December 5, 2010
Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
Sen. John F. Kerry (D-MA)
Gregory: should we cut taxes for the rich?
McConnell: of course we should
Gregory: Harry Reid says if cutting on the wealthy worked they would have fucking worked
McConnell: this would hit only small businesses
Gregory: they been in place since 2001!
McConnell: yes we would have had a bad economy without those cuts!
Gregory: that’s stupid
McConnell: I don’t care - a minority of the Senate has spoken!
Gregory: what about START treaty?
McConnell: never heard of it
Gregory: do you like the debt commission’s crazy recommendations?
McConnell: I love them - the debt is like the cast of the Jersey Shore
Gregory: how so
McConnell: both became hot when Obama became President and by January no one will care again
Gregory: are you made about WikiLeaks?
McConnell: he’s a high tech terrorist!
Gregory: Isn’t Obama incompetent for letting a Private get this information?
McConnell: I’m a GOP leader and even I think that’s a stupid question
Gregory: how terrible is Obama?
McConnell: the American people want us put Obama in headlock
Gregory: will you work with him?
McConnell: sure - we can approve the Korea trade treaty
Gregory: he was roundly criticized for leaving Korea without a deal
McConnell: that’s because the media is full of right-wing whores - thank god
Gregory: is he tougher than his opponents think?
McConnell: was he mean to you Fluffy?
Gregory: what about repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell?
McConnell: I can’t support it because of abortion in military hospitals
Gregory: [ facepalm ]
Gregory: what’s up John?
Kerry: Republicans want to cut unemployment insurance so they can give $100,000 to very rich people
Gregory: but rich people are very uncertain about how rich they will be
Kerry: the GOP is morally bankrupt and reckless
Gregory: but they’re so handsome and responsible
Kerry: the Chinese are making solar panels and we lead the world in per capita dancing with stars
Gregory: so why is Obama going to cave to the Republicans?
Kerry: he’s not!
Gregory: that’s not what I heard!
Kerry: Mitch McConnell is a prick
Gregory: Obama does nothing to make Republicans squirm
Kerry: not true - every morning he’s black
Gregory: good point
Kerry: Fluffy Obama rescued Wall Street and got no credit
Gregory: how does that make the GOP unhappy?
Kerry: I’m trying to focus the American people - listen up - the GOP is holding unemployment hostage to give your money away to rich people!
Gregory: you make that sound bad
Kerry: the Democrats comprised over and over and over - and this is our Sputnik moment except we’re East Germany
Gregory: Bob Gates say there’s been an overreaction to WikiLeaks
Kerry: Social Security numbers were exposed!
Gregory: oh my
Kerry: the truth of our diplomatic gossip can be very embarrassing
Gregory: How do you ask a man to be the last man or woman to die in Afghanistan?
Kerry: Afghanistan is not Vietnam - for example Afghanistan has treacherous mountains and it never rains
Gregory: how else?
Kerry: no good movies have been about Afghanistan
Gregory: that’s true
Kerry: we’re going to win in 2014!
Gregory: why does America have a sad Brooksie?
Brooks: the good news is we’re not Chinese - the bad news is we’re not the Chinese
Murphy: the Republicans will give on the START treaty which they support in exchange for tax cuts which they also support
Gregory: we’re not adding jobs but we’re panicking about the debt
Kay: we’ve reached Peak America
Gregory: I see
Kay: but things are worse in Europe because they peaked years ago
Friedman: we’re in flat world which means we need more immigrants, roads, bridges, and education
Gregory: you’re crushing my world
Friedman: people want a human-animal hybrid politics
Gregory: the liberal base is very angry
Murphy: he’s got to dump progressives and stop governing as such a crazy lefty
Gregory: what else?
Murphy: cut social security and medicare
Kay: Americans have a messianic sense of entitlement
Brooks: Paul Ryan is a very serious and inspiring loon
Gregory: I see
Brooks: McConnell made news today when he said he was willing to sit down - that’s a huge giveaway!
Friedman: I like things which are Big and Hard
Kay: the American people don’t feel the deficit is a problem just because interest rates are low which is sad
Gregory: Obama’s approval is not that bad compared to Reagan or Clinton
Brooks: yes but the economy is worse and liberals are wringing their hands over Obama’s weakness
Murphy: Democrats are silly to worry about taxes on the rich
Gregory: what did we learn from the WikiLeaks?
Friedman: the U.S. is giant money-laundering operation
Friedman: also we are addicted to oil and credit
Brooks: American attacked us in Korea in 1952!
Kay: the leaks show America is not as powerful as it was after World War II
Murphy: Julian Assange committed an act of treason!
Gregory: how so?
Murphy: he never puts shrimp on the barbie!
Gregory: Joe Scarborough says the GOP should man up and say mean things about Sarah Palin
Murphy: She’s a total disaster - but she can win the GOP Iowa caucus
Gregory: what up about Afghanistan?
Friedman: those wily middle easterners are only in it for the money
Gregory: ooh I hate that Tom - and that’s Meet The Press