From Meet the Press on Sunday:
You know, the law of unintended consequences came in again. I suspect that Cairo speech really scared the grand ayatollahs in Iran. If they were going to fix an election, this was a time to fix it, because the last thing they wanted to do was Barack Obama to take credit for reformers winning in Iran, like they already have in Lebanon. And, and by the way, in the short-term that’s bad news for us. I think in the long-term, though, if ayatollahs are seen stealing an election as a result from what Barack Obama did in Cairo, I actually think that’s a positive for the United States and Iran in the long run.
Right. Joe Scarborough. Steve Benen is right: it’s sort of scary for Scarborough to count as a sane Republican. Maybe he’s decided that if he’s going to play a journalist on TV, he ought to try to make the impersonation convincing.
Barack Obama has consistently displayed one of the politician’s supreme gifts: the capacity to induce his opponents to self-destruct. I’m glad Scarborough has noticed, though his co-partisans haven’t. Perhaps if they did, they’d cease to fall into Obama’s carefully-laid traps. Sonia Sotomayor, anyone?