Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
Gov. Granholm (D-MI)
Dick Armey (Tea Party)
Rick Lazio (R-candidate for Gov)
Paul Gigot (Wall St. Journal)
Katty Kay (BBC)
Jeffrey Goldberg (Atlantic)
Gregory: should Muslims be allowed to have a community center near the world trade center?
McConnell: that’s a local issue but President Obama should never have spoken in support of
freedom of religion
Gregory: but what’s your opinion
McConnell: that’s up to New York City but I would hope they would take into consideration what
people in Kentucky think
Gregory: wasn’t Obama wrong support religious freedom?
McConnell: oh yes - it’s just a zoning issue therefore freedom doesn’t matter
Gregory: don’t play dumb Mitch - your entire party has attacked this mosque
McConnell: oh not at all - we’re very angry about debt and the Washington takeovers
Gregory: why do people think Obama is a Muslim?
McConnell: because Obama started a recession
Gregory: are you always this stupid?
Gregory: but why do people believe falsehoods?
McConnell: I have no idea - I get my information
from Fox news
Gregory: how do you pay for the tax cuts you want?
McConnell: it’s outrageous to raise taxes
in a recession
Gregory: so how will you pay for it?
McConnell: I don’t have to pay for it since it would be raising taxes not cutting them
Gregory: c’mon moron - we’re running a deficit
and you know it
McConnell: you don’t increase taxes in a recession and Obama has been President for 3 years
Gregory: with all due respect do you want to cut the debt or cut taxes
McConnell: you can’t raise taxes
Gregory: you’re not answering my question
McConnell: Obama has imposed paperwork!
Gregory: do you or do you not have a plan to pay
for one trillion in lost taxes
McConnell: no - we have to cut spending
Gregory: well that’s what I was asking about!
McConnell: Obama has a debt commission which I hope will recommend cutting medicare and medicaid
Gregory: why do you need a Democratic President’s commission to tell you what to cut?
McConnell: why should we discuss political issues between now and elections where the entire House of Representatives and much of the Senate are up for election??
Gregory: what about your election prospects?
McConnell: we’re offensive
Gregory: I noticed
Gregory: the Tea Party is awesome isn’t it
McConnell: I love the Tea Party and they discovered spending and debt after a black guy became President
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Gregory: Obama said religious freedom is unshakeable as long as local laws are followed which created a firestorm of controversy
Granholm: I heard that this is a peaceful sect so maybe we should let him have religious freedom
Granholm: I checked up on him and he seems like one of the good ones
Gregory: dick there are some good Muslims so maybe we should let them build it after all
Armey: Obama trashed the Constitution on health care which he means he’s whimsical!
Granholm: oh my god
Gregory: tea party candidates are against civil rights, the U.N., social security, income tax, and the 14th amendment
Armey: look they may be crazy but they all won
their GOP primary
Granholm: I’m not sure that electing lunatics is the best strategy to get us out of this serious recession
Gregory: what is?
Granholm: government smartly investing and working with business to develop jobs and infrastructure
Armey: or we could eliminate Medicare
Gregory: is the Tea Party going to take over the GOP?
Armey: Republicans need the courage to come against the Civil Rights Act
Granholm: I don’t think people want to get rid of Medicare
Armey: I don’t want to get rid of Medicare -
I just want to make it voluntary
Granholm: oh ok
Armey: shouldn’t Christian Scientists be allowed to opt-out of social programs?
Armey: that’s whimsical!
Gregory: should we really raise taxes on the rich?
Armey: the U.S. Government is Porky Pig!
Granholm: yes we should build this economy on the backs of the richest 2 percent
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Gregory: ok let's talk about the incredible controversy everyone is concerned about over building in lower Manhattan
Audience: St. Vincent's hospital?
Gregory: No no the really big story over the foreign invasion that everyone in New York City is freaking out about
Audience: oh of course - bedbugs
Gregory: no no I mean the 9/11 Ground Zero Mosque
Audience: oh that silly bullshit
Gregory: rick you were humiliated by Hillary Clinton and have no credibility - tell us why you hate the mosque
Lazio: this imam said the U.S. created Osama bin Laden and I’m not saying we should have a cap on all mosques and all I’m saying this mosque should be banned
Goldberg: that’s crazy - this imam once said ‘i’m a Jew’ which is very brave since bacon is delicious
Gregory: Karen Hughes who has no credibility says if we have freedom for religion the terrorists will celebrate it as a victory over freedom
Gigot: it doesn’t matter who is right - they are not uniting people therefore they are wrong
Gregory: but who’s fault it that?
Gigot: their fault for being too muslim-y
Gregory: Newt Gingrich says all Muslims are Nazis
Kay: dudes you are making America look insane
Lazio: we know that Muslims are patriots and they can have freedom - just not in New York City
Goldberg: worldwide Islam is complex and painting them with a broad brush sends a very bad message
Gigot: look we’re not saying people can’t build mosques all over the world-
Gregory: mighty white of you
Gigot: just not at this holy Christian site which is sanctified by porn shops and a skyscraper
Gregory: look we all want freedom just not near where so many white people died
Kay: Fluffy I heard you were a moron
Lazio: this mosque might have ties to Iran!
Gregory: Jeff you say Israel is planning to bomb Iran
Goldberg: Obama is being prudent and has given Iran a way out while imposing sanctions - but Iran is close and Israel is ready to strike
Gregory: look our are troops leaving Iraq - too bad
gosh it was such a fun war
Gregory: let me quote a right wing editorial wall street journal that we won in Iraq - USA! USA! USA!
Gigot: we gave them a Republic - aren’t we wonderful?
Gregory: we are true heroes
Gigot: hopefully Iraq can serve our purposes
Gregory: I loved that war - rick can we go back?
Lazio: absolutely - but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t start other new, fun wars
Gregory: I like it
Lazio: we left this epic disaster with honor
Kay: while Gigot does the touchdown end zone dance it’s worth remembering that this was a war based on lies costing billions and thousands of lives and was almost a total failure
Gregory: sure but other than that it was great