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tv   The Rachel Maddow Show  MSNBC  August 18, 2011 9:00pm-10:00pm PDT

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and fell into a big puddle of chickens for checkups. >> you know, before we all had health care in the olden days, our grandparents would bring a chicken to the doctor. they would say i'll paint your house. that's the old days of what people would do to get health care with their doctors. doctors are very sympathetic people. >> who needs health insurance? just bring a chicken to the doctor. not only did sue louden with a straight face initially suggest chickens for checkups when she was questioned about this, she doubled down on chickens for checkups. she did not dial it back. she kept talking about chickens. she was sticking with it. and inevitably, that was the end of her senatorial hopes. people started following her around on the campaign trail wearing chicken outfits. there were music videos made, mocking this apparent gaff that she was standing by. the whole chickens for checkups thing was really the undoing of sue louden in nevada.
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she did not get the republican nomination for senate in 2010. instead, harry reid got for his republican opponent this nice person. sharron angle, who became nationally famous not for chickens for checkups but for a whole different thing. >> what do you mean, second amendment remedies? what do you mean? anything? we kept asking into the parking lot but received no answer. why won't you answer what second amendment remedies means? nothing at all? it's a simple question. >> when nevada reporters were desperately trying to get sharon angle to answer for her previous repeated comments about people using guns to get their way politically in the united states. she said for example, quote, our founding fathers, they put that second amendment in there for a good reason, and that was for the people to protect themselves against a tyrannical government.
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she said variations on the second amendment remedies thing a number of times, but the point was always the same. if conservatives do not get what they want at the ballot box, you should expect them, america should expect them, to try to get what they want with their guns. through we popery, through using their second amendment rights, by which she means guns. in the end, harry reid did defeat sharron angle. second amendment remedies became something we laughed nervously about, and it went down as one of the view unexpected democratic victories of 2010, and one of the weirdest elements of what in many ways was a very weird election in 2010. well, today, knock me over with a feather, unexpectedly, today, chickens for checkups and second amendment remedies both came back. republican senator tom coburn of oklahoma, he is back home in his state for the august recess, tom
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coburn engaged a group of his constituents on the issue of medicare. senator coburn of one of 40 republicans who voted for the paul ryan kill medicare budget in the senate. and while at home in oklahoma, this week, "the tulsa world newspaper" quotes coburn as telling his constituents, you can't tell me the system is better now than it was before medicare. so double negative there -- oh, tom coburn is saying we were better off without medicare. he is nostalgic for an america before medicare. an america without medicare. "the tulsa world" continuing, coburn agreed that some people receive poor care or no care before medicare was enacted in the 1960s, but he said, communities worked together to make sure most people received needed medical attention. he also conceded that doctors and hospitals often went unpaid for their efforts or accepted baked goods or chickens. in partial payment. chickens for checkups. it's back.
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unbelievably, it's back. chickens, specifically. it couldn't be some other kind of livestock. baked goods helps, but not a lot. it's still chickens for checkups. then weirdly, just to complete the sharron angle arc of this whole thing, tom coburn then described to his constituents his frustrations with the united states senate. coburn described his colleagues as, quote, a class of career elitists and cowards. and at one point, talking about his frustrations, the senator said, quote, it's just a good thing i can't pack a gun on the senate floor. the implication being, because then he might shoot the other senators or use his weapon to scare them, maybe pistol whipping. what are you -- second amendment remedy on the senate floor, and chickens for checkups, both back thanks to oklahoma republican senator tom coburn. and all of that was before he got to the part where he said that president obama has the wrong ideas about government because he's black. here's the way "the tulsa world" wrote that one up.
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responding to a man in langley who asked if obama wants to destroy america, coburn said that the president is very bright and loves america but his political philosophy is goofy and wrong. obama's intent is not to destroy, his intent to create dependency because it worked so well for him, he said. quote, as an african-american male, coburn said, obama received tremendous advantage from a lot of these programs. through greg sergeant at "the washington post," "the tulsa world" reporter who wrote this account later released the full context of senator coburn's remarks. and the full context does not help. it does not soften the remarks. quote, his intent isn't to destroy, it's to create dependency because it worked so well for him. as an african-american male coming through the progress of everything he experienced, he got tremendous benefit through a lot of these programs so he believes in them. if he wasn't black, he wouldn't believe in government programs. black people have dependency?
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so that's -- yeah, yeah. and a week when the newest entrant into the republican presidential race rick perry said he does not know if the president obama loves america and that good journalists should ask him that, they resurrected the favorite storyline that barack obama could not possibly win over white voters, since the fact that he has since won a landslide in 2008, i think it understandable that the part of coburn's remarks is getting attention today is the part where he says that barack obama is wrong about government, but it's understandable because president obama is black. that does deserve some attention for senator coburn, who i have to say has a mysterious teflon quality so that none of his myriad ethical scandals never really seem to stick to him. but conservatives taking inadvertent or clumsy or dog whistle or flat out on purpose blunt shots at the president on the basis of his race is a phenomenon that has ebbed and flowed over president obama's national career.
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it should always get covered when it happens. it should be a scandal for coburn, frankly. but mr. obama himself, since his great single race speech during the campaign, mr. obama has chosen to deal with this recurring issue by mostly letting other people deal with it. the white house does not tend to take it on head-on, and i do not expect them to in this case either. we will see what other democrats do about senator coburn's comment. but what may get more of a comment from the white house, believe it or not, i think may be the chickens for checkups part. yeah, it harks back to sue louden. we all remember that. but what tom coburn is essentially saying, and why that is more important, when he says that he is nostalgic for an america without medicare, that is something that republicans are working on. 98% of the republicans in the house voted to end medicare this year. tom coburn was one of the 85% of republicans in the senate who voted to end medicare.
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perry says both social security and medicare are ponzi schemes. aside from ron paul, all of the presidential candidates who anybody has thought to ask about it, including mitt romney, have also said they too would have voted for the republican plan to kill medicare this year. author rick pearlsteen wrote about this at "time" magazine today, among rumors that president obama is reading his brilliant book, "nixonland." he wrote about how exactly jfk beat nixon in 1960. he beat him in part by making richard nixon sweat over the hard truth that democrats created medicare over republican objections. that the american people love medicare and social security. don't want anybody messing with them. that republicans continually try to mess with them or abolish them, and that democrats are the ones who can be counted on to protect them. so there are two things going on right now in what is effectively the national campaign to either re-elect president obama or to elect a republican to replace him. one is that the president has been proposing a series of small
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bore job creation ideas. he's been talking about them for weeks, if not months. a couple of the things he talked about this week were wanting trade deals approved. also wanting patent reform. both of those things, just to take two examples, both of those things are directly from the republicans jobs plan. directly from what the republicans have been touting all year as their jobs plan. when the president proposed those things this week, did the republicans say, hey, those are our ideas? those are from our tiny booklet. glad you're onboard, sir. let's get those done. of course not. president obama has been proposing what the republicans have asked for. he said there's more coming in september. but this has been their response. from speaker boehner's office, quote, we really don't need another speech. just a plan. like on paper. seriously, just drop it in the mail. i'm not adding the snark. the snark is in the original.
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from michele bachmann, mr. president, america is ready for a plan. you could wait for september, or you could just read our plan for jobs now. that would be the plan that includes the stuff that president obama has already been proposing this week to which republicans have responded by going, hmm, we hate your bus. so to the extent that there is an argument that the president should try to work cooperatively with republicans to come up with some consensus solutions, him proposing their ideas and them saying no, should probably end that argument. how do you negotiate with people who refuse to take yes for an answer? and this my favorite thing in the political press for the entire week. some anonymous democratic senator told "the los angeles times" this week that president obama better not be confrontational with republicans. he needs to keep trying to work with them. the senator said, quote, one senate democrat says voters are tired of the partisan back and
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forth, and it would be a mistake for obama to present congress with a large-scale high stakes jobs bill and challenge them to pass it. a more sensible approach would be for obama to roll out a series of smaller proposals, the senator said, adding that the public has very little patience for anything that looks like you are beating up on the other side. how exactly do you work with people who refuse to accept you giving them what they want? by virtue of the fact that you are giving it to them, they no longer want it. what do you suggest, anonymous democratic senator? i mean, senator, if on your planet the solution to a political problem like this is that the president should be more conciliatory so they can work it out together, your planet sounds like a nice place to visit, but it is not this planet. there are two main political things going on here. there is the president proposing relatively small bore stuff that republicans themselves have proposed, and them still saying no. kind of demonstrating the futility of trying to work it out with these guys.
