As the Blaze reported yesterday, GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain seems to be Joe Scarborough’s newest electoral target.
In speaking about the former Godfather’s Pizza CEO on Monday, Scarborough said, “Herman Cain and this 999 thing is just an absolute joke.” Now, he has an equally negative opinion about the entirety of the Republican Party.
On MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” this morning, Scarborough lamented the GOP’s direction and seemed particularly bothered by Cain’s recent remarks about erecting an electric fence at the border. He told co-host Mika Brzezinski, a Democrat, that she shouldn’t be concerned about Cain (she was commenting on Cain’s controversial border-fence comments). Scarborough said:
“It’s not even your party. By the way, he hasn’t backed down from that. This is ‘exhibit 800′ over the past year of why my Republican Party has lost their way in such a serious, serious way. We laugh about it, but it is actually tragic.”
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While Scarborough seems to think that Cain and his stances showcase the GOP’s off-kilter direction, at least for the time being, the presidential contender is capturing attention and support among the electorate. In a Rasmussen Poll released yesterday, some starting results were shared.
Among likely voters, 43 percent of voters would opt for Cain, with 41 percent claiming they would vote for President Barack Obama. Rasmussen has more about the intriguing lead Cain has secured in the polls:
Whether Herman Cain’s surge in the polls is temporary or has staying power, he’s enjoying a big enough bounce to take a very slight lead over President Obama in a hypothetical 2012 matchup. At the moment, the Georgia businessman is the only Republican with a lead of any kind over Obama, although former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has held a similar advantage several times and is currently trailing the president by just two points.
As time goes on, it seems Scarborough is separating himself more and more from the GOP. Whether this is the result of an evolution in terms of his own personal views or a change in the Republican platform is yet to be determined.
(H/T: The Daily Caller)