This morning I woke up at 5ish or so and couldn’t fall back to sleep, and because I hate my brain, I decided to watch a little Morning Joe. The gang is down in Florida in preparation for the GOP primary tomorrow, and Joe went off on a mini-rant about Barack Obama.
I could explain Reagan in six seconds. I could explain Clinton in about 8 seconds. I can’t explain Barack Obama. What does he stand for?
(I’m paraphrasing, but that’s generally it.)
He then turned to Eugene Robinson, who I normally like, and demanded that he explain Obama in six seconds or less. Robinson started to explain something about Obama believing “that the old left-right spectrum of American politics” was outdated and that he wanted to move beyond it. Because Robinson was put on the spot, he didn’t have a snappy six-second or even eight-second answer and so Scarborough cut him off and claimed that it proved his “point.”
(Also, and this is just my inner nerd speaking, Robinson described the old left-right spectrum as being on the “x-y plane”, and Obama was trying to use the “z-axis”, which is one dimension too many. The left-right spectrum is the x-axis, and, according to Robinson, Obama is trying add the y-axis. /nerdery)
So, my first reaction to Joe Scarborough would be: having a president who requires more than six seconds to explain adequately is a feature, not a bug, you ignorant troglodyte.
But that’s not civil.
So, having thought about it, I’ll give this as an answer: “Pragmatic Progressive.” How’s that? If you say it quickly it’s ONE second, two at the very most. Is he a good president now? Can we re-elect him?