How deep does the well of hatred go in the Republican Party? Chris Matthews, of MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews, wants to know the answer. Sitting opposite his guests, Howard Fineman and Eugene Robinson, Matthews blasted the Texas Republican Party for its openly anti-gay party platform.
Matthews asked his guests:
[box type=”shadow”]“How wide is this infection of hatred? They’re going after gays now at this point in our history, when most Americans — including [Sen.] Bobby Casey (D) of Pennsylvania, very traditional people — are moving toward acceptance and, if not celebration, certainly true acceptance. I’m wondering, what’s wrong with Texas?”[/box]
During the Texas Republican Convention, the GOP adopted a platform plank that denounces gay people, claiming that being gay “tears at the moral fabric of society.” The platform also embraces “reparative therapy.” This is not the type of therapy they need to be embracing. This is the same Republican convention that gave us a man dressed like Davy Crockett, who called for war against the “tyrannical dictator” Barack Obama, after all. Given all the angry white men in their base, anger management therapy would be a good place for the party of the Big, Empty Tent and Small, Empty Minds to start.
Matthews was incredulous. “Is this what the Republican Party plans to run on in 2016?” he asked. “Hate?”
Robinson described the issue as being particular to the state’s GOP, and pointed out that Texas has some of the largest cities in the country. “Cities tend to be more tolerant places, tolerant of all different kinds of people who live there,” Robinson said. “Houston, in particular, which is the fourth-biggest city in the country, has a very large and active gay LGBT community.”
Fineman also noted that the Texas Republican party also includes a significant minority of pot-smoking, right-wing Libertarians who oppose many aspects of this platform. Fineman told Matthews:
[box type=”shadow”]“][t]hey were steamrolled in Texas. They won’t be quite as easily steamrollered elsewhere. But look at a person like George P. Bush, who’s the grandson of [former President George] H.W. Bush. He is in favor, in the Bush family way, of expanding outreach to Hispanics, of looking for sophisticated ways of expanding the Republican party. He got steamrollered, too.”[/box]
Watch Chris Matthews and guests lambaste the Texas Republican party.