Well it appears Joe Scarborough is on a roll. First he called on "terminally stupid ideologues" to "stop using the Tea Party as a pinata," and now he told his Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski that "a president that cannot control 45 backbenchers in the opposing Party in the House of Representatives is too weak to be President of the United States. It is that simple."
Scarborough, who believes President Obama "has a power with that bully pulpit that nobody else has and he will not use it," thinks the President has caved in instances where other "strong leaders," namely Ronald Reagan, would not have.
NewsBusters provides the following portion of the exchange between the two Morning Joe hosts:
SCARBOROUGH: A president that cannot control 45 backbenchers in the opposing Party in the House of Representatives is too weak to be President of the United States. It is that simple. Lyndon Johnson would have eaten these people up for breakfast and spit them out before lunch.
BRZEZINSKI: Okay. These people though are the very people that I think don’t care…
SCARBOROUGH: Ronald Reagan wouldn’t put up, I mean, a strong leader doesn’t put up with it.
SCARBOROUGH: It doesn’t matter whether they care or not. You make them irrelevant to the process if you’re strong enough to do that.
Watch Scarborough deliver his latest inconvenient truth about President Obama below:
NewsBusters' Noel Sheppard reportedly believes that Scarborough was spot-on in his assessment of Obama's demonstrated lack of leadership, stating he agreed with Scarborough that "a Reagan, Johnson, or even a Clinton would have pushed back much more effectively." Sheppard adds:
Consider that the real legislative impact of the Republican revolution in the '90s didn't happen until after their second successful election in 1996. Clinton stonewalled their budget and tax cuts until 1997 thereby furthering his own reelection.
By contrast, Obama began caving to Tea Party demands in December weeks before any of them was sworn in. Now, eight months later, he has become almost irrelevant, a situation that as NewsBusters pointed out earlier has been enabled by his equally hapless fans in the media.
So despite the many radical policy changes implemented by his administration thus far, do you consider Obama to be weak?