have christa freeland, and writes for the "new york times." ross has a new book out "bad religion, how we became a nation of heretics." welcome. so one of the things i've been impressed by or have noticed is that the obama campaign, no matter what the discourse, continues to feel that the private equity -- attack on private equity, is the correct way to go and it's going to work. christa, you had a theory why. >> well, i think part of what we're seeing in this campaign is the arrival of big data to politics and of microtargeting, so we're all accustomed to in the retail sector that the big retail ad doesn't happen and people target particular constituencies. that's what both parties are doing, and with the private equity story, we are tempted to see it as this grand narrative about capitalism and financial vultures and so on. i think it could be about the rust belt states where obama feels he has a very strong story to tell. he bailed out the carmakers, and this is a way to really drive it home and win that particular region. >> and that the private equity story for them is a story of
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in awe abu dhabi. christine is with me here in new york. christa freeland, at thompsons reuters. what is going through your mind as you watch this. >> to me, the most important question is does this trigger a new round of the euro crisis. you've been making parallels between the plight of a greece, the plight of a spain, and the potential debt crisis in the united states. but there is a big difference. these guys do not control their own currencies. if you control your own currency in a situation like this, you can print money to pay off your debt or you can devalue your currency and that's a way to restore economic competitiveness. they don't have that option now. does this mean that you start a gain to have countries starting with greece say actually this europe thing it not working for us. >> it works out for my viewer. what happened if the eurozone starts to come apart, if countries stacountry s stop using the currency. does that weaken the currency overall? >> what it could mean, there isn't the -- the euro was sort of constructed like a roach motel. you could go in, but yo
even handed in covering the sniping on al qaeda and afghanistan? joining us now in new york, christa freeland, editor of thompson reuters digital, and here in washington dana millbank, columnist for the washington post, and johna goldberg, editor of national review on-line, a fox news contributor and author of the new book "the tierney of clash yeas." how criminals cheat. why have the media made such an issue about how it was unseemly for president obama to trump et the fact that he approved the mission that killed osama bin laden. >> i guess because we love issues and we love political fights. you asked earlier, howard, was this a phony war? i think it absolutely is. i mean, there is an election campaign going on. this is absolutely a reasonable thing for the president to brag about, and let's remember that democrats very, very often are accused of being weak on national security, so i think fair enough for him to say, look, i'm not, and this president in particular is someone whose ability to make these kinds of calls were questioned. remember, hillary clinton in the 3:00 a.m. ad.
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