November 28th, 2010
12:46 PM ET
4 years ago

Candy's post-game analysis

CANDY CROWLEY: Alright, so, here’s my basic impression: John McCain came loaded for bear.

TOM BETTAG, SENIOR EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: He felt deeply about everything that he felt.

CROWLEY: It was just amazing. I was most surprised by Don’t Ask Don’t Tell because it, when he said I know how you feel I know how all the liberal media feels about, you know, Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, you can call it racist, he was very defensive about his position.

BETTAG: Defensive slash angry.

CROWLEY: Yeah, yeah, and I thought the same way about China, which is a little more predictable, but nonetheless, what was that great quote –

BETTAG: The line about regime change.

CROWLEY: That’s right, about regime change in North Korea. That’s why you always want an hour and a half with these guys, because you want to say, so how would we go about doing that but then you gotta move on to Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, but the other thing I thought was interesting when he was talking about, up sorry I have to double back to Don’t Ask Don’t Tell was his reference to a inexperienced young candidate. That repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell was the result of an inexperienced young candidate, meaning the president. So he was very on today.

Highlights:

Senator John McCain, (R) Arizona, on CNN’s State of the Union

On North Korea:

MCCAIN: I think it's time we talked about regime change in North Korea, and I do not mean military action, but I do believe that this is a very unstable regime.

MCCAIN: The key to this, obviously, is China. And unfortunately China is not behaving as a responsible world power. It cannot be in China's long-term interest to see a renewed conflict on the Korean Peninsula. We've got to understand that China is not what we want it to be, but is not playing a responsible role on the world stage, much less in - on the Korean Peninsula.

On Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell:

MCCAIN: this was a political promise made by an inexperienced president or candidate for presidency of the United States. The military is at its highest point in recruitment and retention and professionalism and capability, so to somehow allege that this policy has been damaging the military is simply false. So the fact is that this system is working.

On Sarah Palin:

MCCAIN: I read I think she's keeping her options open, and I think she should. I think she is an incredible force in the American political arena.

CROWLEY: And a divisive force, would you agree?

MCCAIN: I think that anybody who has the visibility that Sarah has is obviously going to have some divisiveness. I remember that a guy named Ronald Reagan used to be viewed by some as divisive.

Rep. David Obey, (D) Wisconsin, on CNN’s State of the Union

OBEY: I think that money is rapidly taking over politics. When I got elected the first time in

1969, I spent $45,000. My opponent spent $65,000, and I won. Today you've got House seats that cost $4 million. That means instead of members being able to spend time learning these issues, learning to know about each other, they spend their time dialing for dollars. That's not a constructive change. And the Supreme Court has made it abominably worse.

Sen. Byron Dorgan, (D) North Dakota, on CNN’s State of the Union

DORGAN: In the Senate, as Congressman Obey knows, regrettably everything these days takes a supermajority or 60 votes. But I fully understood the frustration and have heard it from him and others in the U.S. House. Look, I think all of us should want, and the American people should expect and deserve better from the Congress.

Sound of Sunday

Looks like START is still a no-go for the republican's point man on the U.S.-Russia missile reduction treaty. The pact was worked out between the U.S. and Russia in April, but Arizona Senator Jon Kyl says the Senate calendar this year is full up for the rest of the year…

Sen. Jon Kyl, (R) Arizona, on NBC’s “Meet the Press”

KYL: My issue is that you can't do everything. I was stating it as a matter of reality, not a matter of policy. How can Harry Reid do all of the things we've talked about, deal with the expiring tax provisions, and, in addition to that, deal with the START treaty, which by itself could take at least two weeks?

Amidst reports that the White House is still bent on finding the 9 Republicans it needs to approve the treaty before the end of the year, Democrats frame Republican reluctance as inappropriate politics and bad policy...

Sen. Dick Durbin, (D) Illinois, on NBC’s “Meet the Press”

DURBIN: Here is the reality. We live in a dangerous world. The failure of the United States Senate to ratify the START treaty immediately is going to pose a danger to the United States its security.

Sen. Claire McCaskill, (D) Missouri, on “Fox News Sunday”

MCCASKILL: There's some game-playing going on with the START treaty, and it's all about politics and it's all about trying to damage the president of the United States.

