Dear Joe Scarborough,
Your piece this morning in Politico was interesting and informative but not in the way you intended. You gave Governor Scott Walker some tips for how he should respond to the silly questions he has gotten on evolution and President Obama’s faith and patriotism. Your critics on the right think your time in New York City and on MSNBC have moderated your political ideology. You just aren’t the firebrand you were in Congress. You’ve been drinking the progressive Kool Aid on set and have lost touch with your party. Underscoring my point is the fact that all of your responses made perfect sense to me — a liberal Democrat. You suggested this:
1. Do you believe in evolution? “I believe those who try to set up a false choice between God and science are wasting their time. The two aren’t mutually exclusive. I believe in both.”
2. Do you agree with Giuliani on the president’s patriotism? “Mayor Giuliani can speak for himself. I believe this president loves his country even if his policies are dangerously misguided.”
3. Do you believe the president is a Christian? “He says he is. Why don’t you take him at his word?”
All of those answers look perfectly reasonable and you are right, these are sideshow questions aimed at tripping candidates up. The problem? The base to which your party needs to appeal wants to hear that President Obama is a Muslim who hates America. Did you know that a quarter of Americans think the sun revolves around the earth? This may be a horrible thing to say but I would be willing to bet those people live in red states. Your party doesn’t seem to like science. That’s not an opinion (and that isn’t a terrible thing to say). This is why Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal called to offer his support to Mayor Giuliani.
As a Democrat, I like seeing Republicans do things that make them look petty, mean and/or stupid. I also write satire so it makes my life easier. As an American, however, I would like to see a real debate about the issues that face our country. These questions don’t get us there but then again, I am not voting in the Republican primaries.
My thoughts on Giuliani’s comments can be found here.
Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/02/scott-walker-2016-elections-115409.html#ixzz3SZdpccxZ