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. Tony in Maine

    If Boehner becomes Speaker, I'll head to Costa Rica.

    March 14, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  2. The Calabash Kid

    The Republicans are threatening Democrats now. That is more than enough to send Democrats running for cover. Democrats in Congress are the most spineless group of men and women that have every gathered together under one roof. All any Republican has to say is: "If you do that, I might become very angry!" and Democrats go into their offices, unplug the phone, and take a valium.

    Opportunity came knocking in 2008 and Democrats drew the curtains and hid behind the sofa.

    March 14, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  3. Mike in MN

    I am hearing some House Democrats are talking of voting yes on health care reform because in part they just want the issue to go away. Hopefully there is no elected offical making decisons on that basis. But in anycase if the Dems to pass health care reform the debate will become even more intense as it will be the number one issue for the 2010 election. Republicans will be campaigning to repeal it or as I would prefer fix it by getting rid of the crap but leave in the parts that voters like. In fact everything the voters like are the same things where there is bipartisan agreement and everthing the voters don't like are things supported by Dems and opposed by Republicans.
    So the debate will not be over and Democrats will have to defend all the way up to the 2010 election all the parts of health care reform that a majority of voters don't like.

    March 14, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  4. Todd W

    "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.”

    House Republican leader John Boehner....Sir do you have affordable quality healthcare for yourself and your family ? I'll bet that you do right along with all of your comfortable GOP associates! Go back to your fenced off upper class private little island and let the other side so what is best for the country and provide healthcare which you cannot and will not do!

    House Republican leader John Boehner....You Sir and others who are like you are vile evil trash !

    March 14, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  5. jules sand-perkins

    We know that Democrats don't resort to Fear, but might there be a whiff of it from S.A. Axelrod in his warning us that insurance lobbyists are like locusts in DC? Perhaps it's for a Failsafe device–not Fear.

    March 14, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  6. A True Centrist

    Amazing...still no mention of jobs from the Dems. What is it going to take to get the Dem leadership to focus on getting the American people back to work? 9.7% unemployment isn't enough?

    March 14, 2010 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  7. valwayne

    Watching the Democrats on the morning news shows try and convince themselves that the American people would accept this massive corrupt healthcare monstrosity was amazing!!! We have never seen this level of arrogance and corruption in our Government. The Republicans with their Bridge to NoWhere didn't even come close. The Democrats now seem to think that they are our rulers who will force their rules and their corruption down our throats instead of Public Servants in a Democracy. Obama and the Democrats are taking us down a very dark and undemocratic path!!!!!

    March 14, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  8. Ken in NC

    If Republicans do take over the House and or the Senate, GOD help us all because they will finish what they started after the 2000 elections by driving our economy off the cliff.

    March 14, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  9. annie against biased news

    This government rationed hellcare bill will probably add some (not as many as obama claims) to health insurance rolls. The other side of that coin is very few people will get any type of medical assistance. Just because you are on the government rationed hellcare plan simply does not guarantee that you will get any assistance with any health issues you may have. Making it a total government takeover of our freedoms/liberties. If obama doesn't have our country totally destroyed by November then the demoncrats and some of the republicans can very well see themselves in the unemployment lines!

    March 14, 2010 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  10. We can bury Obamacare before it gets started....

    It doesn't kick in until that time we can vote the Dems out in 2010, vote Obama out in 2012, and repeal it in 2012-2013 before it ever gets started.....

    Let's do it.

    March 14, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  11. johnrj08

    This is a terrible program. Basically, there is no moderation. Crowley gives Boehner a platform to spew lies and misinformation just like she did with Eric Cantor following the health care summit. Journalists should NOT interview politicians about an issue unless they're well-versed enough on that issue to know when the politician is lying through his teeth. Crowley sits there and tries to look unbiased, but her lack of follow-up questions exhibits a total lack of knowledge of the subject matter.

    March 14, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  12. independent

    I remember a story from American political history wherein a US President wanted to send his navel fleet around the world. Congress told him that they would not authorize funding for the voyage. The President told his advisors, " we have enough money to send them 1/2 around the world, let's see if Congress will authorize the funds to bring them back."

    President Obama should close Gitmo and house the criminals in Illinois unitl Congress authorizes the funds to build what needs to be built.

    March 14, 2010 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  13. John D

    That's right, shove it through even tho 6 of 10 people do not want it. This administration is the biggest gathering of imbiciles ever.

    Just to save face from a losing agenda this BOZO wants to try and force this on the people. Make no mistake, the fight is only beginning OBOZO!

    March 14, 2010 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  14. JohnA Realist

    So the Republicans will do all they can to kill a health bill that is intended to make the health of all Americans better. That just about says everything you need to know about how much the Republican party cares for the American people doesn't it? If that statement alone doesn't make you mad at them for their meaness and self centerness then you deserve each other. Why would anyone have anything to do with such an evil party as the Republicans? They must truely hate America. I say let's vote them out and put independants in their place. We are Americans first aren't we? I guess we are unless your a Republican.

    March 14, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    John Bonehead may not be the dumbest repub in congress, but he is at least a runnerup. I'm sick of hearing about what's best for him and his rich friends. Anyone who thinks that he is even slightly interested in what's good for ordinary working people just hasn't been paying attention.

    March 14, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  16. Mike in MN

    Republicans, conservatives and the Tea Partys will not be letting up one little bit in opposing Obama and the Democrats progressive big government, out of control spending agenda.
    If health care is passed Republicans will make it on of their top 3 campaign issues along with spending and the deficits.
    Republicans will promise to clean up the Obamacare mess by repealing all the parts of the bill voters hate. As long as a majority of voters contiune to be opposed to Obamacare, this will be a big plus for Republicans.
    And until Obama and the Democrats actually pass into law a budget that the CBO projects will have deficits that are about half or less than the present protections, a majority of voters will be opposed to Obama's level of spending. They will have no stomach for big government spending programs until they know the deficits are under control. Obama's new 3.8 trillion dollar budget does not come close with CBO projected deficits of 980 billion a year for the next 10 years and the 2020 projection is 1.25 trillion. Voters will not stand for this and if Obama and the Democrats do not put forth any CBO certifed changes that cut those number in half by November, the voters will vote in Repubicans who will be promise to deliver what the voters want.

    March 14, 2010 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  17. JES

    Will the Dem's ever listen to what the majority of voters are saying. Scarp this bill and start over with a bill that does not create more debt and someting every government person must have elected or not elected. If the bill is so great lead by example and use the health bill as your replacement for the coverage you have now.

    That will not happen because it's a no win bill for anyone except the President saying he got the bill passed.

    March 14, 2010 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  18. Amazing Kreskin

    The health care reform bill will not pass.

    March 14, 2010 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  19. catmomtx

    Well Candy Crowley at least exposed the Republican plan as if the American people didn't already know it. Do everything they can do to destroy this President. Agree to nothing, help with nothing, never, ever work with the Democrats and do their level best to scare the American people into voting against their own best interests.

    In the mean time, what have Republicans done for the American people during the past 13 months? How have Republicans made your life better in the past 10, 12, 15, 20 years? What are their plans to help move this country forward? What are their plans for cleaning up the mess they left for President Obama ? And, if they have ALL the answers like they profess to have why didn't they clean up their mess before they handed things over to President Obama?

    March 14, 2010 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  20. cspurgeon

    The Republican position is cut taxes for the rich and do away with entitlements. That thought process will turn us into a third world country.What has happened to America we can do anything we set our mind to. Wake up folks. This is not about parties or politicians. It is all about us.

    March 14, 2010 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  21. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    The GOP is like having a dog chase a car that he can't drive if he caught it. The Democrats are doing exactly what they are suppose to do and GOP haven't figured this out yet because they are too busy on the chase.

    March 14, 2010 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  22. retired bob

    Democrats in Congress BEWARE!

    Just remember that if YOU pass this terrible BILL, your job is at stake.
    And for sure we will have a new PRESIDENT in 2012. Not a SOCIALIST like what we have right now.

    Go ahead and follow your ilustrious leader and go and jump from the cliff. Just remember that you have been warned by a VOTER, and life is different outside of CONGRESS.
    Start your resume ASAP.

    March 14, 2010 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  23. zonk3907840

    Dem`s where are the Jobs????....

    March 14, 2010 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  24. Jenn, Philadelphia

    They start taxing us now, but the bill doesn't take effect until 2014 and we're supposed to believe the money will be there? This is the same government that can't afford to pay the IOUs that are due on the Social Security surplus they borrowed against. That's almost as stupid as their position that we need to pass the bill now, immediately, and they'll fix it later. Why not just do it right the first time?

    March 14, 2010 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  25. John from California

    The only thing we can count on is John Boehner saying no when his party is not in the majority and him lying every time he gets in front of a camera. How do I know he's lying? – his lips are moving! Where is your Health Care plan, you know John the one you waved around at a so-called news conference a year ago?

    March 14, 2010 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
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