“I want to get to what Bob Dole had to say over the weekend, that’s fascinating,” MSNBC host Joe Scarborough began during a segment of "Morning Joe" Tuesday morning.

Scarborough was referring to Dole’s comments on "Fox News Sunday," advising the Republican Party to brand itself as "closed for repairs."

“Reagan wouldn’t have made it,” Dole added, remarking on the tone of the modern Republican Party. “Certainly Nixon couldn’t have made it, because he had ideas and, we might have made it, but I doubt it.” (Video here)

Scarborough highlighted Dole’s comments as a warning to Republican senators — particularly Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.

“I’m surprised that Marco has put himself with Mike Lee and Ted Cruz who can survive this and win,” Scarborough said. “But now he’s one of three people that is blocking budget negotiations. He’s on the other side of immigration reform. He seems to be playing a very high-risk game of politics here.”

But is the Bob Dole the future of the Republican Party? Or are Sens. Rubio, Paul, Lee and Cruz?