This week's Mainstream Media Scream features a top ABC analyst who believes that the Republican Party would no longer welcome its iconic leaders, Teddy Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln or Ronald Reagan.
Despite so many Republicans wrapping themselves in the legacy of Reagan, ABC's Matthew Dowd said on Sunday's This Week that the party is gone.
After we posted, Dowd tweeted us that it's the same on the other side. "More than two years ago I said Dems wouldn't nominate JFK."
"I think that what has to be recognized now, by Republicans and many conservatives who have resisted Donald Trump, is that the Republican Party as they know it is gone. This is a party that would never nominate Lincoln again, would never nominate Teddy Roosevelt. Certainly wouldn't nominate Ronald Reagan in this. And that party is gone. They might as well get H.G. Wells on the line, get back in a time machine, and find the party that they think still exists. It's gone."
Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our weekly pick: "As if all political parties don't change over time. Would today's Democratic Party nominate John F. Kennedy, who was well to the right of today's party? As for Reagan, he won as a vocal conservative willing to take on his opponents and with the help of ‘Reagan Democrats,' both precursors of how Trump won."
Rating: Three out of five screams.
Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org