October 28, 2016

So this little segment stuck out last night. Chris Matthews asking former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele about how Trump's misogyny and particularly the stupidity of Newt Gingrich fighting with Megyn Kelly over Trump, damages the Republican Brand now and after the election.

Steele has, to his credit, taken the side of women Republicans who have had it with Trump's misogyny. He acknowledges that Trump has hurt the party with women, and he has openly applauded Republican women who have said "enough" to Donald Trump.

But last night he snuck this beauty into the conversation:

This is a party that is actually outside of itself right now. It has no orienting moorings. It's not moored to any idea or any particular leader in the sense that you have the congressional leadership that's going in one direction, the political leadership going in another. And you have the nominee of the party that has really not laid out a direction. So you have this moment, this quintessential moment, where all the work that the party has put in over the years to captivate the imaginations of women, African-Americans, Hispanics, all of that's for naught. And it's all being lost, not in a matter of years, but in a matter of weeks. In the last few weeks, this sort of dumbing down of the political process by party leaders and others has just been stunning. And the women of the party, in this hour saying, enough. And my view, it's about time.

I think Michael Steele is confusing his awakening to the problem, with the problem. The Republican Party was fine with Michael Steele through forced ultrasound, attacks on funding for Planned Parenthood, "legitimate rape," votes against equal pay and the Lilly Ledbetter act, and yet the Republican Party has dumbed down in the last few WEEKS?

Welcome to reality, Mr. Steele. Maybe someday you'll tell us what happens when women leaving your party do not come back.

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