Rachel Maddow reflects on Republicans’ infatuation with nonsense

By Eric W. Dolan
Tuesday, June 4, 2013 23:43 EDT
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On her show Tuesday night, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow opined that the Republican Party was hopelessly in love with convenient nonsense.

Conservatives have long searched for a “smoking gun” that would take down President Barack Obama, she said. Their latest “smoking gun” was the claim the IRS commissioner visited the White House more than 150 times.

“This is what your uncle who has been watching Fox News all day has been screaming at the television recently,” Maddow remarked. “This is what he’s on about.”

But it turns out the commissioner visited the White House only eleven times — at the most. However, conservatives have still gone on claiming that the commissioner was at the White House an unusual number of times.

“Fox News has now reacted to the story being debunked by continuing to lead with it as a smoking gun story,” Maddow said. “They have decided this is just too good of a story to give up on just because it’s not true.”

The situation wasn’t much better for conservative lawmakers. She noted that House Republicans had scheduled two votes to defund the non-existent group ACORN and have futilely attempted to repeal Obamacare 37 times. Maddow concluded Republicans were no longer interested in policy. They were only interested in messaging and fundraising. Faced with the real problem of student loan rates, Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (KY) inexplicably blamed Obamacare.

“The Republican Party has a nonsense problem when it comes to policy and it comes from the top,” Maddow explained.

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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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