Power Play 9/24/2012
Did President Obama diss the White House press corps?
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- Date Sep 24, 2012
Did President Obama diss the White House press corps?
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And continued to be pretty certain.
That there are going to be bumps in the road because you know a lot of these places them one organizing principle.
Has been is law.
That's what President Obama said in an interview with Steve croft of sixty minutes.
The bumps he was talking about -- in fact the successful attack by.
A terrorist group by the US consulate in Ben Ghazi Libya that claimed the life of two former Navy SEALs in the US ambassador there.
And ongoing unrest.
Across the Muslim world including laying siege to our outpost in Pakistan and elsewhere.
And this is power play and I am Chris -- Walt.
It Internet that all sounds kind of bad but there is a very bright spot for you today this is an hour -- edition of power by we are in the saddle.
For an hour with you so I hope you will stay with us because we have a lot.
Of inventory to move through today starting with the fact that President Obama looking to get off the Schneider on foreign policy.
Stepped into a little bit yesterday -- talking sixty minutes as he described the situation that is very alarming to some of the American voters as bumps in the road on the way to a peaceful prosperous.
Democratic Middle East.
We'll talk about that with doctor James Joyner you know him from its frequent appearances here to get that straightened out on foreign policy but you also know him from his Internet.
-- -- -- -- -- Which is outside the beltway of which he is the principal.
And you know -- from the Atlantic Council which is a think tank.
That focuses on military cooperation between the United States and its NATO allies and -- I was like to point out.
Doctor -- welcome back to preserve okay before we talk about the nuances and subtleties of foreign policy let's talk about little politics.
Let's talk to John Roberts our friend who is out in Pueblo Colorado brother -- -- we -- today.
You know what I always say Crist are -- yes I would say the only thing better than half an hour of power play.
And it's about.
I think you're going to say was not at all but that's that's okay we agree we appreciate your collegial generosity Chris where does -- job security come from.
No because because I have to work with people like you are professional -- people that know how to do stuff.
And are as if you were what's described impossibly handsome.
So the question job is -- a long time ago -- well you know take that it's never considered me and I'm not in any danger of that currently.
-- Romney Camp -- which likes to talk about the economy and likes to talk about jobs.
He's really -- -- -- the president over this little -- on the bumps in the road in on some stuff he said about Israel's right.
You know Chris it did this get the campaign in the messaging is going in so many different directions today.
-- it really is difficult to keep up I woke up at 5:4 o'clock this morning.
Here in Pueblo going through everything that the Romney campaign was saying in the ever everything that the Obama campaign -- -- -- run -- campaign.
And it really my head started to spin that off on the campaign trail.
To focus is still jobs in the economy with a couple little sidebars on things but no question the Romney campaign is trying to get as much traction as it can.
-- -- president Obama's -- every last night on sixty minutes on on on the issue of bumps in the road prefer to what's been going on in the Middle East over the last couple of weeks including the murder.
Of ambassador Chris Stevens -- raised is how well.
The prime minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu's concerns about Israel were described this idea is biggest disappointment was not being able to change the tone in Washington.
They're definitely trying to hit him over the head with that -- as hard as they possibly can.
But here in the campaign trail today.
And all this week watch for governor -- need to step it up on the idea of jobs in the economy drilling down a little more and it was jobs and economy plans.
Then we have heard over the past few weeks of the campaign here not necessarily new information.
But a greater level of detail on what the governor would do to try to turn the economy around get it going in the right direction and create more jobs -- America.
He's doing that here in Pueblo Colorado.
Where the county unemployment rate.
Is about 11%.
The population here is Hispanic that we know that and a national basis Hispanic unemployment is about two points above.
The national average lot of Democrats by the way here Pueblo -- President Obama won by fifteen points in 2008.
The governor Romney thinks if he can keep hammering and in this economic.
Hammering the notes on on the economy and our jobs and he'll do it even more when he joins up with.
Congressman Ryan tomorrow in Ohio and then again in Virginia later in the week he thinks that he may be able to start making some inroads here.
On that balance that President Obama got after -- he's a convention.
And then after this -- to New York city's fundraising for governor.
Yeah but but you know he says that he's going to try to cut that back obviously he had to do a whole lot they were ramping up an entire campaign and even though they were.
Out raising the Obama campaign substantially.
They had a bit of a difficult August as we know they've lagged behind the Obama campaign and fundraising specifically campaign -- campaign.
By about twenty million dollars though in the aggregate when you take -- They run a campaign the RNC the other finds he's got substantially more money.
The President Obama does but he said he's going to cut back a little bit on the fund raising because there's a little bit more of a glide path -- terms of money into the general election.
And he wants to spend more time out on the road and that's in the complained of a lot of Republicans Chris they say governor Romney are going to all of these fund -- We understand you gotta do that but what's with his -- campaign event a day you've got to do more than that.
To starting this week we're gonna see a lot more that that's that's -- nearly as one campaign event here Colorado today -- did have one -- last night.
That means we're gonna see more of him gets you more view -- the Internet likes that John we thank you very much.
-- it does seem more muted Chris and that's the best of all all okay have a safe trip have a great day.
-- All right doctor today so here's the question I have then.
Amazed at the -- John was talking about the Romney campaign has.
