The Rachel Maddow Show | February 01, 2013
>>> fell and fully grown, the honey badgers stretch along the east indiana ocean and africa. despite being called badgers, they are technically mustalids, think timberwolves, think pole cat . they're all kin to the honey badger . now, when honey badgers kill something, they eat the whole carcass down to the last toe bone. they will raid beehives and eat to toruses, they do what they want, no questions, no fear, they famously do not care.
>> oh, it has a cobra, runs back wards, now watch this, it snakes up in the tree, it doesn't care, it just takes what it wants.
>> last week on this show we compared the elected republicans of the great state of michigan to the honey badger , because the michigan republicans don't believe a care. at the time they planned to rig the election, so effectively the democrat couldn't win office again. the plan was to change the way we vote for president, under current law, most states allocate the votes to the winner as a whole. the plan was to change this in several blue states , states that vote democratic in presidential elections, they wouldn't do it everywhere, just some states. so oklahoma and arkansas and other safe red states , they would continue to deliver every single one of their electoral votes to the republican candidate for president. they wouldn't change a thing there. blue states like michigan or virginia , they would have to give away more than half of their votes to the republican side . so the red state gets the whole electoral votes . but a blue state just gets some of those votes. you still have to give some of them to the republican, the result, of course is the giant thumb on the scale for the republican hopefuls. earlier we talked about whether or not republicans are trying to make this change, florida , virginia , wisconsin , ohio , michigan and pennsylvania . but then as the story got more attention in the news, the republicans in those states started to back off. florida 's house speaker said his party didn't need to change the rules, he said they, meaning republicans , just need to get better. and bob mcdonald said he was against the idea, so were a couple of key republicans in the senate. and this week, they voted it down in committee. in wisconsin , wisconsin 's republican governor scott walker said he thought the idea was interesting. after that got a lot of attention back home, he said he had serious concerns about it. in ohio , where the republicans floated the idea days after the election, he and the republicans now say oh, nobody in ohio is talking about doing this thing. so that is florida , virginia , wisconsin and ohio deciding to not try to pull this off. but michigan ? michigan is different. michigan , they just had their sneak attack right to work law that they came out in favor of. introduced, passed -- they came out in favor of it, introduced it, signed it into law all within a space of a week during an election in which they never mentioned it. voters repealed it. michigan republicans responded by just passing another one in the way that it couldn't be repealed this time. you know, the will of the voters. michigan republicans don't give a bleep about bad press or the will of the voters, or doing what they said they would do, and they do not care. so as republicans were bailing on this plan to rig the electoral college , michigan 's republican house speaker was still talking it up. michigan 's republican governor said this seems fair, we'll consider it. in the end, turns out that even michigan 's honey badger republicans have their limits. just when it looked like they would gnaw to enact this scheme when nobody else could stomach it, finally, michigan republicans found they couldn't stomach it, at least not yet. michigan 's republican leader in the senate doesn't want to go through it. michigan 's governor, schneider, says he is very skeptical of the idea that this just is not the right time. so we started with six possible states that republicans hoped to fill the playing field . florida , wisconsin , ohio , and finally michigan said they wouldn't do it. but there is still a holdout, not michigan , i am surprised to say i thought the holdout would be michigan . but turns out the holdout is pennsylvania . the republican senate majority leader said he would introduce a bill this month in february, even if it makes some folks in his party a little queasy, i thought it was home to the republican party in 2013 . but maybe it is pennsylvania , maybe it is actually tom corbett eating the cobra, stay tuned. that does it for us, go whichever your favorite team is for the super bowl . as you wish. good night.