I guess what I liked best was Chris Van Hollen, who sort of took this glass half full approach to the fact that he’s got some thirty Democrats in some really tough districts who are running these ads on T.V. against Nancy Pelosi and bragging about their separation from the president.
He says well it just shows that we have a great, diverse party here and that Republicans have to be ideologically pure and this just shows that the Democrats are allowed lots of different views. So that was kind of a fun way to look at it because there is a lot of that going on this campaign.
Also, I thought Kevin McCarthy, who’s a Republican, refused to say yeah, we have to take the majority in the House in order to be a success; but, he did say that they had a great chance of taking over the House, so we’ll see on November 2.
With the pollsters, one Democrat, one Republican, basically agreed that the polls are looking pretty good for the Republicans because basically the country’s angry.
And I actually liked Michael Hayden, who’s the former CIA director, first of all because he knows a lot of stuff, and second of all, we asked him about this terror alert that the U.S. put out this week and it is interesting to find out that there is no particular criteria for when you issue an alert. He said people just sort of sit around the table…he said, “We sort of know it when we see it.” Which sort of reminded me of the definition of pornography from the Supreme Court, but anyway, hopefully they do know it when they see it. He said it wasn’t exactly CYA, but they just sort of wanted to let people know that there was this possible terrorist plot out there.
Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-California, CNN's "State of The Union"
"Well, I don't see them [polls] closing on the Democratic side. .... I think what's happening here, and you look at the enthusiasm gap, much stronger on the Republican side, even than it was in 1994, much stronger on independent voters voting for Republicans, stronger than 1994."
Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, "State of the Union"
"There are issues where they [Democrats] stood with the speaker and the president, and there are issues where they opposed the speaker and the president. That's their job. As opposed to on the other side, where you have this ideological purity test, and it's being moved even farther to the right by the Tea Party candidates, which are moving the Republican Party way off to the right."
Former CIA director Michael Hayden, "State of the Union"
“By and large, there's been a powerful continuity between the 43rd and the 44th president, and I think that simply reflects the reality that both President Obama and President Bush faced in terms of the threat and the tools that are available to them."
Former CIA director Michael Hayden, "State of the Union"
"Pakistan has been an incredible challenge and reward for American intelligence cooperation. ...We had some tremendous counterterrorism success with the Pakistanis. And at times, that was balanced with some tremendous counterterrorism frustrations. It's - it's very difficult for the Pakistanis to do some of the things that we think they have to do for our mutual benefit"
With just about 3 weeks until the election, the Democrats have seized on a new talking point….Accusing the Chamber of Commerce of taking in foreign money and plowing it into Republican campaigns. Recently, the president has also raised questions about several groups created to help Republican causes. This Sunday his top political adviser took up the cause.
White House Sr. Adviser David Axelrod, "Face the Nation"
“We now see tens of millions of dollars being spent by the Chamber and a number of organizations, some
of which just cropped up. Ed Gillespie and Karl Rove run one of them. Tens of millions of dollars from undisclosed donors under benign names like the American Crossroads Fund. And they're spending heavily in all of these elections.”
Several news outlets have found no basis for the charges. The implication that the Chamber or his group is illegally funneling foreign money into GOP causes sent former President Bush's political guru into orbit:
GOP strategist Karl Rove, "Fox News Sunday"
“This is a desperate and I think disturbing trend by the president of the United States to tar his political adversaries with some kind of - you know, enemies list, with being - unrestrained by any facts or evidence whatsoever…Have these people no shame? Does the president of the United States have such little regard for the office that he holds that he goes out there and makes these kind of baseless charges against his political enemies? This is - this is just beyond the pale. How dare the president do this?”
From American to international politics, the former President of Pakistan bristled at continuing whispers and accusations that his country is not doing enough to help the U.S. battle the Taliban -particularly in Pakistan's tribal region in the northern mountains bordering Afghanistan.
Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf, ABC's "This Week"
“What hurts Pakistan, and every leader in Pakistan is certainly when they are blamed. Everyone in the world starts blaming them, while we are suffering casualties. We are suffering hundreds of people dying from bomb blasts and suicide bombs, and yet we are the rogues (ph). So, I mean, what is the issue? Let us - let Pakistan alone, and let us deal with the situation. It's critical. And it is in our own interest to deal with it. We don't want United States to help us. ... is it critical for us."
And finally from our own Larry King – an interview with Afghan President Hamid Karzai. King asked about the revelation in a new book by journalist Bob Woodward that senior U.S. officials believe Karzai is a manic-depressive who goes on and off his meds.
Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai, CNN’s “Larry King Live”
“The only medication that I have taken, is an antibiotic called Augmentin – the strongest ones I have taken when I had a bad cold two years ago. And I from time to time take multivitamins and vitamin C and of course a popular medicine in the US, Tylenol is something I use from time to time when I have a headache or when I'm tired.”
King: “What do you make of the stories then about your being a manic depressive? Which is by the way is a common disease, millions of people around the world have it and being delusional – where does that come from?
Karzai: “Like all other stories”
King: “Not true?”
KARZAI: “Oh definitely not. Rather funny.”
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