MSNBC host Joe Scarborough desperately tried to convince listeners that the strong economy won’t help Republicans in the upcoming midterm elections, saying voters care more about the president being “culturally out of step.”
“We always love to go back and quote what James Carville said in 1992 that it’s the economy, stupid. But it’s not always the economy, stupid. When you have presidents who are seen as culturally out of step with the rest of the country the economy doesn’t matter as much,” Scarborough said Friday on “Morning Joe.” “1994, the economy was doing pretty darn well but Bill Clinton was seen as out of step with mainstream America. Republicans won a sweeping landslide.”
Scarborough continued to claim that a strong economy doesn’t always have a positive effect on voters, and cited losses by former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama as his proof.
“2006, the economy was doing pretty darn well. The rest of America said I don’t like where George W. Bush is taking us in Iraq and I don’t like he did in Katrina, I really don’t care what the GDP is. I want him and his party out of power in Congress,” Scarborough said. “You could actually say the same thing about Donald Trump in 2016. Barack Obama had taken unemployment from over 10 percent down to the 4s. So it’s not always the economy, stupid, is it?”
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