Cross Posted at Legal Schnauzer
We've been reporting for some time now that former Alabama Governor Bob Riley is likely to run for president in 2012. The Birmingham News, official house organ of the Alabama Republican Party, picked up on the story yesterday with a piece titled "Riley Eyeing White House?"
Who is leading the pro-Riley charge on the national stage? Why, none other than Joe Scarborough of MSNBC's Morning Joe. Scarborough apparently is so anxious to tout Riley that he has become detached from reality.
"Morning Joe" starts off talking sense, noting accurately that the GOP field, as it appears now, is so jumbled that most anyone has a chance:
One important opinion leader and player on the national political stage encouraging Riley to run is Joe Scarborough. The former Florida congressman and popular host of the MSNBC program "Morning Joe" said he has talked with and encouraged Riley to get into the race.
"I believe there is a great void in the Republican Party still to be filled," Scarborough said. "I still believe that the eventual Republican nominee and just maybe the next president has not yet declared an interest in running."- Advertisement -
On the subject of Riley's qualifications, Scarborough is reduced to spouting pure bilge:
Asked why he thinks Riley could stand out in a crowd of candidates vying for the GOP nomination, Scarborough said because he has a record of accomplishments in Alabama.
"Look at what Bob has done in Alabama. He's been able to attract thousands of manufacturing jobs into the state when other states are losing them," Scarborough said. "Automobile, ship building, aviation jobs. Right now across much of this country the issue is job creation, lowering the unemployment rate, putting people to work. Bob has done that and he's done it while keeping taxes low and running a state for eight years without a hint of scandal."
What has "Bob" really done in Alabama? Well, he's presided over the worst economy since the Great Depression. We spelled it out in a recent post:
When Riley took office in January 2003, Alabama's unemployment rate was 5.3 percent; by January 2010, after seven years of Bob-O-Nomics, the unemployment rate was 11.1 percent--the highest Alabama had seen in 25 years. In other words, Alabama's unemployment rate almost doubled with Riley at the wheel. And he was our "economic development" governor?