On MTP Daily's "I'm Obsessed With..." segment, MSNBC host Chuck Todd took the time to blame Republicans in Wisconsin and Michigan for bringing an "end to any brief era of good feelings" in the aftermath of former President George H. W. Bush's passing, as he condemned the GOP-controlled state legislatures for curtailing gubernatorial power now that Democrats will assume office as governors in January.
At 5:30 p.m. Eastern, Todd began:
Tonight, I'm obsessed with the fact that something is rotten in the state of Wisconsin and Michigan and North Carolina. All this week, we've heard warm recollections of President George H.W. Bush and the gentleman politician and public servant. And along with praise, there's been grief over a lost sense of decency in our politics and a desire to recover some sense of bipartisanship, a sense of shared purpose.
The MSNBC host then took aim at Republicans as he added: "Well, enter the Republican legislature in Wisconsin and the end to any brief era of good feelings."
He then recalled that Democrats picked up the governorship and attorney general in Wisconsin, leading state Republicans to push to "strip some power" from those offices for the future. He then noted that Michigan Republicans are taking similar actions, with both states following the lead of North Carolina Republicans who did the same thing after the 2016 election resulted in the Republican governor's defeat.
He then added: "Look, it's true that much of this week's nostalgia for a kinder, gentler time is a longing for an age that never fully existed. Republicans once did the same thing to Republicans in North Carolina in the mid-1980s."
Todd concluded by fretting: "But think of this: If what we're seeing in Wisconsin, Michigan, and North Carolina is a sign of what we can expect when Republicans lose, what's in store for us if President Trump loses in 2020?"