July 11th, 2010
03:09 PM ET
13 years ago

State of the Union: Candy Crowley's Crib Sheet for July 11

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All Ax Almost All the Time
A trifecta for Obama senior adviser David Axelrod on CNN, ABC, and Fox. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs pulled a solo appearance on Meet the Press.

They Don’t Put These Folks Out for Nothin’
As the President’s poll numbers inch downward and the election inches closer, his men were out touting an economy that is better than it has been and worse than it will be. Delivering the best snark of the day, Gibbs said the Obama administration was not yet ready to “unfurl the mission accomplished banner.”

What, Us Worry?
“This is not a big surprise, “ says Axelrod of the President’s shrinking approval rating, in particular, the numbers among independent voters – 38% approval now compared to 56% approval same time last year. A poll reader of some repute and a master political guru, Axelrod suggested the media, in this case CNN, was overfocused on polls. (Imagine that in an election year). Anyhow, Axelrod says he told his boss a year ago his polls would go south. And they have.

Axelrod saw no inherent conflict between the President’s increasingly aggressive political rhetoric (say comparing Republicans to joy riding teenagers who want the car keys back) and his promise to change the tone in Washington. He says the President has done all he can. It’s those dang Republicans. “In order to have a partnership, you have to have people who are willing to be partners.”

Can’t We All Just Get Along?
Empathy abounded on the airwaves when the talk turned to immigration reform, which almost no one thinks will happen this year, but everyone is talking about because the federal government is trying to stop Arizona’s new immigration law from going into effect.

Attorney General Eric Holder, whose Justice Department filed the suit, said he gets “the frustration of the people of Arizona…”, it’s just that immigration and border control are federal responsibilities.

Arizona Republican Senator Jon Kyl said that would be all well and good if the federal government were actually controlling the border.

Also feeling Arizona’s pain, fellow border state Governor Bill Richardson (D-NM), who says he’s sympathetic to Arizona’s problems (he has them too) but opposed to Arizona’s new law, which he thinks codifies racial profiling.

For all the understanding if not support, Arizona is feeling misunderstood and a little beaten up. Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) went to the barricades for Governor Jan Brewer, defending her has an “honorable, decent lady who cares about her country.” And he is tired of seeing her getting kicked around.

Senior White House Adviser, David Axelrod, on CNN’s “State of the Union”
“This is not a big surprise. We are going through a difficult time in this country. It's not the same as we were in the 18 months ago and the six months leading up to the President's inauguration. We lost 3 million jobs in the first three months of his administration. The economy shrunk by 6.7%. Now the economy is growing. We have had six straight months of private sector job growth. But that's not enough. The hole was huge and took a decade to dig it.”

Senior White House Adviser, David Axelrod, on CNN’s “State of the Union”
“In order to have a partnership, you have to have people willing to be partners. Senator McConnell acknowledged our strategy was not to cooperate on big things. The theory is that somehow if we deprive the president of bipartisan support, we can accuse him of not being bipartisan. This president spent more time meeting with members of the other party than most presidents. We have had all kinds of out reach and we will continue to do that and work with people on given issues where they are willing.”

White House Press Secretary, Robert Gibbs, on NBC’s “Meet the Press”
“I'm not here to unfurl the Mission Accomplished banner, OK? We've got a lot of work to do, and the president understands that. We're working everyday to increase small business lending to make sure that we don't lay off teachers and firefighters that we know are essential in what we do everyday. But the president is going to lay out a choice: look back to where we came from, and look forward to where we're going.”

U.S. Attorney General, Eric Holder, on CBS’s “Face the Nation”

“I understand, first off, the frustration of the people of Arizona and the concerns that they have with regard to the amount of illegal immigration that occurs. But the solution that the Arizona legislature came up with is inconsistent. It's preempted by the federal constitution.”

Sen. Jon Kyl (R) Arizona, on “Fox News Sunday”
“For the federal government to challenge this law on the basis that it has preempted the area and therefore the state of Arizona needs to butt out I think is wrong. It would be one thing if the federal government had controlled the border already, but it hasn't.”

Rep. Trent Franks (R) Arizona, on CNN’s “State of the Union”
“The reality is for 50 years in this country federal law required people that are immigrants or illegal immigrants in this country to carry documentation to that affect. That has been the law for 50 years. All of a sudden when Arizona codifies this because the federal government is not doing its job, there is an outcry of racial profiling. The reality is, the administration's lawsuit against Arizona is not predicated on racial profiling. If they thought that would hold up in court they should sue on that behalf.”

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  1. Chipster

    Rep. Franks, the reality is...as long as American businesses continue to pay illegal aliens and law enforcement looks the other way because the labor is cheap, there will be desperate illegal aliens sneaking into the country. As long as Americans purchase illegal drugs, there will be drug mules, legal and illegal. If Arizona's law enforcement agencies really want to stop illegals, they can begin by arresting the business owners who hire them. They won't interfere with foreign policy that way and they can arrest drug mules as well.

