Power Play 3/18/2013
Chris Stirewalt and guests discuss Obama's pick for Labor Secretary and the GOP reboot
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- Date Mar 18, 2013
Chris Stirewalt and guests discuss Obama's pick for Labor Secretary and the GOP reboot
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And -- is the place in which Barack Obama he's the president of the United States may have heard of him.
Will soon introduce assistant.
But I think he's deputy attorney general Tom -- read this to -- this secretary his nominee to be the secretary of labor.
And this is power play and yes and -- good start well I should stipulate lest I be regulated and saying so.
But yes the president is wants to have mr.
Who is as something of heartthrob and an iconic figure inside the Obama administration for many on the left for his crusading work.
If he is done to expand the definition of what civil right is that includes everything from.
-- troops schoolchildren defined as being transgendered yes.
Two people who have wheat allergies so.
What does this what does this.
Fort know about this second Obama term and I will mr.
-- be confirmed we'll talk about that.
Your French and -- will be here to talk about an interest thing Rangel going on.
Out in Arizona -- the voter access voter rights voter identification.
That's will be good.
It will be relevant to you go about your life I promise.
And we will ask this question.
-- the Republican National Committee reboot.
Then they did not win that election last year I don't know -- you notice that Internet but it did not go so super for them and they have a new initiative to get high tech to get.
Data driven to start to compete with the Democratic Party -- at least -- Obama campaign operation that has excelled in those areas.
So we will have a Republican National Committee man who is part of the effort with us today.
You are in for many good things you are in for many good thing so let us keep.
This good thing for mule -- no longer Steve -- he is a senior writer at the weekly standard he is in fact one of your favorite power play guest.
And despite it being Monday and despite the dreaded wintry mix.
Which of course sounds to me like a third side vegetable selections -- -- in bad thing but wintry mix which means that there is snow snow oh my goodness no on the grass.
And slightly damp pavement Steve -- is -- this -- to be with a wintry mix is a terrible thing -- -- -- like Wisconsin where it's just.
White and beautiful and all over the place -- think I've actually.
I've actually driven.
In Wisconsin and it may be beautiful but also the blocks of frozen slush -- in the road that make it sound like you are running over it's a flock of penguins who -- -- if you don't know literally two minutes but I mean they're -- dug in their life and ripping them undercarriage out of your car and he's -- all know that's I don't think that don't worry -- that -- -- Weiner yeah white white and some.
-- so -- so the president.
I -- account -- which is just as was courting controversy.
A lot of things he is he didn't run.
State of Maryland's.
He was part of casa de Maryland which is.
I don't know how to describe it they are enthusiasts for the rights.
And privileges of people who are.
Hispanic in these suburban Washington DC area including illegal immigrants is that it.
I think that's fair that's fair okay we'll go with that it's fair.
So there's that.
And then there's also the fact that at as the head of the civil rights division.
-- the Department of Justice he's been very -- Republicans are starting to -- themselves to possible opposition of this but -- that amount to -- -- It's hard to see if it will amount to anything but you're certainly right that there will be a major fight not only because of what he did you know him.
Back in these -- running Maryland's.
The -- -- Labor Department where he was very.
-- -- -- creative.
Writing going after businesses for employing people and non full time basis without giving them all the things that.
Labor unions were saying that they deserved.
But also because of his time at the Justice Department where I think there's fairly clear evidence that he.
But that's what -- inspector general a Department of Justice inspector general.
It's pretty much says that he had misled he did it during.
Delighted I'm sorry lighted during it's a testimony.
On whether or not the case involved in the new black interests that the Justice Department by the way at one.
-- they were they were in the process of of of wrapping up their victory.
Against the new black -- Black Panther Party immigrant voter intimidation.
And then they dropped it and he said.
This is not a political decision political appointments were not part of this this was just a regular staff decision and the IG says wow probably.
Right and in fact there were several people who are involved in the decision.
