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more courage. it happened because one party, in this case the democrats, agreed to carry the ball to fight off every earth frffort f other side to cause a fumble. what just happened offers an object lesson on how to have a functioning government, in other words. you vote for a candidate and party that promises to do something and they do it. we saw barack obama, speaker nancy pelosi and senate leader harry reid do what they deeply believe is good for the country. if the country wants government to act it should vote in way that allows that to happen. this is true no matter which party we choose. in 1980 the country voted overwhelmingly for roonnald reagan. in the kind of huge pickup of seats in the house that allowed him to push through his big changes in federal tax and spending policies that became the reagan revolution. today's polls show the public is conflicted on all this. while at once political figures to do what they promised to do,
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not sure they want to give them the power to do this. 60% of this country prefers having government divided between a president of one party and congress of another. in other words, a prescription for log jam. i think the people most detest is government ground down by conflict, finger pointing and blame gaming and inaction. when congress rejects what the president proposes or when the president refuses to back what the congress wants you get government by standstill. loud complaints. one sideçw1 blaming the other nothing to show for it. do you want golf deal with heal? keep kicking the can down the road? if you want government to act pick the party you trust to do it. if you don't, truly think the way things are in this country are as good as they're going to get, split the vote up, divide up the government, make sure neither party has the power to
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do anything. that's "hardball" for now. catch us again monday night at 5:00 and 7:00 eastern. right now it's time for "the ed show" with ed schultz. good evening, americans. welcome to "the ed show" tonight from new york. these stories are hitting "my hot buttons" tonight. the beckster, attacked me. little old eddie. on his radio show today. you know what? i'm going to get right back in his face. i have an offer for you. let's see if you have the guts to take me up on it. that's coming up at the bottom of the hour. plus the right wing crazies just won't quit. new assassinations warnings, bomb threats and psycho letters containing dog, yeah, they're haunting democrats who voted for health care reform. congressman alan grayson joins me in just a moment. it didn't work the first time, but, you know, what the heck? maybe since the maverick's in
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crisis mood, caribou barbie can help him win. we'll see how it's all going. this is the story that has me fired up tonight. the hate and violence going on in this country, since the health care bill passed really has got to settle down and we have got to see some real leadership. republican leaders have, i think, a responsibility to do all they can to calm things down. because liberals are happy, you see. where's this coming from? listening to them very closely over the last few days, republicans in this health care debate, you have to know one thing. it's over. you lost. your waterloo efforts failed. democrats delivered reform for the middle class and there's nothing republicans can do about it. except wait for the next election. the only strategy they have left, and this is what they're doing, is they're playing the role of the victim. just listen to house minority lip eric cantor. what he has to say.
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>> i've received threats since i assumed elected office not only because of my position, but also because i'm jewish. just recently i have been directly threatened. a bullet was shot through the window of my campaign autopoffi richmond this week and i've threatening e-mails. >> about the bullet, mr. cantor, the richmond police department said it was a stray bullet fired randomly into the air and it hit a window on a downward trajectory. it broke the window pane but didn't have enough force to break through the blinds and the window was on the bottom there are and the congressman, i believe congressman, you do lease the top floor. this is really a classic example of the righties take a morsel of information and maybe a little bit of truth and then they just twist it into a mountain of lies. and now they're making a campaign out of it. eric cantor used that story to try to stick it to the democrats. the ones who are actually
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receiving the death threats these days. capitol police intercepted a letter sent to democratic congressman vick snyder of arkansas that said because of his vote on health care reform, "militia central has selected you, militia central has selected you for assassination. if we cannot stalk and find you in washington, d.c., we'll just get you in little rock." what is going on here? democratic congressman harry mitchell of arizona, he's getting death threats at his home and bomb threats at his office. and it's gone way beyond the members of congress, now it's out with the folks. you see, in tennessee this week, some nut job purposefully rammed his suv into the back of a car carrying a man and his 10-year-old daughter because, well, there was a barack obama sticker on his bumper. now, this is hate taken to
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another level. it's got to stop. the republican elected officials, you see, they don't seem to have the guts to come out and harshly speak against it. in fact, they just keep stoking the fire. at an antiabortion fund-raiser this week, psycho talker michele bachmann of minnesota referred to an interview she did on this network back in 2008, which she called "obama anti-american," saying, "i said i had very serious concerns that barack obama had anti-american views. and now i look like nose ra damas." come on. rhetoric like this fans the flames of extremism. when republicans turn around and play the victim or try to paint the democrats as opportunists, they are just giving license to the radical wing of the party to go out and do something really, really stupid. that does not reflect our democracy. get your cell phones out tonight, folks. i think i know where this all comes from.
