John Brennan - White House counterterrorism advisor
Gov. Haley Barbour (R-MS)
Tim Kaine - DNC Chair
Gregory: are there explosive packages still
out there and should this affect my trick or treating?
Gregory: so I should be very frightened?
Brennan: at all times
Gregory: Is the same group behind the
Christmas Day plot to drop wrapped packages
down our chimneys?
Brennan: yes and they targeted synagogues
so they covered their bases
Gregory: were they tying to exploit the fact there
are no passengers on cargo planes which could be very threatening?
Gregory: that sounds terrifying
Brennan: it is
Gregory: but there’s a huge loophole because
cargo isn’t screened!
Brennan: yes terrorists may just start mailing bombs marked “you may already be a winner”
Gregory: I love those
Brennan: who wouldn’t open one of those?
Gregory: is Al-Qaeda evolving?
Brennan: yes like primates into humans
[ break ]
Gregory: Gov. Barbour what is this election about?
Barbour: it’s about excessive spending
Gregory: it’s a repudiation of Republicans?
Barbour: no no - see after 30 years of doing the opposite the GOP is now against spending and debt and deficits
Gregory: oh I see
Kaine: look we cut the deficit and they said their only goal is to make Obama a one-term President
Barbour: this is biggest lurch to the left since FDR and people hate that guy
Gregory: give me your prediction
Gregory: you said politicians will run on
healthcare and none of them are
Kaine: that’s a lie
Gregory: maybe but it’s a good story
Kaine: you sure seem to love it
Gregory: most Dems are not running on health care reform
Kaine: that’s just not true
Barbour: oh lawdy oh mah stars
Gregory: Gov. Barbour I love your ideas but can
you really keep your promises to cut medicare and spending?
Barbour: anyone can cut $100 billion
Gregory: so why don’t you say how you will do it?
Barbour: aww hawgwash
Gregory: can you really please repeal health care reform?
Barbour: we’ll try Flaffy
Gregory: can there be bipartisanship?
Kaine: we’re going to force the GOP to cut
Barbour: skyrockin debt!
Kaine: we saved the auto industry
Barbour: who is the left of Obama I mean who
spent more than him??
Kaine: Nixon Ford Reagan Bush and Bush
Barbour: well except for them
[ break ]
Gregory: can the GOP take the Senate?
Todd: Nevada is fascinating because you have a milquetoast senate majority leader up against an utter lunatic
Gregory: that’s very interesting
Todd: in the House Democrats are playing
an away game
[ break ]
Gregory: so roundtable what do voters want?
Brokaw: my keen insight says people are mad and believe everything they see on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube
Cook: this is a Parliament election
Cook: the GOP is going to explode!
Gregory: people are very angry but then again we have a very controversial rally for sanity
Norris: those horrible progressives should have been out canvassing instead of attending a rally
Gregory: indeed they should shower and get a job and knock on doors
Norris: voters are very pragmatic and want something done so will vote for a person who
wants to bring a chicken to the doctor
Halperin: the rally for sanity was the Angry Left like the Beck rally was the Angry Right
Todd: the next 2 years will be a war of the White House vs. the House of Representatives
Gregory: ooh cool
Todd: we don’t know how crazy the House will be - Batshit Insane or merely Totally Psycho
Cook: by ten p.m. election night returns should tell us the results of the election
Gregory: truly you have amazing insight
Gregory: Mark Halperin you say Obama is a compromising moderate who is too far left
Brokaw: Obama does the right things but he is an emotionless Vulcan
Halperin: Obama doesn’t fight for the
Norris: he hasn’t made the case for his own Presidency
Gregory: I don’t care what the truth is and I have studied this and precious few Democrats are running with the President
Brokaw: I was on the Internet and the President
is very unpopular
Gregory: that walrus doing exercises is a clear repudiation of Obamacare
Gregory: wow that race is Florida is crazy and it’s bad for Democrats there!
Norris: forget that - it will crush Democrats
across the nation!
Gregory: the bloggersphere is angry!
Cook: that’s silly
Gregory: what is the GOP planning?
Brokaw: the tea party wants to repeal health care, social security drug benefits and the law of gravity
Gregory: what will Obama do?
Halperin: he’s got to stop being so passive where he justs sit back and enacts stimulus, health care reform, financial reform - he’s go to do something!
Gregory: he’s so lazy - people hate him!
Todd: there is going to be a big budget fight in 2011!
Gregory: wow that sounds like much fun
Todd: the tea party will offer a chance for Obama to create a rift in the GOP
Brokaw: they are an odd bunch
Gregory: people want politicians to work together
Halperin: that’s not the tea party’s m.o.
Gregory: what about the war?
Brokaw: which one?
Brokaw: the war against Islamic Rage
Gregory: ooh that’s a fun one too
Brokaw: we should talk about how a small number
of troops are doing all the fighting
Audience: should we have had the conversation
Cook: everyone assumed Obama would be weak on defense but it turns out he’s soft on jobs
Todd: the tea party are isolationists so we might as well pull out of Afghanistan
Cook: the GOP is going to have an unearned win this election because there are no jobs
Todd: Feingold losing would hurt Obama in 2012
Brokaw: Reagan’s approval ratings were worse than Obama’s after 2 years
Gregory: Dutch?? [ sobs ]
Special Halloween Episode - 2009