"I think it's fascinating," he said. "You've got all these people (read: conservative talk show hosts Limbaugh, Levin, Hannity, O'Reilly, etc.) that sat there and said nothing while Republicans darted recklessly left with their spending, and suddenly, they are the arbiters of who's conservative. And you can only be conservative by being intolerant, by waving your arms around, by screaming, by calling the president a racist or a Nazi or a communist. Come on!"
From beginning to end, that statement is demonstrably false, a rather pathetic cheap shot, more and more resembling something custom-made for MSNBC. And Scarborough wonders why conservatives grow weary of him.
Scarborough apparently liked what he said because he repeated the ad hominem attacks in the Feb. 1 edition of Newsweek, where he was commissioned to write an article trashing the Tea Party movement. The title: "Is the Tea Party Over?" A snippet: "And in those throngs I also saw the faces of talk-show fans, pushed into action by the apocalyptic warnings of personalities like Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck. Those two right-wing talkers had spent the past year telling listeners that the Democratic president was a racist who somehow managed to find the time also to be a Nazi and a communist."
And then there's Sarah Palin. He's repeatedly insulted her, then publicly whined about conservatives being upset with him. Try this nugget: "It is such a disservice to compare Sarah Palin in any aspect to Howard Dean. Yes, because that is an insult to Howard Dean's intelligence."
Last week, he publicly bashed Fox's Bill Sammon for saying the media "hate" Palin with a rambling, condescending diatribe about how "they don't hate her," only to conclude that "they hated her in the press early on without knowing her because she was a pro-life woman," thus making Sammon's point.
Last week was the topper. He analyzed Fox News Sunday's interview with Palin: "Look at the end of Chris Wallace's interview where he rolls his eyes, embarrassed. There's no doubt he is ... Chris is sending a message to all his friends: yes, I know. She is not a serious thinker."
Wallace had a message, all right. Asked if he'd rolled his eyes, he shot back: "No is the quick answer to that. Secondly, let me just say that Joe Scarborough lives out where the trolleys don't run at night. The last time I heard of somebody getting that kind of secret message, it was Son of Sam hearing from a Labrador retriever that he should go out and shoot people. And I think that Morning Joe definitely needs to switch to decaf."