But if many Republicans are frustrated by Powell’s remarks, MSNBC host Joe Scarborough is not among them. …

“How do you keep this huge tent the Republican party has built?” Matthews asked, noting that the “people on the fringe” who have now taken over the party are costing the GOP its image. …

“2012, Republicans got punished because they were the party of Todd Akin instead of the party of Colin Powell,” Scarborough declared. “They were the party of Richard Mourdock instead of the party of George H. W. Bush.”

“This is a party that Colin Powell wanted nothing to do with, despite the fact that Colin Powell is absolutely necessary if you’re going to have two wings of a Republican Party that can win national elections,” he continued.