Different messages and emphasized -- two different things and sometimes it's hard to keep up with exactly what they think that Barack Obama should be thrown out of office for but.
I've been amazed at how.
Ineptly were in in -- anyway the Obama administration Obama campaign have dealt with this ongoing foreign policy problem.
It is odd especially since it is -- -- gifted in the first day with sore right justice masses -- screw -- -- -- was about.
Eighteen hours behind a curb and really messaging -- strange.
But -- the the Obama administration has sort of -- comment to since then.
You know I think he's fundamentally rate in terms of the bump in the road business -- letter from Europe from a -- and political standpoint I think is his right they are key is towards and more stable more democratic Arab world and Muslim I don't know -- -- that I think that.
The events of last week really are irrelevant.
In the larger picture until they're horribly tragic and in America president shouldn't describe him to murder gonna burn masters and -- two of our you know consulate officials as a bump in the road is not and -- optics is just this afternoon yes if it's.
-- it's -- and NSC.
You know principles made any.
I'm not on sixty minutes but did editorials have -- it's fundamentally right did today do.
Whatever is going to happen Middle East down the road -- last week didn't matter.
Well that's good that's the great thing about what you do is that so much of it -- -- didn't think you have to do a lot you have to spend a lot of contact -- and a history the arc of history -- long.
For us we don't have to worry about the arc of history we just have six weeks -- so the question is.
How does Mitt Romney take this opportunity and make them out.
I don't think he does frankly nobody understands that I eight I don't think foreign policy is gonna decide this election and if it does is probably not be good for Mitt Romney who doesn't seem to have a foreign policies -- -- -- He man you're bringing everybody that we got -- he clearly wants Obama does something different on Iran and Syria but.
What that difference as I can't yeah.
Well and it's it's tricky you know -- wrote about this in the power play today which you can get by following me -- -- Iowa on Twitter.
-- out there for you and I just waiting to be looked at.
What I wrote today is that.
For all of the problems that the president has had and we saw investors Stephens diaries CNN report on investor -- diary which we -- -- reflected in this cables to Washington that said.
Hey I'm a little worried about a bunch of Islamist radicals a little worried about my own safety and security we have all these warning signs got -- since Obama has the door open but complicating -- for Republicans is this because of the Iraq War.
And because of the bush administration and division within the Republican Party about whether to -- interventionist party or -- non interventionist party.
And the fact further that a lot of the top minds on the issue foreign policy for Republicans can't exactly go out.
Public because the Obama -- and say -- you want you wanna you wanna re invade Iraq.
Yeah I mean that's the problem I road apiece for the -- -- week or so ago basically here at various morning you Romney's down on Libya and basically that I don't know what his foreign policy is generally.
And that his -- policies there's a lot like his domestic policy which is he's trying to position themselves.
To both did.
It is certain dissidents are -- of the far right at the -- also to the moderates and asks -- in so doing he's doing and so when -- that nobody -- happy with them.
So it's it's not great.
This is beaming glad tidings from James Joyner today.
Offer for all involved -- another Monday of ray of sunshine but you look good example -- -- we're we're grateful to have you as always directed okay we're gonna take a quick break.
But when we come back.
We will get away from nuance and long term thinking ahead to the sophistication of foreign policy and we will get right down into the gutter.
For rough and tumble cynical politics I promise I won't keep you waiting any longer Internet.
-- -- And this is power play and welcome back.
And the question that we have been exploring a lot lately -- that everybody's been exploring a lot lately -- The narrative the narrative about Mitt Romney stinks and is a loser and it's going to lose is so strong.
That it appears everywhere not just.
In the pages of the New York Times but also in places where there are a lot of persuaded voters especially a lot of female persuading voters by 8 -- awards.
So can Romney do something about that and should -- even bother is it a fight worth having.
Let's talk about that because we have too Smart people who can help us do that with me here in Washington DC's Jim Pinkerton.
Is a contributing editor and writer for the American conservative magazine and he really is one of the very smartest.
I would encourage everybody to take a look whether you left or right.
And he's -- Fox News contributor welcome back -- making.
And -- in our effort to have the best coolest names that we are in on the -- whenever possible.
Let me introduce you Internet to Basil so Michael junior which is just awesome visited and think you're not -- -- it's totally awesome.
And the Basil joins Garland -- -- on our possible Supreme Court justice names for guest list -- Basil was an advisor to Hillary Clinton's senate campaign.
He is a democratic strategist and he joins us from.
The mother ship there -- working for a New York headquarters Basil welcome good to your show thank you.
All right so that the problem if -- Mitt Romney.
And we'll start with you Basil the problem if you were Mitt Romney is that.
The message that's being reinforced about you.
Is happening everywhere it's not suggest that the message comes through.
In the pages or pixels.
A big newspaper.
War in the prime time or in the evening news on NBC but it's that.
It pervades the culture just your Mitt Romney here the two questions.
What can you do to try to fight it and two is it.
I think it's worth fighting let me start with that question first -- -- my old political -- is actually he's young -- He's been momentum for a long time he used to tell me that if you don't correct -- lie within 48 hours it becomes the truth.
And in this culture.
24 hour news cycle that 48 hours has.
-- contracted rather significantly so what he.
What he really needs to do to change the narrative is really to have.
A string of good wins he needs to win the day.
