March 14th, 2010
02:32 PM ET
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State of the Union: Candy Crowley's Crib Sheet for March 14

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="In her Crib Sheet, CNN's Candy Crowley wraps the news from Sunday's political talk shows."]
Obama confidante and senior adviser David Axelrod hit the trifecta Sunday talking health care, health care and lastly, health care on CNN.

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs lent an assist on Fox: …”we’ll have the votes when the House votes.” The rough translation: We won’t vote until we have the votes and/or we don’t have the votes. Not yet anyway, according to the guy counting the noses. House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC) says the will is there and the votes will be too. “They (House Dems) have been looking to us to create a way to do it. I think we’ve gotten to a place where we do have the way to do it.”

No joy in Minorityville. House Republican leader John Boehner of Ohio vowed to “…do everything we can to make it difficult for them, if not impossible, to pass the bill.”

Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) warned Democrats about a kind of political Armageddon if the bill passes. “There will be an instant, spontaneous campaign to repeal it all across the country… and (in November) a political wipeout for the Democratic Party.

Proving that there will be news after health care Boehner says he doesn’t think Congress will approve funds to move terrorist suspects at Guantanamo Bay prison to a supermax facility on U.S. soil. Certainly you can count him out: “I wouldn’t vote for this if you put a gun to my head.”

Boehner also said there’s a chance Republicans could take over the house this November.

Axelrod joined in the administration pile-on of the Israeli government’s announcement that it will build more settlements in disputed east Jerusalem, something the U.S. opposes. Word of the plans came just as Vice President Biden was arriving in Israel. Axelrod called it an “affront” as well as unhelpful to the peace process.

The president’s closest confidante also sidestepped questions about whether the administration intended to negotiate with Taliban leaders, but the answer seemed to be maybe: “The Afghan government will have to take the lead in that discussion.”

And finally, forget all those stories about tensions between the president’s pragmatic chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel and starry-eyed go-for-the-fences Axelrod.

Axelrod says Rahm is “my dear friend… a tremendous asset… incredibly faithful to the vision…”

Here’s more: “We are a tight group… and I would discount those stories.”

So that settles that? Not a chance.

So goes another Sunday. The next one’s looking big, big, big for health care, up or down.

Of all the do or die weeks we’ve had in the past year, this may be the one.

White House Senior Advisor David Axelrod on CNN’s “State of the Union”

“I think we will have the votes to pass this. Obviously this is a struggle. Look, the lobbyists for the insurance industry have landed on Capitol Hill like locusts, and they are going to be doing everything they can in the next week to try and muscle people into voting. Many on the other side of the aisle have decided that I t would be a political victory for them if health insurance reform were defeated, so it’s a – it’s a struggle, but I believe we are moving in the right direction.”

White House Senior Advisor David Axelrod on ABC’s “This Week”
“Health care, Jake, health care deserves an up or down vote and health care will get an up or down vote. Remember we already had up or down votes in the House and Senate, 60 votes in the Senate, it passed in the house as well, now the question is, do we pass the requisite improvements to this bill to make it even stronger and I think we will.”

White House Senior Advisor David Axelrod on NBC’s “Meet the Press”
“If the Republican Party wants to say to the child who now has insurance or that small business that will get tax credits this year if he signs the bill to help employees get health care, if they want to say you know what, we're actually going to take that away, we don't think that's a good idea, I say let's have that fight, make my day. I'm ready to have that and every member of Congress ought to be ready to have that debate.”

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs on “Fox News Sunday”
“We'll have the votes when the House votes, I think within the next week. I think whoever sits here this time next week, you will be talking about health care reform not as a presidential proposal, but as something that will soon be the law of the land.”

House Minority Leader Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) on CNN’s “State of the Union”
“If she [House Speaker Nancy Pelosi] had 216 votes this bill would be long gone. And remember, they tried to do this in June or July of last year. If they had the votes then it would be law. They tried to pass it in December, October, November, December, January, February. Guess what? They don't have the votes.”

Rep. James Clyburn (D-South Carolina) on NBC’s “Meet the Press”
“We don't have them as of this morning. But we've been working this thing all weekend. We'll be working it going into the week. I'm also very confident that we'll get this done. I have been talking to members for a long time on this, and they have the will to do it. They have been looking to us to create a way to do it. I think we've gotten to a place where we do have the way to do it.”

Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tennessee) on CBS’ “Face the Nation”
“I think from the day this passes, if it should, there will be an instant spontaneous campaign to repeal it all across the country. It will define every Democratic congressional race in November. And it will be a political wipeout for the Democratic Party. That will be bad for the country but it will change the leadership of the country.”

House Minority Leader Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) on CNN’s “State of the Union”

“They want $500 million from this Congress to rehabilitate this prison in northwest Illinois. I want to see who the members are who are going to vote for this. I wouldn't vote for this if you put a gun to my head.”

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) on ABC’s “This Week”

“It's not just about KSM coming back into military court, it was a major misstep to put him in civilian court in NY, it made no sense. We need laws on the books that will allow terrorist detainees to be held without trial, give them due process, treat them as prisoners, not common criminals.”

White House Senior Advisor David Axelrod on ABC’s “This Week”

“What happened was an affront, an insult, but that's not the most important thing, What it did, was it made more difficult a very difficult process, we just got proximity talks going between Palestinians and Israelis, this seemed calculated to undermine that.”

White House Senior Advisor David Axelrod on CNN’s “State of the Union”

“The Afghan government will have to take the lead in that discussion. But, Candy, when you look at Iraq, for example, there is always as part of this process, political reconciliation, and there may come a point when that is - when that comes into play, so long as people are willing to renounce violence, so long as they renounce contact with Al Qaeda, so long as they support the constitution of Afghanistan. But that's down the line.”

Have a great Sunday and week ahead.
Candy Crowley

soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. stop the nonsense

    I try to be fair and open-minded about the debates that go on and the rhetoric associated politics but I am so sick of these supposed "leaders" and their comments. The over dramatic nonsensical statements made in this article show how showmanship has replaced professionalism.
    Maybe someone should call Mr Boehner's buff and put a gun to his head and see what he does. Of course if he had to suffer under the healthcare that most Americans have, he wouldn't be able to get treatment for any mental or physical damages that it caused. Maybe stupid comment like that worked for Charleston Hestion with the NRA, but thisis one of our representitives
    On healthcare- I'm glad Boehner cares about the over 40 million under-insured Americans.
    And Lamar- Uprising? Wipeout? Are you calling for a revolution? sounds like treason to me!

    March 14, 2010 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  2. Viet. Vet

    The repugs are using every trick in the book because they know when this bill pass, they are cook like goose .All of their lies and misinformation will surface and they will have to explain to the majority of Americans with common sense who don't have a blind hatred for the President why they care less for the the Americans most in need and or those who need a little relief from their annual increasing health care cost, even folks like me who can afford it and still struggle.

    March 14, 2010 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  3. maf

    Wow, Boehner will do anything he can to block this legislation and then Alexander with his threat that this will wipe out the Democrats.

    Bullies always have a louder bark than their bite! They are scared witless that this will come to pass AND WORK, that they are resorting to every trick in the GOP playbook. Obstruction, filibuster, threats, scare tactics, everyone on the same page with the same talking points.
    The party of NO is trying to grind Washington to a halt. Who does that really help? Only the politicians, not the PEOPLE!

    March 14, 2010 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
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