Morning Joe ArchivesApril 18, 2013
Scarborough Blasts GOP Senators For Voting Against Gun Control: "This Party Is Moving Toward Extinction"
JOE SCARBOROUGH: You don't ignore -- you do not ignore 90% of the American people on an issue of public safety. You don't do it. They did it yesterday, and I've got to say, mark it down, this is going to be a turning point in the history of the Republican party as well. And let those out there chattering, let them chatter away all they want to and scream like hyenas. Let them do what they want to do. This party that killed this background check yesterday, this party is moving toward extinction. A new Republican party is going to replace it and this is going toe a vote people will look back on and say that party, that extremism that was unsustainable. (Morning Joe, April 18, 2013) Send to a Friend | PermalinkApril 15, 2013
Ben Smith Blames "The Right" For Conditions Of Gosnell Abortion Clinic
BEN SMITH, BUZZFEED: "There's certainly been a campaign on the right, to make it -- to in lieu of being able to actually ban abortions, just to make it incredibly difficult to get. And this is obviously the downside of that, right? That people wind up going outside the law. And actually though, I think the abortion rights movement, I mean, is not defending Gosnell here. Al though, somebody from the National Abortion Federation refused to certify his clinic and then didn't call the cops, which is pretty damning." Send to a Friend | Permalink
Scarborough Slams Obama's Tax Hypocrisy: "He Talks About Fairness?"
On Morning Joe this morning--Tax Day-- Joe Scarborough takes on Barack Obama's tax-rate hypocrisy. For someone who calls for "fairness" and demagogues small business owners, he still pays a tax rate of 18 percent. SCARBOROUGH: This guy, this guy talks about fairness? And he's paying 18 percent? He wants to jack tax rates up to 39 percent, and if you live in Connecticut or New York or Illinois or California, you're paying over 50 percent in taxes after you take the local, state, and federal. And Barack Obama, class warrior, is paying 18 percent in taxes... Send to a Friend | PermalinkApril 12, 2013
Carville On Obama Angering Liberal Base: "I Think He Likes That"
CARVILLE: I think he likes that. I don’t think he’s – it’s like look. He’s got a very favorable Washington Post editorial—he’ll love that. Morning Joe. Very favorable commentary right here. I guarantee you, if he’s up watching this right now. He’s got a good David Brooks column. He’s kinda excited this morning, people. It’s kind of important to him. All these guys, I’m really trying to do something. In his mind, the White House is not – they’re not totally out of bounds here. He says, if we do this, it’ll throw the Republicans off, we have put something out there, and this is, something that we would agree to anyway in a larger context. Understand: this president really wants a grand bargain. He gave away the store in August 2011. He wants that grand bargain, and they view this as the best negotiating strategy. A lot of people disagree, but that’s their view. He genuinely wants this. Send to a Friend | PermalinkApril 11, 2013
Feinstein: Goal Of Gun Control Legislation Is To "Dry Up The Supply Over Time"
SEN. DIANNE FEINSTEIN (D-CA): I think we are on a track. The question is to where. And it's not enough, I agree with that. What I’ve been surprised at, as the weapons grow more and more sophisticated over the time, and the kill power increases, and the availability of hundred round drums that can be fed into the weapons increases, that what you have is a situation. I've watched this over many years. These weapons are very attractive to people who want to remedy a grievance, who just want to kill. They're drawn to these weapons. And they’re not, these weapons aren't hunting weapons. I mean, do you need a thirty round clip and an AR-15 to hunt? I don't think so. So I don't understand, and I never have, why this nation is better, how we protect our people better with these weapons being so easily available. So, the bill that I have, which is close to the Connecticut bill just signed by the governor, really doesn't take a weapon away from anybody. If they sell that weapon, there's a background check. If they keep that weapon, it has to be kept with a trigger lock and in a safe. And it exempts 2,258 weapons in 96 pages of bill language by make and model. What it does do is dry up the supply over time. (Morning Joe, April 11, 2013) Send to a Friend | Permalink
Biden: Some Gun Owners "Like The Way It Feels... It's Like Driving A Ferrari"
VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN: "There is a whole new sort of group of individuals now who -- I don’t know what the numbers are, that never hunt at all. But they own guns for one of two reasons: self-protection or they just like the feel of that AR-15 at the range. They like the way it feels. They just -- you know, it's like driving a Ferrari, you know. So, my impression is there’s not the same sort of cultural norm about gun ownership with a lot of people who are buying guns now." Send to a Friend | Permalink
