Gregory: Axel did you win or sell out all your principles for a terrible health bill?
Axelrod: we’re going to help a few people without insurance and reduce the deficit by a trillion dollars
Gregory: please say “mission accomplished”
so I can make fun of you for it
Axelrod: look I know liberals are mad but Paul Krugman supports it and it will end all preexisting conditions
Gregory: will any part of the House bill survive?
Axelrod: maybe the first “whereas”
Gregory: why the fuck do we need 60 votes to
pass laws in the Senate?
Axelrod: it’s time-honored abject stupidity
Gregory: we asked some Poles and they don’t understand this bill at all
Axelrod: when you tell people what we pretend
is in the bill then people love it
Gregory: it’s so sad that Republicans once supported Medicare but now Obama can’t
get any get GOP votes - doesn’t that prove that Obama is a total failure?
Axelrod: I heard you were a moron Fluffy -
but you’re an obtuse hack too
Gregory: [ fluffs hair ] um what
Axelrod: hey idiot - the GOP has become an obstructionist party of total assholes
Gregory: yeah but they’re rich and so funny
Axelrod: can I talk to Luke Russsert - at least
he’s adorably stupid
Gregory: Howard Dean says this bill sucks
Axelrod: well we says it does good and I’d like
to see him get a better bill enacted
Gregory: Obama promised that Ben Nelson
and Joe Lieberman would support a public option
Axelrod: that’s ridiculous - this a good bill and
that’s the important thing
Gregory: but you betrayed liberals
Axelrod: no we didn’t - we worked in the legislative process available to us
Gregory: but this is a compromise!
Axelrod: oh noes!
Gregory: Obama didn’t fight for a public option!
Axelrod: yes he did - but this is how the system works
Gregory: will the bill bring overall health costs
down or not?
Axelrod: it will reduce the deficits and reduce premiums
Gregory: but a CAT scan is still expensive!
Axelrod: I’d like to scan your brain someday
Gregory: don’t bother you won’t find anything
Gregory: have you killed the Democrats’ chances
Axelrod: The President doesn’t worry about polls - he’s trying to help the nation long-term
Gregory: but if the Democrats lose seats in 2010
that will prove Americans don’t need health care
Axelrod: even though President always lose seats
in the first Congressional election
[ break ]
Gregory: What's up Doc
Dean: it's snowing and you're a dancing fool
Gregory: Howard is the health care bill horrible
Dean: it’s been improved since I hated on it but
it still isn’t perfect
Gregory: so should it be supported or not?
Dean: the problem is the whole thing revolves around for-profit insurance companies
Gregory: I am going to challenge you by citing criticisms of Obama
Dean: there was an unseemly scramble for votes
Gregory: don’t you need votes for pass laws?
Gregory: you are not in office - so you will your
fake vote not go to this bill?
Gregory: do you expect the White House to put
in a public option or not
Dean: no - Obama is not a fighter like me
Gregory: so without a public option you would
Dean: a 30 year fight with insurance companies
is a bad thing
Gregory: and killing the bill would prevent that
Gregory: Vicki Kennedy says we can’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good
Dean: yeah but I am in favor of getting the bill right
Gregory: I see
Gregory: John McCain says you are right
and we should let the Republicans write this bill
Dean: I hate Republicans and they are fucking evil
Gregory: so I hear you saying you are leaving
the Democratic party
Dean: Calm down Fluffy - you stupid fuck
Gregory: Is this internal fight going to ruin the Democratic party?
Dean: I know that’s your dream but if I were that room I’d answer you by punching you in the face
Gregory: ha ha
Dean: I’m not kidding
Gregory: so what went wrong
Dean: it’s a damn shame that a few asshole Senators can hold up legislation
Gregory: take your snow and leave Doc
Dean: fuck you
[ break ]
Gregory: Markos I love you on “Two and Half Men”
Moulitsas: I’m not on that show
Gregory: what? who are you then?
Moulitsas: I have a blog called the Daily Kos
Gregory: alright Kos is this health care bill a horrible compromise?
Moulitsas: no it only reinforces the existing system and if deductibles are too high poor people are screwed
Scarborough: ha ha insurance stocks are higher
Gregory: Tavis Obama didn’t fight for the public option and this isn’t reform!
Smiley: sadly I am your third guest to agree that Obama didn’t fulfill his promises and he didn’t
crush the insurance lobby
Gillespie: sadly I must agree that this bill is an unmitigated disaster because this will help people get free medical care which will only encourage
poor lazy people to get sick
Scarborough: ha ha this bill will elect Republicans ha ha
Gregory: Obama says this bill takes on the insurance companies
Moulitsas: well sure but we need to crush the insurers - they are evil
Gregory: Kos isn’t passing federal legislation a little more difficult that idealistic liberals think?
Moulitsas: true but insurers spend millions on lobbying and the GOP can’t be reasoned with
Gregory: ok then
Smiley: You need to stand on principle! Screw gradualism or incrementalism! Ain’t gonna
get it done!
Gregory: Ed how do answer the charge that Obama is unpopular?!!?
Gillespie: he’s a socialist!
Gregory: but people hate the GOP too
Gillespie: no I took a poll that said people age 90
and over support the GOP
Gregory: Joe Scar how do answer the charge that people hate liberals?
Scarborough: it’s all these distractions like health care and wars and winning the Nobel prize -
we need jobs! Obama needs to be in Cleveland
Moulitsas: Obama’s polls are down because he’s
not liberal enough!
Gillespie: no Obama’s radically partisan and not Republican enough!
Moulitsas: this nation hates Republicans
Gillespie: we’ll see about that Daily
Moulitsas: my name is Markos
Smiley: You have to stand on principle! Keep your eye on the ball! Jobs jobs jobs!
Gregory: Joe Obama is a total failure - Scar how does he turn it around
Scarborough: he needs to reach out to Republicans and crush the teachers unions and tell Henry Waxman to fuck off
Gregory: that makes perfect sense if you are ingesting large amounts of mind altering drugs
Scarborough: ha [ sniffs glue ]
Scarborough: ha ha when has he reached out to Republicans like the U.S. Constitution requires??
Moulitsas: the base is disenchanted - but the way
to get bloggers really excited bloggers is regulatory reform
Gregory: you’re a nerd
Moulitsas: blog power!