At the Television Critics Association press tour session for MSNBC this morning, Joe Scarborough said that he thought:
It’s the weakest presidential field they’ve seen in modern history. I’m not sure why that is. But even their ability to get on the stump and deliver a five-minute speech, or in Santorum’s case, the ability to deliver a speech that’s as long as Castro’s speeches used to be. But they don’t have hte ability to do the basics. Except for Romney, they’re broke…What happens to Ron Paul if he keep getting 15 or 20 percent. A lot of people think he’s going to run an independent. I just don’t think that’s the case…There are some of us who went to press conferences with Ron and Rand Paul who saw this as a precursor for his son to run later on. And obviously if he ran as an independent, it would hurt his son.
He predicted that Mitt Romney’s lead would hold in New Hampshire. And he and Mika Brzezinski really doubled down on the Rand Paul point: Mika kept insisting it was “a setup” for Rand’s campaign. He’s also said that a segment with Walter Isaacson and foreign reporting have been among the highest-rated segments that the show’s run, touting it as an indicator of the intelligence of the audience.