Sarah Palin jumped into the “defund Obamacare” fray this week with a full defense of Ted Cruz‘s efforts to defund the health care law by any means necessary. On Hardball Monday, former McCain 2008 campaign strategist Steve Schmidt said that Republicans need to wash themselves of this “asininity.”
Chris Matthews couldn’t help but bring up Schmidt’s role in bringing Palin to the national stage, likening it to a “Frankenstein’s monster” scenario. He asked Schmidt about Palin’s blatant threats to the GOP establishment over Obamacare.
Schmidt said for too long “this wing of the party [has been] running roughshod” for years, trying to “purge moderates,” and he said the GOP finally needs to take a stand.
“We need Republicans, whether they’re running for president, whether they’re the leadership of the Congress, to stand up against a lot of this asininity.”
He declared that moderates need to take “conservatism’s good name back from the freakshow that’s been running wild for four years,” admitting he has “deep regret” for giving Palin her first-ever national platform.
Watch the video below, via MSNBC:
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