Joe Scarborough Slams Rush Limbaugh for Cheering Failed Olympic Bid

On MSNBC’s Morning Joe today, host and Republican Joe Scarborough drilled Rush Limbaugh for cheering Chicago’s failed 2016 Olympic bid. Scarborough said, “I will tell you middle Americans that swing elections see that and go oh my God Republicans have gone off the deep end.”

Here is the video courtesy of Media Matters:

After it was announced that Chicago did not get the Olympic bid, Limbaugh said, “Obama been “running around the world for nine months telling everybody how much our country sucks. He’s been running around the world apologizing for the United States of America. Why would anybody award the Olympics to such a crappy place as the United States of America?”

Scarborough replied, “I actually wrote something this weekend just asking a very simple question. What would have happened if liberals cheered had cheered against the United States getting the Olympics?…I would like Rush Limbaugh to tell me who is he helping there other than Rush Limbaugh, because I will tell you, middle Americans, Rush is smarter than that. Middle Americans that swing elections see that, and go oh my God, Republicans have gone off the deep end.”

While talking to Katty Kay of the BBC, Scarborough continued, “I was disheartened over the past eight years. If I was Paul Krugman, I probably wouldn’t cast stones regarding blind ideologues, but over the past eight years Democrats hated everything that Bush did. Bush was called Nazi, socialist, etc. etc. Now it’s turned, and now it’s Barack Obama. We Republicans did it to Bill Clinton for eight years. It always seems that one side feels the need to delegitimize the other side. This can not be helpful to our political process.”

Scarborough wrapped up the segment with, “You know what’s so interesting is, Katty makes a great point. About 40% of Americans call themselves conservative. Twenty percent of Americans call themselves liberal. This isn’t like the old split in the Republican Party where you used to have moderate Republicans against conservative Republicans. This has nothing to do with ideology. This has to do with the harshness of rhetoric. This is just intemperate people versus temperate people. It’s disgusting.”

Joe Scarborough is an endangered species. He is a non-radicalized Republican. I disagree with the vast majority of Scarborough’s stances on policy, but he understands that cheering a failed Olympic bid by a U.S. city does not help the GOP. The political environment was absolutely toxic during the Clinton/Bush years, and as a consequence, nothing significant and lasting survived the legislative process.

Republicans have learned this lesson, and are trying to poison the well again to stop Obama. Scarborough is correct when he looks at the big picture and concludes that the rhetoric of Beck and Limbaugh doesn’t help the political process or the Republican Party. The big winners here are Beck and Limbaugh. I can see conservative talk radio’s cheering against America being used in campaign ads in 2010 and 2012.

I am certain that talk radio has gone off the deep end, but I am not sure if this translates to the Republican Party in the minds of American voters yet. I can see Democrats trying to make that connection for them, and if they are successful, they could absolutely bury the Republican Party. Republicans need to start listening to Scarborough’s warnings, and stop follow Beck and Limbaugh off the political cliff.

45 Replies to “Joe Scarborough Slams Rush Limbaugh for Cheering Failed Olympic Bid”

  1. Joe Scarborough you are an idiot and so is anyone who thinks we should be unhappy about the Olympics going to RIO! People should be dancing in the streets and celebrate that Chicago was not only passed by, but that Chicago was the first city to be eliminated! WHY!!!! Read the speech that Michelle O gave! A sacrifice? She was making a sacrifice to go over there? How is that possible that this could have been a sacrifice for her to go over there? She flew better than first class over there. She ate lobster tail and drank champagne and had at least twenty people as attentends with her. I don’t call this a sacrifice! The air fare alone will cost the American tax payer millions! She had her best buddy Oprah with her and together they showed the world how truly arrogant America could be! They thought they are going to fly over there and the world is going to bow down in front of their imaginary greatness! Here is one American celebrating that Chicago did not get the Olympics, and yes, Rush is right, Europeans have a long memory, they at least will stand up for the American people since America’s president isn’t going to do it. I, for one, am still wondering who gave him permission to say that America is an arrogant nation, America is no longer a Judeo Christian nation, that we are now Muslims? He certainly did not speak for me!
    I am still a Christian and proud to proclaim it!

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  5. The vote for Rio was in no way a vote “against Obama” as Rush asserted. Most of “the world” outside the U.S. are big fans of Obama, regardless of how you feel about him or whether that should be considered politically relevant in the U.S.

    Also keep in mind that Europeans’ memories are also long enough to know that kind words about them from the likes of Rush are driven from transient self-interest and are therefore pretty much worthless.

    P.S. Who said the U.S. was a Muslim nation, as you stated?

  6. You managed to make it from “I’m glad the Olympics are going to Rio” to “I am still a Christian and proud of it!” with something about Europe and Oprah in between. Congratulations! You, sir, are an idiot.

  7. We need some REASONABLE Republican voices in government. I am tired of all of the reasonable people being Democrats. People like Bachman are not helping our country become a better place. Go Big Joe!

  8. I’m happy chicago didn’t get it!!!!! Really now…..with our economy…should we be hosting a multi billion dollar event??

  9. crazy wingnut moron. how stupid ARE you?

    where in the Constitution, Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights, or Articles of Confederation does it say we are a ‘Christian Nation’? the name ‘Jesus Christ’ does not appear anywhere in those documents. in fact, members of just about any religious tradition could easily claim the wording of any deist phrase in these foundational documents as reflecting thier religion and derived from their own scripture.

    show me PROOF that the founding fathers, who scrupulously avoided any linkage between Church and State, were promoting a Christian agenda. not interpretations or analogy–proof. your opinion is worthless as its clear you need to up the dosage of your anti-psychotics.

    did you forget to put your aluminum foil hat on this morning?

  10. Notice how Joe always try’s desperately to equate right wing hate speech with something similar on the left and fails everytime. Conservatives have gone over the top with their hostility towards Obama. I actually think his moderate stances on issues and his constant call for bipartisanship actually infuriates them more. His self confidence, gets under their skin. In short these people are nuts!

  11. This rejection of Chicago is not a Republican or Democrat issue……It was an anti-Michelle/Barrack issue. And the fact that Chicago is high on the list of Crime Cities.

  12. They were not sure if they were going to get a big return. I live in Chicago and they put the burden of the Olympics on the back of The taxpayer. The main reason we didn’t get it is because all other bids included a guarantee for federal funds to pay for the Olympics we did not have that. Im very happy we didn’t get. The only people to benefit from the Olympics would have been the good ol boy Chicago machine. Try not tell me whats good for me when you dont live in the mess and everyday corruption that is CHICAGO.

  13. “they thought they are going to fly over there and the world is going to bow down in front of their imaginery greatness.” Really!?

    Its a sales pitch for huge job. You put your top people in the room to deliver the pitch / ceo / chairman of the board / owner / dare i say “president”. Every company in every city of every country of the world do it the same – all except for you apparently. Did they need to go – perhaps not, but acting like you don’t get it is dishonest. (And dishonesty from the “values” party no less.)

    “People should be dancing in the streets and celebrate that Chicago was not only passed by, but that Chicago was the first city to be eliminated! WHY!!!! Read the speech that Michelle O gave! A sacrifice? She was making a sacrifice to go over there?” Really!?

    Hundreds of people worked for years on this proposal, an entire city was hopeful, republican and democratic business owners alike were hoping to make money off the endeavor. And your complaint is that Michelle O said two words with which you didn’t agree. One of two words was just an grammatical article at that. Talk about throwing the baby out with the bath water.

    “Europeans have a long memory, they at least will stand up for the American people” Really!?

    What on earth are you talking about??? The meeting was in Europe. But the IOC is an international committee, made of delegates from all over the world, including…wait for it…. Americans. But even then, stand up for the American people from what. The crazy is really starting to hurt.

    “America is no longer a Judeo Christian nation, that we are now Muslims.” Really!?

    You need to stop listening to pundits of any kind. Their tack of cobbling together partial quotes and inciting a riot for the two hours of air time is not a worthwhile argument strategy. It’s purely a ratings strategy. And you know what, they will do another cobble together partial quote the next day. The more extreme they cause you to go, the more books/t-shirts/bumper stickers/pitchforks they can sell you. The more money they make. Guess which side liberals or conservatives said this, “These people want you to eat your babies!!!!”

  14. I am a new immigrant of this country and I am appalled to see the video clip of those people cheering the loss of America’s 2016 Olympic bid. I never forget how great this country is and the oppurtunity that was given to me to live in this great land. Doesn’t matter which party is in control in US, I vow to serve this country for the rest of my life. Watching that cheering video clip and the comments of Rush Limbaugh made me sick in the stomach.

  15. IT WAS AN ANTI-AMERICA ISSUE. Why don’t you pull your head out of your ass for once and think for yourself? It wasn’t just Chicago, it wasn’t just the President or the First Lady, it wasn’t Republican or Democrat–it was AMERICA. EVERYONE should feel the same thing on this issue. Instead, Republicans just see it as another opportunity to smash Obama. Get over yourself.

  16. after that dead intern scandal — but hey, considering the other options the Republicans have, he might be considered the person with the least amount of baggage.

    After all, no one ever proved that he killed anyone.

    Er….yeah.

    Glad to hear someone is defending America on the right, but his desperate attempts to equate calling Obama Hitler with calling Bush (who expanded the executive office like a dictator) Hitler after he started an illegal, preemtive war is inaccurate, to say the least.

  17. I wish more native born Americans were like you. Maybe then we could get past all the bullshit and start to talk about real issues that will affect our citizens and our country.

  18. Keep making that linkage in the minds of the American people! The more jackasses like you speak up and let us know which party you vote for, the more you help assure a Democratic victory. As a moderate Democrat, I probably wasn’t planning on voting Repub in the next election, but a lot of my Independent friends on the fence are REALLY annoyed by the way people like you hijacked the Republican party and have had enough until your party gets a little “saner”.

    KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK! Throw in a “Hussein Obama” while you’re at it! Keeps those poll numbers moving!

  19. 1-“they put the burden of the Olympics on the back of The taxpayer.”

    Ok got it, your against it, because the taxpayer would be paying for the olympics. Less government funding at all levels – less local, less state, and less federal. Check!

    2-“The main reason we didn’t get it is because all other bids included a guarantee for federal funds to pay for the Olympics we did not have that.”

    Wait, we didn’t get it because we didn’t have any federal funds involved? – You mean, they did a good job of not putting the tax burden on all of us for such a massive civic project, like every other bid did? This is an outrage! If only we had more federal funds!!!!

    3-“The only people to benefit from the Olympics would have been the good ol boy Chicago machine.”

    Yes. If you remove the countless architects, civil engineers, mechanical engineers, landscape architects, developers, city planners, plumbers, electricians, general contractors, construction managers, steel workers, carpenters, painters, masons, landscapers, lumberyards, nurserys, building departments, code compliance officials, the city itself via permits & tap fees, existing nearby business owners, new nearby business owners, hotels, motels, bars, restaurants, shops, tourist attractions, Chicago’s fine museums, taxi cab drivers, ticketmaster, the L, and people living in Chicago. Then yes nobody would benefit but the good ol boy Chicago machine.

    4-“Try not tell me whats good for me when you dont live in the mess and everyday corruption that is CHICAGO.”

    We tell you because you are clearly too dumb to know whats good for you.

  20. Sorry Mr. Scarborough, you’re totally wrong about Rush Limbaugh – he’s NOT “smarter than that” – Al Franken got it right in his book: “Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot”

  21. Without wanting to sound harsh, the US has not been popular for a long time, even before the financial collapse that truly kicked off in the US. However geography rotation made the Americas a natural option.

