In case you forgot how unhinged MSNBC and their guests have become, this is a great reminder. On Monday night’s The 11th Hour With Brian Williams, Real Clear Politics Associate Editor A.B. Stoddard was on to discuss the Democratic Party’s newest election rigging scheme, the “For The People Act,” and wildly declared the end of democracy if it wasn’t made law.
Williams asked Stoddard what she thought about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi saying she’s “not giving up on getting Manchin to support the For The People Act,” despite him making it abundantly clear he’s opposed to the bill.
In response, Stoddard put on her tin foil hat and made the insane claim that election integrity bills being passed in Republican states were somehow killing free and fair elections in the United States:
“There’s a lot of talk about water bottles, and a lot of talk about closing windows for requesting absentee ballots, and how that disenfranchises voters of color, and that is true. The problem is, that they have allowed this process to be completely partisan and corruptible, and we might have looked at our last free and fair election as a result.”
How can anyone take people who say these things seriously? Anyone who reads the election reform legislation proposed by Republican legislatures will realize how foolish left-wing phony journalists like A.B. Stoddard sound.
“Right now Democrats, while the house is on fire, the barn is on fire, the whole farm is lighting aflame, are fussing about the perfect firefighter. If they lose the chance to pass a passable voting rights bill, they’ll lose the midterm elections and they won’t have to worry about infrastructure bills from now on because they won’t be back in power.”
This is quite the admission by Stoddard. If Democrats don’t pass a federal government takeover of our election system, they will never win again. With how radical the Democratic Party has become, that might be true.
Read the transcript below by clicking “expand”:
The 11th Hour With Brian Williams
BRIAN WILLIAMS: The Vice President is leading the administration’s effort to protect voting rights. So far federal legislation appears DOA in the water. In the Senate, Democratic state lawmakers who staged that walkout to block that Texas bill restricting voting in Texas. They’ll be in Washington tomorrow to lobby for the passage of the For The People Act. They will meet with the Senate Democratic Caucus before a meeting with Vice President Harris on Wednesday. Still with us, Cornell Belcher and A.B. Stoddard. So, Cornell, this is a snarky way to put it but the Texas Democrats might as well commiserate with the Senate Democrats. They have righteousness and virtue on their side. What both of them lack is the math.
CORNELL BELCHER: Well, I think that’s right, but I also think there’s something fundamentally more problematic, Brian. That is, how do you get, and this is something that, that, that President Obama used to talk about all the time, is how do you get the broader swath of Americans to have skin in this game? Uh, look poll after poll shows Americans — a majority of Americans, not a 50-50 proposition, the silent majority of Americans are for the voting rights bill and this new legislation to protect the sanctity of our democracy. But can Democrats flip that and turn Republicans‘ obstruction of it into a win for them going into the midterms? The greatest trick that Mitch McConnell and Republicans have done, is in fact, and we saw it under Obama, too, and many Democrats are saying, you know Brian, this smells like 2010 coming all over again, which is a catastrophe is simply to block everything the Democrats try to do.
And to our earlier point, have the base of the Democratic Party deenergize and frustrate it and not turn out. The question is can Democrats finally turn this and use this offensively, like what a vast number of Americans want to do, can we hold Republicans‘ feet to the fire for blocking this, from blocking infrastructure, from blocking voting rights? And I’ll say this as my last point on this, Brian, is Democrats have to make this not a minority issue. I think too often the talking points around this are about minorities being blocked from the ballot box. Democrats have to take a page from Republicans and middle America has to be scared as hell of what the consequences are going to be for them and their children, if we lose on these fights. If voting access is blocked, and if we have elections overturned that we know are legitimate, the day middle America is scared as hell about what’s going to happen in this country, that’s the day that Democrats will prevail on this politically in the midterms.
WILLIAMS: Uh, A.B., that’s a man whose life’s work has been understanding voters and how to tailor the message to certain voters, and Democrats at the party level, if they’re smart, will listen to those words just spoken. To you, A.B., cause I know Joe Manchin is your favorite topic, your reaction to Pelosi saying she’s, quote, “not giving up on getting Manchin to support the For The People Act”?
A.B. STODDARD: Well, I think it’s impressive that the House Speaker recently said that she wasn’t giving up on Senate Republicans either on getting behind a commission to investigate January 6, and the worst assault on the Capitol since the Civil War. And surely they walked right off the cliff in lock step and refused to back it. But, I appreciate her sunny optimism. Joe Manchin aside, as we discussed last week, Cornell is right. This whole problem with the For The People Act and dealing with all of the voting restriction bills passed around the country by state legislatures, by Republicans, is that we really can’t be looking at the vote passing. And a lot of Democratic messaging has been on that.
We have to focus on the vote counting and how corruptible it will be with the passage of these bills. How partisan and potentially rigged it will be. There’s a lot of talk about water bottles, and a lot of talk about closing windows for requesting absentee ballot, and how that disenfranchises voters of color, and that is true. The problem is, that they have allowed this process to be completely partisan and corruptible, and we might have looked at our last free and fair election as a result. I think Cornell is right, you need to alarm voters about this in that way. And I agree with Bill Kristol who told you last week, why don’t the Democrats in a PR campaign, just pass a different component of this every week and just talk to the American people about what the different components are and how scary it will be if a bunch of corrupt politicians take over a process in a state and don’t count lawfully cast votes. That’s where the focus has to be.
Right now Democrats, while the house is on fire, the barn is on fire, the whole farm is lighting aflame, are fussing about the perfect firefighter. If they lose the chance to pass a passable voting rights bill, they’ll lose the midterm elections and they won’t have to worry about infrastructure bills from now on because they won’t be back in power.