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Rachel Maddow Dissects What's Wrong with the GOP: VIDEO


Rachel Maddow looks back at Bob Dole (aka the beginning of time) and the vast move to the right of the Republican Party since his campaign for President in 1996. Dole/Kemp's campaign website is still live today. Maddow looks back at it as a time capsule.

Mediate writes:

She brought up how Dole touted his support for the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act, the Violence Against Women Act, the Voting Rights Act, food stamps and the Americans with Disabilities Act, among other things. She said that it would be “impossible” to imagine this being part of any Republican campaign platform in the year 2013, pointing out how Republicans in Congress gutted the Clean Water Act, voted against reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, and are now targeting food stamp programs.

So what does the Republican Party need today? McCain/Palin campaign manager Steve Schmidt joins Maddow to talk about the mechanisms that are pulling the GOP into unelectable territory.


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  1. Elizabeth Dole's cookie recipe is made with margarine, ugh gross, both of them will give me a heart attack!

    Posted by: PKNY | May 29, 2013 9:11:47 AM

  2. Why not dissect what's happened to MSNBC's audience since they hired Chris Hayes and demoted Ed Shultz. They are reportedly at a seven year low ratings wise, their entire prime-time lineup. Snark only goes so far, and you better catch Hayes while you still can.

    Posted by: MIke | May 29, 2013 9:31:32 AM

  3. Someone who refers to what Chris Hayes does as "snark" obviously hasn't watched Chris Hayes. Unfortunately, the depth and tone of what he does is far more suited to where it was: weekend mornings. He is too thoughtful for the weekday "news cycle" opinion shows on MSNBC. Hayes has no outrage, which is what makes weekday ratings.

    Posted by: Jeff Kurtti | May 29, 2013 9:41:44 AM

  4. I like the MSNBC's evening lineup - Mathews, Hayes, Maddow. Required viewing on my computer.

    (Hayes was hilarious last night, on Toronto's Rob Ford scandal.)

    Posted by: James in Toronto | May 29, 2013 9:43:59 AM

  5. The fact is is that since moving Hayes into that slot the happiest person is Anderson Cooper because his butt was saved now that CNN is back in second place.

    Posted by: MIke | May 29, 2013 10:09:40 AM

  6. The basic demographics of the GOP haven't changed much. What's happened is that a lot of corporate America has moved to the left on social issues and we've had some 30 million new immigrants since the 1980's. On the national level, then, "blue" states have gotten much more powerful, but Republicans still control things at the state level, just not the states that matter as much anymore. They've also become fixated on reactionary social issues in order to win Southern Baptist primary voters.

    An interest condemnation of our political system is possible when you realize that by demographics, the Democrats should be in control of the House (but gerrymandering stopped that) and the Republicans should be in control of the Senate (but six year terms and the power of political incumbency stopped that).

    Posted by: anon | May 29, 2013 11:33:38 AM

  7. Why do gay women favor suit coats?

    Posted by: Ed | May 29, 2013 11:55:23 AM

  8. Ed, I'm not sure what you're getting at, but Maddow usually wears jeans when on air. That way she can look formal on top while being comfortable on the bottom.

    Posted by: MateoM | May 29, 2013 1:15:57 PM

  9. Why do people like Ed waste his time and ours with such mindless drivel?

    Posted by: Mort | May 29, 2013 1:34:53 PM

  10. This was an excellent segment with commentary by Maddow and discussion with Schmidt. The highlights with Dole were particularly illuminating.

    Posted by: Jim | May 29, 2013 2:17:15 PM

  11. They should have given Melissa Harris-Perry the weekday position. She much more entertaining than Cris Hayes. He's so milquetoast. Besides, they need more women comentators.

    At least they didn't give Ezra Klien the job, he's cute but oh so boring.

    Posted by: Brandon h | May 29, 2013 2:30:22 PM

  12. Good for Bob Dole. He was the last Republican I voted '72. I voted for Anderson in '80, but I've been blue ever since. No wonder.

    Posted by: kansastock | May 29, 2013 5:57:18 PM

  13. Just read Chris Hayes is pulling in a third of Ed Schultz's numbers and MSNBC is in "free fall" with Piers Morgan now taunting Rachel Maddow on Twitter that she's behind him.

    Posted by: MIke | May 29, 2013 9:45:40 PM

  14. Rachel Maddow will do quite fine no matter what Chris Hayes is or isn't pulling in. Expect her smarts and ideas to be on television for as long as she wants them to be, much to the chagrin of the clueless right.

    Posted by: Ernie | May 29, 2013 10:05:18 PM

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