60 Minutes journalist Lesley Stahl is apparently concerned
about how such "out of the mainstream" Republicans ran in the 2012
presidential primaries, given what a "centrist" country America is.
Stahl moderated a New York Historical Society discussion on the state of the race. Time journalist Joe Klein appeared at the May 3 event to smear conservative groups as racist.
After noting that he attended a Tea Party rally in Arkansas, Klein mocked the organization's fears at this: "And there are Mexican Americans all over the place and their grandchildren are marrying out of their race or becoming gay. The President of the United States doesn't have the good sense to be either black or white and his middle name is Hussein."
condescendingly added, "And as a New Yorker, I have to say that the
things their most afraid of are the things I love the most about the
Earlier, Klein described going around the country and discussing the Tea Party with other Americans. He swore they told him, "We know who those folks [Tea Partiers] are. They're the ones who show up at the city council and complain about fluoridation."
In a bewildered tone, Stahl admitted, "I keep hearing we're a centrist country... And yet, you have a Republican Party that is in no way in the center, in terms of their issues. They're clearly out of the mainstream in rolling back...70 years of legislation."
The panel was televised by C-SPAN and video can be found here.
A partial transcript of the event can be found below.