August 8th, 2010
04:29 PM ET
12 years ago

State of the Union: Candy Crowley's Crib Sheet for August 8

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="In her Crib Sheet, CNN's Candy Crowley wraps the news from Sunday's political talk shows."]
People? We Have to Deal with People?

A preliminary grade for BP from the not-so-retired Admiral Thad Allen, the administration’s point man for the gulf oil spill. Allen said he isn’t sure any company could have done better than BP in capping the spill (Presumably this includes the whole golf ball, tire parts episode)

But, a big ole Fail on another front. As Allen explains it, BP is a “large global oil production company. They don’t do retail sales, or deal with individuals on a transactional basis…It’s something they don’t naturally have as a capacity or a competency…” We believe this is Coast Guard speak for BP has no people skills.

The president's top environmental and energy adviser Carol Browner pronounced the government run environmental cleanup in the gulf “very successful” but added “there’s still a lot of work to do.” This will come as a relief in the Gulf where residents fear with the leak plugged, they are already in the country’s rear view mirror.

Amen from Allen: “If you’re sitting in Barataria Bay (Louisiana) it’s still a disaster. If the folks have not come back to the panhandle of Florida, it’s still a disaster. “

Putting Your Mouth Where Your Money Is

Browner also revealed that at the president’s (belated) birthday party Sunday, “he’s going to be serving his guests seafood from the Gulf of Mexico.”

By Fall, They’re Going to Need An Answer

Republican Leader John Boehner (Ohio) went after the Obama administration for wanting to let the Bush tax cuts expire in January for the wealthy ($250,000 and up households). He argued GOP economics 101: Don’t raise taxes in a struggling economy. Asked repeatedly, Boehner would not say whether keeping those tax cuts in place simply adds to the deficit republicans are so eager to reduce. It may be time to posit the question: In arguing for keeping tax cuts for the wealthy, has the GOP found a potent election year issue or are they boxing themselves in?

Oh and He's Not Measuring for Drapes in the Speaker's Office. Honest.

Boehner also down played the GOP’s chances of retaking the House in November. "It's only August,” he said. “There are a lot of things that can happen between now and Election Day. Is it possible? It certainly is possible.”

Acknowledging her party will have a hard time selling voters on the 9.5 percent unemployment rate, Michigan’s term-limited Governor Jennifer Granholm admitted the November elections would be a “tough slog” for democrats.

Virginia’s unemployment rate is well below the national average. Republican Governor Bob McDonnell touts his party’s “fiscal responsibility,” and expects republicans will be “rewarded at the polls in November”.

To Be Continued

Former Solicitor General under George W. Bush Ted Olson defended last week’s ruling by a federal judge to strike down California’s ban on same sex marriage. Olson said he expects the case could go to the Supreme Court. He pointed out that at one time 41 states barred interracial marriages, and if those laws were still in place "the president's parents could not have been married."

Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council and a social conservative with some political sway, suggested the ruling was classic judicial activism. “This is a flawed decision and is far from over” and he said conservatives “hope sanity will reign when [the decision] makes its way to the…Supreme Court.”

86 days until mid-term elections

145 more days until New Year's (just a head's up)

Rep. John Boehner (R) Ohio, on NBC’s “Meet the Press”
“I continue to believe that it is a challenge for us to take back the house, but we have candidates - more candidates than we've ever had. We have 430 districts with one or more Republican candidates in the race. We have the better candidates than we ever have. But we want to earn back the majority in order to renew our effort to go after a smaller, less costly, and more accountable federal government in Washington, D.C.”

Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D) Michigan, on CNN’s “State of the Union”
“Well, I certainly am not Pollyanna about it. This is going to be a tough slog, because the situation on the ground of the country is so hard. So there is a lot of anger. There is a lot of anxiety. But the question is, do the people want to go back to the Bush kind of policies which, of course, started this whole recession to begin with.”

Adm. Thad Allen (Ret.), National Incident Commander, on CNN’s “State of the Union”
“What B.P. is not good at - they're a large, global oil production company. They don't do retail sales or deal with individuals on a transactional basis. Anything that's involved, that has been a real struggle for them. And I've had these conversations with Tony Hayward and Bob Dudley and the other folks. It's something they don't naturally have as a capacity or a competency in their company, and it's been very, very hard for them to understand. And that's the lens by which the American people view them. And that's where they need to improve the most.”

Gen. Ray Odierno, Commander of U.S. Forces in Iraq, on ABC’s “This Week”
“A strong Iraq will defend itself against interference from outside countries, and I think as we build a strong Iraq and as we continue to build a strong security mechanism and as we continue to help them economically and diplomatically, that will make it less likely of others from the outside being able to interfere.”

Ted Olson, California Prop. 8 Plaintiff Attorney, on “Fox News Sunday”
“This is an overwhelming record that supports the fact that individuals are being hurt, and it helps no one in California. And California has no rational basis for continuing this discrimination. When that gets to the Supreme Court, I think that will be persuasive to all of the justices on the Supreme Court.”

Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, on CBS’ “Face the Nation”
“This is an activist decision by a district-level court who is interjecting his view over the view of not only millions of Americans who have voted on this issue, but literally the history of the human race. So this is far from over. And we hope that sanity will reign when it does make its way to the United States Supreme Court."

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  1. harold

    They have painted themselves into a corner.. By saying they want the rich to have MORE.. give them the money instead .We need the USA to reduce or fund the Two WARS and bring the USA out of this Great Recession... But NO the republicans want to get back in so...forget the reduced debt...They will do anything to get a vote...Then what will they do for you?...Nothing..

    August 8, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  2. GI Joe

    Boehner and the rest will NOT answer how the tax cuts for the wealthy are paid for, how they created jobs (they didn't). They duck and dodge and go off on some other propaganda subject. Vote NO to the party of NO.

    August 8, 2010 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  3. hypocricnnation

    Congressman John Boehner R-Ohio Face Was Shown Under A Quote "A Politician Only Lies When His Lips Moves!" That Was Before And After His Appearance On Meet The Press! Governor Jennifer (Grandstand)Grandholm Endorses Michigan Gubinatorial Candidate Virg Bernero D-Lansing. That's When I Discovered That Misery (And Miserable Governors) Loves Company. Tony Perkins Discovered That Even If I Had A Nice Day, He Can't Ever Resist Being A Sour Puss!

    August 8, 2010 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  4. Gaylon Barrow NOT ASHAMED for the truth!!!


    August 8, 2010 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  5. Gaylon Barrow NOT ASHAMED for the truth!!!

    HAROLD – What's the matter with you . Do you not remember 9/11 or are you just so stupid in your ignorance you don't think the U.S. should have done anything. i know your great walk on water Erkel won't do anything because that would be attacking his folks. This is from a former democrat of fifty years who was one until they decided to put the watermelon man into the oval office. I WALK THE LINE ON IGNORANCE.

    August 8, 2010 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  6. Tom-Vermillion, Ohio

    Ever since Rep. John Boehner had his 'hell no' diatribe at the closing of the Heath Care Legislation, I have noticed the comments (blogs) from around the web have been quite negative, no matter how benign the article heading. If John Boehner is comments on a particular subject, the commenters (bloggers) blast him passionately. Obviously displaying a strong dislike for his 'leadership' in congress. My question is, why does the media assume that he is a certainty for re-election? What's going on with these polls that media seems to worship? They don't seem to jive with written public opinion. Countless examples everywhere. Something's very wrong here.

    August 8, 2010 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  7. Tom-Vermillion, Ohio

    Candy, sorry for my lousy grammar & typos.

    August 8, 2010 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  8. marlene

    The GObp, or the Party of NO is hiding the truth on the deficit. They now want to continue the Bush era tax cuts for the wealthy. The top 2& of American wealthy saw a 281% increase in their wealth during the Bush era, while the middle class flat lined on income. Don't believe the GObP and call them out for their support of the wealthy, big oil, big banks, big business, big health insurance companies. The wealthy do not need the American tax payers help!

    August 8, 2010 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  9. mj

    Simple economics. You do not raise taxes during a recession. Majority of the so-called "rich" are those who have small businesses who, in turn, hire and employ people who need to work. Bury them in taxes and you lose jobs. Too bad Obama has zero business knowledge and experience. Giving small businesses loans is not what the majority want. They need the economy to pick up and have their business succeed. Why would they want to take out a loan? Think, people. Democrats with bail-out, tarp, socialize health care, etc. believe they can buy and control. Trouble is, they don't know how to run it!

    August 8, 2010 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  10. vic

    Democrats will hold majority in congress and senate after November so far republicans didn’t layout the plans

    August 8, 2010 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  11. all of America

    If the some of you people had elected a real leader, we would most likely be heading in the right direction , instead some of you idiots elected a wana be president that has no clue how to lead a country. So far this guy has made terrible decisions that a majority of the people do not like. It's not what obama or the democrats want, it's what the people want ! so far he doesn't' seem to hear that, more so he don't care because he seems to want to dictate what he wants you to have. Taking his own words ,obama is the worst president since the great depression!!!

    August 8, 2010 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  12. sonny c.

    Tax cuts during the Clinton Surplus; tax cuts during the Bush Deficits. Makes perfect sense; if you're blinded by political ideologue that everything Obama wants is inherently evil.

    August 8, 2010 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    Ah Mr GOP It adds an estimated 3 trillion to the deficit. But that's ok
    when it comes to your super rich friends isn't it?

    August 8, 2010 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  14. Percy

    Candy, I know this is not your call and that you might not want to comment, which I'll understand.

    Did you see the Fareed Zakaria GPS show this morning? This guy went out of his way to ridicule and castigate anyone and everyone opposing the building of the mosque in the vicinity of Ground Zero. His outrage was such that it revealed more about his inner thinking and latent motives than it did about the merits of his argument.

