Somewhere, George Bush is laughing . . .
That was the image in Joe Scarborough's mind this morning. The Morning Joe host repeatedly made the point that whereas Dems continue to control the White House and massive congressional majorities, they now are looking at the Bush tax cuts, which for years they vilified, as their last best hope.
When it comes to Republican and Dem support for the tax cut deal, Joe—concerned about the $1 trillion being added to the deficit—has been in pox-on-both-their-houses mode. He seems to side with opponents of the bill including Jim DeMint, Rand Paul. . . and even Bernie Sanders. But Scarborough took particular delight today in skewering the Dems. As he put it, they are still in charge, and thus "own" the bill. Summed up Scarborough: "George Bush has won."
View video after the jump.
Enjoy watching Joe imagining W having a laugh while relaxing in front of the TV.
MIKA BRZEZINSKI: They [Dems] are not supporting it: they're begrudgingly voting for it.
JOE SCARBOROUGH: They own Washington! For the last eight years I've been hearing people talking about the Bush tax cuts being the end, causing the end of the world. Destroying the economy. Running the deficit deeper in the ground. I want to repeat it again: Democrats own the White House, Democrats own the Senate by 18 votes. Democrats own the House by 70 votes plus. And yet, they're trying to blame the Republicans for this? It's just like trying to blame the Republicans for health care. They own it! They broke it!
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SCARBOROUGH: Let me bring in Willie [Geist], because Willie I just had the best, the funniest vision: George Bush, Dallas Texas, watching SportsCenter, eating pretzels, and going like this [hearty chuckles].
You know why? You know why? Because the Bush tax cuts that were supposed to be the end of the world are now the panacea. It's the Democrats' last best hope: they've embraced it. George Bush has won! He has beaten them!
WILLIE GEIST: President Obama has now made the argument, implicitly, that tax cuts are the answer.
SCARBOROUGH: No, no, no, no, no. Not just tax cuts: George Bush's tax cuts!