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Question we could say what about the president's birth certificate -- that was that legitimately without it.
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That contentious exchange including fake laughter.
White house Press Secretary Jay Carney and Major Garrett of CBS news that was way back on May 21.
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And -- the contention there and related to.
What Republicans say is a scandal.
What Democrats say isn't necessary because of Republican obstructionism.
As Kathleen Sebelius the secretary of health and human services raises money.
From some -- regulates.
In order to pay for the implementation -- the public education about the implementation president's health -- what does that.
Have to do with -- 2014 elections we will suss that out and more.
As it relates to the presence -- -- -- health law we will answer -- temple anyway this question Eric Holder is he in for the long haul will he try to stick it out.
Having Steve cross the bridge into a second term will he try to stick it out.
Or is he going someplace.
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And I'm gonna say it's many times I can't we will have a scholar from the American presence -- here to talk about what he says it's ideological bias.
In the selection of commencement speakers it will be peace in springtime summertime -- for you so we'll do all of that.
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That Mitch McConnell has already he is now waiting he's not waiting Mitch McConnell running for reelection in Turkey now has all of the makings of a cakewalk.
That's cents a primary challenger couldn't get the necessary didn't look like -- it doesn't look like -- primary challengers and get that requisite support to make an insurgency in Kentucky kind of Republican.
When it comes -- federal levels.
But he is not waiting to come out and use the president's health law and including the fact that the IRS is in charge of implementing a big chunk of it.
Into this how do you see.
The health law playing in the -- I think Republicans want to play a big day there's a very strong feeling among Republicans that this is their last shot they wanted to get out there and say obamacare is not working and they think -- fourteen is a real good opportunity to do that.
That's largely because well most of the big parts of this law they they exchanges you open enrollment all those things are rolling out when he fourteen.
We're already seeing -- -- from Republicans your premiums are going -- you're not being able to keep the coverage that you were promised in his -- You know -- -- promised message that they feel like is going to work very much in their advantage particularly in the senate where they're looking for control Mitch McConnell of love to take Harry Reid's job as senate majority leader and this is something where they think.
I they have some traction particularly as people start to re engage because remember Chris.
When Mitt Romney was running.
For president they couldn't really uses health care issue because as governor of Massachusetts Mitt Romney had passed the individual mandate that look very similar to what obamacare -- So the Republicans lost that issue.
Four that cycle they're bringing it back in their last ditch effort to try to use this for electoral gains by 26 scene.
-- already be effect for two years let's see.
Got a hold the talking points that.
House Minority Leader sent out.
Four this is the time of the year.
That if you're an incumbent in the senate -- house.
You spent the first part of the year raising money you spent the first quarter or third of the year trying to get your big donors on window in the big dollar fundraisers.
Now it is time to start interacting with humans.
And they have to go back -- they go this summer recess and they go back to their districts and they hold town halls.
They talked to people they try to remind them that they're not some distant Washington figure but in fact one of them and see with the grocery store.
The talking much that they included told Democrats go home.
And turn the negative into possibly the -- unpopular yes but there are ways to.
And this and two Republicans laughed at this but there's -- -- -- -- for Democrats because there -- parts legislation would be very appealing to core constituencies.
For Democrats for women.
Especially for young voters -- that core parts of the democratic coalition that they.
That she's saying get out there and get those people on -- -- your fight.
And this has been -- mistake of Democrats -- from the beginning they.
Promised all of there members that they we get out there the presidency -- get out there and defend this when it passes.
And after -- Democrats just left it alone and allowed Republicans to continue to hammer on -- so no matter what the talking points are for that Democrats going into this Memorial Day recess it's not gonna resonate mean Republicans really did a good job.
Cementing their message that obamacare is bad for the country but I remember when this debate started there was majority support for Health Care Reform.
Now we see that there's majorities.
Opposition to obamacare so Republicans help -- that it's going to be hard for Democrats to be able to turn that message around.
I -- certainly something that they would like to defend.
But right now there's not putting any of the kind of serious messaging into it you'll from the White House from top Democrats you know.
To do we at.
Town hall meeting is kind of busy.
There are little busy right -- has -- -- -- a little busy right now and certainly the IRS scandal plays very nicely into this obamacare idea because remember.
The IRS will be in charge of making sure that you had insurance if you don't it's the IRS who's -- Make that penalty felt for you and now you you have Republicans say can we trust the IRS seriously can we trust the -- that says.
Handle listen nonpartisan manner to not to be objective about this and -- raising yet another doubts that dovetails really nicely.
We've -- Republican argument against Obama here.
-- -- a long way to go we stipulated and -- -- but it's never too early physically retirement when he sixteen yesterday you know dog on what -- at least on that point fourteen today.
It's a long time until the next cycle but right now.
The way that it's setting up when you talk to Republican political operatives they see their party on offense again -- when he fourteen.
They -- this the Republicans actually found themselves -- a bit of the -- -- -- 2012 they didn't have been the kind of nominee maybe that they had hoped for at the top of the ticket.
They were defending a lot of house seats this time though the Republicans feel pretty confident that they can go on offense in -- terms.
Absolutely and you don't part of that's history.
Do -- every sixth year of a presidency the president's.
Party has lost.
Seats is sort there's a couple exceptions -- that but.
By and large that's the case and also Democrats have a lot more retirements and they have a lot more open seats in states that lean Republican.
Then Republicans are defending on their own so the math is good for them but remember Chris.
This time in 2011 we were saying they -- think particularly about a Republican senate that it was going to be difficult for Democrats to hold onto it.
They had a similar situation where they had some incumbent.
Democrats up for reelection Republican leaning states people like Claire McCaskill and you had.
Bad Republican candidates people like tidy you do make comments and -- completely disqualified.
His candidacy so.
While certainly the prospects are good right now because we don't have any particulars I think we're still waiting to see how -- Was out their -- We will tell us they'll come back and tell you more if you follow him on Twitter and do the right thing.
You'll know even before it happens as we thank you -- making time for us today.
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Chris service once as good column today Chris aren't you afraid of the IRS.
Why would I be afraid of yes they're wonderful people and you know they're just doing their jobs and I'm super happy and you definitely should not -- any special scrutiny -- anything I've ever written down.
And let's say big hitting 323 at this point why ask questions the press should know by now they will not get the true answers.
Well -- that's that is the chronic condition in Washington you don't get the true answer at least the first time.
So you just keep asking and then you find out what you can and you do that and it's it's not always fun but -- when you get one it's very satisfying.
We'll talk about that as it relates to the Department of Justice etc.
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Again without -- shooting any of that -- right now.
Is certainly we have a very troubling situations something that occurs.
As big as this would occur without the knowledge of the attorney general or the suggestion that it would do so.
That was Eric Cantor the majority leader of the United States that's representatives on the record with Greta Van Susteren and he was not computing anyone's motives but he was leaving the door open to the amputation.
Of Eric holder's motives -- those that the Department of Justice.
As it relates to snooping.
On reporters who.
Were covering national security stories we've got -- of course what happened at the associated press and now on the fair -- -- home.
-- on the looking into James residence -- records and emails and stuff like that.
And Eric Holder the attorney general they are in full march on a damage control.
And re setting the discussion and reaching out to journalists and you can read it.
-- political and other places today is they're making their reach to say mistakes were mad but we're gonna have policies and let's make sure they don't happen again.
But even as that happens.
Fairly notable people.
Are increasingly saying you know mr.
attorney general may not be fair and it may not be right but it's probably time for you to go.
Can the attorney general weather the storm.
Will -- and what -- the consequences be people who know.
Amos Snead he's -- former Press Secretary to Roy Blunt.
Who is pretty -- you'll.
And Amos is a pretty big deal in his own right he's probable -- Amos Snead Amos welcome back thank you very much Chris and Tony well she is a former Press Secretary for the Democratic National Committee and I can never say it enough but you must follow -- T dub this.
Just with the opportunity to type -- does it to Twitter can you follow our every -- TV it's just all right so.
My thesis is this.
Can't dispose of Eric -- even if there would be political advantage in it.
The attorney general is a job like this -- -- city.
Bad stuff that occurs the -- to you and then in time you go away and that's the attorney general is in terms of big -- cabinet positions.
Shelf life for an attorney general is not as long as -- city energy secretary where there -- very few controversies that surround you.
But for the president Eric Holder.
He is an important person because not only is he one of the very few long time career inside Washington guys who knows how to do stuff.
Number he's older but he's not -- but he's from the Clinton administration.
He didn't career federal prosecutors he knows the ins and outs of the stuff -- didn't -- as amnesty is.
Really sort of the the keeper of the torch for the for the left in the Democratic Party so you guys are saying it's time for older to go but.
He's not going to play you know class and this came out Marcelo did say it's central to -- -- on battery Huffington Post them -- -- Huffington has on this.
He had a big front page headline it's time to got it and I'm like oh my god they've completely lost both sides.
The Chris I think you're right I mean he if he does -- Who comes after him -- who's gonna replace both the president needs him there to be that lightning rod let him take all this criticism from the left and the right.
The president -- -- and say that's the Department of Justice that the attorney general let them take care about is not.
As much as I like your green mile analogy that you can eat this and well -- what I was doing what -- I was doing more James Joyce playing I'll go I'll go yeah that's what -- also.
Have to disagree let me talk -- par for the course with whom we had some people who said.
He may resign now or or he may need to leave these at this with -- any investigation any evidence any proof any.
Certain -- so this is path that typically logically follows that.
An official has done something -- awfully embarrassed or something so woefully wrong or obviously wrong that been the president leaves and that person to say -- you know that -- -- -- weather the storm.
Know what what you see is also true.
Well I want sure is he is but is either that you deceived.
-- -- either standard bearer will actually not because it's it's as attorney general.
The people -- prosecutions.
Didn't take an aggressive line gets the Bush Administration did that quite -- -- -- -- you -- -- jailed Dick Cheney but in general he had he didn't look.
Now in this stopped short of and there's you get into gradient distinctions which would have liked.
The hardline civil libertarians in the Glenn Greenwald and these people who are these conscientious folks.
Who -- out there that say.
You know what it's an improvement over the bush era but not in a significant when there is that -- by and large liberals see him.
As a sort of this dodge and he's bigger guy who's holding looking for the truth and -- on their side fair enough but what I think but I the but I think examples of them would be.
Someone who screwed on right and you responded.
With the head wanna bureau on Friday we can't stop that cycle you don't just -- -- beat evidence it has the reasons there there needs to be rationale for these types of things and so far this is Eric Cantor who does the -- its shareholders saying your mistakes -- made here's what I wanna be right.
To follow pretty good practice and -- -- Don Rumsfeld yes he was secretary of defense you're and in 2006.
There were plenty -- Republicans.
Who said -- voice -- -- President Bush behind.
We -- new sect -- this thing you know there's this thing with the Iraq War ended when it's too it's a debacle and we've got to have new leadership and -- got so that we can go to voters in the mid terms.
We're we've started a new.
And President Bush was able to tell people like your old boss and others.
Deal with that because this is our guy because this war is the central part of what we're doing so weak I need Don Rumsfeld in -- -- now of course it is conservation movement Republicans he waited until like two days after the -- term elections and then fired Rumsfeld but whatever.
The president as he talks to Democrats who get anxious about older.
What does he tell that.
But I don't nobody tells but if you look at it we've got Republicans and conservatives and the media marching in lockstep demanding answers I think we saw beyond.
Don't see this morning an -- offensively -- -- -- demand answers if people are looking don't want him and follow the conversation on Twitter.
But there's a lot of unanswered questions and -- your point who's going to do this investigation -- holders on people who are gonna look into this and say.
Here's where messed up -- is at the top but.
You know as a communications person that's got to be a tough job this week in the past few months you've got -- -- you've got Justice Department got the IRS.
-- -- reporter's email so I think a lot of people are demanding answers from the Republicans or conservatives all the way to some of the top tier journalists across the country.
And I'm explain that -- -- here that.
Professor turley that it Georgetown University professor -- an obstacle for his departure used the -- an -- -- I was using it either full or it's -- I was using it before he did that and I did not have any green mile and I did not have any green mile foreknowledge of the -- -- but yes that you use that's it I -- the Donald Rumsfeld Donald Rumsfeld analogy.
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-- ever heard -- that's right gentlemen we thank you for your time today have a great day.
Okay how about this.
If you go to a commencement address are you more likely to hear somebody you espouse the democratic point of Republicans when you probably can guess the answer but we have here -- scholar.
Mutilated and he explained we -- -- around.
And that's graphic excellence depicts the president of the United States the First Lady.
The vice president Kathleen Sebelius secretary of health and human services and Eric Holder.
You know who he is -- just argument in all delivering a commencement.
Address is talking to the students who are graduating.
At big schools little schools fancy schools service academies.
-- they have been all over the place.
In fact carrying with them -- Bloomberg News reported instructions from.
The administration to carry the message about the president's health law.
And this is power play welcome back now.
And a V I will say speaking of Donald Rumsfeld that my commencement speaker was Donald Rumsfeld but I know that my college was probably not typical.
And this was even before he hit.
Been back into administration.
