07/03/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Joe Scarborough: "The Republican Party Needs To Reform Or Die"

Joe Scarborough is featured in next week's New York Times Magazine's Q&A. In an interview with Deborah Solomon, Scarborough rips the GOP and blames President Bush for the party's demise:

The Republican Party needs to reform or die. President Bush did three things. He destroyed the Republican majority, he crippled the American conservative movement and he weakened the country. That's a hell of a trifecta.

Scarborough also discussed his life on Manhattan's notoriously liberal Upper West Side (which he often references, along with Georgetown, as bastions of the liberal elite on "Morning Joe"). When asked whether the neighborhood Democrats shriek when they see him, Scarborough responded:

Actually, they hug me, especially the little old ladies.

For more of the Q&A, in which Scarborough discusses whether President Obama is Nixonian and says why he doesn't hang out with Keith Olbermann, check out the June 7 edition of the New York Times Magazine in Sunday's paper.

Scarborough's book, The Last Best Hope: Restoring Conservatism and the American Promise, comes out next Tuesday, June 9.