Does Joe Scarborough know any Democrats?

DOES JOE SCARBOROUGH KNOW ANY DEMOCRATS?…. MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough offered some praise for President Obama this morning, in light of the announcement regarding Osama bin Laden, but in the process, made an odd observation about the Democratic base.

“Here, you know, I think Republicans should stand up and certainly salute Barack Obama for making some — again, for making some very tough choices that his own base did not want him to make. That takes courage, that takes leadership, and we saw the results of that courage and leadership saying no to his own base yesterday. […]

“[These are] decisions that he probably did not believe as a candidate he didn’t think he’d have to make…. Going against his own ideological leanings to do what he believes he has to do.”

I just don’t understand what reality Scarborough is living in.

On the first point, has the Democratic base been clamoring for the president to call off the hunt for Osama bin Laden? I like to think I’m pretty well plugged in to what Dem activists are up to, and this would be a new one for me.

On the second, President Obama, as a candidate, talked repeatedly about targeting bin Laden and other terrorists. His “ideological leanings” weren’t a secret, and included his desire and intention to combat terrorism aggressively.

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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.