    I don’t particularly agree with your death penalty, but it seems like poetic justice for this fat piece of shit.

  22. I don’t believe I’ve ever heard him say as such. In addition, I believe it was Benjamin Franklin who first proclaimed that America was not founded on Judeo-Christian beliefs.

  23. You need to live in Chicago for a year before you continue your attempts at critical thinking. Those countless architects, civil engineers, mechanical engineers, landscape architects, developers, city planners, plubmers, electricians, general contractors, construction managers, steel workers, ad infinitum would undoubtedly be part of the greasy Chicago machine. This is the most corrupt and absolutely wrapped up city I’ve ever lived in, and I’ve lived in Guatemala City, among others.

    Sid’es all that there’s displacement and brutalizing of the impoverished, the fact that after the machine takes its 99% out tf the middle the city’s tax payers pick up the tab, Chicago can’t afford the olympics this time around.

    If you still don’t get it meet me at the Logan Square Blue Line stop at midnight this coming Sunday, we can discuss it further in person.

  24. “If the rest of the world likes Obama better than Bush it just shows they are hypocrites and that the European opposition to Bush was nothing more than shallow elitism.”

    This is sarcasm, please tell me this is sarcasm.

  25. The reason people are cheering the olympics did not come to chicago is becuase of their dislike ( hatred for Obama)! You are not hurting Obama you are hurting America! Any idiot would know that millions of dollars, and jobs were lost when we lost the olympics. You would rather see America fell than to see the President succeed. I wasn’t a fan of Bush but not once did I ever want to see him fail!. When he failed America failed and we failed hard! The one event that would have restored pride to this country, generated jobs, brought millions to a struggling city, and economy. You are somewhere cheering. I personally will not forget this! I have bury this image into my memory for 2010 &2012. The Gop is pathetic! I can’t believe they have turned the party over to the right wing nuts that will get them voted right out of office! To the so called christian you are not proud of anything but your own ignorance! Hell is full of hypocrites like you!

  26. I personally don’t care what either Michelle or Obama said in their speeches. Which further illustrates the narrow minded people who refuse to see the bigger picture. We lost the Olympics! I am embarrissed, and ashamed of the conduct of these people. They are beyond any level of rationality.

  27. your argument is beyond any level of rationality. does anyone have any idea what you were trying to say? Geez!

  28. First of all, a question mark as a subject is stupid. More than one is really stupid. It looks stupid, and it makes you as a person look stupid.

    Secondly, your grammar sucks. It’s not proper to start a sentence with the word “and”. It makes you look stupid. However, you probably get that a lot, so I guess it’s no big deal. Also, it only takes one question mark to ask a question, not five. What’s the point of five question marks? That also makes you look stupid. Not to mention it’s annoying. I would understand if you were chatting with your other high school friends, but this is the real world and it really knocks you down a peg. What I’m really trying to say is – “Get used to flipping burgers for the rest of your life”.

    If you going to try to insult me, do it right. At the very least, try to be grammatically correct. All you did was give me more ammo. Which again, makes you look stupid.

    Is this better jerk-off?

  29. But make it the irving park stop on the Brown Line. I’ve a got a hot date sunday and i’ll be dropping her off near there. After I hit it, I’ll be coming for you.

    You won’t be able to miss me. I am every bit of the awesome you wish you could be.

    But let’s be honest you won’t show. Your too much pussy. You aren’t even man enough to win an argument on line without suggesting it should come to blows. Just listen to your sniveling little, woe is me, “I don’t want the olympics because millions of people will benefit, but i won’t. Its a conspiracy that everyone is involved in but me.”

    Guess what, if you got a problem with everyone (see all those people that you included in your “ad infinitum”) then you are the problem.

    Wait……
    Did you hear that? The crickets…. they are covert agents of the “machine”.

    Don’t let the schizophrenia hit you on the way out.

