Joe Scarborough spent the first half-hour of today’s Morning Joe blasting White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon for the failure of the health care bill. Excerpts:

  • “I will call Steve Bannon a hack. When you go in and threaten members, you’re not only a hack, you’re stupid at your game . . . Bannon failed miserably. He is the biggest loser.”
  • “The stupidity of Steve Bannon knows no ends.”
  • “He’s an idiot when it comes to how Washington works.”
  • “He blew this.”


Scarborough was particularly outraged by the report that Bannon told members of the Freedom Caucus, “guys, look. This is not a discussion. This is not a debate. You have no choice but to vote for this bill.” Calling it perhaps the greatest tweet of the 21st century, Scarborough cited John Podhoretz on the subject: