PoliticsNation | November 07, 2012
>>> the republican party is in crisis. from day one, they have done everything to destroy president barack obama . from saying he wasn't born in this country to calling him unamerican. it all started the day he was sworn in. while he was dancing at the inaugural ball, republican leaders were about a mile away plotting and planning to bring him down. they couldn't even say the word compromise. mitch mcconnell says his number one goal was to make president obama a one-term president. but they failed. president obama took every punch they threw. he landed the political knockout last night and he's still standing . joining me now is joe madison , nationally syndicated radio host of "mornings with madison "and nia- malika henderson, national political reporter for "the washington post ." thank you for joining me tonight.
>> it's good to be here.
>> joe , is the republican party broken? is this a party in crisis?
>> yes, it is a party in crisis and one of the things is that the adults simply have not shown up to the party . you know, this goes back to one, the southern strategy , richard nixon 's administration when the dixicrats were tossed out or left the democratic party they were received in open arms by the republican party and that's why you saw the south all red yesterday. if you remember, lee atwater and the willy horton fiasco, even to the point that at his death bed lee atwater apologized to the late brown for the strategy that they used. so they are in disarray. and we talked about this during the whole election return and that is that it's not about including the art of inclusion. you know, you can't get -- like newt gingrich said, five white guys get in a room, decide what they are going to do and their idea of outreach is to invite some black hispanic or woman in telling them what we've decided to do. that's not inclusion.
>> that's not inclusion.
>> not at all. nia- malika , though, there's a lot of finger pointing going on. what do you think?
>> there is. as know said, there is a lot of finger pointing and this is a party in disarray. you saw over the last many years not only the southern strategy in play but a declining reliance, i think, on a realization that america is a diverse country. we saw a decline of 72%. there was a sign among republicans that this was still reagan's america . 88% of the share of the vote was white americans and that is just not the way that america looks right now. if you went to a romney rally, an obama rally, very different crowds romney rallies, much whiter, older american. in turn, the obama rallies, much more diverse. and i think people are surprised that obama was able to run the table on the strength of african-american voters. 15% in ohio, 20% in virginia. even when you talk to republicans now, they do talk about wanting to make inroads into the latino community but you don't hear them say they want to make inroads into the latino community. nixon did pretty well among african-american.
>> affirmative action started under nixon under art fletcher . joe , let me show you what a lot of people on the right are saying today. watch this.
>> kelly, you've got bob dee jindal, nikki haley and it's going to come from them and i think it will be a fairly reagan night and a conservative one and i think the future of the party is quite bright.
>> the idea that we have to become more moderate to win an election, that's a pig in a pope.
>> they want stuff. they want things. and who is going to give them things? president obama .
>> if we're not getting the female vote, do we become pro choice ? do we start passing out birth control pills? is that what we have to do?
>> so between last night and today, their reaction and these are the reactions of some of the right wing, most high-profile people, joe . they don't seem to get it.
>> no. and i'll tell you what i said and i'll say it again, they really need to put a muzzle on all those folks you just saw and even some more. put a muzzle on them. because in this day in age, 24 hours a day , seven days a week news cycle, they have become the face and the voice of the republican party and even their children and compete side by side and they are not on top of women and they don't think like that.
>> let me ask you this, nia- malika , there's another person being blamed, chris christie . when you look at all of the right-wing blogs and twitter from the atlantic saying that chris christie backlash machine revs into high gear . fox news website blames chris christie 's throat, dick morris blames chris christie . is christie going to take a political hit on this?
>> well, it could be that that happen. i think that he's probably eyeing new jersey and very diverse, a lot of soul searching going on among republicans. i think it's the initial stages. there is a model here. the democrats also suffered some setbacks after that dukakis loss and they looked at their party and tried to expand their party and you've seen that that's paid off in this election.
>> joe madison , host of sirius xm, and nia- malika henderson, thank you for your time tonight.
>> thank you, reverend. anytime.
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