First, they covered the notion that Republicans have no real leader. Rove dismissed this by saying the lack of leadership is a natural result of not controlling the White House. That might be somewhat true, but there’s also too many Republicans spending their time in office essentially preparing for a 2016 presidential campaign (Ted Cruz and Rand Paul, for example). So not only do they not have a real leader, they have “leader wannabes” who are helping divide their party.
This is something many liberals have said for years. The Republican party wants Democrats to take them seriously, yet their party seems to have multiple psychotic personalities — and we never know which one we’ll be dealing with.
O’Reilly also hit Rove on the Republican opposition to “Obamacare,” basically saying that the Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus really has no power and that’s made it easy to paint the GOP as “the party of no.”
He reiterated a thought liberals have been saying for a while that while Republicans have spent years bashing “Obamacare,” what alternative have they proposed? It’s easy for someone like Ted Cruz to stand there and say something like, “The only fix for Obamacare is a full repeal,” but I’ve yet to hear the Texas senator (or any Republican for that matter) offer any real and viable alternative to the Affordable Care Act.
O’Reilly was exactly right on both accounts. It’s clear the tea party runs the base of the Republican party, not the RNC. And since 2008, when Republicans took on their long political strategy of “whatever President Obama supports just do the opposite,” their entire party has stood for absolutely nothing. As far as health care goes, their basic plan is, “Return to what we had before” which would mean discrimination based on pre-existing conditions, health insurance companies being able to offer plans which only offered the illusion of health care coverage and millions of Americans being dropped from their parents insurance because under the old rules they would now be too old.
That’s basically what the entire Republican party wants, since they’ve offered no viable plan to the contrary.
Rove didn’t really disagree, saying that the Republican party does need to campaign on what they stand for instead of just what they’re against. This is also something liberals have been saying for years. Well, to be fair, Republicans have stood for plenty of the same worn out policies we had during the Bush administration. But you’ll have to forgive me — I don’t call “going back to the same policies that led us into the worst recession in nearly a century” an actual plan to be taken seriously.
I just found the whole exchange a little amusing considering these are talking points liberals have been using for years that many Republicans have flat out disagreed with. Yet here’s a prominent right-wing media figure as well as a leading GOP strategist basically saying the very same things.
Funny, if this was Rachel Maddow interviewing someone like Bill Clinton and they said many of these very same things — it would be trashed by people like O’Reilly and the right-wing media as “liberally biased garbage.” But now that it’s been discussed on the “fair and balanced” Fox News, I’m sure many conservatives will actually finally believe it.