At the time who said no that's not the case this is this is certainly -- And ideological battle inside.
The civil rights division of the Justice Department and the the other problem I think -- you had people warning.
For -- in advance of additional testimony that he was going to give that he would not be giving the entire story if just a lot.
You know basically.
To side the story but he did it anyway so.
He did hit a couple times he was warned a couple times because I think basically this he will be if he's confirmed he will be among.
Left wing Obama administration appointees do it I mean I'm not I don't know who would be more.
Left wing than he would given his entrepreneur realism and is alleged to have it -- like creativity.
On everything everything becomes a -- anything that the left wants to do becomes a civil and you eat meat you -- at least -- -- my daughter as a very very severe gluten -- good analogy has a -- now into the protected class that was a result of the protected class so if I do not regarded as a civil right but it's regarded as a pain in the rear if you -- But I don't regarded as a civil right if she -- that going to Leslie you have.
Are sitting in Cambridge Massachusetts she will be able to have a broader array.
Of menu options in the cafeteria as a result of a lawsuit brought by mr.
Peres and his division against the school that settled out of court and agreed to make.
Things with less -- available to.
Less less grain oriented menu options so.
That's so -- at least she -- that to look forward to.
Didn't so worse you -- Steve writes a lot.
And they do they eat rice and vegetables they go to one of the entire idols.
Right most food stores that are not gluten free they do and you know what's good is that for those Americans like me who suffer it's.
Persistent and pernicious that -- The there's a lot of Americans have embraced it and free lifestyle as a -- -- -- -- -- -- out of -- out of their consumption.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- You know that there's a lot of room -- -- looking for here oh yeah Japanese navy jacket and I can run it down I can now what's the best -- mission is very good of us yeah that's very but it's very good there's new -- -- -- revive Lakefront Parisian.
Milwaukee Wisconsin to present not that might have gotten I think three year old daughter -- -- -- she drags right when she drinks do this is -- solidarity I will buy groceries because it has a lot of it is mostly right that's right.
No most but products are.
I don't think there's any -- he's done a million here is that he's not even allowed to drink and let alone -- excluding ten.
But what will seeing basically the the upshot of this discussion is.
We'll see how serious Republicans are about opposing us very easy digression and revered -- very -- -- it's -- it's totally easy digression and -- But the but do the simple question.
That Republicans -- -- gonna have to answer is is this one that they wanna dig in their heels on.
If if anybody is -- as you said for Republicans to do this it's a guy -- they believe but to them under and a guy who is really.
Liberal inside government so sick but I do want to mention the Internet and I think it bears mentioning.
Is that you were peace.
Of last week Obama's PR stopped.
He's very good and very Smart.
It is available at the weekly standard of course but what makes it very Smart and -- was talking here -- about.
The outreach to Republicans.
And he says -- beginning there will be no grand bargain and you're right.
Because at this point the parameters of the even the definition of the grain -- and now -- basically -- to.
A plan to not shut down the government during the next right months that's right that's now the full extent of the rampart.
Right and and look I mean.
Right to grand bargain that was being discussed July 2011.
But I'm pretty skeptical that they'll even reach some accommodation on.
Up a smaller version of that because there's there's no indication that Republicans want to raise taxes or provide additional revenue there's no indication that the president is serious about entitlement reform.
And there never has -- real indication that this.
Check -- his blog.
Wisconsin writes Beers dot com.
But definitely retirement weekly standard and watch him all over the fox channels we thank you very much thank you.
Okay Internet we're gonna take a quick break but when we come back we will talk about something that comes -- division has been very intimately involved dad and that is voter identification voting rights in those issues as Republican states look for ways to discourage voter frauds.
Voter voter fraud and the Obama administration looks for ways that they -- of -- -- disenfranchisement of minorities we've got things that are the big game is -- Shannon -- tell us about that when we come back.
-- -- And that is what it looks like when people vote in Arizona and this is -- class.
And how people do their voting out there might change.
Because of what's going on at the United States Supreme Court and you know.
And you turn to each time you have questions about the way that our nation's High Court is spent turning and turning.
Your -- -- and Graeme welcome machine in the Internet mischief.
I always miss the Internet but I am thrilled to join you today just a set of arguments.
And where and who who were you arguing.
I have always having sort of an internal argument but that's the -- down -- and I'll.
I did just isn't -- arguing with each other as they had been of late -- little cranky happened there.
But argue with that folks would -- to present their case today as well it started with the airs on attorney general they're here.
Basically defending proposition 200 something passed by voters back in 2004 it was actually interestingly enough pre cleared by the Justice Department.
What it says is is something that they say is it compliment to the federal law under federal law there -- simple little postcards.
If you wanna register to vote -- you simply check a box that your US that this and you fill -- -- -- information and you signing it.
But it's interesting under the law they can't require that it be -- -- have any other formalize station before you put it in the mail and turn it and we'll Arizona said listen we want something -- -- people -- -- register to vote in this state.
There are numbered documents we wanna see if there -- questions about their citizenship driver's license.
All kinds of different things including tribal documents because a number of native American tribes -- their -- -- on -- -- There's a broad array of documents they will except well -- -- -- plane has fired back they sued they -- -- and there are people who are legal residents there being disenfranchised.
Because they can't get the proper paperwork together and they're being wrongly excluded -- You're adding on to the federal law like you can't go beyond that the state can't make it tougher to register that that that dead.
For the state says we're not we're just doing something in concert with what they're doing.
A lot of back and forth today interestingly -- have now that this -- -- here at the Supreme Court the Justice Department is with the plane tips.
They've actually signed on the government argued here today someone from the solicitor general's office join a -- -- saying.
We agreed that this goes beyond what the feds require we don't think the state should have this power.
And they've gone too far sell a lot of heated back and forth with the justices and honestly they were so split today I couldn't tell you.
What still decide we just know they will decided by just.
Well two things one in the practical and the practical is.
Do they really have -- produced individuals as and the plaintiffs produced individuals.
Who have been disenfranchised by this -- that are unable to register to vote as a result of.
This -- yet both have done their homework here and -- both been able to come up with examples that prove their point there are those who say.
I tried to register to vote there was a glitch in the system it didn't take my documents something didn't work.
And we've heard from those people they can't argue in the court but they're out here on the steps afterwards telling their stories.
But by that same token the Arizona attorney general said we have prosecuted a number of people we caught hundreds of people.
Who are not here legally do not have proper citizenship and it showed up and fill out these forms to register to vote.
And heat he cited a number of prosecutions for perjury.
So both sides feel that they have adequate examples to make their point.
And -- the the other more abstract question as we were just talking previous segment about the presidents picked to be his secretary of labor Tomas Perez.
And his division the civil rights division inside the Justice Department.
It's not just going up against Arizona but states across the country.
That have strict voting or restrict -- voter identification rules does the does the decision in this case.
Portend -- thing for those other states.
What's interesting because it could have some -- wants -- to depending how Riley or how narrowly they -- this particular at that particular opinion because.
It's looking at the showdown between states and -- when it comes to issues of election law and election matters and procedures.
And so it could certainly give weight to either side depending on who wins here -- -- imagining the DOJ has got.
Lawsuits pending all over the place against a number of states that require voter ID when you show up to both those kinds of things.
On so certainly this could be something narrow could be more broad but it definitely is gonna get into that framework and it's a unique decision this court hasn't gotten into the fourth.
About that specific line between who has the power here the -- the -- when it comes to the real -- tales of implementing elections and and how they're carried out.
You mention that Thomas -- of course last week and I'm sure you all talked about this that the inspector general report from the DOJ.
A point out that.
Given a number of problems in the civil rights division and why he didn't Wally hasn't done anything illegal it was funny -- criticism from it for him there and I'm hearing from a number of folks on the health.
That the senate GOP is going to get together.
And -- it you know what if the plan goes as -- -- out to me they're gonna have very united front against him when it comes to this committee hearings and votes.
And one last thing -- What is the best place to get up to date news information and analysis.
During -- on Sunday it's.
It's day one of my -- options if you're looking around.
It's America's News HQ which airs on Fox News 12 to 2 eastern time on Sunday and we -- pretty much cover it we have outstanding guests like Chris dialogue.
And what's -- I'm when I'm going to keep bringing my little power my eldest little power play.
In until we can eventually get him on the air and you keep bringing millionaire until eventually relent and at Newman on there -- just putting it.
Then the bribery at the cupcakes yesterday -- definite right to graduate -- -- cupcake that's all -- with a shamrock.
Yeah with this camera what what more do you want Jimmy Graham -- the Internet -- -- know more than you thank you for making time out of this time.
-- -- -- -- back OK now Internet.
Couple of matters of business to conduct here number one is do you follow me on Twitter -- a lot of people do.
Thousands of people do that if they they delighted that no doubt.
I do every day but I'm going to do in about one minute.
Which is -- -- the column that -- -- order today and today it is this and it doesn't come paper becomes inconvenient pixel form.
And that's baseball -- about mr.
Peres and what.
The shift in the left vs right thinking about what a civil right is.
The right doesn't think that it includes meet.
Allergies and the left thanks that it should include any thing.
That will protect anybody.
To whatever degree the federal government can't.
From getting not getting what they want and what they like so it's a good piece and I wrote it for you so I hope you will follow me -- Twitter and do that and also if you -- -- Twitter.
You may join the discussion with with greater -- And greater fun.
So -- -- what you should do that really take a quick break but when we come back we will answer this question.
Can the RNC reboot after a difficult election cycle well they're gonna try today.
And for the months to come they want to change the way they nominate presidents they want to change their outreach efforts and -- want to change the way that they -- digital operation.
It takes place that's relevant to you Internet -- you -- stick around.
So we were playing footsie debating each other 23 times well -- the other side doing.
There is spending potentially hundreds of millions of dollars and data technology.
They're actually getting the job done.
And those rueful words were former Republican National Committee chairman rights -- best.
-- with points -- this he was speaking on face the nation talking about an effort to reboot.
The Republican National Committee and -- the Republican Party to to do an autopsy.
If you will.
On what went wrong in 2012 win the Republicans didn't just lose presidential election but had trouble.
What we're supposed to be easy senate races.
So that autopsy has been completed and so -- there is a plan for revival.
This is power play and sharing with us.
The plan for revival for the RNC is Glenn McCall he is a national committeeman for the palmetto state of South Carolina -- and you are on the team that the chairman put together to try to get the party going in the right direction I'm not just.
Messaging and not just what happens with -- you pick a president or presidential contender but also -- digital operation.
And voter data.
I'd operation that was not good in 2012 it was not good and thank you very outskirts for having me S.
And death you know.
I it was a just a number of things that we're looking at it and it really wasn't an autopsy it was looking at -- -- briefly looking in the -- -- into what we did yes.
Right and and what we did.
You know not to write -- -- yeah and and and but it is ultimately what it was how do we grow the party.
And looking at.
What are the recommendations.
That the five coach years and would bring to the -- see full consideration.
I'm listening session -- thousands and thousands of folks from around the country.
And at you right it was it just.
You know get out the -- it it was that tire mechanics.
The primary process that you sit messaging demographic partners -- what was your Bailiwick what what were you -- down there were two areas that then I was focused on one.
Was lessons learned from from the last campaign and also looking at demographic partners and allies advance along with Hillary Clinton is -- My counterpart Bernard C committee from Puerto Rico Oakland so looking yet African Americans Hispanics Asians we did.
