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their guy conan by not watching him on television, to a certain degree. there's still a portion of the audience that's young and watching tv, and whoever wins that, when they get -- assuming conan goes on, you're going to have a three-headed monster there, that's going to be a big economic factor in this time period. >> last question, obviously, if not the centerpiece, certainly the most memorable thing in your book, and the movie they made out of it, was the image of leno eavesdropping on the conference call with the nbc executives. some of whom i work for today. do you know anything like that that resembles pure theater -- >> if i did tell you, what would i put in my next book. >> there's a sequel going? >> it's in the works, keith, yeah. >> excellent. that's the best news we've heard out of the whom thing. it really is one of the great television books and can i only wish that everyone got to work in television, so they could
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have that inside appreciation for what it really means, good luck on the second project, and great thanks on your time here tonight, bill carter. >> thanks a lot, keith. >> my pleasure. that's countdown for this, the 2,476th day since the previous president declared mission accomplished in iraq. i'm keith olbermann, good night and good luck. and now to discuss what the president could be eternally optimistic about with her guest senator ron widen, here is rachel maddow. >> good evening, keith. thank you very much. and thanks to you at home for staying with us this hour, there is more than one way to pass health reform. one is available to democrats right now, the other may be just around the corner. senator ron widen of oregon and ezra klein are here tonight. as is ron paul. dr. paul as you know, sort of invented the modern incarnation of tea partying, for his trouble, he's being tea partied in his own district. also, hugo chavez has exactly
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three siyllables in all of life in common with brook shields. we'll tell what you those comments are. we begin tonight with a ray of metaphorical sunshine in stormy, stormy washington. >> i am just an eternal optimist. >> mr. obama christening himself the eternal optimist during a surprise appearance today at the white house briefing room. it was his meeting earlier in the day with congressional republicans that piqued this outbreak of optimism. >> during our meeting, we also touched briefly on how we can move forward on health reform. let's put the best ideas on the table. my hope is, we can find enough overlap that we can say this is the right way to move forward, even if i don't get every single thing that i want. >> one of the things that john boehner and mitch mcconnell said
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they didn't think the status quo was acceptable. and that's right there, promising. >> no, no, it's not. it's not promising. because while you're talking about how you think you're close to being done, and there's a lot everybody can agree on, and you're looking forward to republicans participating in a process in which we agree, here's what they're saying. >> it really is time to scrap the bill and start over. >> and that was after the meeting with the president that caused the president to feel so sunny about that guy. on the senate side today, republican leaders left that meeting with the president, the generator of presidential optimism, they left that meeting and shut down the senate over a routine nomination. a presidential nominee for the national labor relations board, earned 52 votes in the senate, now, do the quick math, 52 out of 100? that's a majority. a clear majority. the nomination failed with that imagine oshtd, because it was subjected to a republican
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filibuster. as we have discussed many times on this show, republicans are using the filibuster in a way that it's never been used before in american history. using to force a routine 60 vote super majority for every single substantive vote in the senate. this graph shows cloture votes. the effect of using the filibuster is that the senate is no longer capable of passing legislation or approving presidential nominees. i know that sounds like high per boli, but it's not. there are only a few specific things that require a super majority. ratifying treaties, constitutional amendments. expelling members of congress, impeachment, those are the things in the constitution that require a super majority, because those are the things are the things the founding fathers believed hard to do. now the republican minority in
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the u.s. senate has decided the super majority is required for everything. for basic nominations, this problem has been bubbling under the surface for a while now. today it broke out into the open. >> april the president nominated, may, june, july, august, september, october, november, december, january, now it's february and they say we're rushing it. i don't think anybody in america at the most lethargic, slow moving, half dead operation, anywhere in the country thinks that's rushing it when it takes us ten months to get something through. >> that was shaerrod brown of ohio shortly before today's vote. the nominee got 52 yes votes, a majority, and the nomination failed because of a philly combustor. senator carl levin said the filibuster is going to fall, it will either fall of its own weight -- it should fall of its
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own weight -- or it will fall after some massive conflict on the floor, which has happened in the past. the last time the rules affecting the filibuster were changed was when i was two years old, 1975. that's when the super majority rule changed from 67 votes to 60. it was changed then because people thought it was being abused back then. the way it was being used back then, is nothing like how it's being abused now. the chairman of the judiciary committee said, i'm in my 36th year, i've never seen anything like it. he said he conferred recently with former senator walter mondale who ryan grim at huffington post notes today, led the charge to change the filibuster rules the last time around in the 1970s, before he became vice president. according to senator lay hugh, mr. mondale said it was inconceivable to anybody at the time, that the filibuster would be abused as it is now "the reason the filibuster rule has been supported all these years, people have used it responsibly.
