“MSNBC host Joe Scarborough might run for Senate” — that’s the headline of a piece on Business Insider today under the byline of Colin Campbell. It’s one-hundred percent accurate, too. Scarborough told radio host Hugh Hewitt today that somewhere down the road he might be interested in running for a Florida Senate seat.
“I don’t think in ’16, but who knows?” said Scarborough, a Republican who formerly represented a Florida district in Congress. “In ’18, Bill Nelson’s up, and I don’t think Bill Nelson will be sticking around, so you know, one of these years, I think, one of these years if I did something, I’d probably look to run in Florida.”
A spicy bit of news to light up a slow Friday? No, precisely the opposite. On the cable news beat, Scarborough musing about running for office is much the same as “Fox & Friends” erring, CNN hyping and some guest on MSNBC saying something offensive. Business as usual, that is. Just look at the headlines:
“Joe Scarborough Considering Presidential Run in 2016” (Hollywood Reporter, Sept. 11, 2012)
“Scarborough: ‘I have no plans to run in 2016′” (Politico, Sept. 11, 2012)
“Joe Scarborough believed to be taking idea of 2016 presidential bid seriously” (Daily Caller, Feb. 10, 2014)
“Run, Joe, run! Why a Scarborough presidential run would be doomed and amazing” (Salon, Feb. 11, 2014)
“Scarborough on running for president: I’ve always said I wanted to get back into politics” (Hot Air, Feb. 13, 2014)
“Joe Scarborough for President? Sure, why not? (Atlantic, March 16, 2014)
“Joe Scarborough: ‘No Plans’ to Run for President” (Daily Beast, March 17, 2014)
“Mika Brzezinski ‘Won’t Let’ Joe Scarborough Run for President” (TVNewser, March 17, 2014)
“‘Morning Joe’ Host Says He Won’t Run in 2016, but He Leaves Door Ajar” (New York Times, March 18, 2014)
“RIP, Joe Scarborough For President 2016” (Daily Beast, March 19, 2014)
“‘MORNING JOE’ SCARBOROUGH 2016 RUN FOR PRESIDENT MURKY” (Breitbart, March 25, 2014)
That last headline is well conceived. Given Scarborough’s comments to Hewitt today, his run for Senate in 2018 might also be considered “murky.” And “murky” is a fantastic place to be for the host of a show whose ratings have been eclipsed by CNN’s morning show “New Day.” Scarborough’s murky electoral ambitions keep his morning show in the news, attract fun guests and drive fans to his public appearances. And there’s no point in worrying about conflicts of interest, either: This is the network that employs civil rights activist Al Sharpton.