It's such a pleasure waking up each weekday morning with "Morning Joe" on MSNBC. He's light, personable and very, very fair to parties on both sides of the aisle.
The other night on "Race For The White House" on MSNBC, Joe filled in for David Gregory and pulled no punches during Obama's recent backpeddle about the Iraq war. He played back the comments from answers to Charles Gibson's interview 6 months ago on ABC where he committed to returning our troops "no later than 16 months, no matter what." Fast forward to the present, and there is our candidate of change, changing his tune. Every single member of Joe's panel shook their heads about this one except for left wing Wendy whats-her-name dancer, choreographer, host, voice-over and legend in her own mind on AirAmerica (each guest writes their own intro). "That's not what he said. You're misinterpreting."
Joe: "I'm not misinterpreting anything. I'm listening to plain English."
Wendy: "Yes you are. You missed what he was saying entirely."
Joe: "Play it back."
Wendy: "Well, that's not what he really meant".
How embarassing. Honey, it's a duck.
It's a real shame when those on the far left and also on the far right allow their own feelings to misguide the facts. Let's review: SHUT UP, and LISTEN. I had the same issue for all senators questioning General David Patreaus when he was invited to update Congress about the war in Iraq. They all gave their stupid speeches in advance of asking one question or bothering to let the General do what he was invited there to do in the first place: give us his assessment of how things were really going on the ground. I'd call that bass-ackwards. Pandering for votes, members of both parties were each guilty. Obviously, Miss Wendy, an extremist on the left, was as well responding to Obama's before and after on Iraq. Get your nails done, babe.
Joe Scarborough, clearly a centrist (and former republican congressman), calm, collected, with only the facts on his side, represents the majority point of view. Why isn't HE running for president?
Now, let me say that any candidate unwilling to change their perspective on anything is pig headed and out of touch because life changes. Those unwilling to change are called MY PARENTS. So, change is good. I have absolutely no problem with Obama's willingness to change. I'm actually encouraged by it. What I hate is politicians who refuse to see the light no matter how bright because they're more worried about pleasing their own party and keeping their cushy jobs than what they should be focused on: US.
What I do have a problem with, however, is Obama's mamby-pamby answer to the reason for his change. Here's a hint from marketing 101: if you try to reach everyone, your message gets diluted.
I'm sending my reel to AirAmerica. Clearly, they need me.