it was a net gain to push al-Quaeda from Afghanistan to Pakistan, who thought it was a good idea to let Osama bin Laden escape.  The CIA said put a regiment of Army Rangers on the Pak border to stop the escape, and Franks and Donald Rumsfeld said no.  We could have got bin Laden if they had followed the CIA’s repeated request in late 01.”


Richard Wolf at the end of Morning Joe saying what he learned on the show today “11 commanders in 11 years in Afghanistan and we wonder why we don’t have a strategy.”

Posted November 8, 2012 by tmusicfan in Politics, Quote of the Day

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From Meet the Press Sept 23. 2012

David Gregory “How much trouble is the Romney campaign in this morning, and what changes it?

Joe Scarborough (host of Morning Joe on MSNBC and former Representative R-FL) “Well, they’re in a lot of trouble this morning.  But, thank God for them, the election is almost 45 days off….He’s going to do well in the debates, I think Ryan will do well in the debates.  We’ve got a long way to go, so it’s not over.  That said, the trajectory of the campaign has to change.  This has been a horrific week for him.  Even the Romney people behind the scenes will tell you, the Libya press conference was a nightmare for him.  Even worse than the 47% video.  They’ve gotta right the ship.  If they do?  Long way to go.”

Posted September 24, 2012 by tmusicfan in Politics, Quote of the Day

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On Tuesday’s edition of “Morning Joe,” host Joe Scarborough vented his frustration with Missouri Rep. Todd Akin (R)’s refusal to drop out of the race for U.S. Senate and said that he’s tired of his party being the “Stupid Party.” Akin is the Republican congressman who said in an interview earlier this week that a woman’s body can stop conception in the instance of a “legitimate rape,” thus obviating a need for exemptions from abortion restrictions for the victims of rape and incest.

On Monday, Scarborough said that Akin was evidence of a Republican party that had placed ideology ahead of actual electability and fitness to govern. On Tuesday, with Akin (thus far) refusing to get out of the race, Scarborough made it clear that, to his thinking, the mortally wounded Akin campaign could be spoiling the chances for Republicans to take the majority of seats in the Senate.

“Congressman Akin, you’re in denial,” said Scarborough as if he were addressing Akin, “You’re gonna lose if you stay in the race. And, by the way, your loss could make the difference between a Supreme Court justice that could make all the difference in the issues you claim you care about and having a Barack Obama fifth appointee for majority. So you think about that today when you do your little commercial. And think about destroying the Republican majority. Good on ya.”

Posted August 21, 2012 by tmusicfan in Politics, Quote of the Day

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