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this is unprecedented." senator leahy says democrats are now finally considering ways to change the filibuster rules again for the first time since 1975. this, of course, will cause a con sulsive mass -- it is something old in the senate not something new that has stopped the united states government to make policy. joining us now is ron widen of oregon, thank you very much for joining us tonight. appreciate it. >> thank you, rachel. we're looking at snowpocalypse ii, it's fun here. >> is there a rule in the senate when it comes to routine legislation? >> i believe the senate is being hit by a corrosionive
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combination, it's outcoded rules which is what you've been talking about with respect to the filibuster and excessive partisanship. you have to attack both of them. if you don't deal with the excessive partisanship, can you change the rules, the people will find a way around them. >> how do you deal with excessive partisanship. the president has been moving forward aggressively in a two-pronged way trying to embarrass people for bold partisanship when they oppose things they used to support, because the president has decided he supports them too, he has also tried to express optimism in saying he believes there is a bipartisan future, i think i'm not an optimistic person by nature and maybe that's why i don't see that second part of it as based in reality. >> i have to tell you, we'll have a real chance on february 25th, and the american people are sick and tired of all this gotcha politics. i think on the health care issue, which we'll be dealing with on february 25th, the
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president is making clear that he's going to reach out for common ground, there's a lot to work with, i think our party is right that you cannot fix this without universal coverage, you can't fix this without getting everybody covered, otherwise, the people are uninsured and shift their bills to the sured, i think the other party has some valid points as well about choice and competition, we ought to make sure that everybody understands you can fire your insurance company if they don't treat you properly. there's a lot to work with, and what we have to get away from is zero politics where one side wins and the other side loses. >> i feel like that argument which is similar to what the president has been arguing makes a lot of sense, it's really only been argue from the democratic side. it seems like on the republican side they're not only not making arguments like that, but they found it to be to their political advantage to just say no, even when their policies are incorporated into the proposed legislation, for example, they've said that they want tort reform to be part of health ref form as you know, tort reform
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efforts were incorporated into the senate bill. they're still complaining about tort reform, still complaining they're going to vote against it. are you feeling like there's anything constructive coming from republicans on this? or are you just asking for that? >> i have been talking to republicans, i've been talking to democrats, and i think if both sides get together. we can say let's go after the special interests rather than each other, let's try to score policy points rather than political points. let me give you an example. the republicans want to allow for shopping interstate. now, we have a very good provision in our bill, it's called section 1333. it would allow for interstate compacts, that's moving in the direction the republicans want to go. let's get into these policy questions, i think we can find common ground and particularly building around more choice and more competition, we can hold costs down, and that's something that will allow both sides to say we're putting the american
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people first. >> if republicans continue to pledge to vote no as they have thus far, and what we're going to be talking about with ezra klein on that section sft bill you're talking about, a republican proposal adopted by those who drafted the senate bill and something that republicans still aren't saying they're going to support, if republicans still pledge to vote against it, despite these constructive efforts, how do you pass it anyway? >> i'm prepared to say we are going to keep all options on the table. that includes reconciliation, that includes all options, but what i want to do is make sure -- and i think this is what the president deserves credit for. let's go to the policy high ground. lettess continue to find area where's both sides can come together. certainly if the president is going to talk about areas like legal reform, i personally believe that insurance reform is absolutely critical, the system is about cherry picking, it's about taking the healthy people, sending sick people over to
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government programs more fragile than they are. if there's going to be an agreement around the kind of principles the president is talking about in terms of considering legal reform, let's match it with very strong insurance reform. that's the kind of thing that's in the interest of the american people. >> senator ron wyden of oregon braving the snow tonight and showing to be optimistic about the constructive nature of washington right now, as the president is in both cases very impressive tonight, sir, thanks very much for your time. >> thank you. congressman ron paul will join us live in a moment. congressman paul is a lot of sthings, but he's apparently not tea party enough for the tea party movement. we will find out how ron paul feels about that. that's the interview coming up tonight. very much looking forward to it, stay tuned. this actually works. (announcer) only rogaine foam is shown to regrow hair in 85% of guys. i'll check it out and i'm like, nice. (announcer) rogain foam. stop losing. start gaining. oh, just come snuggle with momma!
