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Right now Iran -- lead.
So -- -- panel let's bring in -- Shannon -- Fox News correspondent thanks for joining this evening and Stephen AB and Charles just finished up a couple of -- -- the channel I want to talk about.
Alan Grayson -- congressman from Florida who has.
Said some very interesting things you had a story on his antics today.
I think we all know that he seems almost relish this role really stirring the pot throwing the bums out they're jumping back -- and -- using the explosion.
I -- a lot of fun with that he stirred up a lot of attention his folks say that it's been great for fund raising and he's going to be looking at -- election in Florida next year.
And a lot of ways they say this bombastic personality -- he's got opponents do.
An analyst who are looking into consideration sort of saying it's you have a lot of big GOP names down there to run against him to run against him because they know that -- suddenly shy about going after police got a very strong personal -- -- happened -- as well.
So is scared away some potential contenders and challengers -- -- so it's working on that respect.
But it has gotten him in a lot of trouble as of late referring -- Linda Robertson SEK street poor and that -- -- -- -- -- -- I could even putting out there -- the worst.
About it was the Press Secretary you came out and tried to make a case for the definition right war right how is not -- -- offensive.
Just rolled off the tongue for -- down and I personally -- the sentence are now so.
And then he issued an apology hadn't yet really get -- Little did inactive he tried to defuse the initial when -- -- because that was set a month ago on -- on -- radio show announced -- YouTube but you know we can't hide anything it hit the Internet and it's it's not ever going to see.
And the initial.
Explanation from time -- -- his spokesperson.
I was look at the secondary definition the American Heritage dictionary when -- go to the American Heritage dictionary you know you have -- Terrorists and a second evidence it and it says something to the fact that up a person compromises the principles for personal gain any sit notices of professional attack not a personal attack.
Grayson thought it was wise -- in the next that he has issued a formal apology -- Iraq.
Terry is from Florida says graces my congressman Terry is not a fan.
With that statement Bob and Colorado -- should go back to high school Charles what about this guy he makes for a lot of headlines.
Well I I love the apology which he said I apologize for using the word.
That he said is often.
Seen as disrespectful.
Well you know -- really now.
But the the often is intriguing because -- piece of equipment.
Under what circumstances would not dismiss -- women and perhaps if you said to -- represented that -- and I hear that you assistant as a superior court.
-- all qualify as a non pejorative use.
I mean how else can would be news that -- this guy I think it obviously is acting as a clown because it gets some attention and -- gets in the fundraising.
Yeah I won't -- issue an apology don't use the word.
The president of fundraising -- Florida -- it's called him an outstanding legislator.
While other Democrats like Anthony Weiner from New York have said that he is one Fries short of a happy meal.
I mean there are some Democrats they're distancing themselves and others seem to still be embracing.
Remembered watching and Nancy Pelosi the house speaker be asked about him.
And his comments on the floor of the house referring to 47 landowners uninsured Americans -- -- holocaust.
And -- her having to defend.
Him and saying that they weren't going to take up resolutions.
And and -- Joseph Wilson Alan Grayson period was behind them but.
That happening to sort of defend him I thought it was just one by one of the most challenging moments of her career the fact that President Obama would jump in.
With complements is really strange and he is Alan Grayson.
Is it is true that he really relishes the attention that he's he's.
He really loses control and we have -- he has not after the Holocaust thing and an even.
Before the war -- and he he says Republicans in the enemy in trying to ruin the country and every time he makes a public appearance he goes further than.
He has -- before and and I mean I just want you know our viewer who's in the eighth district of Florida snow that.
She as a lawyer made -- -- rule to Wear pink cowboy boots so he could hold the attention of juries.
And if he wins reelection and comes back to -- -- legislator.
We have not seen anything yet.
But -- he's definitely an attention down again that's shooting was -- with me quote for the rest and time.
EC I'm wearing yeah scary.
That he did EU wonders if Alan -- was trying out for a roadshow of guys and dolls yeah.
I think I'm Billy Connecticut says I want to integrations mom -- were apologizing to good Grayson is a media chasing horses -- thank you are.
-- -- -- -- -- -- What I mean I wonder if we if when the president called -- an outstanding legislator maybe he meant that very narrowly like actually as a legislator and you know that's -- working.
-- -- make a contrarian argument I love people like this.
Let let me stipulate that what that's the stuff he said the things we've discussed that disgusting he should apologize.
There's also -- this this -- Quote in your opinion piece that sort of way over the top.
But you know congress has way too few of these kind of -- Idea I mean it congress has become boring all these people who would everything they say is poll tested in focus groups they say only the things you expect them to say only those things that will appeal to.
Put percent of their of their district I like somebody who speaks out and who's you know even if he's total -- -- at least an authentic.
-- maybe our partisan -- recruit candidates in silence.
-- you and they.
