Joe Scarborough was surely right about one thing . . . when he warned that his pronouncement would "enrage conservatives."
The Morning Joe host today proclaimed that comparing Sarah Palin to Howard Dean was an insult . . . to Dean's intelligence.
Joe's jab came in response to an analogy Time's Mark Halperin drew between the excitement Palin creates and that drummed up by Dean's presidential campaign in 2004.
MARK HALPERIN: Think about it compared to Howard Dean in 2004. He was exciting too, and he had these huge crowds, and people said, this guy's going win the Democratic nomination --
MIKA BRZEZINSKI: Not the same, sorry --
HALPERIN: Well, it's big crowds and it's excitement, but it doesn't translate into a governing majority.
JOE SCARBOROUGH: I'm just going to stop here. I'm going to enrage conservatives, but --
OFF-CAMERA VOICE [Katrina vanden Heuvel?]: Go for it!
SCARBOROUGH: I know Howard Dean. I've spoken to Howard Dean. It is such a disservice to compare--forget ideology, conservatives!--I think Howard's way left and all that. But it is such a disservice to compare Sarah Palin in any aspect to Howard Dean. Yes, because that is an insult to Howard Dean's intelligence.