[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/04/04/art.candycribnew0404.cnn.jpg caption="In her Crib Sheet, CNN's Candy Crowley wraps the news from Sunday's political talk shows."]
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.”