Look, if we had a [Hillary] Clinton presidency, if we had Erskine Bowles as Chief of Staff of the White House or President of the United States, I think we would have fixed this fiscal mess by now. That’s not the kind of presidency we’re dealing with right now.Rep. Paul Ryan • Offering (on this morning’s Meet the Press) an interesting take on what he thinks of the Obama administration … essentially, Obama is no Hillary Clinton.
The TweetDeck in the room: For their Egypt roundtable today, “Meet the Press” decided to take a cue from the CNN playbook and stick social media on a giant TV screen within plain sight. Surprisingly, Chuck Todd, Harold Ford and company weren’t completely distracted by this and had something pretty intelligent to say about Egypt. David Gregory’s intro was a weeeeeeeee bit forced, though. Next time, leave the innovative gimmicks to Jake Tapper … oh wait, he doesn’t have a show anymore. :( Carry on.
swaggalikemoi said: Cantor gave a pretty good answer, clearly not the straightforward quip we’d prefer but he is a politician after all.
» We say: Agreed. Given his need to not anger his base, he answered that question to the best of his abilities. The problem with the exchange was not Eric Cantor’s answer (honestly, his initial evasion made a stronger point than his response) but David Gregory’s question. David Gregory’s asking a question that should’ve been put out to pasture a month ago. The only reason it’s still in the news is because Neil Abercrombie has actually been digging through file cabinets trying to find the thing.
On “Meet the Press,” our boy David Gregory was chattin’ up our good friend Eric Cantor, basically trying to get him to say something bad about birthers. Cantor, eventually realizing that he couldn’t weasel out of Gregory’s line of questioning, gave him a half-answer on the question. Honestly, Cantor was right the first time. Why are we talking about this still?