PoliticsNation | March 04, 2013
>>> the whole world wasn't waiting for. mitt romney 's first sit down interview since blowing an election emp republican thought they had in the bag. oh well, so good to see will ard again. and what an interview tchs. here's the part where he explained how he's still relevant to the country. and here's the part where romney offered his thoughts about the future of the republican party .
>> yiekss. all right. last chance. here's the part where romney finally gave us a meaningful apology for his 47% comments. i have to say it, those bars were more interesting than anything mitt romney had to say. forget mr. economy. romney is now mr. irrelevant. and, today, another repub lynn can stealing the spot light. former florida governor jeb bush refusing to rule out a run for the white house .
>> are you going to run in 2016 ?
>> that's way off into the future. i have a voice. i want to share my believes about how the conservative movement in the republican party can regain its footing. we've lost our way.
>> but you will not definitively rule out a run for president in the year 2016 .
>> i won't. but i'm not going to declare toad, either.
>> jeb bush is getting ready to roll forward. but the gop is still stuck in reverse. joining me now are ryan grim and patricia murphy. let me thank you both for being here tonight.
>>> ryan , mitt romney is irrelevant, but having his ideas, 47% make herbs and takers, have been absolved by this party ?
>> in a lot of ways, thech. and this is because they don't have a unifying philosophy anymore that they can -- that they can get behind that they feel confident they can take with the american people and win a majority. so that allows, you know, cranks from all different sectors of the conservative movement to kind of push their pet theories to the floor. and whether it's somebody saying, look, the only reason that people voted for obama is because he gave them gifts or, you know, or whatever voter fraud allegations somebody might want to throw out.
>> the romney doctrine dominating, patricia . isn't that right that they're sort of, as a party , still mar nating in romney 's ideas and what he's projected as policy?
>> you know, i actually kind of think the reverse. i think that romney was sort -- is sort of tofu politics. he was just such a blank slate that he just absorbed any idea that came his way. and that we saw in a lot of those republican primaries , he became more and more conservative. the more the republican right demanded that he become conservative. but to rooirn's point, there is no single government philosophy and there is no leader, including mitt romney . he really has never been relevant. he was a one-toerm governor of a blue state and never led the party . the party was leading him. and i think until this pashty gets a break out leader, they're going to be minored in this revolution.
>> it reminds me this morning, new york city had a front page story about there's such disarray in the party . and fiekts on various issues. like same-sex marriage and immigration that the only one issue that they seem to be able to stand bhien is on spebding cuts. it is no longer entirely clear what it means to be a republican. the party is more divided than ever and a debate is breaking out on how best to con figure the movement.
>> that's right. the process of elimination is a very bad way to, you know, to come to some type of consensus. okay. we can agree on these social issues. we can't agree on this. we can't even agree on taxes. well, spending, houb that? okay, that's the last thing we have. therefore, that's the hill that we're going to die on. but that's no way -- that's no analytical process that's going to lead you to the right policy or to the right politics. but, you know, that's the process that they took. so, here they are fighting on this hill over the sequester. you had mitch mcconnell and john boehner going on the sunday shows with different ypds on whether or not the sequester is going to be a good thing for them. it's not. it's going to hurt people and they're going to be the ones that are blamed for it. the economy should take off any day now.
>>> jeb bush who has very publically refused to close the door . he was even questioned about what he thought about christie not being invited. let he show you what he said.
>> i think there was some disappointment in how governor christie felt about the budget issues. i can understand that. look, i love christie . he's part of the republican party , for sure. whether he's going to cpac or not is not really changing that.
>> so he can understand why cpac didn't invite him. but he loves christie . i mean, can bush be the one to get some balance and lead this party out of the wilderness, so to speak?
>> well, i think your question answers itself. can bush be the one. i think it's over for the bush family . they've spent more time talking about how bad the bush years were, almost how bad the obama years have been. the very grass roots have as much as a kwaurl with george w. bush as they do with barack obama . i can't believe that the republican party doesn't have somebody not named bush who can lead them out of this problem. i think we see him starting to position himself with the conservative movement , at least to keep the door open. he's the kind of break out leader who can lead them out of this wilderness that they're in. but he's not going to be able to get through the primary if he can't even get invited to cpac .
>> i'm going to have to hold it there. ryan grim, patricia murphy, thanks to both of you for being here tonight.
>> thank you so much.
>> ahead, republicans acted like bully who is wanted to fight. now they've forgotten. president obama 's new plan. no more mr. nice guy.
>>> and the blurb lines between fox news and the republican party just got even closer . stay with us.