Joe Scarborough couldn’t have been kinder as he slid the shiv into Mike Pence this morning. The opening segment of Morning Joe was devoted to the veepstakes, and Scarborough politely trashed Pence while making the case for Chris Christie.

Scarborough went out of his way to praise Pence as an “able leader” and someone he likes. But he proceeded to say that Pence wasn’t “ready for prime time.” Joe broke out the deer-in-headlights metaphor and analogized Pence to previous running-mate “disasters.” On the other hand, Joe argued that Christie is someone who has been on the national stage, capable of destroying Marco Rubio with one debate, and who is best equipped to prosecute the case against Hillary Clinton.

This Insurrectionist found Joe’s arguments persuasive. Readers, weigh in. Is Christie the best choice, or would Pence provide needed stability? Sean Hannity likes Newt. And best not forget about Flynn. Let’s hear from you!

JOE SCARBOROUGH: I think it’s probably Newt and Pence.

MIKA BRZEZINSKI: Really? I think it’s Newt and Christie.

JOE SCARBOROUGH: I think it should be Christie. I think without a doubt it should be Christie. He says he’s not looking for an attack dog, Chris Christie can prosecute the case against Hillary Clinton better than anybody else. And, you know, people worried about the bridge. I actually see that as a positive. You bring up a bridge investigation and go, yeah, they investigated me for closing one lane. They investigated Hillary Clinton for actually putting America’s national security at risk. Okay, let’s talk about those investigations. We’ll talk about them every day and we’ll be just fine.

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JOE: Mark Halperin, tell me why I’m wrong. I think Newt Gingrich. Let’s say it’s down to Newt and Pence. I think Newt and Trump together are just two volatile chemicals you wouldn’t want to put in the same container. Everything eventually blows up. And Mike Pence, Mike Pence is just not ready for this. I mean, it takes a special person to be ready for dealing with the chaos that Donald Trump’s campaign can bring every day and he’s been accused of having sort of, I know Mike, I served with him, he’d be an able guy and I think he’ll be an able leader. He has been an able leader. But as far as the rough and tumble, he’s so off-brand from Donald Trump, that it makes absolutely no sense and I think bad things would happen.

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JOE: If we go back, the disasters for vice-presidential selections — Aren’t they the Dan Quayles who aren’t ready for primetime from Indiana

MIKA: Admiral Stockdale —

JOE: — that have the deer-in-the-headlight moment when pressed by Lloyd Bentsen. The Geraldine Ferraro, who was a congresswoman, who wasn’t quite ready for the onslaught of dealing with what was happening with her husband. Yes, and Admiral Stockdale. You can go down the list. I always say and with all due respect to Scott Walker, who I love. He was one of my favorites early on, I said, he’s just not ready for the big stage. He’s a great shortstop but he’s a Double-A shortstop. That’s my argument for Chris Christie. He’s been there. We saw him throughout the fall. He delivered the best town hall meeting addresses all across New Jersey. He made us cry around here talking about his friend who died. He gutted the future of the Republican party, Marco Rubio. Finished him in one debate. He’s been a prosecutor. Am I carrying his water right now? No, I’m not. I’m just doing my political analysis. If you want to avoid crises down the road, isn’t the first thing you do is make sure you get get a Lloyd Bentsen type who’s been there before and is not going to wither in October?

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MIKA: I think Donald Trump: do you want to hang around with this guy, too?

JOE: That’s another thing about Pence, Donald Trump is not going to want to hang out with Mike Pence.

MIKA: Oh, be nice! That’s not very nice.

JOE: Well no, I’m just saying, I know Donald Trump. I know Mike Pence, I like them both. You would not sit them next to each other on Thanksgiving.