Four -- the next week to two weeks leading up to.
Two to the debates and he really needs to.
-- I think a little bit in the debates to be able to turn.
The president really just needs to to really just -- his ground quite frankly -- -- to go to the Saturday Night Live skit over the weekend he needs to be quiet and you know and let Mitt Romney -- is is on Mitt Romney.
To have to win the day for several consecutive days several consecutive new cycles in order to be able to change the narrative but I will tell you I don't think.
Because we spent so long talking about this but there's been so much that there -- been so much conversation about.
His gaffes and you know some of the failing strategy in the campaign that I don't know if he has the time to turn around but at least he can make up a little ground.
-- took him.
Basil and I I say this would love Basil -- reflects a bit of the CW on this subject which is in this is every this is that this is not just conventional wisdom but it's that it's -- received wisdom.
Across professional politics which has.
-- the -- cycle don't let anything get past few.
Don't do that but isn't there something should be said about if you know you can't win and that -- the at the evening -- are never going to come -- nobody's ever gonna walk outside.
Gosh I like that Mitt Romney he is so super and I think he's doing a great job and his candidacy.
-- isn't there something be said for.
Saying you know what we're not gonna fight we're not -- be a rapid response organization and -- the campaign we're gonna focus on what we want them.
It's great I mean -- news as an example how the media culture working in addition to Jimmy Kimmel on Niemi Emmys Seth -- Saturday.
-- vulnerable when Obama said -- you can't change Washington from the inside that quote which is seen by some at least a gaffe.
And then provided at five minute skit about all the things they should be talking about and -- backed me right it was that it was that's gonna help.
Popular culture is providing to Obama so.
I'm I agree with you.
The polls you can argue about what led British voters -- likely voters go back importance.
Matters if you look at intriguing look at the Iowa electronic markets look -- -- 38.
There's some degree to which that.
Presumption -- -- near times it is a 70% or more chances.
-- Obama's gonna win becomes influencing them on the media coverage and so.
I think your point about rapid response vs what we'll call for lack of a better word strategy tactics vs credit for example here -- three street issues I'm thinking about you -- and and writing as a not starting with a convention.
Where was Romney on welfare where it didn't mention we're wrong and borders secured and those are politically incorrect issues that I think appeal to.
You know the middle class in -- way that Romney clearly -- he has an edge on the middle class voters but not nearly enough to overcome his deficits elsewhere.
What are you know that's one category politically correct -- second category is opposition -- -- -- -- is the only opposition research.
On for example Tom Donnelly in the leaks -- this has been a major stories since June when the Obama administration and many people.
Including -- I don't say it's Tom -- Leaked all the stuff about the -- -- -- in the field list and -- -- away.
A lot of operational information about.
How we're doing things and -- -- Diane Feinstein said briefly and then took an activist is putting American lives -- wrist and arm.
And here's -- on the front page of your time today.
Kept doing a victory lap for his wonderful news.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Where where where where Obama but Basil help me out here.
Isn't it true that the ability of the public to consume information.
Is finite and if we remember the great Atlantic story that was done a few years ago.
Google is making us do -- -- that people can't hold multiple it's it's harder for people to hold multiple thoughts -- their heads for long periods of time.
You've got to just keep I mean is there something to be said if you want me to say you know we're gonna talk about every day.
The size of government and economy every day that's all we're gonna talk about no matter what.
I think that's absolutely right at the he has to be consistent and he has to be repetitive the problem is when you and India and going -- just -- I.
I agree that there are some ways that the Romney campaign can go in and and and with opposition research and actually go after the president some of that seems to have been tried in the in the past but there is no barely hear the period and it just it that it's not sticking -- and Ayers well that it's but it's not sticking.
And the reality is that if if you're if you're Mitt Romney.
All people want to hear about is on the Republican side in particular and and maybe some independent some.
Democrats that are still on the fence they want to know about the size of government they wanna know if they're gonna get their jobs back.
And I think every every opportunity that Romney has had to say that.
He's put his foot in his mouth there's been some kind of -- for the president's made some mistakes also there's no question about it.
But -- -- all it does it reinforces that narrative that he is not he's not sympathetic that he doesn't empathize with voters.
And he doesn't really to the common man and I don't know honestly if there's a way to turn that around.
We are we gonna take a quick break but we're gonna let Jim bat lead off when we come back because we're gonna talk about this.
Does the president look like he is reflecting the priorities.
Of the nation right now the Republicans are having some success.
As saying that what do you do and hanging out.
With beyoncé and Jay C.
-- and the Arab and Muslim worlds are burning and the economy stinks does the president need to shift his schedule in order to reflect deeper concern for the things that concern voters.
We'll talk about that when we come back.
-- stick around.
But the president has blocked out time.
To appear on the view on Tuesday so he has time for Whoopi Goldberg.
But he doesn't have time for world leaders and know Chris that I look.
The president is is going to be actively involved at the UN general assembly -- -- -- a private later eight.
Giving us patrons will we -- they have telephones in the White House.
And that was former white house press secretariat senior Obama campaign advisor Robert Gibbs.
Having a bit of them.
A bloody Mary morning.
On FOX News Sunday with Chris Wallace yesterday this power -- welcome back.
And one of the things that's very tough.
For a president who is very cool and likes to keep up his cool thing is cool dude thing going on.
