By: Greg Mitchell
On “The Daily Show” tonight, Jon Stewart played a few clips of TV pundits dissing Barack Obama’s chances vs. Hillary Clinton a year or so ago. One of them was Joe Scarborough, in a late 2006 segment pooh-poohing his chances.
A search of the MSNBC site from that period uncovers more, from December 22, 2006. Say it ain’t so, Joe.
SCARBORUGH: Even before the final votes were tallied in the 2006 elections, politicians started lining up for the 2008 presidential sweepstakes. Without further ado, let me kill Hamlet in the first act and tell you how your favorite candidate will fare over the next 12 months.
Forget the fact this guy?s middle name is ?Hussein.? Forget the fact he has been in national politics for less than two years. Forget the fact that Hillary Clinton will raise more money than God in 2007. Forget all of that, the Washington press tells us, because Barack Obama is none other than the second coming of JFK.
Barack Hussein Obama is more Johnny Bravo than John Kennedy. The vest fits and the fans scream while DC?s star-maker machinery shifts into overdrive.
Like Peter Brady?s Bravo, Obama?s shot at the top will be short lived. But since BHO is young enough, dynamic enough and (just) black enough to whip official Washington into a frenzy, expect this stupid story to stick around for a while. Soon enough though, this year?s model will be shouting, ?Please give a warm Chicago welcome to the next President of the United States, Hillary Clinton!?
Cheering for New York?s junior senator excites Democratic activists about as much as rooting for General Electric. Regardless of their hand wringing, Hillary Inc. will grind up and spit out any Democratic challenger that gets in its way.
Greg Mitchell’s new book is “So Wrong for So Long: How the Pressi, the Pundits — and the President — Failed on Iraq.”