May 23rd, 2010
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State of the Union: Candy Crowley's Crib Sheet for May 23

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="In her Crib Sheet, CNN's Candy Crowley wraps the news from Sunday's political talk shows."]
Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes (Turn and Face the Strain)

Fave Sunday quote from Minnesota Republican Governor Tim Pawlenty offering his advice to incumbents: “…be for change.”

But not too much change because there was that whole dreadful business when newbie pol and freshly minted Republican senatorial candidate Rand Paul of Kentucky got all tangled up in his feelings about the 1965 Civil Rights Act, forcing his new best buddies in the GOP to react. It was so bad by week’s end that Paul cancelled his appearance on “Meet the Press.”

He can run, but his new best buddies can’t hide. Doing the Sunday tap dance around Rand Paul:

RNC Chief Michael Steele: “I don’t vote in that state.”
Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) “applauded” Paul for “clarifying his views.”
Gov. Pawlenty: “unfortunate.”
Sarah Palin advised Paul not to assume he can engage in “hypothetical discussion… with a media personality who has an agenda,” something Paul may have figured out by now.

Unhelpful, at least for the GOP, was Gov. Ed Rendell (D-Pennsylvania) who chirply noted that Mr. Paul’s predicament neatly fits into his belief that Tea Party candidates will be easier to beat this fall. Also bullish on November, DNC chief Tim Kaine, who predicted Dems will keep both houses. His crystal ball leaned heavily on the results of Pennsylvania’s 12th congressional district last Tuesday.

And lastly, this week brings “Top Kill,” not to be confused with “Top Gun.” Top Gun involved Tom Cruise. Top Kill involves mud and concrete poured down a pipe in the Gulf of Mexico to try to stop the month-long oil gusher. Robert Dudley, Managing Director of BP, says BP has other things it can do if Top Kill doesn’t work. For instance, there is “Junk Shot,” which includes the use of rubber, golf balls and other “junk” to plug the leak. The coastal regions are meanwhile “fingers crossed.”

Coast Guard Commandant Thad Allen (in charge of overseeing BP’s operations) said it would be unacceptable if the gusher continued until August, when a more permanent solution is expected to be put in place.

Finally, asked about a top BP exec suggesting environmental damage from the gusher would be minimal, Adm. Allen said he didn’t want the U.S. government or BP to suggest that this is “anything less than potentially catastrophic.” Dudley was all in. “This is catastrophic…” But most of you had figured that out by now. On to the Sound of Sunday.

Gov. Ed Rendell (D-PA), on CNN’s “State of the Union”
“I think it is a difficult for the Republican Party. I think they have lost some very, very good people, like Governor Crist, who I think Tim and I both admired, like Senator Bennett, who was a conservative, an anti-spender and he was targeted and defeated. I think the tea party candidates will be more easy to beat in a general election. I think that's the case with Rand Paul.”

Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R-MN), on CNN’s “State of the Union”
“Well, I think, first of all, Candy, that his comments about the civil rights act were unfortunate. He sensed that and said he would have voted for that civil rights act. His explanation was unfortunate how he got to that point.”

Fmr. Gov. Sarah Palin (R- Alaska) on “Fox News Sunday”

“…One thing that we can learn in this lesson that I have learned and Rand Paul is learning now is don't assume that you can engage in a hypothetical discussion about Constitutional impacts with a reporter or a media personality who has an agenda, who may be prejudiced before they even get into the interview in regards to what your answer may be - and then the opportunity that they seize to get you. You know, they're looking for that "gotcha" moment. And that's what it evidently appears to be that they did with Rand Paul.”

Rep. John Cornyn (R-TX) on NBC’s “Meet the Press”
“Well, he's clarified his views and he's opposed to any kind of discrimination, period. And I applaud him for clarifying that view. I just think that every time you have a citizen who decides to run for public office who is not a professional politician that occasionally they're going to stumble.”

RNC Chairman Michael Steele on ABC’s “This Week”
Steele: “I can't condemn a person's view, that's like you believe something and I'm going to say I'm going to condemn your view of it, the people of Kentucky are going to determine whether or not that's a view that they would like to...
Tapper: Are you comfortable with it?
Steele: I'm not comfortable with a lot of things, but it doesn’t matter what I'm comfortable with and not comfortable with, I don't vote in that election, the people of Kentucky will, as a national chairman, I'm here to say that our party will move forward...”

Robert Dudley, BP Managing Director, on CNN’s “State of the Union”
“I believe we will have a series of activities of attempts to kill the well for good. If we reach the point where that - we've exhausted all those, that's a long way to go, we will put another containment device over the top of it to recover the oil while we wait for the well in August. So, no, all of our plans while we are prepared for August, all of our plans will be to stop it long before that.”

Adm. Thad Allen, on CNN’s “State of the Union”
“There's an immense level of frustration that it has taken this long. We are exhausting all of the technical possibilities. The fact of the matter is we're on entirely new ground here on how we deal with oil spill responses. All of our protocols, everything we've done so far have been pretty much premised on the criteria that were established by the Exxon Valdez. But a lack of human access to the discharge point, the fact that we're looking at everything through remotely operated vehicles, this is an entirely new world, and I’ve said on many occasions, this is closer to Apollo 13 than the Exxon Valdez.”

Robert Dudley, BP Managing Director, on CNN’s “State of the Union”
“This is catastrophic for every employee of BP. It is catastrophic for the 24,000 people down there working on the spills that we have let some get through these defenses. We are going to remobilize equipment and materials and people from other parts of the gulf around mobile. This is catastrophic. We have to do everything we can to clean this up as fast as we can and we'll make good on our promise.”

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday and the week ahead,
Candy Crowley

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soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. After The Civil Rights Act of 1964 Became Law The Right Wing Sued To Stop It. . .

    They argued the 10th Amendment, but the Supreme Court in the Heart of Atlanta Motel case, used the Commerce Clause of the Constitution to uphold the Congress' ability to pass the law. e.g. a restaurant gets its supplies, food, etc. through interstate commerce.

    Paul is against Title 2 of the Civil Rights law, which prohibits private discrimination on race, religion and ethnic origin. He thinks the free market will "shame" restaurants, hotels, etc from any such discrimination. This is a Libertarian fantasy world.

    Comments? Critiques?

    May 23, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  2. Layla

    Fortunately, it won't be up to Gov. Rendel or Tim will be up to the people, thank God.

    November 2, Election Day.

    May 23, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  3. w L Jones

    Some people will have a problem with who is or who is black or white as far as color to serve since every body is living on both side of the railtrack together now. Call the border control the Tea party is out of control.

    May 23, 2010 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  4. mgd24

    I'm getting frustrated with the GOP saying that they are now the voice of the people, that the 'American People' want the Democrats out. Could they justify this claim? We keep hearing about anti-incumbent fervour, but other than a relatively small right-wing group shouting a bit, where's the evidence for this? How many people would actually say they were members of, or affiliated to, the tea party? Has anyone actually bothered to check whether people are fed up with democrats or not? This seems to be a situation where the media hints at it, so it becomes common wisdom, so the media reports it.

    May 23, 2010 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  5. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    Our state of the union will stay desperate until after Obama leaves office after the mid terms congress will be left in a stalemate and no Obama bills will be passed Nobama's rule has 6 months left .

    May 23, 2010 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  6. Discernment


    Candy, since your takeover of CNN's SOTU, I now enjoy the "hard hitting, in-your-face, fair & balance" Sunday morning cable news analysis that CNN is capable of delivering.

    After Tim Russert passed, I was forced to look for news analysis from FOX, MSNBC, CNN, and NBC's replacement David Gregory (who is no Tim Russert). The blatant spin and lies at FOX became unbearable; and MSNBC is too narrow; while CNN's John King (unlike my man Wolfe Blitzer) would not call-out the "blatantly hypocritical politicians" that clearly misrepresent the facts or just tell boldface lies. So thanks Candy for putting the spin in check and calling out the hypocritical.

    Candy Crowley Rocks!

    May 23, 2010 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  7. ronvan

    My first comment on Rand Paul was how long before he realizes that all those promises, etc., he made were only political to get the election. Well it only took what, less than a week, and he has already put his foot in his mouth! I bet the Tea party is tickled pink! The ONLY way we are going to solve the many problems we are facing is for ALL of our "elected children" to put aside their "personal" agenda and start thinking about "we the people" and this country!

    May 23, 2010 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  8. Ben S. Pauls

    Just what difference does it make to comment; the voters in Kentucky will elect Rand Paul in Nov to the US Senate no matter what you criticizers think. Citizens of each state electing representatives who believe as they do – that's what America is all about. We don't need to agree or approve of everyone in DC. In fact, if I could, I would remove many of that DC crowd who does not believe as I do starting at the top.

    May 23, 2010 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  9. Pragmatic

    Only two other people have canceled appearances on "Meet the Press": Louis Farrakhan and Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan

    That puts Rand Paul with some very strange bedfellows ... or is that bed wetters – since he's not man enough to Face the Nation! Next question? How he feels about abortion & choice.

    May 23, 2010 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  10. harold

    Whats your agenda Mrs. Palin?. Making more money for yourself and family of course? CaSHING IN ON YOUR EX v-p.. DREAM?

    May 23, 2010 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  11. The Real Tom Paine

    The whole Libertarian view is that the Federal Governement should be reduced to a toothless debating society, which should make one question why they are running at all. The whole reason as to why a lot of regulation and reform came about is that is was a Republican, middle-class response to stop what was acknowleged as immoral corporate behavior. The idea of sending things back to the states runs counter to this tradition, since its was widely recognised in the 19th century that the state and local governments were more vulnerable to widespread corruption ( read the history of the relation ship between the Pennsylvania State legislature and the coal and steel industry if you don't believe me): the direct election of senators was a response to how fed -up people were with the blatant tampering of the democratic process. The laughable responses by Rand Paul show just how out of touch he is with reality, and how little a sense of responsibility the Tea Partiers acutally have. They want to have all the goodies, and want to bear no responsibilty for the consequences of what they will ( or will not) do. They are a sad, but dangerous, joke.

    May 23, 2010 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  12. Roger

    The people in Arizona are being exposed each day to unnecessary risk, potential and actual, and yet the Obama Administration either attempts to ignore the problem or makes unfounded remarks about the Arizona Governor. We have an administration that fails completely to even recognize the problem, castigates corrective legislation without even reading it, fails to even enforce the Federal law that is currently valid, and supports (and apolozies) the Mexican leader for the corrective action taken by the Arizona Governor despite the fact that the Mexican law already contains the same provisions and more restrictive and punitive measures than what is currently being proposed in Arizona. And yet the Congress of the United States gives him a rousing ovation when he expresses his displeasure with the Arizona law. Perhaps the Federal law or the Mexican law should be our course of action to solve this problem. Obama has taken an oath of office to enforce our laws - then why doesn't he do his job, which by law he is obligated to do. Obama you can run from this immigration problem but you can't hide. Apologies are not the execution of your obligations, it is just another example of your dismal failure. If Obama is not willing to execute his duties then he should step aside and let someone who is willing to do so take over.

    May 23, 2010 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |