Meet The Press – May 18, 2014
Carolyn Ryan (NYT)
Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL)
Gregory: is Hillary Clinton running
Mitchell: Karl Rove tried to scare
Hillary Clinton from running by
saying she has brain damage
Gregory: I love how dirty politics can be
Mitchell: Team Clinton pushed back hard
Gregory: I love it!
Mitchell: but they still have
Benghazi and Boko Haram
Gregory: boko the clown?
Mitchell: Rove is the king of whispers
Gregory: he's the Lord Varys of Washington
Schmidt: this is a legitimate issue
Mitchell: Clinton is getting curveballs!
Gregory: did Karl Rove go to far?
Priebus: hey in 2008 people said
John McCain was too crazy to be President
Gregory: well that's certainly been disproved
Priebus: Hillary Clinton is responsible
for Boko Haram
Gregory: this isn't about who won Eurovision
Priebus: it about how Hillary is
a lesbian who killed her lover Vince Foster
Gregory: was it okay for Rove
to suggest she has brain damage?
Priebus: she's very old!
Gregory: but does she have brain trauma?
Priebus: I'm not a doctor
Gregory: what exactly are you?
Priebus: I'm a bitch I'm a lover
Gregory: the right wants to blame
Clinton for everything in the world
– are you trying to stop her from running?
Priebus: girls were kidnapped in Nigeria!
Gregory: are you suggesting Clinton
tried to cover up Benghazi?
Priebus: of course – she doesn't
care that people died
Gregory: do you think she'll run?
Priebus: she won't run because
we are talking about her now
Gregory: do you fear her?
Priebus: no – she was responsible
for Hillarycare and the finale of 'Lost'
Gregory: thanks for coming Reince
[ break ]
Gregory: welcome Claire –
should Karl Rove apologize to Clinton?
McCaskill: he should apologize
to people he took $100 million
from and promptly lost every race
Gregory: both sides do it – Harry Reid
called the Koch brothers un-American
McCaskill: well they are trying
to buy American elections
Gregory: shouldn't Hillary Clinton
be more transparent about her brain injury?
McCaskill: don't be an idiot Fluffy
Gregory: you endorsed Obama in
2008 but now you endorse
Hillary Clinton – why the flip flop?
McCaskill: Obama can't run again David
Gregory: don't dodge the question with facts
McCaskill: 2016 is Hillary's time!
Gregory: do you think she will
be scared off from running?
McCaskill: yes she will be afraid
of smears because she's not used to that
Ellis: Jill Abramson was fired
from the New York Times because
she pissed too many people off and
maybe because she wanted to be paid equally
Ellis: are assertive women treated differently?
Gregory: ladies what about sexism?
Shriver: this is a teachable moment -
sexism is like global warming –
you see obvious evidence of it
everywhere which means conservatives
deny its existence
Gregory: what else
Shriver: women are judged differently
– men are 'strong' and women are 'bitchy'
Gregory: is America ready
for assertive women?
Ryan: I worry about Abramson
being caricatured as a victim
Gregory: the New York Times says
she was rude and they're never wrong
Fiorina: of course she was treated differently
– the press release trashed her
Ryan: well they know her best
Fiorina: they totally disrespected her
Gregory: how can we make this
conversation about me and my daughter
Fiorina: be quiet Fluffy
Shriver: we need to close the pay gap
Gregory: what advice should I
give my daughter to succeed in journalism
Shriver: at cocktail parties eat the
shrimp and avoid the weenies
Gregory: are things changing?
Fiorina: things are getting better
but women are the most
subjugated people on the planet
Gregory: I think I follow
Fiorina: also it's all liberals fault for
saying there's a war on women –
that is not respectful to women
who have the same concerns as men
Gregory: got it
Fiorina: but the liberal New York Times
is waging a war on women
[ break ]
Gregory: quick Todd say something masculine
Todd: OMG next week is Super Tuesday
– there will be elections all across the nation!
Reporter: Mitch McConnell is challenged
by a tea party but it seems like
across the country tea party is flailing
Todd: what happened to that
scrappy bunch of psychos
Reporter: the Democrats and Republicans have many formidable women
Todd: wait until 2020 or as it write it 20XX
Reporter: it's dynasty time –
Carter, Nunn, Grimes, Pryor!
Todd: I love it!
[ break ]
Gregory: this week we sent poor
Kevin Tibbles all the way to Kentucky
to see regular human beings and
apparently he drank the whole time
Tibbles: greetings regular person
- you've been making bourbon
here since 1780
Whiskey maker: yes and we're
almost finished with the first batch
Tibbles: let me try some of your whiskey
Whiskey maker: government red tape is annoying
Tibbles: just give me another shot dammit
Whiskey maker: dang government bickering
could be solved over a bourbon
Tibbles: I'll drink to that
Tibbles: this horse farmer doesn't like Obamacare
Horse farmer: we're losing our freedoms!
Tibbles: people here don't like
Obamacare but they love the state
version of Obamacare
which is Obamacare
Regular human: we need to
do right by the country
Tibbles: you said it pardner!
[ break ]
Gregory: doctor what will
decide the 2014 elections?
Carson: the 2014 elections will
determine the future of America forever
Gregory: like every election
Carson: this is election will decide
if we are to be a great nation
Gregory: Obama has weakened America!
Todd: the public has given up on Washington
Lincoln: Washington is a wretched
hive of scum and villainy
Gregory: most of the best
pundits can be found there
Lincoln: people are looking for results!
Gregory: what about Hillary Clinton!
Ryan: Obama is weak and
weakened by Hillary Clinton
Todd: Clinton is sandbagging Obama!
Gregory: Ben Carson you said Obamacare
is just like slavery and is not about
health care it's about controlling the people
Carson: I never said it is slavery
Gregory: yes you did
Carson: yes it is slavery because
it's your health in the hands of bureaucrats
Gregory: 12 years obamacare
Carson: it's totally marxist
Gregory: of course it is
Carson: I also believe in health care for all
Gregory: Blanche you voted for
this slavery-maxist pact
Lincoln: I do not regret my vote
for Obamacare – in Arkansas 200,000
people have health care in the private market
Gregory: is Hillary Clinton beatable?
Carson: of course she is
Gregory: come one – bash Hillary for me
Carson: she's seems intelligent
Gregory: will you run for President?
Carson: people are pressuring me to run
Gregory: I can see why
Carson: it's not brain surgery
Gregory: that's a yes isn't it?
Carson: of course – why else would I be here?
Gregory: why are any of us here?
Carson: I don't know Fluffy
[ break ]
Miklaszewski: 40 veterans have
died waiting for treatment
Shinseki: I think I get it now
Miklaszewski: Shinseki faced
withering questions by the Senate
Miklaszewski: did you fail veterans?
Shinseki: I hope not
Gregory: what the hell is wrong at the VA?
Kinzinger: the VA has had a backlog
for years and I have actually defended
Shinseki since 2010 but this
is worse than a backlog
Gregory: people have lied and covered up
Kinzinger: Shinseki is a great American
but the VA needs some new leadership
Miklaszewski: Shinseki was a great 4 star
general but we need a General Patton
Gregory: interesting point
Miklaszewski: but it's not about leadership
– the VA needs a lot more money
Moore: this is heartbreaking – young men
and women volunteered to fight for
the nation and now we make them
wait for care – they didn't make
us wait to fight our many wars
Gregory: should we get rid of the VA?
Kinzinger: not necessarily but why
not just have people visit their
local doctor and bill the VA?
Moore: we want this problem solved
not in years or months but in weeks
Gregory: oh yes I'm sure that will happen
Moore: one can hope
Gregory: good discussion guys
[ break ]
Gregory: now Pete Williams distinguished
journalist will read questions to
Glen Greenwald submitted from
people on Facebook and Twitter
because why the hell not
Williams: Hi Glen Greenwald –
are you ready for tough questions
from the social media?
Greenwald: I am Brian
Williams: one person wants to know
how much are activists and humanitarians
and outspoken types targeted
by the government?
Greenwald: the government
reads the sex chats of radicals
Williams: that sounds terribly exciting
Greenwald: radicals do it disruptively
Williams: another online question says
Ed Snowden ran away like a coward
unlike Daniel Ellsberg
Greenwald: but even Ellserg himself said
Snowden was right to flee the country
because if Snowden were arrested
he would be denied to right to bail
Williams: because he fled the country
Greenwald: read my book Brian!
Williams: another persons asks if Snowden
is a traitor and another says he left
us a sitting duck to our enemies
Greenwald: heroes are always called
traitors therefore being called a calling
a traitor is a badge of honor and
proves we are doing our jobs
Williams: the government say because of his disclosures on how they track terrorists the terrorists changed their methods
Greenwald: the people who track terrorists
always say that – I hope people
make them prove terrorists
changed their methods
Williams: a fan writes to ask how can we fight the abuse?
Greenwald: there has been an inspiring
bipartisan coalition to fight government
surveillance since Obama was reelected!
[ break ]
Gregory: people live-tweeting the
show are laughing at Reince Priebus
Todd: their best chance to win in 2016
is to stop Hillary Clinton from running
Gregory: the only winning move is not to play
Todd: if Hillary Clinton does run white
women will turn out in droves to vote for her
Gregory: that we would be a sight to see
Todd: it's going to be an epic GOP beatdown
Gregory: some of my best
friends are white women
Todd: they're everywhere these days
Gregory: oh by the way
remember how we weren't
on last week so the network
could show British soccer?
Todd: of course
Gregory: we won't be on again next
week either for Formula One car racing
because apparently NBC thinks I'm less
popular than the mind-numbing wasteful
hobbies of decayed foreign empires
Todd: [ sigh ]
Gregory: and that's another