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should republicans get what they want in terms of policy as opposed to what democrats want? the american people voted a lot more democrats into office in washington than they did republicans presumably because they wanted democrats to get their policies passed for a change, since the republicans had their shot with their majorities under george w. bush. from another perspective,
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kumbaya, sure, democrats are the majority, are but why not let republicans make policy too? it's the policy that's held sway in washington for the last year. in october john boehner issued the minority party's demands for what they wanted out of health reform. >> number one, let families and businesses buy health insurance across state lines. >> check. as ezra klein of the washington post points out, the senate version of the health reform bill actually allows for that. there's a whole section relating to the offering of plans in more than one state. individual states can band together and allow insurers in one of those states to offer plans in all of those states, buying across state lines is in the bill. >> number two, allow individuals, small businesses and trade associations to pull together and acquire health insurance at lower prices the same way large corporations and
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unions do today. >> check. that's exactly what the proposed health insurance exchanges are all about. the more people that are allowed to participate in these exchanges, the greater the risk pool becomes and the lower the costs get. the second republican demand already in the bill. >> number three, give states the tools to create their own innovative reforms that lower health care costs. >> i'm beginning to sound like a broken record here, but check, also in the bill. section 1332 of the senate bill is called the waiver for state innovation, again, as ezra points out, it allows states to opt out over the whole shah bang if they can prove they have a better and cheaper way to do it. the first, second and third of the four republican demands on health care are all in the bill. how about their last one, number four? >> number four, and junk lawsuits that contribute to higher health care cost. >> otherwise known as tort
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reform, otherwise known as in the bill. the senate bill calls on individual states to develop new ways to deal with malpractice lawsuits. ail turntives that could be funded by congress. the senate health reform bill addresses everything that the republicans have identified as their main concerns for policy on health reform. and the republican reaction is to say, the bill must be scrapped. let me not put words in their mouths, let them do it. >> it really is time to scrap the bill and start over. >> and frankly, that response is totally rational. republicans think it is great politics to derail this thing, even though it has all their chosen policies in it. what's irrational is to look at that to look at them having all of their policies in the bill and still saying no to the bill, what's irrational is to look at that and say republicans aren't getting enough of what they want, let's give them some more. >> there are some core goals that have to be met.
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so i'm going to be starting from scratch in the sense that i will be open to any ideas that help promote these goals. >> president obama originally wanted health reform done by august. that did not happen because max baucus decided to waste three months. now mr. obama plans to hold a bipartisan health summit in two weeks. it will be similar to the bipartisan health summit that mr. obama held at the white house last march. when president obama addressed house republicans last month, he rattled off a whole list of ideas taken from republicans and put into the health reform bill. all of that bipartisan reaching, all of that eternal optimism has resulted in one republican vote for health reform in the entire congress. congressman joseph gow is the only republican who voted for health reform, and he says he won't do so again. it doesn't matter what's in the bill, it doesn't matter which of
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their ideas you incorporate, republicans are not going to support this, period. joining us now is ezra klein. staff writer at the washington post who did not know about, nor does he endorse the snarky thing i said about his paper a moment before he came on the show. >> good evening, i don't even think i heard it. >> hooray, that's the best defense. >> don't watch the tivo. are there substantive policy disagreements here? it does not seem to me like the disagreements here are about policy, it seems to me like they are pure politics. >> you could argue there are, right? maybe republicans don't believe you should spend money to ensure human beings, you could make that argument that it's not worth doing. i think two things you didn't include in your intro, actually the larger arguments the republicans have are also incorporated into the bill. what liberals wan is the a single pair system, a public system, they let go of that, they don't even have a public
