One person who isn’t a fan of the tea party is Joe Scarborough. The quasi-conservative slammed the tea party for their beliefs which he feels have harmed the Republican brand, referring to them as “political amateurs” who have “battered” the right and cost the GOP major electoral victories.
“It is…about political moderation. You’ve got to be relevant to the center of American,” said Scarborough on Meet the Press. “People forget this, but Republicans used to be the party to beat. Every four years Democrats would pull their hair out because they knew we’d figure out how to reach the middle of America…We’ve lost that.”
Scarborough urged those in the Republican party to find more viable candidates for major elections. “We’ve got to figure out a way to move forward together. Or else you’re going to have Hillary Clinton for two terms,” he said. “You’re going to have Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton picking supreme Court justices for six years and shaping the way our federal government’s run. That will transform government for fifty years.”
The host of Morning Joe has mulled over the idea of his own political career as well. He confirmed in 2009 that he was approached by Florida Republicans who wanted him to run for a Senate seat vacated by Republican Mel Martinez, but said he felt he had more influence over public policy with his television show. However, Scarborough did not rule out attempting a political career in the future.