Scarborough dismisses presidential buzz because of yardwork

Alex Pappas Political Reporter
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MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough dismissed speculation that he could run for president in 2016 as a Republican by saying he’s too busy.

“My wife says that year’s already taken,” Scarborough wrote on Twitter, linking to a story written by Marc Ambinder arguing that the former GOP congressman would be a viable candidate in 2016. “Lots of yardwork.”

Ambinder, in his piece, argues Scarborough, a conservative who often disagrees with the Republicans on his show, would be a perfect fit that year.

“Assume, of course, that President Obama has been re-elected and the economy is enjoying a renaissance of sorts, but the black plague of deficits is restraining growth,” he writes. “Assume that the culture-war wing of the GOP has lost considerable influence. Assume that a revanchist foreign policy is no longer in vogue.”

“It’s a fantasy at this point … something for Scarborough’s colleagues to tease him about. But it’s not grounded in unreality,” he wrote. “The guy could be a contender.”