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and then there's president obama reportedly reading "nixonland" and standing up for social security and medicare, which the republicans are calling a ponzi scheme and trying to dismantle. there's the president doing stuff like this. >> what some of the folks on the other side are proposing is actually to turn medicare into a voucher program. so instead of fixing the system, they would just completely overhaul it. it was estimated that under their plan, the average senior would pay about $6,000 more per year for their medicare. i think that's a bad idea. i think there are better ways for us to manage the medicare problem than to put a burden on seniors. they passed a budget that basically called for voucherizing the medicare system. there's the republicans and the house of representatives. and basically what they say is here is a flat rate that you get for medicare. and you know what?
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if it turns out it doesn't buy you enough insurance, that's your problem. that's not our problem. but i think that's the wrong approach to take. i think that's the wrong approach to take. >> if democrats get to frame elections, this is how they get framed. democrats, creators and defenders of medicare. if democrats get to decide it, this is how they decide it. joining us now is senior fellow at the brookings institution and msnbc contributor, ej. you are far too dignified for my clucking like a chicken, so i apologize. >> i will try to cluck good answers to you. >> who is this democratic senator telling "the los angeles times" that president obama shouldn't be too confrontational? who is arguing that? >> bernie sanders. no, just kidding. you know, i think it's anybody up for re-election in certain
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states. senator nelson comes to mind on certain days. senator mccaskill. but listening to all of that, maybe president obama should call for lower taxes on the rich, and then the republicans would raise taxes on the rich and then we'd have that issue out of the way. but i think there is something very weird about what they're doing. patent reform. i mean, they have worked for a long time on that. that's a totally bipartisan thing. most of the arguments don't even cross party lines. the notion that they're going to block that, i mean, if obama wanted to give everyone, you know, a hot fudge sundae, they would attack him because they would say it will raise cholesterol, even if he gave them lipitor too. i mean, it's very strange. >> well, i don't know that anybody -- i haven't seen anybody pointing out that patent reform and the trade deals, that the president is advocating now for, are really directly there from the republican jobs plan. it's not much. it's 10 pages, including a lot of big font and one page that's just a picture and another page
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that half the page is a picture. there's not a lot there. it's a pamphlet. but at least a couple of these things are directly from that pamphlet. does that mean that we should expect these things to pass, even if nobody's really noticing that they are republican ideas? >> well, i think some of them could pass. but i think the real challenge for the president is to propose something big because the moment requires it. i have been watching cnbc more than i ever did in my life. it's like watching the espn during the world series with this market meltdown. what's struck me is some serious bigtime capitalists. there's a real problem now's, because governments around the world are withdrawing money from the economy. they are having all of these austerity budgets. anytime when the world economy needs to be goosed. these aren't democrats or liberals. these are capitalists saying, my god, we face a second recession. i think president obama should not be afraid to come out and say, you can do two things at
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the same time. you can sort of deal with the budget deficit in the long-term, but right now we have got an emergency. and if our government can't handle an idea that is really pretty simple, then we have bigger problems than we even imagine. >> ej, on the specific issue of tom coburn's comments, again, i think that probably the most damning thing is him raising the chickens for checkups, raising the medicare thing again, just because of the salience of that issue coast-to-coast for all democrats running for office. but on the race stuff, does the white house just ignore that? do you ever see them responding again? you know, i wouldn't even ask if we hadn't also had this week rick perry telling reporters they need to ask the president if he loves america. >> well, first of all, on the rick perry thing, if he loves the country so much, why did he talk so loosely about seceding from it? i mean, it's very -- that is really quite remarkable. but the coburn thing, i think when you looked at the transcript that greg sergeant looked at, i really think that
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coburn was trying to defend obama and say he really loves his country. but there are two problems with what he said. one is this creating dependency. i mean, when widows get help from social security after their husbands die because the family income goes down, that's not creating dependency. government programs oftentimes just help people through so they're not dependent. but the other thing is, why do we so often turn to race? when bill clinton was president, he had a lot of critics. when george w. bush was president, he had a lot of critics. i don't remember people saying, well, they are doing that because they're white guys. i mean, we just really ought to face up to the fact that we talk about this a whole lot more because we have an african-american president. and i think that's a problem for us all. >> ej dionne, "washington post" columnist and senior fellow at the brookings institute. thank you for being with us critics. i don't remember people saying, well, they are doing that because they're white guys. i mean, we just really ought to face up to the fact that we talk about this a whole lot more because we have an african-american president. and i think that's a problem for
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lots of presidents have vacation homes. ronald reagan had rancho in santa barbara. george bush had a ranch in texas. a lot of presidents have vacation homes. but the obama family does not own a vacation home. which means that when they go on vacation, they rent a place. starting today, they are renting a place in martha's vineyard in massachusetts. now the massachusetts republican party responded to this news of president obama and his family visiting their state with as much furious snark as they could muster. they released a sarcastic welcome message that starts, dear prez-o, and bashes him for talking about the economy and
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for having the tamerity to visit massachusetts. it is signed by the people of the massachusetts. the republican party of the state of massachusetts claiming they could sign for the whole state is a bit of an overexcited stretch. but in the massachusetts republican party's we wish the president wouldn't vacation here sarcastic letter, it ends with this ps. ps, aerosmith wants their tour bus back. oh, touche! the aerosmith tour bus. the massachusetts republican party just nailed the obama administration for using the aerosmith tour bus, except the aerosmith tour bus was actually the one that was used by the bush administration when they sent president bush's treasury secretary and labor secretary and commerce secretary out on a six-city midwest bus tour in july 2003 to give political speeches trying to build support for bush tax cuts. they did actually rent out the aerosmith tour bus for that tax cuts tour, complete with black
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leather sofas and a mirrored ceiling. ew! so the massachusetts republican party while it is hilarious to mock public officials for taking the aerosmith bus out on tours, if they are calling anybody to get their bus back, they are calling elaine chow and the bush administration to get it back. the big black bus that obama was using this week in the midwest, was a purchase made by and a decision made by the united states secret service. the secret service bought two of these armored buses. one to be used by the president, and one to be used by the republican party's eventual nominee on the campaign trail next year. still, though, karl rove's american cross roads group says, quote, we're going to make a star out of obama's million dollar campaign bus. and then what, when the republican nominee uses it too, seriously, what are you going to say then?
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self righteousness about normal things presidents do is perhaps to be expected in any administration. but it has also gone sort of horribly wrong for another massachusetts republican this week. presidential front-runner mitt romney, who said this week that he did not think that president obama should be going to a place like martha's vineyard. >> just going to be going on a vacation to martha's vineyard for 10 days. there's a lot of democrats on martha's vineyard. i don't know why. but i wish he were in washington. >> this is not the only time he said it this week. it's sort of his theme this week. president obama going to martha's vineyard, and that's bad. making it clear that this is no time to be going to martha's vineyard. he certainly wouldn't be going to martha's vineyard. while president obama is in martha's vineyard, mitt romney will also be in martha's
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vineyard. mr. romney will be having a fundraiser in a nice part of martha's vineyard across the island from the obamas in a place called eggertown. by this point in his presidency, after 31 months in office, reagan had taken 112 vacation days. president bush 180. president obama has taken 61. 61! outrage! he's overworked! i know hypocrisy is the crime that has no punishment in politics. i know that the republican party of massachusetts denouncing president obama for something that president bush actually did is not something they will feel embarrassed about. i know that karl rove attacking president obama for a secret service decision is not something he will be embarrassed about. i know that mitt romney attacking president obama for going to a place that he himself is also going is not something that mitt romney will feel embarrassed about. hypocrisy, thy name is thursday, i realize this is par for the political course. but to criticize a president for going on vacation or riding in a
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secret service vehicle, when the criticism is this hypocritical, this easily seen as hypocritical, is it the job of the beltway press to just write the criticism down and forward it to the american people without comment, as if that counts as news? or could maybe some context about the bare hypocrisy here help? help me here. joining us now to help me is eugene robinson, pulitzer-prize winning columnist for "the washington post" and msnbc contributor. can you help me with this? >> take a deep breath. you and me, we'll find the aerosmith tour bus and we'll take a trip. we'll take a nice drive, and it will be beautiful and it will be fine, rachel. >> even though i trust you and love you, gene, i am not getting on a bus with a mirrored ceiling and leather sofas. it's not going to happen. >> oh, darn! >> i know that the criticism of the bus is stupid. but i'm wondering here if there is something salient in how brazenly stupid it is. does this reflect a cockiness of being sure you're not ever going to be called out for it?