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option now it's fully private. what john mccain and george w. bush proposed was to begin unwinding the employer based sub sid dwi. the democrats agreed and above house member objections, the president and the whours pushing for the excise tax that would do that. i think that republicans don't believe democrats should do a health care bill because the argument here is who should win the next election, and republicans would like it to be them, and that's hard to compromise. >> in terms of engagement and getting what republicans are bringing to the table. it began and enedded when jim demint said they wanted health care to be obama's waterloo? >> right, and one way you see this is howard baker and bob dole, two former senate republican leaders came out with a joint proposal with tom daschle and it looked exactly like the senate bill. and it even had some type of public option. their leadership, who's now sort of outside of the elections came
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up with something and said, here's what a compromised bill will look like. and it looked like what we're looking at. that was true in 1994, the bill we're looking at looks a lot like the mainstream caucus they came up as an alternative to the clinton plan. the fact of the matter is giving the president a large accomplishment is not a political compromise, it's a kploms nobo compromise nobody knows how to reach right now. >> you may have heard senator wyden pushing this idea of cooperation, we think there are area where's we have -- where we can agree, there are things on which we can see eye-to-eye, citing specific policies and the idea of policies they may be willing to endorse, i believe that ron wyden and barack obama are not only smart about policy, but smart about politics.
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are you aware of some sort of secret strategy going on here that would make sense of the continual efforts to try to get republican voights in what seems to me as a futile effort? >> i've never known a man who believes in bipartisanship as much as senator wyden. i think they had a sense there wasn't going to be much compromise here. i think they do realize a sort of american truism in politics. it's like the old joke of outrunning the bear, you just need to outrun the other guy. what they need to look like is more bipartisan than the other guy. that's what they're attempting to achieve. if they hear great ideas, fine. john boehner isn't coming up with a brand new policy next weekend, this stuff is a pretty well known policy issue, people have heard the arguments from experts, and people are trying to save money and cover the most people. >> ezra klein of the washington post, really appreciate your
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reporting on this, and you making time for us, particularly in the snow, thanks. >> thank you. on the 234th anniversary of the boston tea party, ron paul raised more than 6 million grassroots smackeroos in one day online. now grassroots enthusiast ron paul doesn't cut it for some reason with the tea party movement. he'll be with us himself in a moment. we're on it. onstar, we may have that tahoe. ok, i'll flash the lights. we got it. it's in the clear. i'm sending a signal to cut the power. we got him. mr. ross, the police have recovered your tahoe.
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the republican party would be really smart to start trying to absorb as much of the tea party movement as possible. because this is is the future of our country, the tea party movement is the future of politics. >> the tea party movement is a revelatory moment for us, it puts in stark relief where the american people are, how they feel and what they feel? i think it's important to understand this so we can embrace it and move toward it. >> but they're not. >> that's the chairman of the republican national committee, and before him is the de facto leader of the tea party movement, arguing the republican party's path back to power is that movement. that's the rhetoric. today the rhetoric became reality where the state republican party and a coalition of state tea party groups agreed to work together moving forward. the merging has started. the effort by the republican party to adopt and absorb itself
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as a grassroots conservative movement this time around, is way different than what went on the last time. then it was the ron paul revoluti revolution. ron paul supporters spray painted street graffiti, all without the help of a party machine, big money beltway lobbyists or much prodding from dr. paul himself. despite that honest to goodness grassroots enthusiasm, look how ron paul was treated. he was excluded from a presidential candidate's forum that was sponsored by fox news. he offered to hold his own competing event at the same time. he was refused a speaking lot at the 2008 republican national convention, so he held his own convention across town. in contrast, fox news today endlessly promotes the tea partiers going so far as to have their network personalities to
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host tea party events. elected officials today fall all over themselves today to speak at tea party events. the tea partiers at least some of them seem to be opposed to ron paul as well. dr. paul is facing three challengers in his congressional district in texas. all of whom are in some way aligned with the tea party movement. joining us now is dr. ron paul. dr. paul, it's nice to have you back on the show. thank you for your time. >> thank you, rachel. >> you are being challenged in your re-election primary by several tea partierers, what is your relationship with the tea party movement now? >> well, it's about the same. you know, sometimes the tea party represents those views that i expressed during the campaign. the tea party type movement that people who are unhappy with the government where i go generally are on the campuses, and we