Yeah all right JoAnne in Colorado -- enough on this guy she didn't say god bit.
We will move on and let's bring in senior White House correspondent Major Garrett on the north lawn.
As always -- -- some.
But I can't hear it for you guys.
There you -- taking Grayson away from me again like -- -- they know Andre now we're moving on JoAnne says we got to move on.
-- you say let me ask you about first of all this.
Back and forth about a Washington times article.
They came out today about.
Access to the White House for cash you know we've seen in previous administrations.
It seemed like Robert Gibbs had a little tough time the questioning on this and it seemed to be a focus of the briefing it was our lead story tonight.
Well it was the focus the briefing for a couple of reasons -- it's no surprise anyone audience that during the campaign.
Barack Obama the candidate promised to change a lot of things about the way the White House operates and suggest that all throughout the campaign.
That he would be different when it comes to the question of money and access and maybe.
Parenthetically -- when it comes to money and maybe ambassadorships or significant roles in the United States government well.
As ambassadors in some cases are huge campaign donors no different from his predecessors but more of the same.
In this regard The Washington Times using memoranda that came from the Democratic National Committee.
Shows that some people who were big donors 300000 dollars with the threshold that's special access to senior administration officials.
Now Robert Gibbs said well just because you give money doesn't mean you get or are denied access but in some specific cases clearly.
The writing of a check got you meetings with people of significant.
Policy and political importance here at the White House that is it consistent in general sense with what has happened in previous administrations.
But it does ring hollow win those folks in our audience remember.
What it sounded like was going to be a completely different page turn of this White House if Barack Obama got elected.
Yeah Walter says Lincoln bedroom -- to.
Charles is this a problem for this White House a candidate Obama who said that he was gonna change the way this whole thing operated.
Well it was so.
He was being so obviously disingenuous -- -- I know the lives of people believed him.
But if they did then they deserve what they -- I mean this he had that he was -- -- remake our politics.
Politics from the lows -- the money changes from the temple.
Was ridiculous here's a guy who went out and raise the most amount of money in the history of humanity.
And then and now he's giving favors that's how it works there was never going to be any change.
And I'm not shocked surprised or in -- -- dismayed I expected no better.
Or worse it's -- sort of the way all our presidents are but the idea that he was going to be a revolutionary in bringing clean government.
Was preposterous from the very beginning you really had to be a -- -- -- student to believe it and apparently we've got a lot of them in the country.
And you writes is that pink ribbon behind you for breast cancer month and yes the answer is yes yes major -- only.
Let's turn to health care.
Where where are we here we we spent a panel.
Right battling back and forth about the public option the opt out for states and the fact that really we don't know.
What is in this potential bill what is the White House stand in this whole back and forth Harry Reid.
-- the White House doesn't know what's in the bill at this point the White House is -- really curious about what's in the bill.
Because Harry Reid -- got to test the votes in the senate and what's happening right now what was most fascinating I thought on health -- today at the briefing was the not answer from Robert Gibbs about.
Does the White House support any outside democratic political separates -- -- moveon.org or any other sympathetic.
Liberal group on the outside pressuring moderate Democrats in the senate to get on board with whatever it is that Harry Reid is talking about but hasn't yet written down on paper.
And Robert Gibbs and I'm not gonna get in the hypotheticals.
Folks it's not a hypothetical the left is organizing.
Putting together money ads emails phone banks on the centrist Democrats to get them to roll over.
To a -- to Harry Reid's request to back an opt in or opt out public option and that's what's happening right now the big.
Debate right now -- the big.
-- and mystic maneuver going on has nothing to do with policy.
It's about moving votes and using outside democratic pressure groups to move those votes in a certain direction.
If that happens then the policy I predict will follow and the White House will walk along that policy path.
But until those votes change and it's going to be outside groups we're gonna have to change and it's all very much in limbo.
Yeah in -- may be mentioned that on the show that this move was largely about getting moveon.org to stop the ads against Harry Reid.
Bob in North Carolina says is -- asks is Reid really in trouble and of that.
Oh yeah I think I -- in recent polls say he has.
Am he is in a category.
Senator Lincoln in Arkansas where he's -- -- But and he's from -- -- opposition so if opposition suddenly shelves Harry Reid he he could be in.
That could be the end of him Andre he's fighting very hard to raise good money and and cement is position but he's.
He's really underperforming in his approval ratings at home.
And he's still he's very vulnerable I think the White House found really has gotten what it it is asked for though because.
Congressional leaders have bagged President Obama to step into the debate sooner than he has he actually tuned to this night has not stepped in to debate.
And is hoping that he can do so at the conference committee level which at this point in between ten so that -- met.
The bill is being written by Harry Reid and he's come up with this bizarre opt out thing.
What to which the White House responded this is dangerous and we told him you're the vote count but don't come crying to us if you can't get the votes.
