The regularity with which Joe Scarborough refers to having won his congressional races has become a matter of mirth on Morning Joe. When Joe did so yet again this morning, he wound up contradicting himself on the issue of the electability of conservative candidates.
Scarborough was criticizing candidates who are supposedly too conservative to win, citing Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli of Virginia, whom he called "certifiable" on some issues. But—unable to resist a boast—Scarborough then contradicted himself, recalling that when he ran for Congress from Florida, "Newt Gingrich and the the Republican establishment worked against me, because they thought I was too conservative to win my district." Uh, yeah--and yet you won. View the video after the jump.
Didn't Scarborough see that his own story was a good example of how the supposed wisdom of the Republican establishment as to who's too conservative to win can be wrong? No. Joe let his ego get in the way of his argument.
JOE SCARBOROUGH: I'll just say it, Cucinelli. The guy is certifiable when it comes to mainstream thought. He attacks Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security. This is a guy that said he was thinking about not giving his children Social Security numbers because that's, quote, how they track you. This is a guy that says things that offend voters. Terry McAuliffe, it looks like he's going to walk into this thing because of Cucinelli. And I speak from knowledge because Newt Gingrich and the Republican establishment worked against me because they thought I was too conservative to win my district.