July 18th, 2010
03:49 PM ET
12 years ago

State of the Union: Candy Crowley's Crib Sheet for July 18

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The Gibbs Antidote
Joe Biden, Vice President of Optimism, appeared on for ABC to predict that Democrats will “shock the heck out of everybody” in the November elections. He means that in a good way. It was a veritable chorus of Democratic Yay-Sayers this Sunday, bravehearts all, Reps. Chris Van Hollen, James Clyburn, Steny Hoyer and Sen. Robert Menendez.

To be clear, they’re not talking victory as generally defined in every language around the globe except political-speak. They’re talking about not getting beaten too badly. Hoyer: “I don’t think we’re talking about a big loss…”

Take that Robert Gibbs.

Getting with the Program
Remember that icky feeling Democrats were getting that the White House was not all that vested in winning House seats and intends to blame election losses this year on bad campaigns? There’s been a meeting of the minds. As Van Hollen delicately explained “…the day after the elections, it will be interpreted as a referendum on the President’s policies in the press, whether they like it or not. So we are on the same page.” Check please.

Dumped by the Tea Party
David Webb, of the National Tea Party Federation says his organization has expelled the Tea Party Express and Mark Williams. Make sense of that if you will. Williams authored a controversial blog featuring a dialogue between “coloreds” and President Lincoln. He called it a “satire.” Many others called it offensive.

BTW, the Vice President of Optimism said he wouldn’t characterize the whole Tea Party movement as racist, though there are racist elements. Nearly every Sunday guest was asked the Tea Party/Racism question. Nearly everyone answered. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell took a pass, saying “I’m not interested in getting into that debate.”

Your Can Stop the Oil From Going Into the Ocean But You Can’t Take the Politics Out of the Oil (Is That How That Goes?)
On the first oil-free Sunday in almost three months, at least three Republicans went after the President for incompetence in cleaning up the spill. Is this a co-inky-dink? Only 106 more days until the election. Or, as we put it, 15 more Sundays.

Rep. Steny Hoyer (D) Maryland, on CNN’s “State of the Union”
“I don't think we're talking about a big loss, Candy. After last summer which was a very hot summer politically, we've won a number of races during that period of time. Health care was a hot topic, Bill Owens won a district we hadn't won in 50 years, Scott Murphy, Pennsylvania. 12, the Republicans went after Mark Kritz in the same way, he won by 8 pts just a couple of months ago, so we think when the real polls are taking people say do I want to return to the Bush policies.”

Vice President Joe Biden, on ABC’s “This Week”
“I don't think the losses are going to be bad at all. I think we're going to shock the heck out of everybody. I really - and I've been saying this now. I think even when you and I went down to North Carolina and you followed be on the recovery trip, I was saying it then. I am absolutely confidence - confident when people take a look at what has happened since we've taken office in November and comparing it to the alternative, we're going to be very - we're going to be in great shape.”

Rep. James Clyburn (D) South Carolina, on “Fox News Sunday”
“We're very poised in our campaign. We believe we'll have a strong showing come November.”

Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D) Maryland, on NBC’s “Meet the Press”
“This is the distinction between a mathematical possibility and a probability. We said all along this is going to be a very tough political election for all of the reasons people have said. But we've also said at the end of the day we're confident we'll retain a majority in the House. The Democrats are on the same page now.”

Sen. Robert Menendez (D) New Jersey, on NBC’s “Meet the Press”
“Democrats in the Senate will be a majority after this election. Despite midterm election history and headwinds. We are competitive.”

David Webb, National Tea Party Federation, on CBS’ “Face the Nation”
“We, in the last 24 hours, have expelled Tea Party Express and Mark Williams from the National Tea Party Federation because of the letter that he wrote which he, I guess, may have considered satire but which was clearly offensive. And that is what we do. Self-policing is the right and responsibility of any movement or organization. I denounce any acts that I see many leaders do.

Sen. Mitch McConnell (R) Kentucky, on CNN’s “State of the Union”
“This has mainly been a competence problem on the part of the administration in keeping the oil off our shores.”

Sen. David Vitter (R-LA), on “Fox News Sunday”
“He hasn’t been to Louisiana since June 4th. I’m afraid he’s decided to deal with this issue at least politically by not coming back here and trying to move it off of the front page rather than dealing with the situation forcefully.”

