VIDEO-- Andrea Mitchell to Haley Barbour on election-rigging schemes: Are Republicans "trying to game the system?"

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Andrea Mitchell:

"What about the electoral college... to make them proportional... If it were done nationally, Mitt Romney would have been taking the oath of office...

Barbour:

"States have the right to do that... "

Mitchell:

"Doesn't this make it look as though the Republicans are trying to game the system? Isn't it a bad tactic for the Republican party to take... ?"

Barbour:

"I don't know how you can ask that question when you in the immediate previous breath told me that the Republicans aren't even gonna let it out of committee...  Maybe there's somebody in Virginia who happens to be a Republican, but when some Democrat offers some stupid legislation that the Democrats won't let out of committee, usually the Democratic party doesn't have to answer for what can't get out of committee."

Mitchell:

"... Other states are proceeding: Republican legislatures in Michigan, in Pennsylvania, in Ohio are proceeding with it. I'm just asking, is this the right move for the party nationally?"

Barbour:

"Well as I said, I would not be for it. I don't think there's any sort of national movement, and you've sort of convinced me that in Virginia, there may not even be any state movement, it may be an isolated legislator.... But I think it is wrong to judge it that there is some big Republican conspiracy to try to change this."

No state or national movement? What about this? And this:  Finally! WaPo front-pages election-rigging scheme. Plus, glimmers of hope in Virginia, Florida.  And this via HuffPo:

One of Michigan's top Republican lawmakers is interested in a proposal to change the way the state allocates its electoral college votes, in a way that would have handed Michigan to Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election despite the fact that he received a minority of the popular vote.

On to common sense gun safety proposals...

Mitchell:

"The Supreme Court has already ruled in the Heller case that there can be exceptions, that the DC gun law was unconstitutional but other assault weapon bans might not be unconstitutional, so the Constitution does not preclude other restrictions on guns and background checks and other measures that are being considered and that have widespread support. Do you think that Republicans should take a closer look at some of these other options in the aftermath of Newtown?"

Barbour then started babbling about "mentally ill, deranged people," or as I call it, Haley Barbour.

FYI, here is a back story on what Mitchell and Barbour were discussing at the top of the video:  Why Bobby Jindal is aiding and abetting the transformation of the GOP into “the stupid party”  

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  • http://twitter.com/Aqua_Buddah Jason Rowe

    Shorter Barbour: Be stupid, just don't say stupid things. Tell you what: DON'T vote GOP, you're less likely to GET "stupid."