Episode 95 – Fringe Candidates Re-Brand Republicans

When stalwart old guard Republicans, like Karl Rove, start speaking derisively of their own party nominees, something has gone awry. With the nomination of statewide candidates Sharon Angle in Nevada, Rand Paul in Kentucky, Christine O’Donnell in Delaware, Joe Miller in Alaska and Carl Paladino in New York, what was once seen as an independent movement now threatens to re-brand the Republican Party at a time when its poised to make gains in the midterm elections. Could the Republicans win the short-term battle in the 2010 midterms, but lose the long-term war through such high-profile fringe candidates? In a culture geared towards personalities, these candidates threaten to overwhelm and define the party. What is the status of the “party” (and its leader Chairman Steele) when so many of its high profile endorsed candidates lose? Late in the show, Glenn and Jeff discuss Congressman John Boehner’s recent appearance on CBS’ Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer. They use Boehner’s own words to highlight how he might be the exact wrong candidate for Speaker should the Republicans gain control of the House.

We recommend that you also check out Face the Nation on CBS to see the entire interview with Congressman John Boehner from the September 12, 2010 episode.

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