Rep. Mike Pence (R) Indiana, on “Fox News Sunday”
“The American people are frustrated with the lack of leadership out of this administration… whether it be the people of the Gulf Coast, Governor Bobby Jindal, who's been clamoring now for months for energetic leadership.”

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soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. jim

    Joe Biden has been so wrong about so many things for so many times why would anybody continue to ask for his opinion?

    July 18, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  2. Peter s

    Williams started the tea baggers movement here in California and you want me to belive they kicked him out! no way he will continue spitting hate on the side lines as long as fix news can pick them up and intoxicate their base!

    July 18, 2010 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  3. Run this poll.....


    How about a poll of Hillary vs. Obama for the 2012 primary? Can't wait to see the results.

    July 18, 2010 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  4. harold

    Mitrch McConnell is really so funny.. He would have been a good one to have been in office back in the hey days of republicans..in power.. 1929 through 1932.... Maybe he wouldhave voted for the balanced budget the republicans gave the USA in 1930.. see historynet.com.. Got any apples to sell on the street corner Mr. McConnell?..Big help you are...

    July 18, 2010 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  5. Mageprime from Houston

    No matter how much you show the facts of how :
    1. The number of jobs that were lost in this country during Bush
    steadily went down by the thousands for 6 years when the repugs
    control all three barnches.
    2. How Bush blew the surplus that was left by Clinton!!!!!!
    3. How he was warned about the possibility of 9-11 while on vacation!!
    4. No weapons of mass destruction were "EVER" found.
    5. Wall Street, The Oil Industry, and BIG business went on
    unregulated under Bush and the repugs watch for 6 years. When
    the Dems finally controlled congress the damaged had been done!!!
    6. The Civil Rights of the 60's started by the NAACP greatly helped to
    try level the playing field not only minorities based on race, religion,
    or creed but also for "White" women.

    The racists in this country can only focus on that we have an African-American President!!!!

    To all Americans that judge people individually we can't let these fear mongering, Big business protecting, and "IGNORANT" people who had hide behind the title "ULTRA CONSERVATIVE CHRISTIANS" aka Repugs or Tea Party to make this "GREAT" country go back to the days of Civil Rights for "IGNORANT" whites only.

    July 18, 2010 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  6. blue

    Candy is a strong republican. I can't watch her anymore. She is not fair in her reporting.

    July 18, 2010 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  7. Pauline

    It seems ironic that Senator Mitch McConnell is against spending money to help the American people with extended unemployment benefits, but they have all this money to pour into the war in the middle east that is never ending. They also have money to send to every country that has a tragedy, while our people are losing their homes and sleeping in their cars. It's a disgrace what's happening to our country.

    July 18, 2010 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  8. u2canfail

    It is amazing, as an independent I would NOT cast a vote for anyone in the GOP. Instead of working on legislation to make it better, they simply want to fuss. And really oppose anything Obama. Sad it is. Then the tea folks, racist? Tancredo spoke at the convention and suggested we have a literacy test again. I think that was thrown out a few years back for good reason. However, make the politicians take it and I am on board. Williams silly post, was just stupid and racist. The economy is getting better. Health care wasn't what I wanted, but I pay for my own policy, now they can't kick me out. Legislation to regulate Wall Street passed. I only wish that was a few years back, before they took us down. Yup, better it is.

    July 18, 2010 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  9. JonDie

    Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell took a pass, saying “I’m not interested in getting into that debate.”

    Translation -

    Mitch McConnell: "No."

    July 18, 2010 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  10. Scott

    I was watching Sen.McConnell on State of the Union.He said he is for less government but when it came to the oil spill all of a sudden he wants more government for that.The reason we are in such a mess with the deficit is because of the tax cuts,it did not add but about 200 dollars to my yearly salary.The deficits did not matter as long as a republican was in office but as soon as Obama took office it is all they want to talk about.

    July 18, 2010 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  11. John R Carson III

    Day after day I watch reporters ask questions of politicians, and day after day the politicians dance around without answering the question. When you asked Mitch McConnel if we could shrink the deficit without raising taxes he refused to answer the question. I must admit you were tenacious, but obviously it was a futile endeavour.Why won't you ask the next question this way. Yes or no question answer yes or no or admit that you just refuse to answer the question. Why can't all of you use that approach as reporters. You purport to ask the questions for us "the people' but we all want to hear that question asked. We want to see them get pinned down. We want the truth at least to this degree. That is the least we deserve. Thank you kindly for your time, Johnny

    July 18, 2010 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |