WH Advisor Mocks GOP Candidates: They ‘Don’t Pledge Allegiance to All the Crazy’
A panel on This Week with George Stephanopoulos Sunday morning debated ABC News political analyst Matthew Dowd’s theory that the tea party had taken hold of the mainstream GOP, despite its electoral losses in primaries this past week. White House senior advisor David Plouffe argued that the current crop of GOP candidates was nearly identical in policy positions to the tea party, however they moderated their rhetoric.
“There’s really not much difference anymore between tea party people and the establishment people,” Dowd proposed. “They’ve almost become one.”
“Oh, Matt, tell that to the tea party,” GOP strategist Ana Navarro said. “This has been two very different factions going at each other. For a very long time, the mainstream Republicans just sat there and took the pummeling. What we saw this week, they woke up finally, they fought back, and when they fought back they won.”
“I don’t get the celebration,” Plouffe countered. “So they’re not witches and defenders of rape. So maybe they don’t pledge allegiance to all the crazy. Let’s look at these candidates. Let’s look at 2016. different electorate, battle ground states. All against immigration reform, all denying climate change, all against gay marriage, all against funding things like education and transportation to help jobs. These are not people who are going to win the middle of the electorate or the emerging part of the electorate. I think Matt makes a very good point.”
Watch the clip below, via ABC News:
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