(CNN) - Even though Senior White House Adviser David Axelrod contends that Republicans will win seats in the November elections, he still wasn't willing to budge Sunday on bipartisanship or extending all of the Bush-era tax cuts.
"It's up to us to extend our hand (to Republicans) as we have before," Axelrod told CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley on "State of the Union." "It's up to them to decide whether they're going to take it or whether they're going to do what they've done for the last 2 years."
I guess what I liked best was Chris Van Hollen, who sort of took this glass half full approach to the fact that he’s got some thirty Democrats in some really tough districts who are running these ads on T.V. against Nancy Pelosi and bragging about their separation from the president.
(CNN) - Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey said Sunday that he introduced immigration legislation just before Congress left town so he could get "lame-duck movement" on the bill after the November mid-term elections.
While Menendez made clear there was zero chance the bill would pass this year, he said the goal of proposing it was to get it moving through the legislative process as soon as possible.
So today, I actually really loved the Pakistani Ambassador for a couple of reasons. First of all, he made a little news confirming that Pakistan has been helping the U.S. gather intelligence about who is plotting against various European cities. He basically confirmed that there appear to be some Germans and a couple of Brits who are operating out of the northern mountainous region of Pakistan and plotting these schemes against various European cities. He also, I thought, was so good on trying to explain why the Pakistanis say some things in public and yet are still working as much as they can to be an ally to the U.S. He said quite simply, the U.S. isn't that popular among their constituency and so you have to be really careful how you proceed with the U.S. I thought that that was great. I think that as far as politics are concerned, Senator Menendez, Senator Cornyn, putting the best face on races where one or the other is going to get upset. Senator Menendez basically admitting that he is going to lose some seats in the Senate and I guess now the question is how many. We'll find out in a month.
(CNN) - The two senators responsible for how their parties will fare in November's elections agreed Sunday that Democrats will lose some seats, but disagreed on how many.
Republican Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, predicted a "tsunami" for the GOP, while Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey, head of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, said Democrats would maintain their Senate majority.
If I were to pick the newsy tidbits from the show I’d go with Democratic Leader Steny Hoyer leaving the door open for some sort of compromise over the expiring of the Bush tax cuts in January. He seemed to say that if there was some way to extend it for the rich, which they define as $250,000 and over, maybe they’d be open to that. But what he wants is for the Senate to go first because the House is always sitting around going out on a limb and then the Senate kind of saws off the branch.
I think the other thing listening to the terrorism experts we had on today, including Sec. Janet Napolitano and former Homeland Secretary Michael Chertoff and our own Fran Townsend. Yeah we’re safer; but the fact is, they all agree that inevitably another attack on U.S. soil will come and likely be successful at some level. I also found it interesting that they agreed with the premise that while Osama bin Laden would be a big symbolic capture that there are others including Awlaki who has been inspirational and sometimes in direct contact with some of the more recent attempts on U.S. soil is a more dangerous guy.
Also interesting I think, and certainly up for discussion, is Dick Armey who heads a group that basically has provided organizational skills for the Tea Party. Armey is now arguing that the Tea Party candidates really are the moderates in the Republican Party. So I think that one will probably cause some people at least to have some dinner table conversations.