How bad was this week for likely presidential contender and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R)? Bad enough that MSNBC host Joe Scarborough on Thursday said he might have gotten him all wrong.
“I’ve been talking about how smart Jeb is and how competent Jeb is — the last three days have just been really bad for Jeb Bush,” Scarborough said on “Morning Joe.”
Scarborough was in disbelief over Bush’s repeated blunders this week in trying to answer whether he would have invaded Iraq like his brother George W. Bush, knowing what he knows now about the results of the war.
The MSNBC host, who supported the war in 2003, asked contributor and Bloomberg’s Mark Halperin to pose the Iraq question to him.
“No, it was a horrible idea, as bad an idea as sticking your face in a blender, what’s your next question?” Scarborough said, to laughter from the panel.
Scarborough then turned to Nicole Wallace, former communications director to President George W. Bush.
“What’s wrong with Jeb Bush?” he asked. “This a mental thing, isn’t it?”
“I don’t work for Jeb, I don’t talk to Jeb,” she answered.
Still, Wallace ended up echoing one of Bush’s many responses this week, that he stumbled over the Iraq questions due to his respect for the troops.
“I mean, he got on the phone with people whose husbands and fathers had died and so I think it’s very difficult to say, you know, it wasn’t worth it,” she said.
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