Scarborough Tells It Like It Is (Again)

SCARBOROUGH TELLS IT LIKE IT IS (AGAIN)…. Last week, former Republican congressman and MSNBC host Joe Scarborough impressed me with a strong, sensible take on the new immigration law in Arizona. The “Morning Joe” host made a compelling case that the state law is “unacceptable and it is un-American.”

With that in mind, it was another refreshing surprise this morning, when Scarborough rejected the comparisons Republicans and a few too many political reporters are making between Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil spill disaster.

“This Katrina analogy is absolutely obscene,” he said. “Anybody who draws that analogy is an idiot, and they’re obviously lurching for political points against an administration that’s given them many political points to take.”

That last point is of particular interest. Scarborough isn’t saying that conservatives should go easy on President Obama or the administration; he ‘s arguing that conservative should take on the White House on issues with a foundation in reality. That seems reasonable.

On the same program, by the way, a “Morning Joe” co-host described the Katrina comparison as “dangerous,” prompting Scarborough to add that the accusations, from Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) and others, against the administration are “overblown.”

I’m fairly confident I haven’t agreed this strongly with Joe Scarborough, twice in one week, probably ever. Believe me, no one’s more surprised than I am.

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Steve Benen

Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.