  30. I’ll tell you what’s wrong with America; grammar, spelling, punctuation and vocabulary.

    Mute is a button you hit on your television remote.

  31. How dare he say America is no longer a Judeo-Christian nation!!!!

    He certainly did not speak for me!
    I am still a Christian and proud to proclaim it!

    Next thing you know he’ll say something about the how the internets are bad. Blasphemy!!!! I love the internets and online comment boards!!! Viva internets!

    Besides the democrats said he did good things – henceforth – i hate him.

  32. The first letter in a sentence is always capitalized. I know it’s a sentence because you added the period at the end of it. Had you not added the period you may have gotten away with it. But alas, you did, and now you look like a douche.

    Therefore sir, you, are now an idiot.

    Cheers!

  33. How do I get a girl to sleep with me?

    I’ve tried spreading redneck rumors that Rush tells me is true, but I end up getting made fun of and laughed at.

    I’ve tried complaining about Obama, but that doesn’t get me anything other than a tv dinner and a blow up doll.

    I’ve tried comparing Obama to a Nazi, but I just end up in my mom’s basement at night…alone.

    I jumped up and down with “glee” when Chicago lost the Olympics, but I’m really not sure why…and I still didn’t get laid.

    What am I doing wrong?

  34. Your first problem is your name; Wrongdoer. Who’s interest is piqued by a name like that? It screams, “Look at me, I am evil.” Not really the message you want to be sending. It is true that women will go for the bad boy, but when they say, “bad boy,” they mean a guy with a motorcycle and a tatoo, not an evil hatred of all things rational. What kind of lineage is that anyway? It’s the wrong lineage if you ask me.

    Which brings us to your second problem; Lineage. You are battling uphill. It’s not your fault that throughout your lineage, having 20 teeth total was an accommoplishment. You can’t overcome stupid – especially when your tract has specifically been bred for the “quality.”

    Which brings us to your third problem; You’re stupid. Most of the world is intelligent enough to employ a worthwhile on board crap detector. You are not. The sooner you accept that you don’t have the ability to think for yourself the better. Otherwise you will perpetually be suseptible to anything anyone says with any measure of foment above calm. They are excited about it, so you get excited about – kind of like a monkey.

    The truth; Your best bet is to start making crystal meth. Okay, it is obvious via the problems above that you don’t have the ability to actually make the meth yourself, but if you offer to start selling, then maybe, just maybe… in one of those po-dunk trailers and shanty’s that you sell to, a desperate woman will offer a trade. Now, I don’t want to give everything away, but I assure you, you will be pleasantly suprised. Who knows, it might be even as close as your sisters room.

    In any case, I wish you luck. And remember… oh who am I kidding, you won’t remember.

    Sincerely,
    Mr. Awesome

  35. Has it occurred to anyone on this thread that Rio might have won for the simple fact that they had a better offer for the Olympics. The Olympics is an international event and thus is expected to be held all over the world based on who has the best bid. Rush is an entertainer, a really twisted one but that is what he is getting paid to do. Read this again, Rush is getting PAID to entertain whoever is listening to his show. If he acts like a fool for cheering Chicago’s losing bid, so what? Any intelligent person would understand this isn’t any more about America or the Obamas than it is about anyone else leading a country with an Olympic bid. Everyone sent someone to make a pitch for their bid. (Did I mention Rush’s rant about this being an Obama thing is for the entertainment of his listeners? Yeah, back on that entertainment kick) Would anyone get upset if Dave Chappelle had done a skit about Chicago losing the bid? Not a chance because it would have (at least) been funny and people understand that he is an entertainer. What I’m getting at is that like or hate him, Rush is doing his job so well that people are giving him real power and that is a scary and stupid thing to do for and entertainer. Stop the madness! Stop putting Rush above his place as a radio talk show host, that’s all he really is….STOP!

    By the way, congratulations Rio for your winning bid. I’m sure this will help a lot of your poverty work just like it would have had it come to Chicago. Cheers!

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