Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA)
Prof. Stephen Carter (Yale)
E.J. Dionne (Wash. Post)
Katty Kay (BBC)
David Brooks (NYT)
Gregory: Happy New Year Linds
Graham: you too Greggers
Gregory: will you work with the President to
grow the economy?
Graham: yes - if he does what we want
Graham: Obama caused a recession in 2008
Graham: we need certainty
Gregory: what does that mean?
Graham: “certainty” means “Republican policies”
Gregory: Did Fannie Mae cause the entire recession?
Graham: yes poor black people getting mortgages brought us the worst economy in 7 decades
Gregory: truly amazing
Graham: we must make home ownership harder
Gregory: Is telling people to have health care insurance unconstitutional?
Graham: states should opt out of their citizens having health care
Gregory: Obama and Harry Reid ate your lunch in the lame duck session
Graham: it’s terrible that we weren’t allowed to amend the bill to repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell to
keep Don’t Ask Don’t Tell
Gregory: what will the GOP do in 2011?
Graham: cut spending which will hopefully
prevent a recovery and hurt Obama
Gregory: what will the tea party do?
Graham: if we’re lucky cut social security and misspell major legislation
Gregory: will you raise the debt ceiling?
Graham: if we don’t do it will wreck America forever
Gregory: so will you vote for it?
Gregory: what do you want?
Graham: privatize social security
Gregory: that’s crazy
Graham: President Rand Paul says we must cut Medicare and print more gold coins
Gregory: I see
Graham: we will be Greece if we don’t means-test entitlements
Gregory: amazingly you think Obama can’t hammer out a deal
Gregory: but you have to admit he got a lot done
at the end of 2010
Graham: but those were liberal policies so that doesn’t count
Gregory: will you shut down the government down?
Graham: the American people want us to do two things: cut the deficit and also cut the debt
Gregory: anything else?
Graham: also cut spending
Gregory: Biden says we’re getting out of Afghanistan come hell or high water
Graham: he’s a cool dude
Gregory: what do you want?
Graham: I want a long term enduring relationship
Gregory: Ok but what about Afghan war?
Graham: we should leave in a responsible way
Gregory: how so?
Graham: by keeping several U.S. air bases there forever
Gregory: Do you think the Afghan people want us in their country permanently?
Graham: well Fluffy they are going to have earn the right to have American soldiers occupy their nation until the end of time
Graham: who do you want to run for President?
Graham: hopefully someone who is not crazy
Gregory: so not Sarah Palin?
Graham: in a nutshell
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Gregory: Obama had a good end to 2010 but the economy is still not strong enough
Brooks: We need to cut spending because
blah blah blah
Toomey: We should have free trade, lower
corporate taxes, and fewer environmental regulations on businesses
Dionne: If the GOP hates waste what about corporate welfare
Kay: America doesn’t want to face any real problems
Gregory: so sad
Kay: Tea Party politicians can either destroy America or disappoint their whacko supporters
Gregory: even Lindsay Graham is talking crazy on the debt ceiling - are you all fucking nuts?
Toomey: The debt is a big problem so I won’t vote for the debt ceiling until we cut corporate taxes
Dionne: the only people sacrificing are troops and poor people
Brooks: President Paul Ryan is finally willing to let poor people really suffer
Toomey: the people of Pennsylvania are willing to sacrifice their fictional earmarks
Gregory: but you guys are cutting taxes for the rich
Carter: let’s cut taxes for the rich but in exchange
tax more poor people
Kay: the America people want compromise and sacrifice - but they want other people to do all the compromising and sacrificing
Gregory: Let’s talk about what a failure Obama is
Dionne: he should propose popular things -
people seem to like that
Gregory: Who is going to be the GOP Presidential nominee?
Brooks: there are two camps - the Crazies and the Boring White Guys
Gregory: who will win?
Brooks: I still think the GOP is a Boring White Guy party
Toomey: If we don’t nominate a Crazy Person there will be a third party challenge
Gregory: could Palin carry Pennsylvania?
Toomey: well I’m an idiot and I won there
Gregory: good point
Gregory: Obama’s ambassador could win the
Brooks: Fluffy you are a moron’s moron
Kay: the next President will come from Facebook
Gregory: Haley Barbour was a racist but that was last week - now he’s a nice guy
Carter: there’s a Formless Anger out there
Gregory: a political Smoke Monster?
Carter: the winner in 2012 has to Ride the Anger
Gregory: Searing Populism!
Audience: new band names!
Brooks: people don’t Big Government or Small Government they want Effective Government
Toomey: no people want No Government
Kay: oh zip it Toomster
Gregory: What about Afghanistan?
Carter: why the hell are we even there?
Dionne: Democracies don’t like to get bogged down for ten years in a war in Afghanistan
Soviet Audience: is no picnic
Gregory: people like to have roads without mountains of snow
Kay: if you’re going to be a jerk like Chris Christie you had better be competent
Gregory: good point
Kay: Cory Booker was out there shoveling showing the old guys how it’s done
Brooks: why should New York City waste money on snow plows - just suck it up
Dionne: that’s really really stupid
Gregory: and that’s Meet The Press