Assumed he was probably not the typical commencement speaker and in fact.
The since academia has a lot.
Quite a few liberals and a third that there may be -- bench in that direction shall we quantify shall we measure.
If you'd like to quantify and measure things you should know Kevin has said he is the director of economic policy studies for.
The American Enterprise Institute which I -- -- at -- is.
Think tank on the right welcome to you that you threw me not disagree with -- description of preeminence for -- because this is fun.
So four conservatives.
Who had -- out big money to get their kids through school.
If you have if you pay to get your kid into and through Harvard you are probably if you're conservative you're probably not going to go and listen.
To somebody talk in the news of the world view that you share right.
Yes that's right and in fact the ivy leagues are nice case in point we looked at the last two years of commencement addresses and look to see who is -- previous political appointee or candidate in the party or somebody would given money to a party.
We found that in the Ivy League over the last two years there have been no conservative speakers 000.
Intact looking even at Cornell nothing nothing if you look at they've got -- school.
You didn't this year that Cory Booker the mayor of futures -- news Newark has more commencement speech is that all Republicans combined.
I mean this is out of control it is an -- I think it's actually worth noting because.
A commencement speech is something that we can measures -- announced on web sites and so on and we have the sense that conservatives aren't really allowed.
To speak on campus but here's something that's kind of like a nice test the laboratory -- -- -- -- you could collect the data.
For the top hundred universities and top fifty colleges by US news rankings and and count them up and I gotta say that the numbers were pretty surprising and -- -- women did this you know and -- I got into this because Bob Zoellick.
Was scheduled to speak at my alma mater slot where college and he withdrew because of the -- awful over at that.
Fact that there was a bush appointee speaking at commencement.
And Bob Zoellick is is is not Don Rumsfeld when it comes to being a controversial political it and that's right and as president of the World Bank he spent most of his time talking about women's rights and so on and he's an absolute.
Moderate gentlemanly guy and so Bob -- can't speak on -- taken.
Well -- no nobody can -- conservative and it turns out that that's about true and we saw for example.
Good inside a university or college the political pressure of the can be brought their debit card as a good example.
Johns Hopkins is -- primo med school.
And Ben and Ben Cardin had been one of their great success stories African America and renowned physician and all of this stuff but he said some stuff about gay marriage the pressure mounted inside the school.
And they -- -- how much of this do you suppose is that.
Even if you.
Even if you think somebody would be a great speaker bring -- -- -- to your campus.
Did you say I wanna deal with the students against oppressive Halliburton war for oil etc.
So let's just get the controversy and go with somebody -- -- -- crap please.
Right well well I think that it's partly that but again you know every now and then somebody is invited and we've seen people withdraw because of what happens next and if I think about the -- case for example even that the defenders of Bob Zoellick were saying things that were kind of outrageously biased of this.
The school newspaper trying to see moderate and reasonable said well we should let Celek speak because he's not like Rumsfeld and Wolfowitz and one of those people that you don't LL.
Yeah that's right it's so it definitely didn't -- -- -- work -- over yet they.
They basically said it's OK to prohibit speech of people like Rumsfeld there.
Or bush murder Wolfowitz and and and I think that that view has basically taken over America's college campuses and that's the thing that's most -- Now would win.
Power play his dad.
Well it's going to school.
School was liberal commencement speakers were liberal.
-- and Ford.
This has been the case I mean this is really been the case in America -- for 5060 years what's wrong with that I mean if if academia is liberal.
And academics are liberal by and large what's wrong with them celebrating what they like well.
I think that they can do that but I think that it's different to celebrate what you like and have more or less prohibited open debate and free speech.
And what's happened is that we've reached this culture in America's universities where it's disreputable.
To think maybe something like capitalism helps the -- -- ended a few dared to try to defend -- Listen which is something that has the -- body of academic work that supports it.
Then it's OK to who who that person down.
To -- you know throw tomatoes at them until they get off the stage.
And that's the thing that I think that's so disturbing and so the fact that we can run Bob Zoellick out of town and tar and feathers because he worked for President Bush.
Means that that pretty much there's only one point of view that's allowed to be presented at universities and so for me.
If our the president -- -- -- college I would have just said this kids you know a set up until it's gonna speak and that's when he was speaking somebody started to protest -- then I wouldn't get their degree.
And it doesn't matter -- everybody's thinking American in the lunch anyway but Kevin and thank you for make experts say it was enlightening on -- -- -- is up next that's true fact and now as we like to do -- We want to leave you with the word from French us.
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