It's a week of denial for Joe Scarborough.
On Thursday's Morning Joe, former Republican speechwriter Elise Jordan had the cojones to admit that with the failure of Gary Johnson to recognize where Aleppo was and what it meant, Republicans might be faced with the necessity of voting for Hillary Clinton:
"I think what is also is so disturbing about Governor Johnson's answer is his aloofness to what this humanitarian tragedy is. We are trying to forge a post-Bush administration, Republican foreign policy, and as people are trying to respond to what is the Republican foreign policy without the -- having to move to a more realistic path, I think people expect more from our leadership when it comes to addressing the humanitarian tragedies around the world. We can't be completely immune and aloof and say that we're not going to have any role whatsoever. and that Russia can go and do whatever they want. and we don't care about chemical weapons, essentially."
I'm going to stop laughing at her belief that the Republican Party beyond Trump actually cares about "policy," and applaud her for at least acknowledging that there IS a humanitarian crisis in Syria and that everyone of every political stripe should at least show some human compassion about it.
Mika Brezinski acknowledged this too, but then got to the critical political question facing Republicans:
MIKA: So where does that leave you, like, pulling the lever today? That leaves you all voting for Hillary Clinton or not voting.
ELISE: It does.
MIKA: Thank you for being honest.
Joe just can't handle that honesty, though. He flips out on Mika and defends his party by saying something "might happen" with Hillary Clinton in the next two months.
JOE SCARBOROUGH: What you're trying to do is what you're trying to do every day, force Republicans to say they are going to vote for Hillary Clinton.
MIKA: I'm forcing Republicans to tell the truth about exactly what their options are.
JOE: So a lot of people are just as offended about voting for Hillary Clinton, as they would be offended for voting for Donald Trump, as they are offended this morning voting for Gary Johnson. I know a lot of Republicans who are going to leave the top blank and vote for Republicans straight down the line.
MIKA: I guess that's the other option.
JOE: You are not going to get them in early September to sign a blood oath to you, a life-long Democrat, that they are going to vote for Hillary Clinton. Because right now most Republicans I talk to say they are either going to vote for Gary Johnson, (that's off the table now) or they are going to leave it blank and vote for Republicans down the line.
MIKA: Okay, but Joe, I mean, this is -- us here, Willie, Barnicle, you, me, Elise, we are talking honestly, okay? What happened with Gary Johnson here also happens with Donald Trump every time he goes on TV. ...You have two candidates out of three who don't know enough to be President. You have a third who is deeply flawed, perhaps, if I were to take Elise's point of view, and it's still at least knowledgeable, at least -- we're dealing with what offends you more.
JOE: But 55 percent of Americans think that other candidate that you are trying to force Republicans to vote for in early September should -- yes, it is about you, because you are trying to force every Republican that comes on to say that they have to either vote for Hillary Clinton or they don't love their country! 55 percent of Americans told ABC news in a poll they thought she should have been indicted. So it is not -- it is not as clean as you are trying to make it. I will tell you again, a lot of Republicans I speak to say they are not going to vote for anybody on the presidential line."
I'm assuming Joe has spoken to two or three Wall Street Banker gym buddies, his brother, and a couple associates in Boca Raton.