In a video published by Stanford’s Hoover Institution, television producer Rob Long and former deputy assistant attorney general John Yoo debated whether the Republican Party needed to revise its core principles in light of the 2012 elections.
Yoo, who is best known as the author of the so-called “Torture Memos,” insisted that Obama had not received a mandate from the American people. He framed the President’s reelection as a failure of the Republican Party rather than a victory for liberals. Yoo said Republicans had just nominated a weak candidate for president and made some other strategic errors.
“I feel like Laurence Fishburne in The Matrix,” Long replied. “You’re living in a dream world.”
He said that, contrary to Yoo’s assertions, the Republican Party had been on the losing side of history. Long noted that the next two or three Supreme Court justices would be nominated by Obama, who now also had the power to implement his signature health care reform law as he saw fit. Liberals had driven the history of America for the past forty years and Ronald Reagan’s presidency was just “a minor little nap.”
Long also said Republicans were doomed if they continued to fight against same-sex marriage.
“Gay marriage is on its way to becoming pretty much universal in the country,” he explained. “And our argument against it is, ‘Well, you know, marriage is a sacred institution.’ The divorce rate in this country is 50 percent. There is not one American citizen who is not one or two people away from a divorce. That argument, that somehow the actual act of a union is sacred, sounds to most Americans like we live on Mars, that we are not living in America.”
Watch video, uploaded to YouTube on Tuesday, below: