The Rachel Maddow Show | November 14, 2012
i know better nutrition when i see it: moderate gun policy we used to have in in country. the common wisdom is that that is completely impossible because of the political power of the national rifle association . the nra doesn't want any gun laws and so we can't have any gun law , they're too powerful, they control it. does that common wisdom change at all once you know that this is the truth about the nra right now? the sunlight foundation crunched the numbers and the political action committee got as return on their investment a 0.82% return. they spent almost $11.8 million and less than 1% of that money went to races that went their way. less than 1%. now to be fair, the nra 's lobbying arm got just over a 10% of their investment. instead of wasting 99% of their money, this other nra group only wasted 90% of their money on races they didn't win. that's their good news year. to be fair, what we're seeing might be an indication of the fact that the nra is mostly just a republican interest group at this point. the nra does not seem to be making principled decisions about their endorsement these days. and most groups supporting republicans this year did really poorly because republicans did really poorly. we talked about a few of them on this show before. the karl rove super pac got a 1% return on their investment of over $100 million, the chamber of commerce got a 6.9% return on their investment of $3 and the house and senate campaign groups didn't great good return on investments. they spent a ton of money on these races and they lost. you know who did good this election cycle? planned parenthood superpac had an 88% return, their political return over a 97% return. they spent over $100 helping to get president obama reelected and support abortion rights . they spent money to help tammy build win and tim kaine and then spent money against anti-abortion candidates like mitt romney at the top of of the republican ticket. they also campaigned against linda mcmahon in connecticut and todd akin in missouri, josh mendel in hiohio. all of those places where planned parenthood took sides,s their side won. planned parenthood also led the opposition to an anti-abortion ballot amendment in florida . that opposition succeeded in florida . florida voted that anti-abortion thing down by a 10-point margin. they won pretty much everything they touched. over 97%, over 98%? it was a very winning year for planned parenthood . but the story of why planned parenthood had such a successful election season is not just the story of an individual senator in ohio or virginia or ballot question somewhere. planned parenthood did so well this year because this election electionelection ended up turning on women 's rights. because they moved on those issues whole sale nationwide as a party. some of this years's most famous republican candidates are guys who got famous for saying astonishing things. republicans did this to themselves and then democrats wouldn't let them get away with it. republicans tied themselves so tightly to women 's rights issues that ideas for cut of funding for planned parenthood , rolling back access to contraception, all of those things became identified in voters' minds as what you get if you vote republican, what it means to vote republican this year is all of that policy. and we saw that manifest in really specific way, like, for example, planned parenthood 's 98% return on their investment. and you can also see it manifest in the broadest possible results. in the gender gaps in the states that mattered most for the presidency. look at the gender gap in the swing states , how much mitt romney lost just the women 's vote by. virginia mitt romney lost the race by 3 points overall, lost women by 9 points. in florida romney only lost the race bay point but lost women by 7 points. in ohio mitt romney lost by 2 points overall by lost by 11 points for women . if you are the republican party , you need to fix it problem. or not.
>> let's go to the epicenter of this problem. the republican party in ohio , the state that put president obama on the strength of an 11 point deficit with women voters. what are they win, on since their guy lost the election based on his weakness among ohio women voters? they are moving on a fund to defund planned parenthood . only the republicans voted for it, all the democrats voted against it. they are working on reviving a previously stalled bill in a would ban abortion as early as six weeks into pregnancy. by the time you realize you've missed a period, your abortion would be illegal in ohio . to be fair, we cannot disprove the hypothesis that the ohio republican party has just woken up from a hibernation and are totally unaware of the election results. two additional overflow rooms were also totally full of people. here's the photo from the hallway outside the hearing room where lawmakers emerged to find chanting protesters had gathered to great pep this the republican party 's problem with women is a problem that cost them the presidency this year and a good portion of the senate, right? just think about the presidency. if women had voted the way men did this year, it would be president romney. but women did not vote that way at all. so honestly we're never going to hear from mitt romney again. this is apparently not a problem the republican party is planning on addressing just yet. based on what happened in ohio today, this might not be a problem that the republican party recognizes is a problem just yet. how long can they continue like this? that does it for us tonight. we will see you again tomorrow night. now it's time for "the last word with lawrence