Is really the White House is choice if they wanted to get in and start micromanaging the sooner they really could have and they did not.
One quick thing -- if I could yeah a couple of points first -- -- Harry Reid is running behind in the polls he's -- a good position but to love the Republican.
Who is most likely to become the nominee -- had a bad week she's not really well.
Organized registration totals and Nevada are not moving toward Republicans -- a lot of new voters in Nevada.
Read remains very powerful I still think he's the odds on favorite to win there though in jeopardy quickly on.
This opt in opt out thing the White House understands.
That Harry Reid had a bad week last week counting votes on the Medicare.
Reimbursement rates for doctors Harry Reid says I'm a great vote -- what happened -- -- to Democrats turn against them.
So this is no Harry Reid ball game the White House is watching but they know what happened last week they don't want to see a repeat.
What's amazing to a lot of people who are typing in now a lot of people email the show.
Is how 16 of the US economy can be decided upon with no one knowing what's happening no one knowing exactly what's in this bill.
It's mind boggling.
When there's a fight over looking at the language for 72 hours.
-- is there any thought about transparency.
On this legislation.
From the White House point of view or they just kind of lets see -- the legislative.
Machine works here.
Did the White House is for it but not so much -- mean not not not -- in the way that would in any way jeopardize what's going on the fact is.
-- this is really this is really I think unique in my experience covering legislative politics on Capitol Hill since 1990.
A massive bill.
Easily a 1015100.
Pages -- at all sorts itself out with the enormous economic medical implications.
That no one can see.
No -- can see it.
And it's not just a few people can see it and most of us can't find nobody can see it because it doesn't exist.
It exists in the theoretical -- of people there yeah.
Right it's all theory right now and I'm telling you whenever you try to theorize legislation.
Of this magnitude.
It doesn't work.
Steve thoughts on -- this that this is I think where they run in defeat the -- continuing problems.
This is not -- unique insight necessarily but it's when you put this on paper that people can pick at it.
And find things that they that are so objectionable and saw this in August when you started seeing.
You know these plans these evolving plans and you saw parts of and the people objected to the abortion.
-- -- the illegal immigration issue all of these things public option when they get spelled out.
This this house of cards that that Democrats have built -- mean they've they've used this idea of buying off stakeholders it's been their plan.
We'll buy we'll buy them and we'll cut them a break and they'll support our plan well a lot of these.
Groups that are sort of armed border at least have one foot on board are not gonna like what they see when the details come -- and that could be a problem -- you.
-- New York senator today addressed a question about this very topic and he said.
Well listen once we get the Congressional Budget Office numbers will see if the senate majority leader puts them out for public consumption or not.
It easy and that's how we answer crazy -- -- as the reporters stood there I think shocked saying really but.
It's not only that is not it's not visible over.
They're not being honest and open was there any of the numbers they're building in his -- reporting sort of an inherent.
If each of the pieces of the bill is being constructed.
You can purchase in terms of less supportive remember you remember there and senator your senator there.
You can end up where they -- hodgepodge that makes no sense whatsoever in terms of overhauling a sixth of the economy.
So it's going to be what whatever needs little area.
We'll get a majority without anybody conceding and is stepping back and asking.
Are these little pieces are gonna work together as a whole what's going to be the effect they -- work against each other.
Nobody is even asking that and that's what that idea I think Steve is right when we see this on paper and it's kind of all of these elements of the questions are going to be asked.
I think we're going to have a repeat of August and December.
Someone asked where did the lovely -- spring go she she left her set she did the immigration pardon took off thanks for the the message major on a lot of people writing in about the election.
And New York 23.
Even over the Republican DD -- baba and I've really worked as saying that you're ahead of the Tuesday com.
So what about this the Democratic National Committee puts out a release that says that this vote could be a vote of confidence or some -- Somehow referendum on President Obama.
That rarely happens for party to go that far on a race like this.
Well that's right President Obama carried the district New York 23 in the 2008 election.
And wonders remembered now that Democrats and -- this congressional seat -- I'm -- the winds have been re drawn several times since I think 1852.
Democrats hope this will be.
On election night come Tuesday a narrow victory for Jon Corzine the incumbent Democrat in New Jersey a sure loss for Craig deeds the democratic state senator running for governor of Virginia.
And then Bill Owens the Democrat eking out a victory in.
New York 23 but.
This Doug Hoffman -- phenomenon has really gained.
Some tremendous strength in that district and now Democrats are complaining about Republicans pouring lots of money without -- groups there's a small.
TV ad buy from a democratic group.
Against Doug Hoffman today indicating the Democrats believe the recent polling data suggesting Hoffman might be pulling ahead could in fact be true.
That's going to be one to watch on a couple of levels one.
If Doug Hoffman wins then Republicans are gonna start asking themselves.
As a party.
Did we get it wrong by letting the local Republicans.
Create a nominee that was perceived moral leftists and more progressive than the voters there one at number two where did independence go and why.
And number three the White House is gonna look at and say well.
Republicans and independents can't even when it's a three way divided race figure out a way to win and complicate our legislative strategy.
If Doug Hoffman wins prompt some rethinking here at the White House.
That's going to be I think the one to watch on Tuesday night and remember the president goes to -- in Newark on Sunday for two rallies for Jon Corzine what does that tell us.
Yet that the polls are close there -- the White House is nervous yeah.
I'll really -- any other way and it's that is hadn't Corzine's lack.
Well Eddie I mean it it it is -- resonate in the -- seal on the deal.
Well -- yes but if the president didn't have to travel on -- Sunday to Camden and Newark which is all about turning up the African American vote he wouldn't go.
Yeah but this is something that the Corzine campaign obviously looking -- internals.
Would feel much more comfortable about it there were two presidential rallies and that's what they're gonna get.
-- Steve Ben in upstate says two polls show Hoffman had you know some of these small districts you don't know about the polling and how at all.
Pans out but.
It could be very telling for the Republican Party if half goals that I think.
If it could be in once and I mean what it is and it isn't on the one hand.
It's it's -- we told me your district and their weird dynamics that have happened in this race that we're not likely to see.
Specific to these candidates replicated over -- the entire country on the other hand it is almost in a way a test case of this this idea that people are affiliated themselves less with the Republican Party and more conservatives are calling themselves independents and supporting independent but conservative.
Elected officials this has been -- something -- -- happening for quite awhile if you go back and look at Gallup polls over the years.
You'll see that conservatives maintain an ideological edge.
You know sometimes is as great as twenty points.
And and Republicans meanwhile -- party ID.
-- And Charles I'm sure you were going to say that if Hoffman wins this would be a huge win for Sarah -- I would be reluctant to let -- will -- back.
But -- I I think it's as if Steve is saying.
It would show it would be an ideological successor rather than a party success actually would be a failure of the party.
And it would would emphasize how you have the Gallup poll recently showed I think it was -- of 40% of Americans to call themselves conservative.
Half that number consider themselves liberal and about 36%.
And that that tells you that if you play took to the conservative ideological constituency and Sarah Palin -- You really have a base and I think it does since she sort of ostentatiously.
Who broke with -- party over this.
At least -- the done with the party establishment idea I think it would be -- -- in her camp.
I actually think there's only one member of the party establishment who endorsed deeds Gaza -- And that his former house speaker Newt Gingrich he stands alone that he is being ridiculed for this.
And the cavalry has come in for Doug Hoffman governor Pawlenty former Governor Palin.
Fred Thompson former senator from Tennessee.
Lots of people coming in from national Republican leaders coming into backed out Kaufman now Mitt Romney is getting nervous and staying quiet but I do think Charles here.
-- Really means for the Republican Party.
Open season in the mid terms next year if Doug Hoffman -- -- -- out he tells independent disaffected conservatives.
Who who who decide not to run under the Republican label -- can go out on my own.
And I'm gonna get therapy now and everyone -- -- here to help me at a national level.
There's an incredible grassroots intensity for Doug Hoffman ripping through this country right now -- he pulls it out.
That's going to be very tough for Republican incumbents who are going to lose votes from spoilers in next year's midterm election when the Democrats.
Are poised to possibly even lose the house.
Charles a lot of lot of viewers would like get you to run they also like -- the -- back on Friday SP if they -- if nominated I will not run.
But if elected I will serve.
I think campaign that's -- Major wreck yourself here what else are we missing that we did report today on the show.
Well I would say this about the the ongoing Afghanistan deliberations the president -- here on Friday with the Joint Chiefs of Staff every indication we've -- -- that's going to be the law of the last of the think sessions on Afghanistan policy.
We're not exactly sure what the window is on -- -- termination.
But it looks more -- more like the president is gonna come in if you listen to John Kerry who I think it's kind of a decent prison to Wear the White House is on this less than the 40000.
Additional troops that Stanley McChrystal the general in Afghanistan appointed by the president has asked for but not zero.
The betting is possibly somewhere 1520000.
Which would give a couple of brigades for counterinsurgency.
One brigade -- -- entirely to accelerating the training of Afghan police and army forces.
That could pass congress clearly.
And that might be where the president comes down at a middle ground on Afghanistan but you -- that is that it doesn't happen this week.
Lot -- everything I've gathered here at the White House and believe me this change out changes our hour is not this week.
But I'm feeling a little bit less certain about that -- -- was let's say when I woke up this morning.
Half I hear what we're gonna follow it every step of the way majors always thank you very much from the north lawn.
By the way your choice on line for Friday's lightning round it was a close vote as you can see right down here.
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