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just my opinion. i want to know what you think. tonight's text survey question is, do you think rhetoric from glenn beck and rush limbaugh inspires political violence? text "a" for yes and "b" for in to 622639. results later on in the program. joining me now is congressman alan grayson of florida. he, of course, has been targeted by sarah palin as the one that we've, i guess got to get out of office. he was on that infamous map -- >> said take me out. >> is that what they said? >> take me out. she told her followers to take me out. like i was a moose that you shoot from a helicopter. >> yeah. what is your response to that, congressman? how do you feel about that? >> it's all they've got left. fear and hatred. they have nothing left. >> who's -- what's your feeling about the republicans playing the victim, politically, in all of this? >> it's absurd. it's absolutely absurd. they stoke the fires of hatred and try to provoke a national
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nervous breakdown by instilling people with fear the way that naomi klein described in the book "the shock doctrine" and blame the democratic party for that. >> who do you think is at fault for this? >> i think the republican leadership is at fault. >> and what about right wing talkers, what about, you know, television shows that report things that simply aren't true? about the president. about what the health care reform bill does. the way it's been so terribly mischaracterized. do you think that fans the flames in any way? >> is the pope catholic? >> i think he is. we're finding out some other things about the pope, too. which are just as shocking as some of the things that we're hearing from across the street and the people that sit in front of microphones for a living. how do we correct this? what do we do with this, congressman? >> we have to put them out of
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office once and for all. these haters and these fearmongerers, they have to get removed from office in the november election. i'm not worried anymore about losing seats for the democrats this year. we have to put an end to that whole style of politics. that means getting rid of the republicans entirely. >> well, what are you going to do about that? i understand that there's -- you're making a big push with your campaign coming up. tell us what that's all about. >> yes. at our website, ycm?%ç congressmenwithguts.com, we're going a money bomb tomorrow. we've already gotten over 10,000 contributions. howard dean recorded video for us and michael moore recorded video for us. we're trying to show a new model that doesn't work on fear and doesn't work on hatred but actually works on the people of good conscience coming together and demonstrating what people power looks like in this country. >> okay. now, if you had a chance to talk to sarah palin face to face after she said that you should
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be taken out, what would you say to her? >> you know, every time she smiles it proves ignorance is bliss. i don't even know if she understands half of the things she's talking about. >> she is a political force. i mean, she has people that shows up. she's stumping for mccain. today people show up to see her. she's somewhat of a rock star. she's in the political arena now. what would you say to her? >> i would love to see a palin/grayson ticket in 2016. we'd get elected and the next day she'd quit. she's the patron saint of quitting. >> alan grayson from florida on "the ed show." let's turn to columnist and "newsweek" and msnbc political analyst, jonathan alter, also the author of the new book "the promise, president obama year one," which will be out in may. jonathan alter, have you ever
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seen the discourse like this in the country since the '60s? in the '60s it was pointed toward citizens, but now it's citizens pointing it toward politicians. is this new territory? >> i actually think the '60s are really interesting comparison, because you know, when elements of the democratic party got out of control, far left elements, in some cases they weren't active democrats, but they were associated with liberals and on the left. when they started committing acts of violence, threatening acts of violence, it did terrible damage to the democrats in the '60s. i think you're seeing the same thing now happening with the republican party. the elders in that party, if they have any, the adults, need to get control of this situation. if they don't what's going to happen is there's going to be an incident, somebody is going to make good on one of these threats. somebody is going to be hurt or god forbid killed and then the republicans who did not try to reign in their own supporters are going to reap the whirlwind.
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>> where do you think this is all coming from, jonathan? >> well, you know, look, my problem is not so much with the radio talk show hosts who are out there, you know, doing their normal blow hard thing. it's with the leaders of the republican party. so when you take somebody like eric cantor, look, if a bullet came through my window i'd be a little freaked out about that. it's fine for him to be concerned about that, but rather than using it as an opportunity to bash democrats, what he should be saying is, look, these things are scary. whatever party they're taking place in and they need to stop. on both sides. he didn't say that. so i don't believe in making fun of him for, you know, exaggerating this threat, it was unnerving, i'm sure. his response to it was really quite disturbing. because it showed that even somebody who's supposed to be one of the -- you know, he's in the leadership. one of the more responsible members of that party.
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just can't get how bad this is. that folks on that side of the aisle are saying things, the michele bachmanns of the world, are saying things that are giving license to a bunch of crazy people. >> i find it interesting he comes out on a thursday after all of this happened on sunday. it wasn't the next morning. if he couldn't see it for what it was, i wonder if he wasn't trying to use it to encourage it to keep it going. then again, why did -- don't you find it strange that this bullet allegedly goes to his office and he didn't report it to the police or there was -- it was not made public? i mean, where's the local media down in richmond? i mean -- i mean, i find it -- >> i don't have an answer. >> beat reporters call up the cops and say, what happened last night? well, a bullet was shot through over at the congressman's office. i mean, i don't know, where i come from that would be have story. >> there aren't a lot of beat reporters anymore.
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you know what's going on with american newspapers right now. i don't know what the details are there, ed. but look -- >> don't you think cantor is gaming this? do you think he's gaming the situation? >> well, as i said, i think he reacted in the wrong way. he should be denouncing anybody who engages -- he should -- his own experience in his incident should give him some sympathy for these congressmen who are getting real threats. instead of showing sympathy for them, reaching across the aisle and saying, you know, what's being done to these guys is just wrong, instead he's trying to exploit it for his own narrow interest. the larger picture is, you have about 20% of the american public, the fanatic fifth, that listen to these folks. that listen to glenn beck, and rush limbaugh, that believe people like sarah palin and michele bachmann. and you can either think that's a large number and disturbing because it's so large, or like me, you can look at it with the
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glass half full and say, you know what? there have always been about one in five in this country who have been a little loopy. you we have the fanatic fifth. i think we need to sort of recognize the challenge is how are both parties going to deal with these fanatics? the bigger challenge is for the republicans. if they don't control them and put them back in their box they are going to destroy that party which doesn't stand for anything else right now. >> no, it doesn't. jonathan alter, great to have you on tonight. >> thanks, ed. coming up, look out, folks. those crazy tea partyers are boarding a bus and about to rip through your backyard. they're closing in on harry reid's hometown tomorrow. i sure hope harry can stop them in their tracks. and since the mitster doesn't seem to be sealing the deal for mccain's election, the maverick brings in sarah palin to save the day.
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all that, plus a "saturday night live" alum lands in the zone? and of course, it's friday. we have co-creator of "the daily show" lizz winstead here for "club ed." missing something? now at sears optical, get 2 pairs of glasses for $99.99. with bifocals just $25 more per pair. sears optical. don't miss a thing. ♪orn from the map of michigan ♪ ♪ i am carrying this scra of paper ♪ when it's people who do the right thi, they call it being responble. when it's an insurance company,
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they call it liberty mutual. responsibility. what'sour policy? liberty mutual. well, the beckster and i got into it today. let me tell you something, there's more where that came from. glenn, i hope you're watching, buddy.
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welcome back to "the ed show." they're back for the first time since the presidential campaign, sarah palin and john mccain are sharing a stage. mccain is running for his fifth
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senate term and faces his toughest re-election battle ever. former congressman and tea partyer j.d. hayworth has challenged him in the republican primary in arizona. palin and mccain, folks, they have barely spoken over the last 17 months, but today they're all chummy and just seem awfully happy to see one another. and palin came through with her old buddy, johnny, you know, and pushing for his conservative credentials. >> when the pundits and talking heads said, conservatism, it's dead, no more, will the conservatives be able to rise to pow ur in this country? john mccain set out to put the fight back in the republican party. he's leading the royal opposition, standing up and speaking up against the obama/pelosi/reid agenda. he's spent his entire career fighting for common sense conservative solutions. if you want conservative solutions and common sense leadership then i'm asking you
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to vote for john mccain. >> all right. tonight they're holding a fund-raiser at the same hotel where they conceded the election. joining me now, from tucson, arizona, nbc's norah o'donnell. norah, i'm curious about the crowd. were they tea partyers, were they ruckus protesters, were they just old gop folks? characterize the crowd for us tonight. >> reporter: i think it was a good mix of people, but it was also a number of tea party supporters and a number of conservatives who have doubts about john mccain. he's been a senator for 24 years. he's now in the fight of his political life. he is fending off a challenge from the political right, from j.d. hayworth, a former congressman. that's why he wanted sarah palin here today. why he needed sarah palin here today. to sort of not only hope some of her star power rubs off on him but to vouch for his conservative credentials. she didn't mention john mccain voted against george w. bush's two tax cuts. she didn't mention that john
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mccain had voted for the t.a.r.p. bill which many of the people here don't like because they thought it was a bailout for wall street. instead she said he's like a tea party person because he has been railing against reckless spending in washington for four decades. she was in many ways trying to give a payback to him and say to the people here he's okay, he's a true conservative. that's a word she used today. and that's why he should be re-elected if the august primary where mccain is facing the big challenge. >> this is sarah palin talking about john mccain being a tea partyer. >> in respect to the tea party movement, beautiful movement, you know what? everybody here today supporting john mccain, we are all part of that tea party movement. back then in 1773, remember it was the freedom fighters and those who protested tyranny and big government. throw in the tea in the harbor and say we're going to tell big government, intrusive government, no more and that's what we're doing today.
