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From MSNBC to SEN, R-FL.?



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The last Morning Jolt of the week includes the headline, “What Is Scott Walker Doing Right Now? Duh, Winning!” but today’s excerpt deals with another figure on our television screens, who also can sometimes spur people to shake their heads and ask, “What is he thinking?”

Morning NO!

Sorry, I can’t summon even the faintest enthusiasm for this: “Republicans in Washington are trying to recruit Joe Scarborough to run against Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) next year. Sen. John Cornyn (Texas), who heads the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), told The Hill on Thursday that he has talked to Scarborough a couple times about a Senate bid. And he indicated he’s still working on persuading the MSNBC host to run for the upper chamber. ‘I’d be delighted to talk to him a third time,’ Cornyn said.”

Zip at Weasel Zippers is particularly unenthusiastic: “No [implied bad word] RINO’s. I guess we didn’t make ourselves clear enough last November.”

Has he even lived in Florida anytime recently? Oh, that’s right. In the post-Hillary Clinton, post-Alan Keyes, post-Rahm Emanuel world, this stuff doesn’t matter anymore.

UPDATE: For what it’s worth, the National Republican Senatorial Committee vehemently denies the story.

Communications director Brian Walsh e-mails me:

This story is 100% false.  They had a casual conversation last cycle about Joe possibly running for the New York Senate seat.  That was the context of the Senator’s comments yesterday — not Florida — and unfortunately The Hill got this dead wrong.  We already have plenty of great candidates looking at the Florida Senate race and the NRSC is neutral.   We’re confident any one of them can beat Bill Nelson in 2012.

UPDATE: Scarborough says, “No, it was Florida.”


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