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Gonna bring our panel discussion about I'm not Berlusconi but other things in politics here on the domestic front I wanna do -- hit it and David rare is smiling though.
And that NBC he is they are rare as a former NAB president of media politics and business professor at George Washington university's that DC -- welcome being here.
Welcome -- thanks and also -- who cares who's -- democratic strategist sitting here in the studio with me think welcome.
And thank you it's good to be back you know usually we start up armed.
Of the -- hit on something that perhaps you political strategists can actually.
Talk about but I don't I'm sure you have anything to do with Berlusconi and and and -- Juicy this has gotten except perhaps we could talk about everything we have and that's that has nothing do with that Berlusconi.
But this is so why don't we switch over to the the 2012 presidential race because that's actually beginning to heat up.
And I also want to talk about the debt ceiling because the -- congress will vote on that today later today.
And that's a huge deal that will play and I think -- the 2012 election and -- David you think it well.
Absolutely I mean the government is -- thirteen trillion dollars in debt this year.
We -- 228 billion dollars worth of debt in February which was a record high America's concerned about the debt.
Economy's sluggish so I think there's going to be a lot of focus on the debt ceiling and what congress is gonna do to get its fiscal house in order.
Then there's seems to be a lot of sort of political and -- and rattling around as to how to make yourself look good coming out of this vote and what's wrong with that.
Well then -- speaker announced that there's going to be a clean deaths debt ceiling vote today that is to say.
Members can vote yes or no to raise the debt ceiling secretary of treasury Geithner asked for it a 114 Democrats wrote the speaker and said.
We'd like -- clean debt ceiling vote.
They're gonna put on the suspension calendar which means they need.
Two thirds of the house to vote yes for it to be approved that's not gonna happen.
But it will give members the opportunity to go back home and say I voted against the debt ceiling increase and then they'll get down to work and try to come up with some deal.
And this is the problem why vote if you know it's not going to go ahead.
What happens all the time in DC I mean I've been here for thirty years -- came in is that congressional staffer in the eighties said.
Both parties whether they be Democrats or Republicans when they are controlled -- fashion rules and votes on the house floor.
To protect their members to make sure that members always -- the best to their constituencies.
Roger wanna get you -- here unless you're gonna stay longer that's why I'm glad they've had a great question and answer the question -- Basically this whole debt -- thing is like a political.
It seems like a political game well that's the thing I mean that in this Republican leadership seems to have more games in Milton Bradley -- US the best question.
What is it this is putting a bill.
Item on the suspensions calendar that's typically done.
You know things that are not controversial.
-- mean Zend.
Resolutions -- -- exactly sure -- for something of this magnitude.
You know raising our national debt ceiling.
Which we can all agree should have.
Take in what plans in place to reduce spending whether or not that's done concurrently.
-- what is the point of having his vote today particulate matter that insures that it's doomed.
By requiring a two thirds majority which which which I totally agree is not going to happen.
Professor but I I think that didn't that it's it's just deploy.
And it's it's a waste of time it's an exercise in futility and I'm just eager to get past it.
And to the plate where Republican leadership can work with the president and the other house and get to a deal that will actually done.
You know result in some action being taken.
David -- who wins and who loses when this vote is cast and -- but it.
Comes out the way we expected to come out which is that's not -- house.
Right well if it doesn't -- is the real thing to look for is the number of opponents to the debt ceiling increase of course -- get virtually every Republican but if you see a number of house Democrats.
Voting to reduce the debt ceiling I think that'll give the Republicans on Capitol Hill.
More leverage in there -- conversations with the president and the administration to cut more spending.
If it barely is defeated if all the Democrats stay together to increase the debt ceiling.
I think that's gonna give the president and his party more leverage frankly to reduce spending cuts.
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