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still get large crowds out, my message is somewhat different, i think the message gets a little bit diluted when a lot of people come in to the republican party wants to make sure there's a neo-con type of influence. what we're doing with the campaign for liberty is alive and well, and the young people are responding. but i talk about different foreign policy, i talk about civil liberties and where we ought to cut the budget, and this is what they warrant to hear. i talk about the war on drugs. this is not what is generally heard from the republican party, and sometimes the tea party accepts these ideas, and sometimes they don't. i think the one thing that brings people together, they know there's something wrong in washington. but you have progressive democrats that know there's something wrong in washington. they'd like a better foreign policy too, and they're not exactly totally satisfied. but the people are coming together because they're unhappy, they know that debt is
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outrageous, it's out of control. countries are going bankrupt. california's bankrupt. our country really is bankrupt, and that's what they're unhappy about. it's out of control government. and i think i have been much more precise in what we should do in changing foreign policy, caring about fiscal liberties. i do have quite a few democrats who are willing to agree with these basic principles in general, even the balanced budget issue, there are democrats that have joined with me in saying you're right. we may want to balance the budge net a different manner, but they do agree that there's something seriously wrong when you're spending a couple trillion dollars a year you don't even have, that is nothing but danger for us in this country. >> congressman, i don't want to cause any family rifts in the paul household, but i know your son is running for senate, and he in fact made his campaign announcement on this show, which
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was great for us, we were honored by that. now sarah palin has emerged as the unofficial leader of the tea party movement. she has endorsed your son's run for senate. is there anything about her platform, either now or as a vice presidential candidate that gives you pause about that endorsement? >> i guess i could say that about most republicans, they wouldn't be any different. yes, there is, but i am in the republican party, and i worked with republicans and i -- but i work with the democrats too. i try to find issues that cross party lines. you take transparency of the fed or personal privacy, or ending the war, talking about the war on drugs. on these issues, i can get support from both parties, there's a lot of things that the average republican -- i might disagree with them, but they'll disagree with me as well. but i think the -- what was really happening in the presidential campaign was
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they're surprised to find out, as a matter of fact to my surprise too, that there were a lot of people out there that really cared about it, and considered themselves is even conservatives, not only libertarians, but conservatives that wanted somebody to talk about these issues, and i think it will continue. to say that that's what the tea matter movement is all about, and that's all they're going to talk about, i think i would be naive to believe that's going to happen, everybody likes to join what looks like a popular movement. and then they want to come in and influence that movement. i think that happens to the republican party and the democratic party. i think the deal. because neo-con issues on foreign policy is not exactly dead these days. there's an influence. and progressive democrats aren't all that happy with the foreign policy, where the war keeps expanding, sending more troops into afghanistan. bombing yemen, bombing pakistan. thinking about going into iran. that's the infiltration
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philosophically of different positions, and i deal more in that arena hoping that the ideas of sound money and transparency of the fed and a better foreign policy will actually affect both parties because i know there's a lot of americans who agree with this issue, and i know the young people are very open to these ideas. >> republican congressman ron paul who for a long time now has represented a movement that does cross some partisan lines and upset things in a mostly conservative way, thank you very much for your time, sir, we're really glad you've been able to be with us, we appreciate it. >> thank you, rachel. imagine for a moment that you hear a bell. got it? you making believe you hear a bell? okay, that bell tolls for republicans who have railed against the stimulus, while they also begged for and bragged about receiving that stimulus money for their districts. the time has come to name names, you're encouraged to get a pen and pencil in case your member of congress's name comes up. stay tuned for a mini-cable tv
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quick programming note, not about this show or network or this country. hugo chavez has a long running tv show that sometimes goes on for more than eight hours. bless his producers one and all. lately, though, his ratings have been soft, so now he's calling into other radio shows and preempting other programming in addition to his regularly scheduled show and weekly newspaper column. if what venezuelans want is less hugo chavez, i fear i bring disheartening news. his now launching a new radio show that has a gimmick. the gimmick is, you never know when he'll appear, you may tune in to listen to a sporting event or rock music and all of a sudden a harp will sound and then chavez will take over and start talking. do that again? seriously, it's the harp that plays, that is your here comes chavez warning. the show, if it can be called
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at the top of the show today we talked about the myth of
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bipartisanship, the futility of democrats including the president wasting time trying to persuade republicans to go along with them on policies that are good for the country. it totally makes sense in the abstract, if people can agree on what needs to be done to solve the country's problems, then those policies should get votes from everyone who's in agreement. in the abstract that's how it works. in washington, that is not at all how it works. president obama endorsed the idea so then republicans decided they're against it. republicans proposed pay as you go rules for budgeting. president obama endorsed the idea, then republicans decided they were against it too. republicans who voted for the bank bailout are criticizing president obama for that same bank bailout. republicans supported president bush's policy of trying terrorism suspectness u.s. courts. now that president obama is implementing that same policy, they decided they're against that too. republicans supported a cap and trade policy against global
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warming. republicans have decided they're against that too. see the pattern here? what republicans are doing on policy is no longer interesting. it's so thoroughly unrelenting unpredictable that anyone who thinks it's an open question about what republicans are going to do about the next legislation that's proposed is not paying attention. let me be emphatic here, let me be emphatic about one particular example, the stimulus. the stimulus passed despite every single vote in the house voting no on it. since then, the stimulus has worked, even though it's maybe been too small. the consensus among republicans is that it's a horrible giant thing that hasn't done anything good at all. >> i think everybody would agree now that the stimulus hasn't worked. >> 800 billion dollar stimulus bill that was supposed to create jobs. >> for the stimulus package
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that's been done so well, we have 10.2% unemployment. >> the democratic stimulus bill has famed to system u lit anything other than a few bureaucrats. >> many warned as did i that the stimulus would amount to a mountain of wasted money. >> can you tell me where the stimulus money is? >> the $787 billion stimulus package only stimulated more welfare. >> we're united in imposing the massive waste filled stimulus, or as i prefer to call it, stimu-less bill. >> it's a bad idea that does bad things, bad president, bad way of making a bad economy more bad because he's bad. also? stimulus good. you're looking at pictures of the same republicans who have trashed the stimulus as a bad bad thing in their home districts taking credit for all the good things the stimulus has done. that's bobby gindle who has
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railed against the stimulus, then gone around the state handing out big chats with his own name on them as if they came from him. there's phil gingry, getting all publisher's clearinghouse with the check. he called that check a boondoggle and a dismal failure, it's not just a couple of these guys in a have been caught like this either. john mica of florida trashed the stimulus and praised his effect of the district. republican frank wolf of virginia trashed the stimulus then said we could use that money desperately. there are a lot of things up here that money could be used for. bill schuster attended the groundbreaking of a sewage
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treatment plant it funded and praising the jobs it would create in his district. republican senator kay bailey hutchison of texas trashed the stimulus, voted no, and praised the effect in her home state by saying the funding will spur growth in texas communities. republican senator richard bure of north carolina trashed the stimulus, and praised its effect as a great thing for this country -- for this county, excuse me. we're not accustomed to federal dollars in that magnitude finding their way to north carolina. kitt murray trashed the stimulus, voted no and then said it would create jobs and ultimately spur economic opportunities. republican joe wilson of south carolina, remember him? the you lie guy? he trashed the stimulus, voted no, then praised its effect in his home district by saying it would provide jobs in one of the poorer sections of that district. bob bennett of utah trashed the stimulus, voted no, and said,
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the addition of federal funds would maximize the stimulative effect on the local economy. republican pat tuberry of ohio trashed the stimulus, voted no, and praised the effect in his home district by saying it would support businesses and jobs. republican senator mike johans of nebraska trashed the stimulus, voted no, then praised the effect in his home state by saying one proposed stimulus funded project in nebraska would create 38 new jobs. lamar alexander of tennessee trashed the stimulus, voted no, and praised the effect in his home state by highlighting a project he says would create over 200 jobs in the first year, and at least another 40 new jobs in the following years. john hinder of georgia trashed the stimulus, voted no, and said the employment opportunities created by this program would be quickly utilized.
