What have the Republicans done for America lately? Or in the past couple decades?
That's what Chris Matthews pressed Republican strategist Todd Harris about during Hardball on Wednesday.
Matthews repeatedly asked for examples, while citing negative examples like Bush-era spending bills, Katrina, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Harris tried to keep the focus on the 2010 elections and expressed hope that Democrats would keep going after Bush so the GOP could stay on message about being a balance against the current Democratic leadership.
Matthews suggested one answer, which Harris latched onto. "The Bush administration kept the country safe," said the guest.
"Except the one big day," the host shot back.
"YouTube is watching," he told Harris. "You're the Republican consultant. One of the best in the country. Tell me what the Republican party has done for this country in the last ten to 20 years."
Harris stayed silent.
"Thank you," Matthews said to his recurring GOP guest as he closed the segment. "We'll have you back with the answer."
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