Rachel Maddow discusses the nut-itude of the GOP. She likely needed more than two segments, but she managed to cover a lot despite the time limitations:
For the record, the Southern Avenger guy who Rand Paul hired to write his book for him in 2010 and then to become part of his senate office thereafter, the Southern Avenger is 39 years old. In 2009, he was 35 years old, still going by the title the Southern Avenger and still writing about how the confederacy needed to rise again. And secede from the nation.
And then within a year of that, Rand Paul had him on staff on the payroll writing Rand Paul's book.
And now that Rand Paul is getting asked about it, Senator Paul says the whole secessionist neo-confederacy thing was a youthful indiscretion which this 39-year-old put down months before Rand Paul hired him.
That's apparently all you have to say. That's how Rand Paul is explaining that he's keeping this guy on with him. Salary paid by the taxpayers.
As he heads to purple state Nevada this weekend to attend one of two conservative movement and Republican party Vegas events this weekend spotlighting the most ambitious Republican federal officeholders in the nation alongside the nation's leading proponents of the theory that our country's first black president could not possibly be American, he must be secretly foreign, his presidency is illegitimate and it's a giant conspiracy.
When Republicans talk to each other about how to spend their time, especially in states like Nevada where elections have been pretty close, where Republicans conceivably could have a shot at being competitive in a national race if they could figure out a way to broaden their appeal, when Republicans talk about these things, do they ever talk about how stuff like they're doing this weekend in Las Vegas might interfere with the whole broadening the party's appeal thing? Do you guys ever talk about Joseph Farrah being at your events? Does that ever come up?
So, GOP, how's that reinvention thing (scroll) workin' for ya?
Rachel then interviewed Steve Schmidt, the senior adviser in 2008 to presidential candidate John McCain and his regrettable running mate, Sarah Whatsername:
In Nevada, it was Sharron Angle. We nominate these kooky people, and we lose general elections. It's extraordinary when you consider the 5 U.S. Senate seats the Republicans have given up. and clearly the lessons have not been learned. There should be a total disassociation with the nuts that are associated with the party here...
What Rand Paul has to understand is that his chief strategic imperative in the race is to de-kookify himself from his dad's shadow. He's not doing that. He's going in the wrong direction...
What everybody should agree on is that there is no place for the kooks at the table. And this is nutty stuff.