Scarborough To GOP Leaders: "Condemn" Greg Walden's Attack On Obama
Joe Scarborough says Republican leadership in the House must condemn NRCC chairman Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) for "attacking Obama from the left" and calling his budget a "shocking attack on seniors." -- SCARBOROUGH: I’m worried about long-term debt and I’m worried about my party being responsible. Bring up what makes me so angry, I don't know what to do with my myself. Oh my god, this is unbelievable CHUCK TODD: Talking about the great Walden comment. A member of the house leadership leadership. The guy in charge of trying to keep republicans in charge of the House, he was head of the NRCC and he attacked the president from the left. He was harsher than I think Bernie Sanders was. He was harder on the president than I’ve seen Robert Reich be. Walden said that the president’s budget was -- what was the exact quote about seniors? An affront against seniors, essentially saying the entire idea of the chained CPI, which changes the cost-of-living adjustments, which a whole bunch of other republicans support, including John Boehner, and including a whole bunch of senate republicans. He seemed to telegraph that they were going to run against the president. SCARBOROUGH: Let me just say now. Anybody, any republican, any democrat that runs against responsible rational solutions to take care of our long-term debt is selling out our children, is stealing from the next generation. Its generational theft and for republicans to do this is beyond shameless. They did it in 2010. And to tell the president -- we have been busting his chops for months, put it out there. Be responsible. The president has finally -- he just tips his toe in the water and Greg Walden comes swinging. This is shameless. I know Greg. I like Greg. But I’m just telling you, any republican -- you know what? I got to talk to Phil Griffin. I got to see if I can start a PAC and I can Bloomberg these republicans and democrats that demagogued this. This is pathetic. CHUCK TODD: It did expose a couple of things. You see how poorly this polls. They are looking at polls and you're driven by polls. The idea of changing social security is unpopular with liberal seniors, moderate seniors, conservative seniors. Nobody wants to mess with social security. It is unpopular. The republicans wanted the president to do this in part because they thought it would splinter his party and create a rift between him and some liberal democrats, but they supposedly said they want it for this. If republicans want to deal with the president, don't condemn this. Don’t condemn Walden publicly. You can't blame if the white house says, we're out. SCARBOROUGH: What did you say, Mika? if they do not is a Greg Walden is long and this is not the position of the House leadership and the NRCC officially, and that they are going to discourage their candidates from doing this, I say the president should walk away. It is shameful. I cannot condemn this enough. I’m going to be as tough on this issue as I’ve been on the president for not having the courage to talk about entitlements. Republicans, you better speak out gets this right now. Forget the politics. This is about the next generation. This is about generational theft and it is absolutely hypocritical. BRZEZINSKI: Your party needs to learn how to do that to one another once in a while just to keep it clean. We got to get to the new cover of Tim Magaizine and then the poll numbers. SCARBOROUGH: I’m sorry. You made me mad. It’s a big story. If you were a back bencher that would be one thing. He runs the NRCC. This is an issue. I know John Boehner. I know John Boehner needs to speak out on it and I hope he will. BRZEZINSKI: It shouldn't be hard. SCARBOROUGH: I’m sure Paul Ryan will speak out against this because this is so important to people like Paul. I hope Mark Sanford on the campaign trail will speak out against this. I think he's got the guts to do it to condemn the NRCC while taking their money to win this race. Mark, please condemn Greg Walden today and make news and show people your character as a public official. Come on, mark, do it today. Send to a Friend | Permalink
Sens. Toomey, Manchin Sell Background Check Bill On "Morning Joe"
Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) talk about their bipartisan proposal to expand background checks for commercial gun purchases. Manchin believes they have 60 votes and that the bill will keep guns “out of the hands of those who are not meant to have them.” The "Morning Joe" panel then joins the discussion. Send to a Friend | PermalinkApril 05, 2013