Ahead of Tuesday’s results in the Georgia Senate runoff and Wednesday’s congressional certification of Joe Biden’s presidential election win, MSNBC hacks longingly wished for the “death” of the Republican Party and suggested it would go the way of the long-defunct Whig Party, which disbanded in the 1850s.
“We are witnessing the end of your former party, Joe. It’s happening right before our eyes,” far-left journalist John Heilemann proclaimed on Monday’s Morning Joe. In reference to some GOP members of Congress planning to object to the certification of Biden’s victory, he happily predicted: “And Wednesday is going to be a big chapter in the book about the death of the modern Republican Party.”
Ignoring the fact that congressional Democrats have objected to the certification of Republican presidential wins in the past, co-host Joe Scarborough launched into a rant:
Yeah, and Mitch McConnell no longer is the leader of a unified Republican Party. He’s looking more like the leader of a splintered Whig party. I don’t know what the future of this party can be other than very bad. Very, very, very broken.
On Tuesday afternoon, while speaking to former Obama administration Defense Secretary and former Republican Senator Chuck Hagel, MTP Daily anchor Chuck Todd pushed the same leftist narrative of GOP doom:
I mean, is it too alarmist to say, are we looking – are we staring at a Whig moment? You know, the Whig Party? Are we seeing what happened to the Whigs in the 1850s? Are we seeing the same thing with this current version of the Republican Party?
Hagel, who described himself as a “Republican in name only,” agreed: “It could be....It’s gonna be a brutal fight inside the party and it’s gonna put Mitch McConnell and the Republican Congress in a very difficult spot.”
Todd wrapped up the softball chat by sneering: “And you said it, still a Republican, though you’re waiting to see what’s left of the party. I think you’re not alone in that question as well.”
Notice how the media constantly hope for the end of the GOP but never seem to speculate on the demise of the Democratic Party.
Here is a transcript of Todd’s January 5 exchange with Hagel:
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CHUCK TODD: Let me ask you to put your former Republican hat on or former Republican senator hat on. I’m not going to ask you which party your – I think you, the last time we talked, you said you’re still a Republican. You still feel like a Republican. Do you still feel that way?
CHUCK HAGEL: Well, I’m a Republican in name only, Chuck. I don’t know what that means anymore. It’s not the Republican Party that I joined. The Republican Party has lost its way. It’s no longer a broad diversive party with interests and with a focus, with a north star, fiscal responsibility, free trade, so on and so on. I don’t know who we are. And that’s going to be a tough thing that the Republicans are gonna have to deal with in the next two to four years.
TODD: I mean, is it too alarmist to say, are we looking – are we staring at a Whig moment? You know, the Whig Party? Are we seeing what happened to the Whigs in the 1850s? Are we seeing the same thing with this current version of the Republican Party?
HAGEL: It could be. I think it’s too early to predict anything. I mean, who are the new leaders of the party? What is their message? What’s their record? What should the Republican Party stand for? I think all those are unanswered questions and you’ve got at least half a dozen Republican senators that want to get the Republican nomination for president in 2024. You’ve got some of President Trump’s own cabinet members, former cabinet members, that want the nomination. It’s gonna be a brutal fight inside the party and it’s gonna put Mitch McConnell and the Republican Congress in a very difficult spot.
TODD: Former Senator Chuck Hagel, former Defense Secretary Chuck Hagen. And you said it, still a Republican, though you’re waiting to see what’s left of the party. I think you’re not alone in that question as well.