12/06/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

When Joe Scarborough Predicted Obama's Quick Demise

Maybe they should change the name of the show to Mourning Joe. While Joe the Fumbler has tried to jump on the Obama bandwagon, my search of the MSNBC site discovers a particularly acid attack on Obama by Scarborough from December 22, 2006.

Say it ain't so, Joe! Here is one highlight.

SCARBOROUGH: "Even before the final votes were tallied in the 2006 elections, politicians started lining up for the 2008 presidential sweepstakes. Without further ado, let me kill Hamlet in the first act and tell you how your favorite candidate will fare over the next 12 months.

"Barack Obama: Forget the fact this guy's middle name is 'Hussein.' Forget the fact he has been in national politics for less than two years. Forget the fact that Hillary Clinton will raise more money than God in 2007. Forget all of that, the Washington press tells us, because Barack Obama is none other than the second coming of JFK.

"Yeah, right. Barack Hussein Obama is more Johnny Bravo than John Kennedy. The vest fits and the fans scream while DC's star-maker machinery shifts into overdrive."

"Like Peter Brady's Bravo, Obama's shot at the top will be short lived. But since BHO is young enough, dynamic enough and (just) black enough to whip official Washington into a frenzy, expect this stupid story to stick around for a while. Soon enough though, this year's model will be shouting, "Please give a warm Chicago welcome to the next President of the United States, Hillary Clinton!'"

Then he went on to his Hillary assessment:

Cheering for New York's junior senator excites Democratic activists about as much as rooting for General Electric. Regardless of their hand wringing, Hillary Inc. will grind up and spit out any Democratic challenger that gets in its way. Ms. Clinton has completed six ruthlessly efficient years in the U.S. Senate and avoided even a whiff of scandal since Bubba moved to a separate zip code. But that doesn't mean the problematic ex-president won't be her campaign's chief asset. Time and again throughout the next few years, Bill Clinton will make the difference on fundraising, networking and strategy. And 2007 will show that any politico who dares to cross Team Clinton risks being crushed into dust.

Crushed into dust? Uh, not quite.
Greg Mitchell is editor of Editor & Publisher and its hot new blog. He is completing a book on the campaign to be published in January. For more info on that, contact him at: