Kristol to Scarborough: You’ll run in 2016 to ‘fill the Jon Huntsman lane’ [VIDEO]

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      Jamie Weinstein

      Jamie Weinstein is Senior Editor of The Daily Caller. His work has appeared in The Weekly Standard, the New York Daily News and The Washington Examiner, among many other publications. He also worked as the Collegiate Network Journalism Fellow at Roll Call Newspaper and is the winner of the 2011 "Funniest Celebrity in Washington" contest. A regular on Fox News and other cable news outlets, Weinstein received a master’s degree in the history of international relations from the London School of Economics in 2009 and a bachelor's degree in history and government from Cornell University in 2006. He is the author of the political satire, "The Lizard King: The Shocking Inside Account of Obama's True Intergalactic Ambitions by an Anonymous White House Staffer."

Bill Kristol played the role of mischief maker on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Thursday.

Prompted by host Joe Scarborough, Kristol tallied off the nine Republicans he thinks will be finalists for the 2016 Republican nomination — and one of the nine was Scarborough himself.

“Why would you put Joe on that list?” show co-host Mika Brzezinski asked.

“He’s a former elected official. He’s got a real following out there. He’ll fill the Jon Huntsman lane,” Kristol said with a wry smile, eliciting cackles from Scarborough.

After his failed 2016 presidential run, Huntsman has become a punchline for many conservatives.

“OK, I’ll never be on the show again,” Kristol predicted.

“I love Jon Huntsman, it’s just coming from you that’s like waving a bloody flag to conservatives,” Scarborough said.

Even if he was kidding, Kristol isn’t the first to suggest Scarborough could be a 2016 presidential contender. In 2012, historian Douglas Brinkley raised the prospect in Vanity Fair.

“After the presidential inauguration in January, Joe… plans on publishing a memoir that will serve—no joke—as a vehicle to test the waters for a presidential run in 2016,” he wrote.

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