I hanging -- with celebrities and famous people and we should also remember that the entertainment industry is a big part of the democratic base.
And we should also remember that it's important for both sides to reach out to the independent minded.
Undecided or persuade women voters who watch shows like the view and like people like Whoopi Goldberg.
But the president weapons to be commander in chief and not just wants to be commander in chief has tough task -- -- how do you balance it.
So with that still is Jim Pinkerton.
Fox News contributor.
And the American conservative magazine and Basil Smyth goal vessels Michael & Associates.
And he is it he's blue team and he -- -- Clinton and OK so Jim it's your turn.
Pop -- love the president's schedule because every time they find out that he was not taking his presidential daily.
National security briefings but instead finding time for beyoncé they get to say top.
Yet and I can't put that -- the -- man's response got it right I mean you know look but it's wonderful that is -- -- rapid response.
Is what people -- do right.
And it's -- of course they want more.
-- trying to convince you know -- darker than his humor about it and it has not hurt.
I'm that's an analogy you'll also hear about -- that it's -- -- you'll only -- Affleck but I would I would say this.
But Romney's problem -- -- Basilan all of us as sort of an edge here and this is not particularly good candidate and rapidly well suited for the political game what is suited for.
It is technocrat problem solved.
And that's what people for the that -- an -- we don't know -- for example -- -- looking -- girls.
And as -- look.
In 2010 the Democrats said that what people on health care it's cuts and -- How to network of what -- what Republicans and 2012 -- -- and we're gonna.
The Reuters it's those poll this morning shows that around his lead among senior -- -- 120 points to four.
-- in the last month.
I think if you look at all the polls on where people assess Paul Ryan's health care plan and Medicare cuts in Medicare vouchers and -- -- we're just beginning.
I've been through six of these tension in my career in Washington where Republicans go -- -- 8186950511.
And -- twelve.
It always -- -- the same line is that they look like a bunch of bridges and they -- program in the themselves wondered what what army could do is it was a I'm a Smart technocrat and artifact cancer -- -- -- people on -- every Nobel Prize winner in every expert every voter activists and every venture capitalist hedge -- and and you know general.
Do -- And we're gonna put a little room and created -- the president X prize for curing alzheimer's you wanna save money and Medicare yeah that's how you do will raise the retirement age to seventy.
But we'll say -- people look you have to work harder but you know -- grandchildren.
Basil -- you have to help me here because today my guess insist on being broad minded thinking about big picture things this is not what power play viewers have come here for.
They have come here and -- -- minded political.
So the president.
Had wants to look cool a big thing about the Obama thing and what leads amended mistakes like hey these -- bumps in the road I got this I'm cool.
He wants to be cool he wants to show that he is well liked and popular.
Inside the popular culture he wants to keep that image out.
But at a certain point isn't there some vulnerability if it looks like he's not taking.
Seriously the issues that are serious to coach you are you know what I I think you're right and to be fair I have actually been a -- critical of that myself to the president's.
Come to Harlem for example.
Before -- -- the Apollo he's had sensitivity -- restaurants there were 30000 dollars ahead.
Meanwhile in that community.
You know you still have graduation rates.
Hovering around 50%.
Some unemployment around black males hovering at 50%.
And I was I was always have set that he would do these big events you know he'll go to Apollo and you'll sing a song or -- whatever you but he won't actually go right on the street or go to school and talk about.
His plan for improving graduation.
Graduation rates in these communities so those messaging events actually I think matter.
That that sort of stroking of not just of individuals not just -- potential voters but also of -- -- the party building that needs to be done.
That actually energizes your base that I think in many cases has been missing over the last year and change some leaders have groused about it.
But ultimately I think -- -- -- -- enough with the convention -- was just.
Put Bill Clinton in a light.
We're he did exactly what the Obama campaign had not really done prior which is actually created talk about the real choices that Democrats face.
And and it.
Got the BC a -- energize infect a lot of people so that his speech was more exciting in the president's speech.
As well so I think Bill Clinton was a master at that.
And -- trying to connect.
Message campaign and party.
Whereas the president I think has has not done that as well.
But now have put up but I do you know I think people will give them a pass from the start rolling up -- like Bill Clinton -- Not that you're partial to the house of Clinton -- -- Not not a dead.
Jim I wanna show you and -- the Internet here.
Another thing if you think that the president -- and this is just to me just kind of funny.
In the sixty minutes interview.
He was asked by Steve croft who I have to say.
Phony I don't want it I don't wanna say -- but I kind of can only say fawning because the interview croft has been interviewing Obama four ever might.
Back into the primaries and he's -- go to guy.
For the White House -- the campaign and they want the soft focus interview.
-- -- -- -- -- People say that there's a little dishonesty in your campaign ads and you go too -- prison Obama said this.
Do we see sometimes us this is that is a great.
I'm not to blame that is a great clintonian construction do we see sometimes us going overboard on our campaign.
-- the mistakes that are made are the areas where there's no doubt that somebody could dispute -- -- presenting things.
That happens in politics.
If you wanna talk about the difference of how would go over if what Mitt Romney's -- -- -- round exits -- through the -- -- for the -- about an ad that was a bit misleading that he ran.
In the -- -- Williams -- primary season.
But that was something when the president said.
Are the ads dishonest sure but you know what it's politics or sometimes you have to be dishonest.
That's the media environment yeah and my quote.
That I always safe from thank you John McCain's.
For most people most of the time has been a failed to.
And succeeded and unfamiliar and and in this case Romney is trying to run the standard thing coverage today and spends too much we'll have that -- of Bob Dole.
I guess another democratic incumbent who had his problems running for reelection.
Jim Pinkerton is on message is on message today it is doing it is duly noted Jim the Internet the Internet as -- -- plaintive cries we thank you and best that we thank you for joining us here on the dominant political telecast.
Of an hour and we hope that you will stick around because we have used for you later if you if you be so kind -- -- -- OK well we'll see if that holds but Democrats and soon I hope OK we're gonna take a quick break but when we come back Mitt Romney cannot win the presidency without Virginia.
It just won't happen there's absolutely no way you can debate Ohio vs Florida you can talk about other things.
But without Virginia his keystone in the East Coast and the northern most southern state.
There's no way forward for Mitt Romney so how does he do it because right now he's pretty consistently trailing in the polls we'll talk to a congressman from Virginia.
-- about one issue that could be a game changer for him in the state.
So stick around.
You know Northern Virginia could well determine who the next president is that I hope you make that decision to get -- -- And that was what it looked like when Mitt Romney paid a visit to Northern Virginia recently.
There in Fairfax County to talk about why he ought to be president of the United States and -- in fact.
If he carries the Northern Virginia suburbs outside of Washington DC.
Add that he could turn the state and in fact -- the election.
But what does Mitt Romney need to do to get there and what does he need to do in the rest of the state to make it happen.
And this is power play and welcome back.
And here let's take a look right off the bat let's orient ourselves.
To the race in Virginia this is the rear -- real clear politics average.
For the Old Dominion Obama 49 point six -- 45 point one and that's been.
Pretty consistent for a while now Mitt Romney has not been able to close the gap and I want you remember this Internet I want to think about this.
Virginia hadn't gone for a Democrat.
When Lyndon Johnson mop mopped the nation.
With Barry Goldwater.
Barack Obama won in 2008.
And he is ahead in 2012 and Mitt Romney can't get there without it so if you're Republican.
What are you to do so I have a surprise for you -- -- -- Congressman Morgan Griffith from the great state be great commonwealth I should say of Virginia -- joins us again via Skype.
Congressman we applaud your technological know how and welcome you back to the show.
Well I have to step up and I don't claim that I act.
Do -- for me and I do appreciate detriment in ownership.
OK so here's the deal.
Is that four.
-- The conventional political wisdom and it's right in this case is that the parts of the state of -- of Virginia that mattered the most.
RX serve in Northern Virginia.
Prince William county in places like that down to -- Kwan.
And and that part and regular county in suburban Richmond.
And then down to but a lot of African American and a lot of military voters in the Tidewater.
But -- district.
Is in the western part of the state.
But there used to be a lot more democratic votes out there and currently Republicans say that one big issue energy.
Could drive increased turnout against President Obama tell us about that.
Well it is absolutely true and you know Amanda your your viewers that two years ago this time.
I was about eighteen points down the polls and -- only congress this time next year I believe they don't call Mitt Romney Mr.
And we had a big -- two years ago bigger than was expected.
And most of -- turnout went -- Republican on energy issues particularly over also natural gas.
And I figured sees same thing happened this year a lot of those are very unhappy we had a -- while job layoffs the world -- is taken its price on the middle class hard working Virginians.
And they realized it's not just a coal miners have been -- things that Colin people who pay the electric bills that are the president promised.
Beginning to skyrocket and the as the prison also are us.
The utility companies are passing -- -- of the consumers now is wanna ask the president did you think this consumers -- the middle class hardworking families of Virginia and the six.
So your district is a lot like.
West Virginia the -- almost as good.
Your district is -- -- -- a lot like West Virginia over the border there and Kentucky.
Western Pennsylvania southeastern Ohio where there is a three or four generation democratic affiliation of the electorate.
But increasingly on national issues there -- -- horror.
From their party.
You have managed to take that you defeated an incumbent that many people thought would be safe had been in office since 1982.
That you that you did that by getting that to move down the ticket.
Is that it is will that happen -- not just in your race but for other races and regions like yours.
I believe that it will I think that anybody who's in coal country understands the price that not only our coal counties billion.
But the entire country -- for Barack Obama's policies.
-- will will buy that.
And like I said if you can't get to West Virginia.
Western Virginia is pretty close it's almost as good.
We hope you're having a great time out there -- -- is a beautiful day there is it is here congressman we thank you for is a beautiful day we love it about in West Virginia and Virginia can tell -- it is a great region.
That -- we call the hillbilly firewall because we love it OK congressman have a great day thank.
Okay Internet let's take a quick break and you can collect yourselves actually but before we do.
Let's do a little chat I'm I've been remiss in not having you talk yourself enough.
That Heather snow says Election Day is going to be like chick fillet day.
Republicans don't make a lot of noise but they vote in their -- She's talking about.
The fact that a lot of Republicans and I hear there's an increasing number of people that say that Republicans are less likely to participate holes in the same way that they're less likely to participate -- exit -- to hear something I want you to think about.
