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Scarborough on Talk Radio ‘Bullies’: Republicans Should ‘Punch Them in the Face’ (Guest Voice)

Scarborough on talk radio ‘bullies’: Republicans should ‘punch them in the face’ (via Raw Story )

MSNBC host Joe Scarborough is calling on Republicans to push back against talk radio “bullies” like Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh by punching them “in the face.” The conservative host on Monday noted that some on the “far right” had realized that “our stupidity was not rewarded on election…

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  • dduck

    I always liked Joe.

  • There are times when I part ways with Scarborough, ideologically, but he’s a fair-minded conservative in the media at a time when kooks and divisive individuals are propped up by the conservative-media establishment. He gets lambasted sometimes by the media-right for being “too nice” to liberals and somehow this translates to him being a closeted liberal because he’s not out there like Coulter claiming liberals are heathens hell-bent on the destruction of the US in favor of handing over our sovereignty to the UN, *blah blah blah*… Despite the fact that I don’t always agree with him (and to be frank, I tend to agree with him more-often-than-not), I’ve got a great deal of respect for Joe.

  • In my experience, folks who defend their principles by demonizing others really don’t have any principles at all. Instead, they are only protecting their own power base or personal gain or are otherwise hiding something.

  • slamfu

    I could do without the face punching talk, but wouldn’t mind seeing the conservative establishment, and more importantly the conservative listeners/voters in this country, relegate these crackpots into obscurity for their lets face it, bat s&*t crazy theories and fear mongering that have pretty much nothing to do with reality. I consider Rush and Beck to be symptoms of a deeper issue with the electorate rather than a cause of it.

  • zusa1

    Thanks for posting this.

  • I liked his take down of the spineless Mitt Romney!

  • Hunter-Seeker

    The loudest of the conservative voices today are mean-spirited, hateful, fear-mongers. They appeal to the baser instincts who not only believe that they are entitled to their own opinions, but also to their own facts. Buckley was incredibly charming and witty, both in his writing and in person, and appealed to the intellectual rather than the emotional. If you disagreed with Buckley and were intellectually honest, you could at least appreciate where he was coming from. When political thought is reduced to 15-second sound bites, there’s not much room for thinking. (It’s not much better, if at all, on the Liberal side either.)

  • zephyr

    Sure, Buckley could be charming and witty (particularly in a deeply intellectually challenged party like the GOP) but he had plenty of warts. He was sympathetic to Joseph McCarthy and was a believer in white supremacy until the sixties. He also had some rather disturbing views on the use of nuclear weapons. He became less overtly radical as he matured, but his appeal increases in retrospect mainly because his modern day equivalents are so shameless, craven, and dishonest.

    It’s not much better, if at all, on the Liberal side either. – HS

    You’re kidding yourself. There has been no equivalent of a Limbaugh or Beck on the “Liberal side” and few people here will be fooled by any of that (ever popular but mostly baseless) “both sides” nonsense.

  • sheknows

    The closest thing the conservatives have to a Buckley now is Bill O’Reilly. Primariy because he doesn’t foam at the mouth like Rush and Glen, but his views aren’t much different from theirs. He only states them with a little less vitriol.

  • dduck

    SK, nah, too simplistic and usually uses a 2X4 instead of a scalpel. Keep searching for an intellectual, O’Reily is a barbarian, although I still watch him as a counterbalance to the MSNBC crowd (love guests Krauthammer, Hume and Bernie Goldberg).
    (Currently, I switch back and forth between CNN and Fox.)

  • zusa1

    DD, I agree about O’Reilly, Krauthammer(my favorite) and Hume. Not a Bernie fan. I try to watch Maddow, but she’s always got a snotty tone…hard to get through the whole show.

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