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.
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.
Watch, AFTER THE JUMP…