By AATTP contributing author, Sky Palma
Appearing on “The Rachel Maddow Show” Thursday night, former senior adviser to President Barack Obama David Axelrod joined Maddow’s discussion of the 2012 election, with the conversation turning to how some Republicans are now laying blame on MSNBC for the GOP’s disastrous loss.
“We learned that the autopsy that the Republican Party commissioned to figure out why they did so badly and what is wrong with them as a party — that autopsy is done,” Maddow said.
RNC Chairperson Reince Priebus said on Thursday that the GOP will be releasing their findings March 18 at the National Press Club. Priebus gave a small preview of what is within the report.
According to the report, the GOP needs to work on “controlling the debate process, getting involved in moderators and networks and all of these other issues so that we don’t have chaos. I mean, we just can’t have MSNBC hosting a debate at the Reagan Library only to have their network make the commentary afterwards for three hours about the debate of the Republican Party. I mean, it’s ridiculous.”
“We were the reason you guys lost?” Maddow asked incredulously. “We’re what needs to be fixed in the Republican Party, seriously? I find this to be excellent news.”
Maddow then turned to Axelrod, who said that former presidential candidate Jon Huntsman had it right when he said “it was a failure of strategy and vision, not tactics.”
“The problem wasn’t the format. It wasn’t the venue. It wasn’t the commentary after the debates,” Axelrod said. “It’s what the candidates said in the debates, and that they were responding to the most strident voices in the party who are in control of that party.”
Axelrod then said that the GOP’s continuing hard-line approach to social issues, immigration, abortion and same sex marriage drove away the party’s much-needed moderate vote.
Watch the Rachel Maddow segment in the video below.
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