In a segment he called “The Clown Car Returns” on Wednesday, Chris Matthews ran several clips from speeches by Sarah Palin, Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina, Scott Walker, Mike Huckabee, Chris Christie, and Rick Perry at the Iowa Freedom Summit hosted by Representative Steve King (R-IA) last weekend.
Using the baseball analogy of tagging first base “before rounding the horn” Matthews wondered, “is Steve King the base Republicans really want to tag?”
He went on to point out that all the potential candidates for the Republican nomination seem to go out of their way to appeal to the most radical elements of the party, a move that would alienate a large share of the general electorate.
Republican consultant, John Brabender admitted that the middle class feels that it has been abandoned by both parties, particularly by the Republicans who oppose even the concept of a minimum wage and that the party had to make adjustments to appeal to them. Then he continued saying that he thought the speakers at King’s event had done a good job of avoiding social issues just as the last three Republicans to run a successful presidential campaign, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush.
MSNBC political analyst, Joan Walsh disagreed, pointing out that Scott Walker had gone out of his way to note that he had defunded Planned Parenthood in Wisconsin.
When Brabender attempted to defend the contenders for the nomination, saying that the people who vote in primaries are the most conservative and the most liberal, Matthews interrupted him saying:
“You know why I am really against your Party? …I can’t stand the fact you fight too many wars. I think the Iraq War was insane. And I think it was really bad for our country. And the attempt by your party, from Reince Priebus all the way down, to repress Black voting in this country. Voting rights are sacred. You shouldn’t mess with them. An you’ve got guys all over the country, Republicans as Republicans saying we are going to screw the Black vote. That is what you are doing. So again, the partisan game, I could not defend that if I were you.”
Watch the Matthews smack down the apologist in the video below.