Go back sometime and look at the exit polls is that if you're -- of the political.
You know what.
To be watching this you might be enough to do this go back and look at the exit poll results from -- big election great want to look at -- Scott Brown in Massachusetts go back and look at the exit polls.
And there's something missing in there there's something missing in the exit poll.
And you can't account for all of Brown's victory in the numbers and that's because who is the least likely to participate in an example who's the least likely when they walk out of a polling place.
To want to talk to somebody with a clipboard ask them how they voted.
Probably somebody who just voted Republican in Massachusetts so -- say there is a shadow bandwidth inside all of those exit polls and probably in real -- to we'll see how much that is when we get to Election Day.
You're gonna take a quick break.
And when we come back we're going to talk about.
The richest counties.
In America where -- that where do you think they are.
You probably know by now that it's right here around the District of Columbia what does that say about the national economy.
What does that say about.
The wave that money is being.
Moving around in this country today I will explore that with our friends -- Callaway.
And a fantastic and when we come back sister program.
Relationship between the government.
In its need to provide a -- for pure technical services and goods.
It is is uniquely -- in Northern Virginia which it has spurred a very vibrant.
Information technology high technology sector.
That the big government benefits from so harnessing the prowess of the private sector.
Through outsourcing as well as a source of direct employment in direct investment created the modern economy in Northern Virginia.
That was congressman Gerry Connolly who represented some of the -- very richest precincts.
In the United States in -- Northern Virginia district explaining look.
Don't worry that these people are getting so rich in and around Washington DC.
It's necessary to serve you better Americans so don't worry about all of the money that seems to be creating two very rich folks.
In and around the beltway and this is power play more back.
And I want to tell you something done with Callaway.
Is like me.
A -- These rarefied airs in Northern Virginia.
And that Doug I can tell you I don't know I don't know how it is in your house but often times I am amazed.
At just how much money there is sloshing around the part of America where we live.
Well there is an awful lot of money sloshing it thanks for inviting me out of my house by the way Chris to.
That's your grip is that where you are guys that know Susan -- -- I wish it was my -- No I'm glad it's not my crib because I do the vacuuming my house and there.
But Gregory six bedrooms and there nine -- and -- -- -- it's not my house but we -- we're station here -- -- in in McLean Virginia.
They in this neighborhood as a cul-de-sac it is dotted with these big matches like this this particular one behind me is actually for sale.
Fourteen point nine million dollars and lo and behold in the Washington area housing values have not declined as they have across much of America.
I'm sure you read about this Chris last week in the Washington Post which cited -- -- American community survey which said that.
Seven of the top ten wealthiest counties in America are now in the Washington.
Loudon County Fairfax County Arlington County Prince William county -- -- mostly is -- in in Virginia.
Why is that you may be asking Washington has no great abundant natural resource -- -- waterway the Potomac River.
Is not commercially yet not a global that no factories what we do have.
Is the federal government and the army of lawyers lobbyists consultants defense contractors who all feed off the trial from the federal government.
I spoke to Tim Carney from -- -- you know very well from the Washington examiner was written extensively about this survey from year to year when it comes out.
And he says basically.
This is not much different from what Ross Perot said many years ago we talk about that giant sucking sounds of jobs leaving -- it's heading to Mexico.
But he believes.
-- is that the vortex of that sucking sound is Washington DC that it deserved a parasitic city.
That feeds off all the taxes from all as hardworking taxpayers in the -- -- who are suffering the effects of this recession.
There is an alternative point of view and you just -- it up -- -- from congressman Jerry Jeremy.
Who represents Fairfax -- -- probably the single wealthiest congressional district in America.
So who speaks up for them that the nexus of the federal government and private sector which.
Works very very well others have also said that that Washington for example Stephen Fuller of the university of by George Mason University said to me just a little while ago.
That that Washington actually works harder than most of America and their statistics bear that out more to charity work to -- Working families who put in longer hours and that don't vacation and -- they're sitting here in traffic.
Commuting to the Department of -- And you better way to -- that there are two sides that story.
You've got to get given over to get bags manually -- seen these before Susan gets after you we appreciate you today that -- what if there's one more point I should make -- Chris really -- -- that have to do with a secret that.
Oh I don't I don't I don't that it really OK you're sequestration today because my hands are about to explode got to move into we've got to make the -- Have a great day all right okay.
Now here's -- you need to know you know -- Michael because he was talking to you.
But you should know if you do not already got -- -- political editor for temple dot com.
And town -- dot com -- a -- to say as this -- a very beautiful old.
Who are out there have been a little angels and others and I think if you is sort of like possibly for -- So -- there and you have all of these good lovely mess around you did you ever feel a bit that way.
Well I'll point out that Michelle -- actually the daily caller oh (%expletive) together at all -- she used to be a damn -- I don't believe cell -- She is lovely your eyes yeah you have -- in -- service there very very much an abundance of loudly and isn't -- -- and I'm sure that I did show up well I don't know about that show up every morning and look around and I'm like OK so I work with supermodels and I'm just to do.
Fun well fun or good who were good career track record okay so the question is this and that's let's bring you back into the conversation first.
Is when it comes to how much money is the preaching to this part of the country.
Is that something worth being concerned that.
I think it is because as the point was made earlier there are a lot of people doing well and living well.
Off of the federal government if you go motive.
