Richard Wolffe talks to Markos Moulitsas about the recent poll from Research 2000 for Daily Kos showing that the Republicans have a real problem with their southern base.
Wolffe: We're going to get to your poll in a minute, but I wanted to ask what you think the political calculation is for Cantor as he distances himself from the birthers, and then bashes those who challenge the birthers.
Moulistas: Well I think most people would recognize, even Republicans, that there's a certain percentage of the Republican base that's a little off, that's a little crazy. I just think they didn't want anybody to know it's half of them. I mean, you know, that's crazy, so it's a problem for them because what they're realizing is that they are a southern regional rump party, that their leadership is heavily based in the south, and the rest of the country is sort of looking at them and wondering "What the heck is going on down there?".
Wolffe: So do you think now we're at a point where Cantor or maybe a certain segment of the GOP want the whole birther thing to go away now? Is that what's happening?
Moulistas: Oh, absolutely. I mean for a while it, you know, as long as nobody knows about it, then they could sort of feed it. They could introduce legislation in the Congress quietly to sort of appease this rabid, radical right. But suddenly now this is a national story because it's getting credence. You have Lou Dobbs on CNN making it his personal crusade. You have Fox News obviously pushing this very heavily, talk radio. And you're starting to realize that you have Republicans are going on campaign swings and they're going on television and they're doing interviews, and they're being asked about Obama's birth certificate. And it's really not the kind of thing they want to be asked about. It's not the kind of thing they want to encourage.
They go on to discuss the racial element behind the birther movement and the lack of moderate Republicans left in the party and how being forced to cater to their crazy base is going to hurt them nationally.