Joe Scarborough Eviscerates Michelle Bachmann: She Is A Joke

MSNBC morning host Joe Scarborough, a former Republican Congressman, went off on Michele Bachmann this morning, and it makes me wish there were more Republicans saying this, because it’s absolutely true:

Michele Bachmann’s first answer, Mark Halperin, was, I wish the federal government had defaulted…had defaulted a week after Americans lost, some of them, perhaps, lost half of their pensions. Lost half of their 401(k)s with trillions of dollars that went down the drain with Americans suffering, she said that and got applause. And if anybody thinks that guys like my dad are going to be voting that way when this rolls out of Iowa and New Hampshire and South Carolina in the early stages and really gets going, they are out of their mind, and they are too stupid not only to prognosticate, too stupid to run Slurpee machines in Des Moines.

I got it all off my chest. Michele Bachmann, she is a joke. And now I will pass it on to you. Her answer is a joke. Her candidacy is a joke, and anybody that sits here and says, she has any chance of winning anything is out of their mind. Take your straw poll, take your caucus, but Iowa, if you let her win, you prove your irrelevance once again.

Like I said, he’s right.

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  1. john personna says:

    That was the bit I heard, about “silly season.”

  2. Matthew says:

    scarborough (not scarbough) annoys me sometimes, but he can be deadly accurate at other times, like just now

  3. Terrye says:

    I don’t always agree with this guy, but Michele Bachmann annoys the hell out of me.

  4. giantslor says:

    Hey Joe, look to Bachmann’s left. Now look to her right. Every one of these people said they’d pass up a deal comprised of $10 in spending cuts for every $1 in new tax revenues. Every one of these people is a joke.

  5. mantis says:

    The entire Republican Party is a joke. Too bad it isn’t a very funny joke.

  6. anjin-san says:

    The entire Republican Party is a joke. Too bad it isn’t a very funny

    That’s about right. In today’s GOP, Bachmann is a feature, not a bug. Scary.

    James still belongs, and Doug still says he would never vote for a Democrat. Can’t imagine why our country is not able to deal with it’s problems effectively.

  7. Lit3Bolt says:


    You didn’t denounce Al Sharpton so Doug will refuse to take you seriously.

  8. Jane2 says:

    Easy enough to say now that the equally joke-like Rick Perry is going to enter the race. Watch how Joe and the rest of the media will fawn over him, just as they did Palin, and then Bachmann.

  9. flughund says:

    This liberal website is a joke as well as those commenting above

  10. Dodd says:

    Whether Bachmann wins, merely makes a good showing, or comes in last isn’t the issue; at worst it’s a symptom. Iowa’s primacy in this process is the joke.

    Everyone pretty much expects Ron Paul to do well in today’s exercise in Iowan autoeroticism. Yet the results are also expected to seriously damage non-balmy candidates like Pawlenty if they don’t do well. These two things cannot be rationally reconciled with one another.

  11. @Dodd:

    That the Iowa Caucuses are the first national contest of the primary season is absurd. That the Ames Straw Poll is given any credence whatsoever is even more so.

  12. ron says:

    Why the hell is IOWA give such prominence in this process. It is in NO WAY representative of the larger electorate in the country.

    Future candidates should bypass it altogether.

    It’s like putting NYC in a similar position.

  13. WR says:

    @ron: It’s actually not at all like putting NYC first. Because while it’s true that NYC tends to be liberal, it’s also an enormous cross-section of the country. You’ve got people of all races and religions and ethnicities there, huge disparities in income and wealth and level of education. It is America the melting point.

    I watched some news stand-ups from the Iowa State Fair yesterday. Chuck Todd was reporting over the course of the day, and he was on screen a lot. And in all that time as people went back and forth behind him, there wasn’t a single face that was anything but white.

    I know there are still people who fervently wish this is what America was like. But it’s not. And if it ever was, it never will be again.