Conservative MSNBC host Joe Scarborough Thursday tore into the base of the Republican Party in Iowa for pushing Michele Bachmann, someone who is "never going to get close winning the presidential nomination."

"Michele Bachmann's first answer was, I wish the federal government had defaulted," Scarborough recalled Bachmann saying during Thursday night's Republican debate. "Had defaulted! A week after Americans lost -- some of them perhaps lost half of their pensions. Lost half of their 401ks. When trillions of dollars went down the drain with Americans suffering, she said that and got applause."

"If anybody thinks that guys like my dad are going to be voting that way... they are out of their mind and they are too stupid not only to prognosticate, they are too stupid to run Slurpee machines in Des Moines... Michele Bachmann is a joke. She is a joke. Her answer is a joke. Her candidacy is a joke... Iowa, if you let her win, you prove your irrelevance once again."

Watch this video from MSNBC's Morning Joe, broadcast Aug. 12, 2011.

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(H/T: The Huffington Post)