The following exchange was aired on the March 15 edition of Hardball:
CHRIS MATTHEWS: You know Congressman, I've never seen the Republican Party so narrow in its appeal. It's basically come out and said, "Dis-invest in America, watch your pocketbook. Don't do anything, don't have any government." It's forgotten eight years of sort of spend thrift behavior by President Bush. It is like the guy in the, in the, in a, in a , what's that movie? Casablanca. Where the guy says "I can't believe gambling has been going on here." It's like they've discovered this sort of narrow Republicanism. What do you make of that in Connecticut? What do you make of the fact the Republican Party now isn't a party of grand conservatism, any more? It's a party of this narrow, little, nasty, don't do anything party.-Geoffrey Dickens is the senior news analyst at the Media Research Center.
MATTHEWS: Thank you very much. U.S. Congressman Larson, John Larson from Connecticut, who remembers the Rockefeller Republicans! The moderate Republicans! That used to work alongside of you for positive government that are now missing from the fold. Thank you very much for joining us. Congressman Larson, the chairman of the Democratic caucus in the House.