Hardball | February 06, 2013
>>> we're back. if you want to appreciate how big a challenge the would be rebranders of the republican party face, consider this. the fringies, the characters who live in the fever swamps of birtherisms who claim president obama isn't an american, isn't a christian, who say global warming is a hoax and talk about legitimate rape. these people with the base of the republican party . one is paul broun , he's a republican from georgia who's decided now to run for the u.s. senate from that state. that's a gift many people believe to democrats. his extreme right wing views might give them, the democrats, a real chance to win a seat in a red georgia. joining me now is the genius and cocreator of the daily show lynn winn stead and laura ashburn. i'd like both of you to listen to some of paul broun 's greatest hits then i want your reaction. let's listen.
>> obama himself has zero experience in private sector . he's never had a private job. he's always worked in the public sector . he thinks government needs to produce everything. government needs to control everything. there's a word for that. socialism. he's a marxist.
>> fellow patriots, we have a lot of domestic enemies of the constitution and they're right down the mall in the congress of the united states . and right down independence avenue in the white house of the -- that belongs to us. come to understand all that stuff i was taught about evolution and embryology and big bang theory , all that is lies straight from the pit of hell. and it's lies to try to keep me and all the folks who were taught that from understanding that they need a savior. it's not about my ability to hunt, which i love to do. it's not about the ability for me to protect my family, my property against criminals. which we have the right to do. but it's about -- it's all about us protecting ourselves from a tyrannical government of the united states .
>> well, the challenge for the creative people and i was just talking to joe scarborough , it's a challenge. how do you look at the people way out there that don't feel confident in the democratic party and now the republican. you can't run these people because you're nuts.
>> i don't think people want to vote for a party that wouldn't accept them as candidates. just get an old groucho marx line.
>> if the republicans are going to start talking about their party evolving, the basic start would be to believe in evolution. so when you don't --
>> i think you're picking a point here.
>> but this one saying evolution starts in the
>>> i don't understand. it's tone deafness. if you say you're going to reinvent authority.
>> who is he talking to? there are people applauding it. you can't say they don't exist.
>> that's exactly right. there are people who like this. there are paleo conservatives. people who believe that this person is the person to be the face of the republican party . and then you have the karl roves who are trying to bring it to the middle who just don't understand.
>> see, i don't know about that. i think when you look -- i'm from minnesota. and when you look at --
>> you're from minnesota.
>> right, sure i am. and you have steve king in iowa .
>> let's look at iowa . he's right up there with this minage ree with paul brown .
>> we have a very, very urban senator, barack obama , who's decided he's going to run for president. we've got to stand up and say we're not going to pay slavery reparations in the united states of america . that was over a century ago. government can sit down and decide to pay reparations with money borrowed from the chinese.
>> i'm sort of a thadeus stevens type of gie, but i haven't heard that raised as an issue. who is he arking with?
>> there is 15 bills before congress right now that are reparations bills.
>> there's no money to get out.
>> people are still in it. i did a story about how aetna were out to make reparations. this is still in the news.
>> i think this guy, steve king , is fighting an old horse here, riding an old horse.
>> when these guys get out of their bubble of their districts, you cannot tell me in iowa , king is up. king is up in iowa .
>> oddly, let me ask you a simple question. you're smart. not a good guy, necessarily, but a smart guy . you're h aurks iley sbs barber. how are you going to stop them from running?
>> you give more money to another guy. i mean, money talks , right? if you don't want this guy to win and you've got the koch brothers, that's why they have a pact, right?
>> here's the deal money can't buy you. athen tisty.
>> they're authentic. i hate to tell you.
>> they're the real thing.
>> they're authentic to a point where if you're awe thentic in your rationality, great, it will appeal to the rational people. but when this guy says that the earth was, you know, formed 9,000 years ago and we started farming 10,000 years ago, it's insane.
>> we have to come back to the fact that they have a base. people like that have been elected.
>> i look at murdoch, he won, i look at o'donnell, she won. they won. that guy mike lee beat bob bennett out in utah. you knocked off a guy in indiana. they tend to win.
>> but rove's candidates haven't been doing so well, either.
>> no, neither have nra candidates, neither day adelson's candidates or koch's candidates.
>> i want two parties where can i go into the election and decide who to vote for.
>> there's reason on both sides. i want a choice. not an echo, i want a choice. and that's why i think that the old days, the republicans running reasonable people like that won a lot of sense.
>> but this is a turning point in the republican party .
>> when we return, some loving