The government shutdown triggered a civil war of sorts within the Republican party between moderates and the tea partiers. Rachel Maddow used the Iowa Republican party in particular as a perfect example of why the moderates won’t be wresting control of the party any time soon.
She said that in Iowa, Governor Terry Branstad is trying to “reclaim the party from the social conservatives” amidst the collapse of the state GOP. Case in point, Diane Crookham Johnson was a big fundraiser for the state Republicans until she “dropped out of party leadership” because of her pro-choice views and the the “increasing rigidity on social issues” in the Republican party.
Maddow posed this question for the GOP as a whole.
“Can mainstream Republicans regain their strength and take back control from the groups that have taken over, get themselves back into power?”
But Maddow then shook the magic 8-ball and found that all signs point to Ted Cruz, so “this is not going to help.”
Watch the video below, via MSNBC:
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