And the nominee is…Rand Paul.
That’s according to MSNBC’s Chris Matthews. On his “Let Me Finish” segment Wednesday night, Matthews extrapolated from 20th Century electoral trends to predict the GOP’s 2016 nominee, arguing that political parties successfully choose moderate candidates until a party’s base grows disenchanted and nominates an extreme figure.
Citing Dwight Eisenhower as successful versions of a moderate candidate, and Barry Goldwater and George McGovern as an example of extreme candidates who “get killed,” Matthews argued that “party bases get pushed aside for several elections, and finally build up steam, much like a volcano, and finally come roaring to the surface.”
“The Republican base will do the same in 2016,” Matthews said. “They put up with George Bush the First, put up with Bob Dole, were deeply disappointed the big-spending George W, and last year again by Mitt Romney, and are now going to come loaded for bear for the race for 2016. So I predict the hard right is going to take over the party in 2016, and the nomination is going to go to…Rand Paul.”
“You watch,” Matthews said. “This is what I do for a living.”
Watch the clip below, via MSNBC:
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