You know -- And what's the what's what's the upshot -- that have for Republicans there's been a very clear move.
To be inclusive especially on -- stands right this -- -- there's been this huge bush.
And as we talked about last week they would've already there would -- already dropped ten crews from the roof of the capital but right now the even the old guard Republican Party so eager to show inclusiveness.
Of Hispanics that that maybe senators gets a little extra leeway.
We have not heard much about African Americans we have not heard much about black voters in the Republican Party.
Is that a real I mean for.
-- an ethnic subgroups that votes like 92%.
-- -- that real growth area for local and yes it is that a person and and you know that misnomer is that they don't support.
Republicans -- conservative candidates and they do.
When it -- and local state elections.
Where -- -- missing now is at the national level and to do that you have to be in the communities you have to deal relationships sustained.
Caring relationships with people and we have to do that with African Americans with the all people of color.
So I think we have a great opportunity with all of our demographic -- but also with African American as you know the rich history.
Of our party -- really big deal in our party Bob that that wasn't an evolutionary.
That supporting slavery and so -- -- so we we we have.
African Americans even in my state of South Carolina who support Republican candidate so we need that never expect.
We need to reach out to them and -- them welcome them into the political process and it's really not about very -- immediately.
So different to -- folks -- to the Republican Party.
It's to take care message is to educate who we are.
It's -- overtime after building lasting relationships they'll seize that opportunity to join us at the party but most importantly.
To vote for candidates and especially at the national.
And to be cool that's what the message to Republicans -- be cool I don't -- don't we adjourn and don't think before you talk.
And by the way congratulations.
This is something that you will not see credited much in the universe but South Carolina the hotbed of secession.
The the long -- home to a lot of things that we're not cool right.
Has very cool distinction which is that you have an African American United States senator.
Net that's correct and we had wanted us to congress congressman -- inside now senator Scott.
And it also.
Myself was one -- the first in an all time after mayor says it's not just for the good weather.
That's right we thank you think.
Thank you very much for making time for us -- thank -- very good luck getting home -- okay now.
Up on the hunt is not a -- -- -- Mike Emanuel our friend your friend everybody's friend here from the DC bureau is going to be guiding you through the next hour of Internet television excellent she will have fun he will be good I know it's true because he fills in a power play.
And you people say why did you come back Chris why did you have to come back why couldn't you leave it might remains capable hands.
But he will be here for the next hour to entertain enlighten -- delight you.
And that's our -- through which -- we go.
Our -- near and far today.
First -- generational considerations.
So we've talked an awful lot about the generational considerations about what's going on with the United States debt deficit and these things lots of money -- what happens to the kids and grandkids and all -- that stuff.
And that's fine and that's an important thing for people discuss and liberals want to talk about investment conservatives want to talk about dad and they go back and forth and it's an interesting conversation.
That's the former question there is -- -- question.
And here's your second -- reality based expectations.
Look as we've said before all anybody's really talking about here's the next twenty months how does the federal government operate for the next appointment that is tomorrow at one point 31 point five trillion dollars that it's gonna -- in order to spend about eight trillion dollars over that span -- didn't talk about big deal they're -- it's not really big deal it's just that deal to try to get to the next thing.
So generational considerations are good and everything but nobody.
Not even the most conservative people are really talking about the big deal anymore we're talking about something that's on par with one point 31 point five dollars a you don't have engagement present a twist your third -- Educational causation it's.
That's your third PowerPoint one good thing that's come out of this train wreck that we like to call the government and a legislative process these days is that people have learned there has been an educational.
Component to all of this.
That people have had to think about how much money the federal government spends.
How much it spends on entitlement programs and how much it spends on.
Discretionary spending and it's been -- so maybe for all the annoyance that we've gotten through all of the sequestration.
And all of this stuff maybe there's something good that comes out of it as people think about the -- balance sheet that -- your power points thanks for being with us today stick around -- Mike manuals coming up next.