June 7, 2009

While discussing the number of Republicans that President Obama has brought into his administration, Matt Dowd claims that the Republicans falling apart means that they have not had a chance to get their message out.

Dowd: I agree it's a smart move. I also think it has a much bigger, profound effect. As the Republicans are in disarray and they can't seem to settle on any leader, any issue, are becoming a minority party in this country, really and truly a minority party at this time, that is not what the American politics needs.

We need two vibrant political parties that are able to present competing visions and then fight it out over with the American public. Right now we have one vibrant party that is very strong and one party that is in total disarray as I say, and so there's not this conflict of ideas that is able for the American public so sort of see out there so they can pick and choose from it. That's a huge problem.

Apparently Mr. Dowd doesn't watch much American television if he thinks the Republicans have not had more than a sufficient chance to get their ideas out to the public.

Dowd also lets one slip about what George Bush thought of listening to competing ideas:

Dowd: I think it does help demonstrate that Barack Obama's interested in diversity of opinion within the decision making process, which was a huge problem, and a perception that people had of George W. Bush. He had no interest, people thought he had no interest in getting diversity of opinion. At least Barack Obama by doing this is demonstrating that he wants it.

I think Dowd was being honest before he corrected himself.

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