    Mr. Zakaria might be a PhD, a gifted writer and scholar but something deeper and more sinister is going on with this guy. I hope CNN give him his walking papers.

    August 8, 2010 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  15. Willy Brown

    Sorry Candy nobody is watching you.

    August 8, 2010 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  16. Lynn

    Can so many American's be in such denial yet? Why do they think we got into this mess in the first place? The scare tactics used by the GOP has many American's buying into their smear campaign, without considering the Republican policies that got us in such bad economic shape. Does anybody else remember just days before the '08 election GWB proclaiming our economy was in great shape??

    August 8, 2010 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  17. John

    Has the GOP found a potent election year issue or are they boxing themselves in?

    The GOP in wanting to make the tax cuts permanent has assured itself a ready source of campaign contributions from wealthy donors. They overstate the desirability of lower taxes because they see it as in their self interest. But this good tactic is a bad strategy for the nation as a whole. Actually a balanced budget would strengthen the dollar and drive down prices (especially from offshore sources). In addition, a higher tax rate makes the deductability of creating jobs more significant and therefore more jobs are created. Wealthy people did very well in the Clinton years, and perhaps those tax rates (less a little owing to inflation) are the optimum way to run an economy.

    August 8, 2010 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  18. ed fl

    There is a couple of things that Boehner doesn't talk about . If we got rid of all the illegals in Florida ,all the republicans in Miami and their kids would then be illegal and their would not be a republican party[plus a ton of crooked GOP politicians in Florida .In addition if Boehner and Mcconnell become heads of their party we could solve the job problem immediately, these two experienced war mongers could start another war and look at the open jobs Military, Funeral buisness for americas kids[No GOP kids involved] Hospitals for the wounded Defense buisness great, wall street getting richer.They have plenty of experience from Their BUSH /CHENEY WAR They helped create. That ought to help the GOP in Novembers election!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 8, 2010 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  19. Richard Gee

    Finally, our society is defined by what goes viral, gets trended or has the greatest financial impact. Nearly every State in the Union have or has had reports of clergy sexual abuse by priests. What are the Governors' stance...what is the Government's? It seems that the past decade has produced only reports on these issues when it is worthy of national press.... isn't it time that the issue is tabled formerly? I mean we have regular comprehensive debate, forums and high level congressional hearings about what pro athletes do with their bodies willingly, we have our highest courts regulating what consenting adults may or may not do concerning their private oaths....yet we deem it o.k. as inferred by our silence to have a national pedophilia problem which is administered by a foreign sovereign nation within or shores. Is it me or have we really lost our way? Sorry, but as a disabled veteran of our country my loss was justified. This country does not deserve the payment my brothers in and out of the field are making. I am ashamed of the citizens and leadership of this country.

    August 8, 2010 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  20. carlos

    keep on dreaming boner, your brain is burning from the inside out, if you think that tan is good for you, you are an imbecile......that is why your reasoning is foolishly impractical.

    August 8, 2010 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  21. MAC

    Is it sea food from Louisiana, Mississippi, or Alabama or is it of the coast of Mexico. They are all in the Gulf!

    August 8, 2010 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  22. ronalde

    boehner is boxing himself and the reublicans in a corner,he didn;t explain how the tax cuts paid for themselves,nor did he justfy tax cuts for the rich while turning down extended unemployment benefits,boehner said that the stimulus didn't create jobs thats a lie,my wife and i traveled the state of ohio,penna and w.virgina the past month and ohio had the most road projects than the other states and the signs stated that they were the results of the stimulus program,how a person can out right lie is beyound me and yes the republicans offered up their programs listen to them and see if it doesn't sound familiar,they offer more of the same as in the past,nothing new,tne same thing that got us in this mess in the first place.

    August 8, 2010 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  23. Keith in Austin

    When will slobbering Liberals hell bent on repealing the Bush Tax Cuts realize that doing so will negatively impact over 50 percent of all small business owners? (The same folks that employ the majority of American workers)

    It is truly remarkable that most uninformed bloggers continue focusing this issue on the Rich vs. Poor. This is exactly what the Democrat Party wants you to believe! DNC Strategy: Incite class warfare, play the race card whenever possible and blame Bush for the miserable situation we find ourselves in. We aren't buying it Bozo!

    August 8, 2010 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  24. PaulC

    I suggest we don't be so hasty in closing the oil well.
    When your Toyota and Honda's gas tank is empty you won't be so choosy.

    August 8, 2010 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    The Republicans talk a good game but they have NEVER been concerned with deficits when they were in the White House or running Congress. Not under Reagan and not under W. They just want to protect their K-Street friends and their wealthy donors. I get the concern about raising taxes in a receission, but you can't have it both ways. Do you want the deficit trimmed? Then it's time to pay the piper. If anything, extend the tax cuts a year and then return the highest rates to Reagan and Clinton era levels where these tax "burdens" didn't seem to hurt the economy any. We had Bush's cuts and who the heck gained ground in those eight years except the wealthiest. Certainly not people who work for a living.

    August 8, 2010 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |