Scarborough to Romney: Comfort? — `Go Back to Boston’

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Joe Scarborough and co-host Mika Brzezinski host the 'Morning Joe' show.

Joe Scarborough: former Republican congressman from Florida, co-host of the most popular morning cable news show, “Morning Joe.”

And for months now: one of the most vocal critics of his party’s candidates for president.

Today, on MSNBC, Scarborough was on a tear.

Mitt Romney’s stumbling around his comments on the U.S. embassy and consulate breaches in Egypt and Libya — where the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans were killed — has provided the morning news-talker with new ammunition for a tirade against the people advising Romney’s campaign.

Where has Romney gone for foreign policy advice? To those with whom he is most “comfortable,” New York magazine’s John Heilemann and Time magazine’s Mark Halperin were telling Scarborough — which sounded to the show’s co-host a lot like his own criticism for President Barack Obama, who came to Washington surrounded by a lot of comfortable friends who didn’t understand the ways of the capital.

”If you want to be comfortable, go back to Boston,” Scarborough said aloud to the non-present Romney. “That is sad, that is dangerous, that is pathetic.”

Scarborough has been particularly hard on his own party’s candidates throughout their primary campaigns and now in the general election — though he has attempted to lay to rest speculation that he has his own ambitions for the next cycle.

“I have no plans to run in 2016,” Scarborough told Politico this week, following a report by Douglas Brinkley in Vanity Fair stating that Scarborough’s forthcoming memoir would “serve… as a vehicle to test the waters for a presidential run in 2016.”

MSNBC reported that Vanity Fair’s inteview and photo shoot with Scarborough and his ‘Morning Joe’ co-host Mika Brzeznski actually took place in 2010, when talk about Scarborough’s political ambitions centered on the 2012 election.

“They asked me if I was running in 2012. I said no, but did say that Bloomberg’s people and some of my friends had been talking about the possibility of us getting together and discussing possibilities in 2012 — but we never actually sat down and talked about it,” Politico reported Scarborough as saying. “We were talking generally about 2012, but I never said I was going to run, and there was no reason why I would have said that.”

Jon Huntsman, the former ambassador to China for Obama who made a run at the Republican Party’s nomination this year, offered little encouragement for the Romney campaign’s handling of foreign affairs in an appearance on “Morning Joe” today. He offered guarded criticism, allowing that he’s hardly in a position to do that.

“Right now,” Scarborough said in conclusion today, “we’ve got a Republican Party that doesn’t play to win. They play to score points.”

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