Also on the Senate docket… tax cuts. Despite overwhelming bipartisan support for extending tax cuts for the middle class, the issue is likely to consume most of the remaining days of this congress in a dispute over continuing tax cuts for the wealthy. One of the wealthiest taxpayers argues the wealthy should pay more in taxes because they don't need the money and it doesn't help fuel the economy…

Warren Buffett, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, on ABC’s “This Week”

BUFFETT: The rich are always going to say that you know, just give us the money and we'll go out and spend more and then it will all trickle down to the rest of you. But that has not worked the last 10 years, and I hope the American public is catching on.

So far though, it appears probably all Republicans and some Democrats will hold firm for across the board tax cut extensions...

Sen. Lindsey Graham, (R) South Carolina, on “Fox News Sunday”

GRAHAM: There will be bipartisan support in the lame duck to extend all the tax cuts for two or three years, and I think that vote will be had before the end of the year. And if the president doesn't support that, I think he's running a risk of making the economy weaker at a time where he could help make it stronger.

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soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Ancient Texan

    Interesting that John doesn't agree with his air-head daughter. This child has been no-where, done nothing, and has no reason to bash Pqlin but does so on a regular basis. Wake up liitle girl, your daddy would have done much worse in the 2008 election without Palin as a running mate. She at least woke up the populace that was snoring prior to her arrival .

    November 28, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  2. labman57

    During the 2008 campaign, McCain and Palin couldn't sell their platform because even they realized that they had no substantive policies to present which differed significantly from those of the Bush years.

    So instead they relied on instilling fear and hatred of somebody who is "different", a philosophy that is consistent with the history of the extreme right of the GOP. They were all about morality, but cared nothing about ethics.

    The GOP lost because the American public rapidly became turned off by the McCain campaign's continual character attacks on Obama. First he was labeled a "celebrity", then an "elitist", and finally a "socialist", a "terrorist sympathizer" and "unpatriotic". McCain also lost because, once the luster wore off, the public realized that Palin was woefully unqualified for the office of Vice President, and her selection spoke volumes about the executive judgement of McCain.

    Over the last 2 years, Palin has repeatedly demonstrated an inability for cogent, rational, substantive extemporaneous speaking, largely the result of her brain being on auto-pilot as she relies almost exclusively on memorized shallow, often snarky talking points during her speeches and (exclusively softball) interviews.

    Bottom line. Palin won't waste her time with any interviewer who will not guarantee:
    1) advanced screening of all questions
    2) no followup questions without her realtime permission.

    The essence of every one of Palin's speeches and (FOX PAC) interviews could be reduced down to about a dozen banal, snarky, superficial scripted talking points and sound bites - delivered in her faux folksy drawl that sounds like a cross between Miss Nancy from Romper Room and Francis McDormand's character from Fargo - sound bites that could easily be programmed into a Chatty Sarah pull-string doll:

    "God bless all of you truly patriotic Americans who oppose the death panels and socialism of ObamaCare!"
    "I have no idea what I'm talking about, but doesn't my new hair style and designer outfit look great?"

    November 28, 2010 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  3. Jim from Va

    Nothing ever changes in Washington.Our country is bankrupt.We have an alarming amount of unemployment.North Korea and Iran continue to play games with us. We are mired in a war in Afghanistan. And lastly we have a press that refuses to ask the tough question to our leaders.And leaders that refuse to provide leadership.

    November 28, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  4. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Whatever John McCain says just do or think the opposite. McCain lost his credibility and continues to do so when it comes to Palin. McCain was once thought to be an honorable man, now he's just a washed up old man who still lives in the Vietnam era but has never done one thing for Veterans.

    November 28, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  5. EddyL

    McCain is the king of flip flop.... nothing he says means anything because it's all opportunism....

    November 28, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  6. Chloe in Chatsworth, CA

    Ancient Texan, it's not surprising at all McCain doesn't agree with his daughter now (whom, I suspect, is an "air head" because she doesn't agree with you). The ex-maverick is flip flopping all over the map, from immigration to DADT, as he desperately toes the Tea Party line. As for the 2008 election, if there was any snoring, it was on the Republican side, the Democrats had TWO candidates they were genuinely excited about. But you're right, she did wake up a lot of them - I personally know four Republicans who voted for Obama because of Sarah Palin.

    November 28, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |