Joe Scarborough has painted a no-win portrait of VP Pence. On today’s Morning Joe, Scarborough said that Vice-President Pence “is either a sucker and a dupe for Donald Trump . . . or he’s a liar. There is no middle ground.”

Giving Pence the dubious benefit of the doubt, Scarborough advised, “if it is the first, I think it’s about time for Mike Pence to go to Donald Trump and say, as I think most of us would, if you set me up to be your liar again, I’m walking.

Scarborough was alluding, among other matters, to Pence’s statements about when he learned of Michael Flynn’s ties to Turkey, and Pence having made a statement suggesting that President Trump made his decision to fire FBI Director Comey based on the memo prepared by Deputy AG Rosenstein. The president subsequently stated that before receiving the Rosenstein memo, he had already decided to fire Comey in any case.

Note: Scarborough was at pains to point out how much he personally likes Pence, before proceeding to paint him as a sucker or a liar. If someone’s going to wallop me that way, I’d prefer they dispense with the niceties.

Note segundo: When Joe makes a verbal stumble and speaks of “the firing of Donald Trump,” Bob Woodward jocularly interjects. A none-too-pleased Scarborough was temporarily thrown off kilter, but then resumed his indictment of Pence.

JOE SCARBOROUGH: We are faced with two options, with Mike Pence, a man I’ve known for a long time, a man I’ve served with, a man that I like very much personally, like his family very much personally. But as it pertains to Michael Flynn, as it pertains to Rod Rosenstein and the firing of Donald Trump, as it pertains to more and more things —

BOB WOODWARD: The firing of Donald Trump!

JOE: Yeah. Uh, uh, Mike Pence, Vice-president of the United States, is either a sucker and a dupe for Donald Trump, is being set up that way to go out and lie and lie and lie again, or he’s a liar. There is no middle ground. And if it is the first, I think it’s about time for Mike Pence to go to Donald Trump and say, as I think most of us would, if you set me up to be your liar again, I’m walking.