Scarborough: Cain Needs To Study Foreign Policy Like Palin Should Have

MSNBC's Joe Scarborough continued his almost relentless attacks on Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain Monday this time also throwing an unnecessary barb at former Alaska governor Sarah Palin.

When the "Morning Joe" discussion turned to what the Cain campaign is doing in Iowa to prepare for the upcoming caucuses, the supposedly conservative co-host said to Time magazine's Mark Halperin, "You may want to tell him next time you see him to read Foreign Affairs and the New York Times" (video follows with transcribed highlights and commentary):

"I'm dead serious," Scarborough continued. "If Sarah Palin had read Foreign Affairs and the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal and actually studied up on foreign policy, might have helped."

In one breath, Scarborough bashed two Tea Party favorites.

Seemingly feeling the need to defend Cain from Scarborough's attacks, Halperin responded, "He is studying up on foreign policy."

But the former Republican Congressman turned MSNBC commentator was having none of it. "He needs to study fast. It's not cute."

"Ignorance is not cute," the so-called conservative continued. "I guess what I'm saying is, you know, you can spend all the money on grassroots campaigns that you want. If you still can't answer basic questions on foreign policy and keeping America safe, it does you no good."


Regular viewers know that Scarborough believes the only serious GOP candidate is Mitt Romney, and that everyone else currently in the field is a joke that Republican primary voters will not support.

As such, when you see attacks like this by him on such an accomplished individual like Cain, you wonder if he's in Wall Street parlance "talking his book."

For those unfamiliar, this means Scarborough's constantly bashing all the other candidates to prove he's right.

Makes you hope someone other than Romney wins just to prove Scarborough wrong.

Noel Sheppard
Noel Sheppard
Noel Sheppard, Associate Editor of NewsBusters, passed away in March of 2014.