Rachel Maddow mocks Republicans for repeatedly forgetting their own beliefs

By Eric W. Dolan
Thursday, March 21, 2013 23:45 EDT
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On her show Thursday night, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow lampooned Republicans for having a flip-flopping problem, saying it appeared they did not seem to believe what they were actually supposed to believe.

“Why does this happen so much in Republican politics?” she wondered. “And how does the other party, or the country at large, argue policy with a party that so often does not even seem to know what their policy positions are, let alone actually believe in them?”

Maddow began by recounting House Speaker John Boehner’s latest flip-flop. The Republican from Ohio said Wednesday on CNN that a background check should be required for everyone who purchases a gun, but after the interview his office clarified he was actually opposed to universal background checks.

Similarly, the liberal MSNBC host noted Ohio Governor John Kasich (R) had briefly endorsed civil unions for same-sex couples before clarifying he actually opposed civil unions.

“This happens in Republican politics a lot. Remember in the presidential campaign, this used to happen to Mitt Romney all the time,” Maddow said, explaining how the GOP candidate had flip-flopped on the so-called Blunt amendment.

She concluded her round-up of Republican flip-flops by observing that Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) had introduced legislation to outlaw abortion without exception, only to say less than a week later that he believed there should be “thousands” of exceptions.

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Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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