Is bipartisanship gone on Capitol Hill?
Dr. Chris Metzler and Joe Slakas on whether gridlock should be expected in Congress
- Duration 8:28
- Date Jun 14, 2012
Dr. Chris Metzler and Joe Slakas on whether gridlock should be expected in Congress
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Patriotism to politics.
Because that's part of our freedom here to plea agreement to disagree and -- -- tell you these two guys well.
I expect that this I think the only thing we agree on that.
This met with mets' -- five matches since I don't think that's a doctor -- -- is here he's the senior associate dean at Georgetown University.
And also does all things political pundit -- we're glad it happened here good to be here.
Dangerously -- here public affairs consultant.
And -- has helped a lot of Democrats.
And just about every level of government and I follow him on Twitter he's got from the best ice cream on the East Coast good to have you here -- you run and I -- -- to.
In the holds him.
Oh my god told them you are such under achiever and a half black -- general on the four week that if you drive it down right.
Okay let's talk politics this morning the president expected to talk about the economy.
And and the critics already speaking out I mean there's a speech that's embargoed so I can't give you too many details like zero because it's a bargain.
But we get a -- as journalists.
Others in the industry get a -- as well politicians do as well they react -- -- can't react on point.
The general feeling though is that Republicans are ready for the president to talk to that.
Oh yeah we're ready to go I mean look.
There's been all this conversation about the economy about jobs.
The fact of the matter is there is no denying that jobs continue to be a problem that the economy continues to be a problem and so.
This election as I've said at the beginning and many others have said is about the economy.
So we're ready to how the debate we're ready to offer very clear contrasting -- point of view.
And we fundamentally believe that since we've got the right point of view.
That's the point of view that will be elected in November.
What can the president say.
-- those people who are reading the headline splashed across papers are all over the United States about our personal value.
As Americans falling to not personal but our economic value.
Per household falling to the levels of 1990 many people out of work what can the president say about the economy to.
Well that's that's been happening for a number of years now that that decline and so you have to acknowledge that it's not just right now and the recovery -- has been sluggish.
One of the issues that.
That Republicans have right now is -- Republican governors in states saying.
The economy is doing very well and we're doing very well.
And then you have a presidential candidates saying -- the economy's not doing well no we're not doing well you've got you know they're both in Ohio.
Both candidates and you've got 80000.
Job openings in Ohio -- looking for people.
So you know it's a very and then.
You know that that's further complicated by the fact that some of these companies are looking for people with specific talents and we're not.
We were cutting back on education and we're cutting back on.
Loans so we're constricting how many people -- gonna be educated enough to get those jobs that are available.
All right but what does the president need to say today.
-- well I think what the president needs to say is not stick with me I'm gonna.
Figure this out.
You know I think.
It's particularly weak -- -- -- stuck with it for three years he hasn't figured it out yet.
I I get that in fact that this has been happening for a while -- question however though from the present standpoint is when does he start to hold this economy.
I am tied up here in this conversation about I inherited this I inherited that I'm here yet but what did you do to.
-- to improve the situation.
So I think he's got to say stick with me album I'm.
You know what else.
Are you saying -- -- and it -- -- I think you would chime in on this with agreement the president does need to remind people what he thinks is the has work to.
Right and -- also affect the work -- could work if the congress passed.
The legislation that he's okay let's talk about at that -- I mean like right now you've got that the senate Republicans have now come out and said.
We are not we are stopping every single quarter point about what they can stop -- diluted class on it it it really is.
Dinner conversation around my household.
And yes the three in the five year old go to bed the former husband and I are dinner together because otherwise they would -- -- into the conversation and I'm sure.
He and I are in total disagreement of how what it takes right now in Washington.
Few things so you get the right guy in office to be this that and the White House and I say it is much more about who you.
Elect to congress that it is to that White House.
Because no one is getting along in congress and apple stop Obama that will stop anybody is correct I I do think that in fact.
That the and I can't cook dinner and he did eat well they did not get it.
But I think the fundamental problem is.
But when you talk about congress and people talk about so called throwing the bums out.
Here's what happens they want to throw all the bums out except for their congressman because their congressman ultimately is not the bubble somebody's got to be a bomb.
You know and so as a result of that what you have is is gridlock I do think that it's important.
To have the correct towels and the correct senate I do think that in fact the president really in -- in the larger conversation doesn't matter I mean I think we've seen that over the last three.
I think I agree I think -- that the tenor tone in.
Fund raiser for a congresswoman on Sunday at my house and she went on.
At considerable length about her experiences.
As a congresswoman.
People the other side of the aisle and and and how that parent's home has changed so radically.
The -- in the congress that people don't go across the aisle to work something out.
And you know that how you get past that part of it.
It's not just about who people who live report its once -- get it to congress you have you have you have.
Republican fundraisers -- say.
Well if you vote that way we'll cut you walk.
Well -- and you can't compromise.
And this whole issue of well Ronald Reagan.
And not be able to buy you'll like not -- has -- -- on one party let's remind everybody that when health -- was an issue.
Yeah and the president was trying to to shore up his own party.
There were some of those things going on limited -- -- that were made -- to get that passed I'm thinking of Nevada yet.
Am I missing something I mean this is going on across party lines.
Well it is -- across thumb party lines so I I do think that in fact it it does have to be who you've been in congress it also has to be.
If we look -- the American people the American people are cells are polarized I think that if anything good point eight.
Yeah that you have -- are do you have while Occupy Wall Street yet I mean those -- -- and I don't know if there.
I don't know because I'm not -- clear on what the occupy people really stand for -- politically I have none of the economics of the issue yet.
But let's just say for arguments sake that they probably wouldn't have a Tea Party with some of -- members of the Tea Party -- they wouldn't go to dinner with a short maybe I'm wrong about that.
But but I think as a nation are right we are -- so what do you do about that.
We concentrate on -- people it between.
The BB 47.
And thin holiday thing -- maybe someone got Jeb Bush out of Florida you've been hearing what he's been saying about the Republican Party night but he did he couldn't get elected -- that that Reagan president Ronald Reagan couldn't get elected today as president and -- I think people don't think he's gonna vote for Obama.
No of course -- A pet food but that but I think what what can hold out hope that it had -- that they get out but I think to -- what -- is is is really forecasting is.
Looking at the question of the future of the Republican -- so I think that there's that there's that.
But there's also I think if anything argues for term limits it's the current political environment.
In which we find ourselves.
If the whole idea was that people would not go to congress to become lifelong politician -- unfortunately that's what happens so in order to get reelected.
They're looking out what's a slice of the electorate saying in my district and playing to that rather than looking at.
The broader good all because all politics is local exactly okay.