Today on the show we talked about the verdict in the Steubenville rape trial and about the insanity at CPAC. And just moments after the show ended, a tweet crossed my stream from Mother Jones about this CPAC joke about Ashley Judd and rape. Timing is everything, huh?
CPAC: Where Ashley Judd Rape Jokes Happen bit.ly/15hDXEG
— Mother Jones (@MotherJones) March 18, 2013
Although I took issue with Crooks & Liars proclaiming that Candy Crowley was “oozing sympathy” for the racists, the truth is that the media in general seemed to be more concerned about the rapists than they were about the VICTIM!
CPAC – rape jokes aside – was chock full of content the supports Reince Priebus’ contention that today’s RNC report is a “GOP autopsy” (his term, not mine). We’ll delve further into the weekend craziness tomorrow morning, but today, I spoke with Occupy citizen journalist Robert Rousseau, who shot this video at the “Hating Breitbart” screening and discussion panel, featuring courageous progressive Ari Rabin-Havt of Media Matters.
I give Ari tons of credit for keeping his cool as James O’Keefe gets cocky and condescending on him. (Note: Ari Rabin-Havt was supposed to be on the show this morning, but had an emergency with his dog. Sending best wishes that all is OK!)
There was some breaking news during today’s show. Former Secretary of State and possible 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton came out in favor of marriage equality!
They just don’t get it. Even after gerrymandering and suppressing every vote they could, the Republican Party still suffered huge electoral losses in the last election.
They are, for all intents and purposes, a dying party.
Now it didn’t have to be this way. They could have taken this time after the election, re-evaluate how their base is shrinking and have a real “come to Jesus” moment about the future of their party and how they need to grow to attract new members. But that’s not what they did. Instead, based on last week’s CPAC convention, they’ve decided to entrench themselves even further in what’s alienating themselves from the rest of the country.
Even former Bushie Matthew Dowd thinks so. Already critical of Sarah Palin, he likened CPAC to a ‘Flintstones’ episode.
That’s also why RNC Chairman Reince Priebus told Bob Schieffer that despite focus groups, his idea to ‘fix’ the GOP is with less debates, earlier conventions, ‘hackathons’ and more marketing. But more critically, he’s not interested in any kind of policy changes.
Further proof of the GOP being out of step with most of America? Rep. Tom Cotton (R-AR) told Candy Crowley that—on the tenth anniversary of the initial invasion—that Iraq was a ‘just and noble war’.
And Carly Fiorina thinks that legislating same sex marriages is best left to the states. Because that’s worked so well for all civil right issues.
Speaking of same sex marriages, Speaker John Boehner ‘can’t imagine’ changing his mind about them, even if his son came out, as Sen. Rob Portman did.
But lest you think that it’s only the GOP politicos that don’t get it, listen to Candy Crowley feel sad for the Steubenville rapists after their conviction was announced. I’m not sure if Crowley realizes this, but they weren’t the victim in this case.