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It wasn’t long ago that Matt Taibbi called the Morning Joe crew Donald Trump’s “lapdogs,” for their eager doting on the then-frontrunner. At the time, damning audio tape had just been published of Trump praising Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski. “I watched your show this morning,” Donald Trump said. “You have me almost as a legendary figure, I like that.”

Since then, the duo seem to have made a concerted effort to harden their coverage of the presumptive nominee. And Joe Scarborough, the show’s anchor and a former Republican congressman, has taken the opportunity to defend his party from what, it has become increasingly clear, is an existential crisis.

“You’re acting like a bush league loser,” Scarborough starts. And it doesn’t get nicer from there.

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President Joe Biden

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Two tiresome realities about being president of the United States: first, everybody blames you for things over which you have little or no control: such as the worldwide price of oil, and international shipping schedules. Should there be too few electronic gee-gaws on store shelves to pacify American teenagers this Christmas, it will be Joe Biden’s fault.

Second, everybody gives you advice, whether you ask for it or not. Everywhere you look, Democrats and Democratically-inclined pundits are tempted to panic. “The cold reality for Biden,” writes New York Magazine’s Jonathan Chait “is that his presidency is on the brink of failure.” A return to Trumpism, and essentially the end of American democracy, strikes Chait as altogether likely.

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