Individual states in their state capitals people generally aren't doing so well around state capitals to speak to -- right now and they do you know governors are -- -- you know governors are under attack because they're trying to balance budgets here.
But it is clear that there's a lot of money to be made in and around DC actually wonder how many of those people are people of color there was a statistic some years ago.
That there are technically no poor whites -- and around DC there were all people of color.
And that's it means is very startling and there were the reality is that it is -- I think the president has tried.
Initially particularly in his first campaign to talk about.
A lot of the money that was circulating in and around Washington DC but the reality is -- -- alluded to aid kid changes.
Even from the inside the -- changes and so it's something that's gonna be with this frankly for for a generation to come at least.
-- people hate.
Washington -- certainly they certainly do -- there is actually it's it's actually all all things being equal a pretty as far as big cities go it's quite livable by all standards it's up there with like Chicago is a big city that's pretty livable.
But Americans hate Washington no one ever said -- sort of what congress has 60% approval rating it's it's fun to hate.
Is this why.
I think there's a number of reasons why and just from what we've heard the last two or three minutes I think there's an understanding of if you have a country that's in such economic pain like we are right now -- 23 million Americans out of work or underemployed.
With poverty and all time high one out of every six Americans in poverty and if you look at Washington never once getting fat and happy I'm -- this -- -- question.
There's a question of whether or not the folks here in Washington.
Really do feel the pain.
That Americans are facing right because they can say -- they can -- the president Clinton's famous quote I feel your pain.
Does Washington really feel America's pain right now I think a lot of people are wondering and then when you hear quotes like we did before work congressman Connelly I think it was saying oh well.
We just worked a lot harder here in Washington I think that probably makes a lot of voters around the country want to.
Breaks breaks something well and outrageous to be fair now Billy Jeff Clinton.
Hot Springs, Arkansas.
Knew a thing or two Basil did -- not about feeling people's pain yes he had grown up in.
A rough and tumble circumstance.
For some of his life.
One of the problems now is that people who spend too much time in and around Washington.
They lose that relate ability they lose the understanding of what voters are going through.
That's absolutely right and good comment about will there working really hard to mean when was the last time you were in New York City you get on a subway.
At 4 o'clock in the morning 5 o'clock -- morning and seemed a little go to work through the next ten hours of most of the time Manuel doing manual labor.
And often -- not unionized so that they -- you know maybe getting a little money.
Well below what they should be because they just need something to get by.
There are people working hard all over this country the problem is that -- is they have very little to show for it.
And you know going back to sort of -- and really to an earlier point and it's not that.
It's not that folks don't like rich people it's that they want an opportunity to -- -- also.
What an opportunity to climate social -- and -- been a lot of studies done recently to say.
That in the United States right now we're falling behind a lot of other countries in terms of getting people from sort of the lower middle class or even in poverty.
Being able to climb that economic ladder that we're actually falling behind many other countries including our neighbors to the north in Canada.
-- in giving people moving through moving thumb along the economic ladder so that's -- that's a pain that people are feeling on the -- increases.
I -- last word can Republicans are people who -- smaller government use.
The growing understanding of how wealthy this area is in support -- their.
I think they can try -- it's a tough balance -- because if you're an elected Republican.
You are relying to some extent on.
The ecosystem in this town I think that's part of the entire ecosystem you need money I read lots of money flying around and lobbyists and dinners and that sort of thing.
I think this discussion we're having right now.
Is one of if not the most compelling argument in favor of term limits.
Just a thorough and I'm not necessarily travel -- turned -- the Internet likes -- when you get here and stay here and you start forgetting where you came from and what people back -- are feeling.
It's a problem I'm not sure -- you represented them.
All that well goggles on -- just delighted you Internet I hope you're feeling and delighted to welcome bill.
Guy we thank you very in my -- Chris and Basil it was so awesome having you're on the child you come back and join us have been too good to be -- -- -- Right we do get most.
Right now we have to take one more break as this marathon session a power play.
Rumbles into the end zone.
And we're gonna spike the ball with Bob Cusack and he's in the -- you love them he'll be here and we'll talk about the Jewish vote.
It's kind of a big deal in South Florida is what's going on and foreign policy right now and -- prime minister Netanyahu actually -- to affect the outcome.
He knows he just wrote a column -- stick around.
Factors that every day that passes.
You -- and gets closer and closer.
Through nuclear bombs.
And -- chosen through.
-- There's still time.
And I -- you.
Was Bibi Netanyahu the prime minister.
Israel of being used by the -- -- a super pac.
Secure America and now the conservatives who were back -- that down in Florida.
Trying to raise the alarm.
With Jewish voters -- that state that President Obama has not taken to heart has not taken a strong enough interest in the security of Israel.
This power play welcome back and right now a lot of Republicans are making very much in fact.
Not only the fact the president is not.
Scheduled to meet -- -- prime minister Netanyahu.
When he's in the United States but that last night in the interview that we -- aired on sixty minutes he described Israel as being one.
America's best allies in the Middle East as opposed to the standard.
-- which has been around for decades which is our most important ally.
In the region the White House to walk it back later the Republicans are looking for any means that they -- -- pride Jewish votes and donations away from President Obama.
Does it really matter how big a deal is that.
You know who knows.
