During a broader discussion on President Barack Obama’s second term and the challenges faced by both Democrats and Republicans, MSNBC host Joe Scarborough went after Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) for his recent comments regarding the Sandy Hook tragedy and the president for being what even the New York Times calls a notoriously “lousy manager.”

Scarborough explained that by saying things like President Obama “exploited” the Sandy Hook “within minutes,” Tea Party-endorsed candidates like Sen. Cruz are actually ​hurting the GOP brand:

Next, the MSNBC host cited the following passage from a recent New York Times article: “[The president and his team] would benefit, as they begin the second term, by acknowledging that many of the biggest problems facing the administration flow directly from the man at the top. Mr. Obama is a lousy manager.”

“As chief executive he gets a C — and then only if graded on a curve that takes into account his predecessor’s managerial weaknesses,” the article adds.

Claiming that he has been waiting four years to hear someone say this, Scarborough delved deeper into an examination of President Obama’s managerial skills (or lack thereof).

“This is the worst-kept secret in Washington,” Scarborough said. “Every Democratic senator has complained about how he never calls them, he never reaches out. [...] We’ve heard it for four years. We’ve heard people that have been inside the White House running the White House saying it’s been a dysfunctional place.”

MSNBC contributor Mike Barnicle chimed in, explaining that the president is “emotionally isolated” and “reclusive” in nature.

And although Scarborough had some criticism for Sen. Cruz and other Tea Party types, he ultimately wanted to focus on the president’s ability to lead and manage.

“You have to get out of your comfort zone,” he said. “That is something that this president has not done, but I’m really optimistic he’s going to do it this time because his legacy depends on it.”

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