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republican mike cass tle of delaware trashed the stimulus, and then said how imperative those funds were. you want to see mike castle of delaware handing out one of those giant checks? yeah, as if he hadn't actually voted to kill the money that's in that check. he's running for senator of delaware now, presumably on the platform of being a giant hypocrite. eric kantor not stimulus and voted no on it, he coordinated the feat of having all house republicans vote against it. then he held a job fair in his home district at nearly which half of the companies at the job fair because they were in a position to hire have received stimulus funds. even john boehner, leader of the house republicans, who has led the trashing of the still lition and voted no on it and bragged enthusiastically on all the republicans in the house voting against it. when it came to his house district he praised it for shovel-ready projects that will create much needed jobs.
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jim inhofe of denying global warming fame trashed the stimulus, voted no. then praised the effect in his home state by saying it would help spur additional economic growth. jack kingston of georgia trashed the stimulus, voted no. then said these funds should help save or create local jobs. republican john carter of texas praised the effect in his home district by saying it was a victory for the economy in central texas. republican glenn thompson of pennsylvania trashed the stimulus, voted no, then praised the effect in his home district by saying it would be great for employment in the area. shall i go on? i could. i could keep going till the tocht hour and beyond. but you get the idea, right? this stuff isn't secret. the conservative newspaper "the washington times" had a big featuring on this today. politico has reported on it as well calling what the republicans are doing here a cash-and-trash strategy. the blog think progress has done yeoman's work tallying up all
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the republicans who have done this and posting pictures of them handing out giant checks touting funds they voted against. even the president has called out republicans for attending ribbon cuttings for stimulus-funded projects that they voted against. the white house has put some of the documentation of republican hypocrisy on this in writing. none of this is a secret, which is the most important thing to understand about it. republicans right now do not care about policy. by which i mean, they will not vote for things that even they admit are good policies. on policy terms, they have been caught bragging on the stimulus as good policy. i have no doubt that some of them think that health reform is good policy. we know they think things like a deficit commission or cap and trade or paygo are good policy because they're on the record supporting them. but they're not going to vote for them because screw policy. screw what even they believe is good for the country.
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screw what even they believe is good for their home districts. they are not voting yes for even things that they agree with, for anything substantive. they're not going to vote yes for anything substantive that this president supports. it's not going to happen. you're not going to earn republican votes for a second stimulus, for example, by pointing out it's good policy that creates jobs. we know they already know that. they can had concede that in their home districts. yet, had they are still not voting for it and are unembarrassed about this fact. they are not embarrassed. charging them with hypocrisy, appealing to their better, more practical, more what's best for the country patriotic angels is like trying to teach your dog to drive. it wastes a lot of time. it won't work. and ultimately the dog comes out of the exercise less embarrassed for failing than you do for trying. grow up, democrats. face the music. do 2 alone. you're the majority. kill the filibuster if they won't let you use that majority. the country needs to you.
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we turn now to my friend kent jones, in part because i'm really interested in finding out if he can talk today. hi, kent, how is it? >> hello. >> you're recovered. were you tired or hoarse from yelling who dat? >> a little both. a little who dat disease. speaking of that, who dat celebrated the world championship in a parade in new orleans and did it without me. and i'm a little hurt. but -- >> do we have footage. it happened tonight. did it happen at dark or dusk? >> a little of both. >> i'm so looking forward to this. >> the fallout from the greatest sports-watching event of my
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entire life continues. >> who dat, who dat. >> reporter: the saints first-ever victory parade was held today in downtown new orleans. everybody loves the saints. i mean everybody. not only was super bowl xliv the biggest event in american tv history. it was also the biggest event in canadian tv history, canada. that means the saints are even bigger than this. >> kelly throws a hard right. >> reporter: meanwhile, manufacturers are feverishly cranking out saints super bowl t-shirts, one at a plant in -- wait for it -- indianapolis. ouch! cloud, silver lining. silver lining, cloud. speaking of indy, the indianapolis "star" reports that a grand total of 11 people braved the cold at the airport to welcome the colts home from miami. 11! unlike new orleans,

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