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Who has to drop out to make Scarborough viable for the GOP nomination?
Hot Air ^ | February 10, 2014 | Allahpundit

Posted on 02/10/2014 5:10:07 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

I was planning to write about this before Ed beat me to the punch so let me ask my two questions belatedly. One: Would this be a bona fide run to try to win the nomination or a niche candidacy a la John Bolton or Peter King? King and/or Bolton won’t run because they think they can win but because they want someone to answer Rand Paul on foreign policy and don’t trust any of the big-name candidates to do it effectively. Scarborough may feel the same way about Ted Cruz’s brand of tea-party conservatism. He won’t do any better than Huntsman did with “No Labels” style Republicanism, but he can land some shots on the right at the debates and maybe serve as a lightning rod to draw conservative attacks away from a more plausible centrist nominee. He’d be in it to win it — not for himself, but for the centrist wing of the party.

Two: If he is in it to win it for himself, how does that happen, exactly? There are no fewer than five major candidates thinking of running who could plausibly serve as a centrist champion in 2016 — Christie, Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Paul Ryan, and Scott Walker. Walker is slightly different from the other four in that he still enjoys enormous credibility among conservatives for winning his fight with the public-employee unions in Wisconsin, but as a low-key governor and midwesterner who’s agreeable on immigration, he’d have no problem getting the GOP establishment to line up behind him if the alternative is Rand Paul or Ted Cruz. Scarborough is basically the sixth man off the bench here. I can imagine Christie blowing up before the primary campaign gets going (it may be happening already, in fact); I can imagine Jeb deciding the “Bush” name is too high a hurdle; I can imagine Rubio concluding it’s smarter to protect his Senate seat right now than to roll the dice on the presidency; I can imagine Ryan passing because he’d rather set America’s fiscal agenda as chairman of Ways and Means; and I can imagine Walker losing his gubernatorial reelection bid in a massive push by Wisconsin’s left. What I can’t imagine is all five of those things happening, leaving a giant hole in the center that no one more prominent than Joe Scarborough is tempted to try to fill. Even Bobby Jindal, whose brand is conservative, would probably tack left to become the centrist candidate if a vacuum that big opened up. Any one of those guys would be a natural pick over a guy who served six years in the House and is now known for being the most conservative host on the most over-the-top liberal media organ in America. And of course, if Scarborough ran anyway, it’s as likely that he’d siphon off key votes from the centrist/establishment champion as he’d help that guy bloody the nose of the right. (New Hampshire 2016: Rand Paul 40%, Jeb Bush 35%, Scarborough 10%?) Why run to win if you’re the sixth man?

Oh well. Here’s a clip via Politico that raised an eyebrow this morning after I saw the “Scarborough 2016?” item at the Caller — Citizen Joe nudging his pal Chris Christie towards the exit at the RGA, knowing full well that if Christie quits that group, it means he’s all but done as a presidential candidate. Hmmmm.

(VIDEO-AT-LINK)


TOPICS: Florida; Issues; Parties
KEYWORDS: cruz; gopestablishment; liberalagenda; morningschmoe; randpaul; scarborough; ultimaterino; walker
Uhmmm, everybody?
1 posted on 02/10/2014 5:10:07 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

H!


2 posted on 02/10/2014 5:12:27 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Maybe Mika could be the White House trollop


3 posted on 02/10/2014 5:13:48 PM PST by RightGeek (FUBO and the donkey you rode in on)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Absolutely.


4 posted on 02/10/2014 5:13:58 PM PST by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3121434/posts

Scarborough is even lower than Richard Petty thinks Danica Patrick is. Danica at least has a real chance. Scarborough is as big a joke as Abortion Barbie, Barack Hussein Obama, Al Franken, and . . . what if Scarborough wins?


5 posted on 02/10/2014 5:14:08 PM PST by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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To: RightGeek

not a big fan of morning Joe.


6 posted on 02/10/2014 5:14:56 PM PST by brooklyn dave
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Hillary.


7 posted on 02/10/2014 5:15:37 PM PST by jwalsh07
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Rubio, Cruz and Jindal are not eligible. They are NOT natural born Citizens as required by the Constitution in Article II.
8 posted on 02/10/2014 5:16:27 PM PST by Godebert
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Zombie Apocalypse + The Stand = Scarborough 50-50 against a wombat.


9 posted on 02/10/2014 5:17:34 PM PST by dynachrome (Vertrou in God en die Mauser)
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To: Godebert

Is Ted Cruz a natural-born citizen eligible to serve as president? [Yes! And I support him! JimRob]
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3084490/posts


10 posted on 02/10/2014 5:18:45 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Jealousy is when you count someone else's blessings instead of your own.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Everybody including the dead I would think.


11 posted on 02/10/2014 5:19:10 PM PST by A CA Guy ( God Bless America, God Bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: RightGeek

If her father wasn’t a powerful man she’d be a waitress in a Waffle House or pole dancing.


12 posted on 02/10/2014 5:20:31 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Jealousy is when you count someone else's blessings instead of your own.)
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To: Paladin2

sophie the rubber giraffe is more viable and pliable


13 posted on 02/10/2014 5:20:44 PM PST by ptsal (Repubicans swallowing more kool-aide from Rove & Kristol)
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To: dynachrome

Wombat 2016.


14 posted on 02/10/2014 5:20:55 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Jealousy is when you count someone else's blessings instead of your own.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Everybody wouldn’t be enough.


15 posted on 02/10/2014 5:21:56 PM PST by Ray76 (How modern liberals think: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaE98w1KZ-c)
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To: Godebert

What about Haley?


16 posted on 02/10/2014 5:22:22 PM PST by TwelveOfTwenty (See my home page for some of my answers to the left's talking points.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It's been done.

17 posted on 02/10/2014 5:26:50 PM PST by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

You beat me to it.


18 posted on 02/10/2014 5:28:55 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai; 2ndDivisionVet

. . . in terms of saying “everybody” that is.


19 posted on 02/10/2014 5:31:09 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: mrsmith

This one's my favorite.

20 posted on 02/10/2014 5:33:18 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Jealousy is when you count someone else's blessings instead of your own.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I think Joe Scarborough has about the same chances of getting the R nomination as Joe Biden does on the D side.


21 posted on 02/10/2014 5:35:13 PM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Why did I waste my time reading this idiotic nonsense.....?


22 posted on 02/10/2014 5:41:36 PM PST by Popman ("Resistance to Tyrants is Obedience to God" - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

AM Blowhard is a fraud and has a DEAD intern problem.


23 posted on 02/10/2014 5:49:18 PM PST by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: TwelveOfTwenty
"What about Haley?"

If you are referring to Nikki Haley, then no, she is not eligible. She is NOT a natural born Citizen. She was born in the U.S. to foreign national parents (they naturalized after her birth).

24 posted on 02/10/2014 5:56:48 PM PST by Godebert
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

A Republican President no First Lady, four children and two ex-wives.

It could happen.


25 posted on 02/10/2014 6:18:49 PM PST by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I think this story is a red herring.

Bill Nelson may jump into the FL Gov race (50/50 IMHO) and if he does I think Joe will run for the seat Nelson vacates.

26 posted on 02/10/2014 6:25:33 PM PST by paddles ("The more corrupt the state, the more it legislates." Tacitus)
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To: CaptainK
A Republican President no First Lady, four children and two ex-wives.

Don't forget to mention the dead intern.

27 posted on 02/10/2014 6:49:53 PM PST by FreeReign
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Eh, about that!


28 posted on 02/10/2014 7:54:03 PM PST by Mike Darancette (Do The Math)
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To: CaptainK; FreeReign

What’s Gary Condit up to these days? Maybe he could serve as Joe’s First Lady.


29 posted on 02/10/2014 8:32:31 PM PST by Plummz (pro-constitution, anti-corruption)
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To: Plummz; CaptainK; FreeReign
Just look at this as an opportunity for the press to finally explain why all those young pubies in safe seats suddenly vacated D.C. when the spotlight turned on Condit.
30 posted on 02/10/2014 9:24:47 PM PST by kitchen (Even the walls have ears.)
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To: Godebert

I believe Jindal was born in louisiana


31 posted on 02/10/2014 9:36:21 PM PST by Fernet Branca (i had a tagline but....)
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To: Fernet Branca

Jindal’s parents were citizens of India when he was born. They did not naturalize as US citizens until some years later; I don’t remember how many years though. Nix on Jindal.


32 posted on 02/10/2014 9:45:22 PM PST by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Scarborough who? Running for what?


33 posted on 02/10/2014 9:59:29 PM PST by RichInOC (Palin 2016: The Perfect Storm.)
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bkmk


34 posted on 02/10/2014 10:53:39 PM PST by AllAmericanGirl44
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To: Fernet Branca
"I believe Jindal was born in louisiana"

Both his parents were foreign nationals at the time of his birth.

35 posted on 02/11/2014 2:16:56 AM PST by Godebert
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Joe sold his soul to MSDNC a long time ago. He should run as one of those southern democrats.


36 posted on 02/11/2014 2:26:02 AM PST by McGruff (Every night has it's dawn.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Who has to drop out to make Scarborough viable for the GOP nomination?

You're at the level of "after a full nuclear exchange with Russia" here...

37 posted on 02/11/2014 2:43:55 AM PST by Jim Noble (When strong, avoid them. Attack their weaknesses. Emerge to their surprise. E)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He’s in a suit again today, second day in a row...


38 posted on 02/11/2014 3:24:23 AM PST by GizzyGirl
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To: McGruff

Are we talking “Morning Joe” Scarborough who sips lattes and ruminates over foreign policy with effete upper east siders or “Scarborough Country” Scarborough who lambastes effete upper east siders for being completely out of touch with the average American?


39 posted on 02/15/2014 3:58:28 PM PST by StevieRay20
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