Writes about this stuff who is Smart about these things -- You mean he is managing editor of the hill but he has so much more he is knowledgeable he is a frequent guest here on the show and we think.
You screw things.
Thank you -- I think I think this is a big deal Republicans using it we talked to some Democrats last week.
Henry Waxman Barney Frank who -- saying that Netanyahu is is getting involved and that's basically should butt out of presidential politics but but he is center stage.
This is a big issue is going to be a big issue this week and I I I thought that phrasing was telling and he said one of the closest allies Indianapolis.
Don't look that bad by it they're like 2 o'clock today we -- what the president meant by one.
Was that we wish that there were more Israel so that we could love them more yes yes -- the president.
And knows it every word choice that he makes is gonna be seized on especially on this issue and publicity he was choosing his words words carefully there but I I think elected -- go about -- -- -- -- -- -- campaign about -- with a skeleton head.
And then afterwards to thirty that's what the president meant to say and it'll be her awful it'll be a tempest in the teapot.
So I have a question and I love this question which is -- is Debbie Wasserman Schultz from.
That she's fascinating just wish she represents a Florida district that is replete.
With Jewish Americans.
And I have not seen her as much lately and as the president struggles with Jewish voters you'd think -- -- shouldn't she be out there.
That's right and -- -- -- because there were reports that there there was tension between wasserman Schultz and the president.
At the convention there was nothing and there was no apparent.
Tension there however.
There wasserman Schultz and the president have different policies Ito about Cuba Cuba isn't it and another issue where they have different policies he's hardliner on Cuba.
I'm not -- yet.
As you hated South Florida no no new South Florida -- -- that's a Castro -- I had a moment -- -- yeah I read that you haven't seen her as much dignity and I think that -- -- a lot between now and it's kind of a little left front for what she was at a little -- malicious phase and maybe -- cooler out that you come back later and usually.
It's -- they always come back that's the thing about it and about -- party chairperson you can only hide them for so long Bob who's gonna win the election.
Right now he's got to get -- its -- -- -- in about -- states he is out and but I do think that Mitt Romney's interview on sixty minutes last night.
Was a very strong showing his strongest in recent memory.
And about since I've -- as you about this last month and yeah -- -- Make this compares to -- say that President Obama is like the Steelers playing the raiders last night.
He's ups but that doesn't mean he's necessarily going to win that's right is very winnable for Romney -- he has a bit.
There is that yes there is six we -- we have a happy face because you were here and you think you.
It's Monday so you know there's no Charles you're already over that I know you appreciate this you've had a -- hours of raw political excellence with which to delight yourself.
So that's true.
And I hope you're okay with that we're going to be back tomorrow with a regular half hour modest half hour of -- excellence but now I can give you a special treat I can tell you that coming up now.
Is Cal Thomas who is very Smart very funny very kind and very engaging in very good guys -- we'd love to see in the Washington bureau.
Who is spreading -- miles in New York today and -- a treat the Internet with the same care and respect that we did.
Well thank you Chris you're a credit to our gender thanks very much for me actually -- I don't really this is called -- bash we do this a couple of times a week every week to take a look at how the media.
Are covering things send through what prism they filter information is there any doubt about that the latest Gallup poll is found just last Friday.
That a huge majority of Americans still do not trust the mainstream media surprise.
And last -- sixty minutes interviews -- presidential candidates Mitt Romney and President Obama give ample evidence for the position that most Americans take.
When it comes to the media let's take a look at some of this first of all Scott Kelly a good reporter good anchor for CBS news but the way he asked the questions.
One of them just stood out in my mind as being incredibly biased he -- even though Mitt Romney paid 14% of his income last year and income taxes.
Scott Kelly said well do you think you didn't pay enough do you think that was fair.
I see when it comes to the media.
Nobody ever pays enough in taxes because even though they are very rich they -- and dislike other people who are rich.
They also -- things through the -- played a big government is good even though it is shown that it constantly.
The problems many of which are of its -- made me making.
So let's take a look at the Barack Obama interview with Steve croft and -- good reporter who confronts Republicans but let President Obama get away.
With a number of statements -- which were either outrageous or simply not true.
He called it -- pace for the Middle East and what did it concern of Israel.
Over -- nuclear weapons in Iran.
That's more than noise that's the future of the Jewish state that is the potential to destroy hundreds of thousands of people.
Ahmadinejad who is here in New York of course making as usual crazy statements.
Has said that he believes his god wants -- -- Ahmadinejad to wipe out.
The Jewish state of the kill all the Jews and the poly -- that would be Christians.
The -- and god types.
-- that nobody takes that seriously in the media I think it should be taken seriously because frankly he means it -- Other where there were other questions he allowed President Obama to get away with statements about how he hasn't raised taxes.
Even though the Congressional Budget Office the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has said that obamacare would in fact and will in fact.
Raise taxes at the Democrats allow the bush tax cuts to expire.
In January that will raise taxes more than at any other time in the history of our country so on and on and goes and they never hold the Democrats accountable.
Let's take a look at Harry Reid has anybody asked the senate majority leader.
After he said that an unnamed source told him Harry Reid.
That Mitt Romney had not paid any federal income tax is in years.
And now with Romney out with his taxes for last year has anybody asked Harry Reid to apologized well of course not.
And so it goes.
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