    July 11, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  2. valwayne

    These people never take responsiblity. Their radical left wing policies, the massive growth of Government, the massive corrupt spending, the corrupt vote buying of Senate votes and Senate seats, the millions and millions of average working Americans that lost their jobs while they worked to shove their corrupt healthcare bill down our throats. Obama and the Democrats have shoved us deep into a ditch. We need massive political change in Nov to restore balance and sanity to our Government. We simply can't continue to have a Government that thinks spending a billions dollars on circus trials for terrorists in NYC makes sense. Kick them to the curb in Nov, restore sanity!!!

    July 11, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  3. Michael

    It IS the Republicans. They have uniformly done everything possible to obstruct every single initiative of this administration, no matter how much the American people need it.
    The greatest threat America faces is the cycle of Republican obstruction (when not in power) in order to prevent any progress for the American people, then reckless rapacious looting (when they are back in power due to public frustration over their previous obstruction).
    Americans need to wake up to how they are being manipulated by the defenders of the corporate hyenas. The cycle must be stopped!
    I wonder if Republicans have considered what happens when the middle class is completely reduced to poverty and the only money left is in the hands of the few? The public will no longer be able to afford a government, and the new aristocracy will no longer need Congress, it having served their purpose to its conclusion. In feudal America, there will be only the rich owners of everything and their serfs.

    July 11, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  4. colo

    we have to spend money to make money. We haven't invested in this country in over a decade. We need to spend money to get back in the race or we will be left behind by these other countries. FIRE IT UP!!!! We also have 100 appointments to cheif possitions not being directed thanks to the GObP hold ups. Medicare reform was passed (reform) haha...and there hasn't been a cheif director since 2006. What is wrong with this picture? GObP know that this administration will succeed if its policies goes forward. Then what would the people need GObP for RIGHT?

    July 11, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  5. Ron L - Mich

    I am AMAZED at how easy some of the American public is so quick to ignore the basic facts that are before us. It really doesn't matter if something ( like our economy ) is severly damaged while a Democrat or a Republican is President. What matters is that it has occured and figuring what needs to be done to correct it. THE ONE issue that is not covered enough by the news media is the fact the true middle class of America has been reduced by over 50% AND the odds of it returning soon is nearly impossible. Many of the people that want to blame the Obama adminstration for the lack of job growth need to remember during the Bush years America lose MILLIONS of well paying middle class jobs. I am talking about the $35,000 to $70,000 per year jobs. Most of the NEW jobs we are seeing are in the $20,000 to $30,000 per year range. Why is this so important?? Because a person or persons only making $20,000 to $30,000 dollars per year has to save small amounts over an extended period of time before making any type of significant purchases. Which means demand for products is spread over a longer period of time. This leads to less of a need to increase productivity. Leading to less of a demand to hire new employees. It is the most basic of economics..in order for an economy to grow it needs DEMAND for products and services FIRST. Out of this increase in demand, come an increase in employment. If most of us are barely able to make ends meet, we sure aren't going to be able to purchase anything other than the necessities. The people who should take more responsiblity for this are the LARGE corporations. They are paying many of their employees less that $10.00 and hour while there CEO's take home in excess of 15 million dollars a year. You want to see the economy pickup?? Have the largest employees start to institute some kind of PROFIT SHARING with it's employees. BUT WE KNOW THE ODDS OF THAT HAPPENING....ZERO!! They are too greedy and self-serving.

    July 11, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  6. mohiuddin chowdhury

    working Americans that lost their jobs while they work

    Then what would the people need GObP for RIGHT?

    Mohiuddin chowdhury Advisor to the President Obama

    July 11, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  7. Stephen in Bedford, TX

    The problem I have with the Arizona law is not the fact that the state is wanting to control the flow of undocumented workers/illegal immigrants and potential drug mules from coming into their state. The issue I have is that, regardless of the wording and scope of the law, it has become rooted in hate. When hate is factored in to decisions that we make, our judgment is clouded and those laws we seek to uphold end up presenting an ugly image.

    I grew up in the south and I remember hearing "well-meaning" bigots say "I don't have anything against black people as long as know their place", or "as long as they stay on their side of town". Those underhandedly hateful comments have been replaced with "I don't have anything against immigrants as long as they're here legally", or "as long as they speak English".

    We've seen these images before during the civil rights era. And now, the Governor of Arizona, Jan Brewer, has joined the ranks of Governors George Wallace of Alabama and Orval Faubus of Arkansas in standing on the school house steps of bigotry in her campaign to drive out illegals. Governor Brewer even has her own "Bull Connor", the Alabama public official known for his brutality in the 1950's and 60's, in Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

    I know that many people find this comparison offensive and off base. However it should be no less offensive and off base than other comparisons that have been made in our volatile political climate of late.

    Sadly, whenever I read blogs or comment sections of news stories related to Arizona's new law, and someone expresses the need for understanding of the issue or compassion for people simply wanting a better life, the writer is vilified and stoned to a cyber death on line by self-righteous patriots whose families may have arrived here before there was a need for a border fence or papers authorizing them to pick fruit or clean houses.

    July 11, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |