Axelrod: Indiana Bill Shows Why a Social Conservative ‘Can’t Win a General Election’
WAGNER: "Are you surprised that Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush have come out in support of this?"
AXELROD: "No. When one of your previous guests talked about the fact that the Indiana Republican party is in the throes of a small, but vocal group of social conservatives, the Republican party has the same problem. This has been a problem that's dogged them through several election cycles, and it's caused their nominees to make Faustian bargains with the right in order to become the nominee. Jeb Bush is testing the proposition by supporting immigration reform, supporting education reform, but he may feel like he is on probation, that he can't add too many bricks to that load. He's been quite conservative on some of these issues in the past in Florida, and he can point to that as a matter of consistency, but the real point is very hard to win a general election when your attitudes on issues like this don't reflect the majority of people in the country. They may find themselves again in 2016 in the same position where in order to win the nomination, you have to pay such a heavy toll to the right that you can't win a general election."