A slower show than last night. Fewer topics, more detail. Maybe Anderson read my note at the beginning of yesterday’s post.
Raw Politics – Candy Crowley
All emotion – No action? The main idea here is that there we’re getting so mired in talk of racism that we’ve forgotten to discuss healthcare. John Legend spoke about this last night quite eloquently.
Nancy Pelosi was asked about how she perceived the current political atmosphere. She answered, “I have concerns about some of the language that has been used…I saw this kind of rhetoric in the 70’s in San Francisco. It created a climate in which violence took place.” She was comparing the murders of George Moscone and Harvey Milk (go see Milk if you haven’t) to the current anti-Obama rhetoric. To be honest, this seemed like Pelosi struggling to be relevant. While one can compare homophobia to racism at a very basic level, I think one could argue that the scope of one and the invisibility of the other renders the two incomparable. It’s something like white people trying to say they understand racism because they once walked into a store filled with black people.
Rep. John Boehner (R) Ohio: “I reject this resoundly.” Big surprise.
Following a replay of Nancy Pelosi, Robert Gibbs, and Joe Biden were both briefly displyed on screen. As previously mentioned, Nancy just tried to stay relevant. Gibbs said that President Obama is not buying the notion that racism is fueling the opposition to his plan. Joe Biden, from Iraq, concurred.
You know, since Carter invoked racism, everyone has jumped into this ring and left the healthcare debate unmanned. Everybody is now so filled with rhetoric and supplied talking points from politicized media outlets that there is no conversation left, just a great deal of shouting.
360 Interview – Rep. Barney Frank (D) Mass
Barney Frank is fantastic. I have to admit that I haven’t had the pleasure of hearing him on TV much. He seems to me like a combination of Benjamin Franklin and Winston Churchill. When asked whether he agreed with Pelosi, he astutely pointed out that those murders were committed by ONE person and not a group of people. They weren’t due to generalized homophobia, but a specifc grievance. Frank continued to say that the House is becoming more partisan and the Senate less. He blamed the polariziation of the country on Newt Gingrich, who supposedly thought it necessary to really demonize the Democrats in order to assure Republican victory. Furthermore, the American public no longer receives its news from centrist source. Rather, we have politically polarized media outlets (at this poitn Frank nodded politely at Anderson and said that CNN was more in the middle).
Just to get a taste of Rep. Frank, here’s a clip from later in the show of Frank’s exchange with a constituent. You’re a table!
War of Words: Is heated talk preventing progress.
Tonight’s Digging Deeper was not about politics, not about racism, but about the impact of racism on politics. Barney Frank and Mike Rogers were the major talkers, but David Gergen and Deepak Chopra made some notable contributions. Deepak Chopra, really?
The panelists from Digging Deeper. What's up with Barney Frank?
Rep Mike Rogers (R) Michigan: Pelosi is blowing it out of proportion.
AC asked David Gergen if the current torrent of negativity towards the president is just the typical game of dissidents demonizing presidents. Gergen referenced the cartoons that were drawn about Abraham Lincoln and drew attention to the end of that presidency.
Deepak Chopra spoke in his sleep-inducing montotone voice about the tyranny doctors. He called Obama’s healthcare a “plan for social justice.” After a few minutes of smooth talking, he ended with, “I think that Obama’s plan is really a good one.”
Barney Frank and Mike Rogers got into it here at the end of the discussion. Frank said that the Republican party was at first happy to have the teabaggers in their fold because they didn’t have anything better to put on the table. Once they developed some rational arguments, they tried to distance themselves from the bus-riding beverage wasters.
Nope. No racism here.
Rogers countered by asking Frank why he didn’t censure the Code Pink demonstrators who spoke out against former President Bush. Frank immediately jumped in and called Rogers out for “partisan diversion.”
Bulletin – Erica Hill
Obama changing plans on the missile defense shield in CENTRAL and eastern Europe, though they forgot the central and only said eastern.
Terror suspect killed in Indonesia
House voted to deny funding to ACORN. Pimps and prostitutes no longer allowed in government buildings.
Raptorex discovered. A baby T-Rex. I want one as a pet.
Crime and Punishment
Raymond Clark has finally been arrested. He got upraded from being a mere person of interest. Annie Le (now described as a brilliant student). Clark was asked if he understood his rights. Clark’s response, “Yes, sir.”
Some old classmates talking about how fun-loving and athletic Clark was. Apparently, Clark was accused years ago of forcing his girlfriend to have sex with him. One of the former classmates chalked it up to relationship problems.
Tom Foreman reported that Clark took the fifth and that he was taken into custody in order to to get a DNA sample.
Panel Discussion: Lisa Bloom and Rhonda Saunders
Lisa Bloom and Rhonda Saunders teamed up to discuss Clark’s possible motive. Saunders, a criminal psychologist, was intent on framing this as a workplace incident. Bloom, on the other hand, was sure that this goes beyond a small dose of violence and was a premeditated attack. She said that she thought that Yale was just trying to cover up the fact that there was a killer on their campus. Furthermore, Clark was in the Asian Awareness club in high school, so that might point to an Asian fixation.
A lawyer and a psychologist
Border Crossing Pork Payout
Keeping Them Honest – Drew Griffin
Drew Griffin reported from Montana, where two remote border posts are due to receive $15 million in upgrades. Combined, the posts see about 22 cars each day. Senators Baucus and Tester from Montana both said that the upgrades were crucial for security purposes. A lisping representative from DHS chimed in his approval.
Just to let you know what they’re dealing with out there:
On the road in Montana
Janet Napolitano has put the upgrades on hold. Due to media coverage and a senator from North Dakota wrote a letter.
Medical Malpractice – Gary Tuchman
Dr. Lester Dyke, a heart surgeon in McAllen, blames other doctors for the increase in medical costs, not malpractice insurance. He is aware that by speaking out he is committing professional suicide. Referrals are already way down.
McAllen is in one of the poorest counties in America, but health care costs are among the highest. Dyke claims that this is due to doctors sending patients to their privately owned facilities. Dr. Cardenas, speaking from the clinic in which he owns a stake, disagreed.
This is a PRIVATE clinic
Shots from inside the house of Phil and Nancy Garrido. Cadaver dogs. Garridos pled not guilty. Human remains found on property plus a toilet shot. Priceless.
Human Remains + Toilet Seat
Madoff’s beach house sold.
Michael Jackson’s mom gets 86k every month to support her grandchildren.
Susan Boyle sings Wild Horses. She’s got an album coming out.
No second hour due to Money & Main Street.
Money and Main Street
Anderson Cooper 360