A new development in the ongoing mystery that is Joe Scarborough‘s curious relationship with Politico.
At 8:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Politico published a blog post written by the Republican commentator and MSNBC host headlined “Marco Rubio’s Risky Gamble.” It’s a four-paragraph opinion piece about the balancing act Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) is playing to avoid upsetting the conservative and moderate wings of the GOP.
The post only came three days after a separate Scarborough item, which is noteworthy considering how large swaths of time can pass between his posts. But even more noteworthy is that the Rubio item was posted already, in full, at Scarborough’s personal site three days ago (approximately 1.48 years in Politico time). Another element: Scarborough posted something new about Rep. Michele Bachmann‘s (R-Minn.) decision not to run for reelection on his personal site.
Why would Politico, a publication known for functioning in real time, post something so old?
We’ve requested comment from Politico.
Since Scarborough became a columnist and blogger at the publication, details of what his actual duties are have become fuzzy. He started off writing fairly regularly but nowadays, it can be months before he updates the blog or writes a column. In early March he even co-wrote a column for WaPo, Politico‘s chief competitor in Washington.
Even so, Politico heads like Executive Editor Jim VandeHei and Chief White House Correspondent Mike Allen seem close to Scarborough when they regularly appear on his show “Morning Joe.” Is it an open business relationship? Partners with infrequent benefits?
It remains a mystery.