October 3rd, 2010
12:17 PM ET
12 years ago

Candy's post show analysis

So today, I actually really loved the Pakistani Ambassador for a couple of reasons. First of all, he made a little news confirming that Pakistan has been helping the U.S. gather intelligence about who is plotting against various European cities. He basically confirmed that there appear to be some Germans and a couple of Brits who are operating out of the northern mountainous region of Pakistan and plotting these schemes against various European cities. He also, I thought, was so good on trying to explain why the Pakistanis say some things in public and yet are still working as much as they can to be an ally to the U.S. He said quite simply, the U.S. isn't that popular among their constituency and so you have to be really careful how you proceed with the U.S. I thought that that was great. I think that as far as politics are concerned, Senator Menendez, Senator Cornyn, putting the best face on races where one or the other is going to get upset. Senator Menendez basically admitting that he is going to lose some seats in the Senate and I guess now the question is how many. We'll find out in a month.

Pakistan’s Ambassador to the U.S. Husain Haqqani

CROWLEY: So you're working actively with the U.S., and I'm assuming also European officials?
HAQQANI: Absolutely. Absolutely. The CIA shared intelligence to this effect with the Pakistani Inter-Services Intelligence, the ISI. Even though the ISI is maligned a lot in the media, the fact remains that it is one of the closest collaborators, partners, and allies of U.S. intelligence. And in this particular instance, the United States is very happy, I can say this on your show, that American officials have told us that the quality of cooperation they have received from the ISI is really 100 percent.

Pakistan’s Ambassador to the U.S. Husain Haqqani

“Look, what we have in Pakistan is a complex political reality. Americans often look at their own politics, and you cover it every week and you still can't make sense of it for the ordinary viewer, that all politics is local. And the local situation in Pakistan is that the United States is not very popular amongst our public. Secretary Clinton, when she went there, twice, she tried to reach out to the Pakistani people, Ambassador Holbrooke always reaches out to the Pakistani people, General Jones and Admiral Mullen have worked very hard to cultivate Pakistani leaders. But the fact remains that an elected democratic government in Pakistan is limited by public opinion to the extent of what it can do.”

Sen. Robert Menendez (D-New Jersey)

“…look, this is a volatile cycle… Who would have thought that Mitch McConnell's handpicked candidate in Kentucky would have lost? Who would have thought that in Delaware Mike Castle would not have been the Republican nominee? Who, 32 days ago before that election, would have been asking, who is Christine O'Donnell? So this is a very volatile reality. But, you know, when I hear this tsunami, the Republicans have been saying they're going to win the Triple Crown, which means as the president's seats in Illinois that was vacated, the vice president's seats in Delaware, and the majority leader in Nevada. They're not going to win any of that Triple Crown. We will be in the majority in the United States Senate on November the 3rd.”

CROWLEY: But you will lose some seats. Would you concede that?
MENENDEZ: We're fighting for every seat across the country. With midterm election history, the president's party, going to back to the Civil War, it means the president's party loses seats.”

Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas)

“Well, I think there - this is going to be a wave election, and it's going to be a referendum on the policies, the unpopular policies, coming out of Washington, D.C. during the last year and a half. And, of course, we've seen where the president has chosen to lecture people and tell them he knows better than they do what's good for them, and Democratic leadership has gone along. And now, I think we're finding the American people pushing back very hard, and that's what I mean by a tsunami. We've got 11, maybe as many as 12 Senate races in very close - very close contests. None of our Republican incumbents are in any trouble. The only question is, how many seats we're going to pick up. I think we're going to have a good day on November the 2nd, so I don't know how high or how wide that tsunami will be, but I think it will be significant.”

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  1. vic, Nashville TN

    About last comment democrats may lose some seats may be not

    Pakistan ISI don’t cooperate with us 100% sad part is they know that so they are playing game

    October 3, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |