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Monday, March 25, 2013

Republicans v. their own nature

Updated March 30, 2013 below.

TRMS last week aired a hilarious segment on the RNC's plans to "re-brand" themselves to reach out to Hispanic voters, instead of alienating them. They are not off to a good start. The fun starts around the 4:45 mark in the video. Transcript below the embed:

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MADDOW: Then there's Senator Rand Paul from Kentucky. Today, he spoke the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C. and on his way there, he apparently stopped off at the hispanic voter stereotype shop.
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PAUL: Republicans have been losing both respect and votes of a group of people who already identify with many of our beliefs and family and faith and conservative values. Hispanics should be a natural, sizable part of the Republican base,  defense of the unborn, defense of traditional marriage, that should resonate with Latinos.
MADDOW: Should they? Why do you think that? You know, if you actually look at the data, more than half of all hispanics think gay people should be allowed to marry. And on abortion, two thirds of Hispanic voters think abortion should be legal, so your stereotypes about what Latino voters think, hey, turns out they're wrong. Also, they're stereotypes. Also, there's this:
PAUL: There's a hilarious episode on Seinfeld, any Seinfeld fans? Where Jerry, Jerry admits he loves Asian women, but he frets and he worries he says is it racist to like a certain race?
MADDOW: Don't do it! Don't do it! Don't, don't, don't… Just don't.
PAUL: So it is with trepidation that I'd like to express my admiration today for the romance of the culture
MADDOW: [hands shake, then crumple papers on her desk, the she shouts] BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD REINCE PRIEBUS! No, no,, no!

March 30, 2013:
I watch TRMS the day after in the morning on my computer. On Friday's show she gave us a bit more detail about Senator Paul's speech to the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C. He did not deliver a policy speech (as you can see from the above excerpt) but instead proceeded from the point transcribed above to quote a Pablo Naruda love poem. Not kidding. Pablo Naruda, you know, the famous avowedly Marxist poet of Chile and staunch supporter of the Allende government? That Pablo Naruda.

As I like to say, I could not make up satire like this - I don't have the imagination.

Also on last Friday's show Maddow listed the "insensitive terms" that the Republicans are warning their public figures to avoid saying. I find it well worth noting that the list sounded like Republican talking points of yester-year (or yesterday).

Send them all back
Electric fence
Build a wall along the entire border
Illegals or aliens
Anchor baby

Remember those talking points we gave you every year for, uhh, the last 30 years or so? Find a shredder!! Fast!!

Really? Do they think no one will notice?

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