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when you think about that first tea party, shoot, some may claim that john was there at that first tea party. >> 1773? i don't get that. >> reporter: i mean, it was kind of a tough joke. i mean, she was making fun of the fact he's over 70 years old. i think her point was, or the joke was she said for a long time he has been against reckless spending. again, you know, just shows some of these folksy lines she uses play well with this crowd. ed, i do think the other big headline was both sarah palin and john mccain addressed the violence out there, and sarah palin, in particular, said that we should not be restrained by this b.s. coming from the lame-stream media, in her words, that we are inciting violence. those were her words. so she really pushed back against what she called b.s., the lame-stream media and said
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we are going to exercise and use our arms with our votes. and then john mccain got up several times and also talked about a peaceful revolution. so they certainly were aware about some of the criticism that's out there. >> norah o'donnell with us tonight from tucson, arizona. thank you, norah. appreciate it. >> reporter: thanks, ed. coming up, something shocking has happened. fox and friends host steve dushy wound up being the voice of reason this morning, if you can believe that. just imagine who he was talking to. that's coming up next in "psycho talk." for joint pain. for joint pain. [ male announcer ] before he changed the world... tear down this wall. [ male announcer ] ...or led a nation... i ronald reagan do solemnly swear. [ male announcer ] ...or governed a state...
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and in "psycho talk" tonight, friday edition, the folks over at fox and friends are really scraping to the bottom o the barrel. i guess you could say in the expert political department. now, this morning they turned to "saturday night live" alum victoria jackson, victoria was in "saturday night live" in the late '80s and is now a hard-core tea partyer. well, she says sarah palin is her hero and taken credit for being one of the first anti-obama psycho talkers. here's some of what she brought to the table this morning. >> progressive is the new word for communist, but it's the same goal. government control of everything. and it's very obvious that obama's trying to do that, and i don't want to brag, but i sort of called it before he was elected, and when i was on o'reilly and i said he was a communist and i got a lot of
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hate mail, but i got some that said i was preseeyent, which means a prophet. >> was that, like, a bit? or is she for real? victoria was too crazy for doocy. listen to how he responded to her psycho talk. >> the president's a communist. >> now, he is not a communist. >> you might not say communist, but i watched glenn beck and he's taught me well. >> i'm sure that was his word of the day one day. >> now, if you had the stamina to make it through that entire interview, you have got to see even more hard-hitting journalism. >> bye. from bye to hi. hello, dolly, and dollywood, by the way, celebrating 25 years. >> oh, the 25th anniversary of dollywood. what a way to follow-up an entire interview full of "psycho talk."
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welcome back to "the ed show." thanks for joining us tonight. this morning's america number one hate merchant attacked me on his radio show. glenn beck. and his stooges went on a tirade about comments i made on my radio show and this show, "the ed show." beck and friends are losing it because i said it might be time
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to take a look and bring back the fairness doctrine. well, they had a hard time keeping their story straight. >> here he is, just before the election. this is -- who talks to -- he's talking to someone who is saying the fairness doctrine is coming back over at news busters. >> oh, okay. hold it right there, now. i've never talked to anyone at news busters. never. and that's a lie, but go ahead. go ahead. >> and he said, who talks to nancy pelosi more? you or me? have you talked to nancy pelosi ever? because if he had, once -- if he had had once ever, had he done some more -- oh, jesus -- this is why i can't speak in coherent sentences. >> folks, do you get this? they're making up a conversation that i allegedly had with nancy pelosi about the fairness doctrine. i mean, it's hard to cover a story when you don't know what
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the hell you're talking about or making it up. then beck went after fargo? >> ed schultz has failed at everything he's ever attempted with the exception i think a local show in fargo. fargo is a very competitive market. there's over three stations there. >> no, seriously. it's a tough market to compete in. i can see why they -- why he went right from fargo to msnbc. >> nice. fargo's in flyover country. beck thinks that middle america doesn't matter. go ahead, beck. attack a town that just fought their second hundred-year flood in two years. fargo is real america. neighbors who would really give the shirts off their backs to the next door neighbor, to anybody that needs it. you know, the college kids and the under 25 crowd, they busted their butts to sandbag and never asked for a dime. it's easy to make fun of hardworking people in middle america when you've got truck loads of money. >> thanks, ed, for stopping by.
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it was a cute little effort here, and enjoy your poverty. meanwhile, i've got so much money, ed. and anybody who has ever had just an ounce of talent and has been able to succeed on this, they don't even know what to do with it. rush limbaugh has a truckloads of money, ed. >> oh, he's just a real man of the people, isn't he? he really has the pulse of the people. i mean, folks, in my opinion, this guy is nothing but an elitist creep. he goes home to his $4.2 million palace in new canon, connecticut, surrounds himself with six foot walls and pretends to have a clue about what regular people face every day? beck says he wants to have a conversation? >> if you really wanted to -- somebody's challenging me to a
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debate -- notice they're all doing this. well, i challenge glenn beck to a debate. i don't think so. if you wanted to have a real discussion, i'd be in, but nobody wants to do that. all they're doing is angling to either, "a" sell their books, hype their tv show, or just get him. when are we going to have an actual conversation in america in. >> well, i do have a book coming out, and i do have a tv show, and we have had some pretty good success here in the last year. and i am doing commerce with my radio show. so all of those things that beck is saying, he's lying about. you see, folks, they made up a conversation about the fairness doctrine that i allegedly had with nancy pelosi, which is proof positive that the right wingers, they just make stuff up. now, glenn, if you want to have a conversation you can pick the venue and i'll debate you or
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converse with you about the health care situation in this country all you want. you know, but you're a coward. you're in that big mansion with those walls because you're actually afraid of people. the real people who are out there sandbagging. the people that need health care that have had it stripped away from them by corporate america, which you support, and you adore, i might add. no, i can comfortably say that i am a person of the people. i believe in unions. i believe in collective bargaining. i believe in giving the next generation a chance and i do not believe that corporate america should be able to yank coverage away from somebody because they got sick. that's what you support, glenn. if you want to have a conversation about that, if you want to debate or do whatever, and i realize everybody wants to debate you, because you say so much outlandish stuff that is simply not correct. and you even make up stuff. you made up, you told your audience today on your radio
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show, that i actually had a conversation with nancy pelosi and it was reported on news busters. i've never talked to anybody at news busters and i've never talked to nancy pelosi about the fairness doctrine. glenn, you are a liar, and it's so sad that your old, white non-diverse audience follows you as if you're preaching gospel. i have the truth for you, glenn. come on. let's have that conversation, big guy. joining me now is the president of media matters, eric burns. good to have you with us tonight. >> thanks for having me, ed. >> i caught beck in a lie. do you folks at media matter, does he lie? did i just get kind of lucky today? >> we catch glenn beck in lies every single day, and they're serious lies, ed. they're dangerous lies. let me just be very clear about this. you know, glenn beck is the single most dangerous person in
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this country. he and sarah palin has spent the last year building an army with a tea party movement that has started turning violent. friday before the health care bill was signed he predicted that there was going to be civil unrest on his television show on fox. and, of course, you know, and the same segment said that democrats were evildoers. we've all seen the result. we practically had a riot in front of the capitol. we've had my former boss, louise slaughter, has been the subject of violence in her office. you know, threats of sniper attacks. this is serious stuff, ed. he's a serious threat to our democratic process. i wonder when americans are going to really wake up and see what is happening in this country. in 200 shows that glenn beck did last year on fox news, he mentioned revolution 173 times. this man is trying to start a
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real revolution in america. >> what is the most outlandish thing he has said in your opinion? that would be inciteful to violence? >> well, you know, just this past week he had a segment where he suggested that the progressive folks from the progressive movement and the democratic leadership were wielding a gun and ready to use it against the american people. you know, that's just recent example. it's almost impossible to find the single most outlandish thing. i will tell you he regularly compares the president of the united states to the most despicable dictators in the history of the world. he compares a good faith attempt, whether you agree with it or not, a good faith attempt to ensure each and every american can let their children go see a doctor to the holocaust. this is what we're talking -- this is the insanity we're talking about. it's dangerous. americans i think are becoming immune to it. there's so much of it. we heard victoria jackson
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earlier echoing what glenn beck said. see, 67% of republicans, according to a new poll, actually believe the president of the united states is a socialist. and this is a real problem. it's very serious. >> eric burn, good to have you with us tonight. if i ever say anything that, you know, if i'm wrong, you're certainly welcome to come on this program any time and just let me have. because i want to be protect. i don't try to be wrong. i can tell you that. i don't have my own set of facts, but you're welcome to correct me any time. i appreciate your time tonight. >> thank you, ed. now, i want to get rapid fire response from our panel of these two stories tonight. tea party activists are launching a cross country bus tour. this 44-stop bonanza kicks off tomorrow in searchlight, nevada, hometown of senate majority leader harry reid. caribou barbie and joe the plumber are the headliners. and righties are seizing on the fact cuban leader fidel castro called our passage in america of health care reform,
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quote, a miracle. comparing it to the socialized care that cuba enacted 50 years ago. with us tonight is radio talk show host jack rice. and also radio talk show host heidi harris. heidi, tell us what's going to happen in searchlight, nevada? what's happening here? how many people? and are you on the radio telling people, let's not have any violence? >> i don't need to tell them that, ed. they've had tea parties all over the country. there's no violence at any of them. i did a town hall last year. there was no violence. it was in a bar, for heaven's sake. people aren't acting crazy at tea parties. there are anywhere from 10,000 to 30,000 people going to converge on searchlight, tomorrow, harry's hometown. it's going to be peaceful and animated. people are ticked off but it's going to be a great event. don't you love democracy and action, ed? i know you do. >> i certainly do. it's interesting you mentioned past tea parties, because the climate of the country, since
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this health care bill has changed, has shifted. it's ticked up quite a bit. jack, your response. >> i completely agree. frankly, i think when you look at the contrast between what the tea baggers are doing versus harry reid, this is good for harry reid. average americans are looking at these people. the republican party is trying to figure out, how do you deal with these people? are they the base if they're the base, is it good for america or the republicans? i don't think so. >> heidi, fidel castro says it's -- i'll let you respond, heidi. i'll just say fidel castro. >> you know what, when people admire you who are as evil as fidel castro, what does that say about you? fidel castro is seeing us go more and more his direction. that's all he's saying. i wouldn't be impressed with that if i were obama. isn't that the goal everybody on the left has? universal health care, cradle to grave? we take care of everything for
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you? we'll just pat you on the head? take care of it for you. you ought to be thrilled about that. >> we should point out cuba has a longer life expect tan say than the united states. that really doesn't matter, does it, heidi? >> maybe it just seems longer, ed. it's really not longer. >> i do not agree with the way they run their government. i have been to havana, cuba, and done my radio show down there. they're the nicest people in the world. it's a very oppressive government. i will tell you what, they have their health care right and they don't gouge people and don't take it away the way we do in this country if they get sick. thought i'd throw that in. jack, is fidel castro baggage to the obama administration because he's come out and made this comment? >> oh, come on, is this all that the republicans have now? i mean, obviously they've become the party of no. they stand up for obstructionism and nothing else. you know what? you can't lead in this country or any other with nothing. i mean, you can't be about nothing. you have to be about something. the problem is the contrast between the right and the left is that democrats actually have
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something they're standing up for. the best republicans has is, oh, oh, you're kind of like castro. really? that's it? that's what you've got? please. come on. bring it on. >> give me a break. >> great to have you with us on the rapid fire tonight. enjoyed it so much. coming up, this should make beckster's head spin. college kids are starting to get actually a fair shake. health care reform is passed. and my next guest says the recession is over. that's in my "playbook" next.
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in my the "playbook," no doubt the last few years have been devastating on the middle class. great recession caused sky rocking unemployment, record
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home foreclosures and has state governments really hanging on by a thread trying to make budgets. however, it seems there may be light at the end of the tunnel. unemployment claims are high but falling. more companies are saying they're growing rather than shrinking and retail sales looking up. economist and professor for the university of maryland peter ma reesesy says this is the month that the recession will end. peter, great to have you with us tonight. >> nice to be with you. >> is this the month? how do we know the recession is going to be over? >> retail sales, gdp, industrial production have been rising. we've had that terrible jobs picture. this is the month. next week the labor department will report jobs for march. mark my words. we'll have a triple digit gain. it will be over 100,000. the consensus of economists is 190,000. my estimates a little low per. the rain is up. we'll optimistic this is the month. that doesn't mean we're out of the words and the fire is out.
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from here on out we're on an upward trajectory. >> does this mean the obama economic plan worked? >> it means the economy has natural resilience. economic plan helped. it could have helped more if the stimulus money gotten out more effectively. things are starting to happen. there were new things with e need to do. we need to help community banks so we can get cash out to those businesses that want to expand and that can expand. we have to do something about the trade deficit. president obama is starting to focus on that. you notice he's been talking about china more and more. that's good news. let's see if he does something with it now. >> the manipulation currency is going do be addressed in the month of april. there's a deadline coming up in dealing with it. one thing that i think needs to be pointed out is that we've only spent half the stimulus money. what do you make of this? what's the second half going to do to the economy if we're seeing positive signs? >> going to give us a little more help. we'll probably grow at about 3% this year and little bit better
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than that next year. the trend is around 3% which means it's going to be a long tough slog pulling unemployment down from 9.7% down below 6%. it's going to take three or four years. we're going to need additional stimulus of sorts. my recommendation would be we have to get rid of all this imported oil. we know how to make cars that use a lot less gasoline. let's do that. let's encourage americans to really -- let's have a real cash for clunkers program this time. also, we have a lot of domestic natural gas and oil. if we started to develop that, that would not only push out that imported oil, but it also would create demand for drilling products and put people to work here. those are good things we could do right away. that and the trade deficit with china, doing something about currency. the trajectory is up. it's good news. the recession is over. we've put a stake through the heart of the vampire, so to speak. >> well, for those who are unemployed, the 9-plus percent
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of americans who don't have a job and the numbers might be higher than that, does this mean maybe we'll get below 8% before next year or maybe early next year? >> early next year. not before next year. it's going to be tough getting down below 9%. this is going to be a rough road. the president has been very honest with us it's going to be a long, tough road. and there are other things to be done. he hasn't been polly annish about this. this is going to be a good week for democrats. have health care behind them. they'll sign the bill soon. they will have this good jobs number. it should give them momentum. they have to start thinking strategically about the medium term now. >> professor peter morici, university of maryland. at page in our "playbook" tonight. things just won't stop eating up for john edwards. the courthouse in north carolina where edwards' sex tape lawsuit was being heard was destroyed by a fire yesterday.
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hmm. there's no need to worry, folks. judge overseeing the case said evidence involving the case is safe in a vault away from the courthouse including the infamous tape. no one was hurt in the fire. the cause is still under investigation. final page in the "playbook." house speaker nancy pelosi turns 70 years young today. all she says she wants is a pool table. she got a birthday surprise after signing the fix it bill to the health care reform bill. and getting that done. she was presented a chocolate cake as the crowd sang happy birthday. also supporters of daily kos arranged for a flour bower bomb. they sent speaker pelosi more than 2,600 roses. happy birthday, speaker nancy pelosi. coming up, daily show creator lizz winstead will shoot a hole in eric cantor's
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welcome back to "the ed show." if it's friday it's time for "club ed" with lizz winstead, co-creator of "the daily show" and the brains behind "wake up world." which you can watch at www.wake-upworld.tv. sarah palin back on the campaign trail working for the maverick. what do you make of this? >> working for the maverick. the speech was this crazy hashed
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out two years ago thing, and it was kind of like what's all that dopey samey thing? how's that working out? not to mention she was dressed like she was part of a jesse james fantasy, with her leather and the whole thing. there was mccain staring at her in her leather. it was really uncomfortable. >> she's gone from the red leather to the dark leather. what's happening with that? >> she's a leather goddess. maybe that's what her new discovery show is going to be all about. sarah palin, leather. >> i'm amazed she just cannot stand up and say something. >> ed, what would you like -- she would have to learn something to say something. >> that's true. >> and if you're just going to learn sound bites then you're just going to keep hawking off the same ones you learned two years ago. she's not learning more sound bites. she uses the same old tired out. >> we have former presidents bill clinton and george w. bush, they're doing some good things down in haiti. i see that president bush, you

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