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>> i think it reflects what we've seen since president obama took office, which is attack, attack, attack, on everything, everything, everything, even if all of the presidents did it, even if somebody else made the decision. attack him. and, you know, just chip away, chip away, and frankly they haven't mattered -- it hasn't mattered yet that you call them out on it and right, but it was a lie. or but it was hypocritical. that doesn't seem to penetrate. look, if president obama takes less vacation than recent republicans have taken, a little bit more than president clinton did, he is in the kind of low to medium range of vacation, absolutely legitimate for him to take a vacation. and for mitt romney, who swans from mansion to mansion as a lifestyle to criticize him, or
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for sarah palin to criticize him, his work ethic as she quit as governor of alaska halfway through her term because it was inconvenient, you know, that is -- it must be thursday. >> yes. exactly. and that's exactly right. hypocrisy, thy name is thursday. this is just how it goes. and i mean i suppose i ask this question in one way or another on just about every show that i do, provided we're not talking about nuclear power or something. but talking about american politics, this is always one of the baseline questions. does hypocrisy ever hurt? do you ever have your own credibility damaged, your own political capital damaged, by flinging mud like this that you could not stand yourself? by doing what mitt romney is doing about martha's vineyard when he himself is going to be there? >> well, you know, does it ever hurt? it probably does sometimes. but i think you'd have to conclude that as a general rule,
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you don't lose as much as potentially you gain by hypocritical attacks. yes, some people will realize, you know, that was hypocritical. i don't like that guy. but other people won't get that follow-up. and so i think the calculation is that you come out net ahead. now, on the more general vacation question, though, i think you could ask a legitimate political question about whether this vacation has the right optics for this moment. but that's a different kind of question. and that's asking it, i think, in a different way. >> the republican congress under john boehner, one of the changes they made to their own rules once boehner took over, is that they take a week off. they take a week's vacation for every two weeks that they work. democrats have chosen to sort of leave this one on the cutting room floor. they have not chosen to take on the congress, on this matter. is this being -- is this sort of
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criticism of the president, from all of the republican presidential candidates and from republicans in congress, sort of signal that it's ok to go after john boehner for the house republicans' work ethic, or do democrats unilaterally disarm on this? >> do democrats unilaterally disarm? we've never seen that before, you know, why not? why not go after boehner for the congressional work ethic? i would love to see that. i'd love to hear that. i would love to have that in the next msnbc contract. however, i don't see it coming. you know, one week off for every two weeks on. >> although, you are giving me ideas. you're giving me ideas. eugene robinson, columnist for "the washington post," msnbc contributor, and man, i take it back actually, i'll go on any bus tour with you anywhere, no matter how cheesy the bus. >> rev it up. pedal to the metal. for a brand-new campaign raising thing called make us great again, because campaign fundraising things like this must be independent from specific candidates, make us great again is clearly independent, right? no individual candidate there.
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if you have ever aspired to comedic genius, stephen colbert has recently made you feel either very jealous or inadequate or both. first there was his exquisite, impossibly funny and biting
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super pac in support of rick perry, parry with an a as in iowa. genius. but the true mark of his genius is always the punchline, the comedic button, which isn't really his direct doing in this case. it is residual hilarity to his original hilarity. a bit that is so perfect that things that happen as a result of it are also perfect. all of that, coming up.
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rick perry's campaign manager owns an island. actually, he co-owns an island. it's this island, called parker island, there in the great state of new hampshire. his campaign manager, david carney, co-owns that island with a lobbyist who used to be rick perry's chief of staff. mike and dave together own the whole island. and you know, it's not like there's a line down the middle of the island. what would that look like? i don't think they divide the island like that, mike's side, you keep out, dave.
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dave's side! you keep out, mike. i think they just share ownership of this island. and dave is the guy who is running the campaign to electric electric perry president. and mike is the person you give the money to. this is it, perry donation page. they point out you can make a maximum contribution of $5,000. you have to make it with your personal funds, that you are not using a business card, that you are not using the general treasury funds of a corporation, labor union, national bank, or entity that say federal government contractor. you will not be reimbursed by any other entity or individual for this contribution. you agree that the first $2,500 will be designated to the 2012 primary election, and any donation in excess of $2,500 must be refunded or redesignated for a spouse. so you can give money that way.
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that's if you want to give money to dave, to the actual campaign. but if you want to avoid that hassle, give your money to mike instead. over at mike's rick perry operation, there's no limits. you don't have to sign the legal affidavits and all of that other stuff. give whatever you want. whatever. they can take any amount of anybody from any amount of money from anybody. but when you go to make us great, which is the site for mike's group, they want to be very clear that even though here is the picture of rick perry, right, and rick perry can make america great again slogan, and if you click here, all the explanations for why rick perry should be the next president of the united states, this group, this website, this operation, wants you to know they are not authorized by any candidate or any candidate's committee.
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so mike and dave, the guys who own this island together in new hampshire, they are not coordinating. they don't even know each other. they don't talk. it's a big island. they probably don't even run into each other, even at high season. what about the roberts supreme court did to our campaign system is what they said, while it be corrupting for campaigns to take unlimited from anybody, it's not corrupting for somebody else to take unlimited money from anybody and just do something nice for a candidate that they happen to like. let's say you could give rick perry $10 billion. that of course would be corrupting that kind of scratch. but giving that kind of scratch to the guy who co-owns the island with rick perry's campaign manager who promises he has no association with rick perry whatsoever, that is not corrupting at all. so says the supreme court. because clearly that money doesn't go to rick perry or help get him elected, as you can tell
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from here. it just gets politically expended in a rick perry election in an uncoordinated way to help rick perry. that's the legal reason for the campaign destruction laws. that's the legal justification. that idea is what's going to bring us this year's campaign and its rules. and all of the candidates have these things. if you're donating to mitt romney, launder it through restore our future. if you want to launder the money to michele bachmann, keep conservatives united. to purist ron paul, you can launder it through the revolution super pac. if you want to launder the money you are donating to president obama's campaign, launder it through priorities usa action. it is unarguable that they exist for no other purpose but to elect the candidates they are associated with. at least when you go to the one that's clearly designed to launder money to barack obama, there's not a picture of barack obama there. same thing with the mitt romney one.
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mitt romney just has clip art and a stock photo eagle. yeah, it's nudge, nudge, wink, wink, we'll launder the money to barack obama and mitt romney, but at least they are nudging and winking. the rick perry people aren't even nudging and winking. here is a picture, and another picture. want to give the money to elect somebody different than barack obama as president? rick perry, rick perry, rick perry. this is perhaps the larger role of rick perry in our national politics today, to make stuff obvious. and maybe that is a metaphor for his broader role in the campaign. but is rick perry's being this blatant about this any different legally than anybody else going around and nudging and winking about their money laundering? mike isikoff is now joining us. thank you for joining us. >> thank you, rachel. >> you probably do not see this as money laundering. but in what ways is it not money laundering? >> one person's money laundering
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is another's free speech. and it happens in this case the other people who saw it that way was the supreme court, so that's the law. the problem is, you know, what you've really laid out pretty well is just how far back we've come from where we were nine years ago, 2002. mccain/feingold, which was the result of years of pushing and underscoring the role of special interest and big money in american politics. and let's not forget, it was the champion cause of the last republican presidential candidate, john mccain. and look where we have come. i mean, it's not that we're one or two steps back. we're nine steps back from where we were at the time of mccain/feingold. the contribution to the political parties now can go to
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the super pacs. now directly from corporate coffers. and in many cases, many of the operations like priorities usa, the obama one, and certainly cross roads on the republican side, have secret money arms, where the same money can be donated unrestricted and it won't even be disclosed. it won't even be reported. so we are truly back to the days of before watergate, where special interest and big money have more influence than ever before in american politics. >> in terms of the whole wide political landscape here, mike, is rick perry doing something qualitatively legally different about his super pac so obviously only supports him? >> he is just being a little bit more explicit about it. but you have pointed out the mike and dave relationship, as we reported in the piece. restore our future was founded
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by three former mitt romney political aides, who said quite openly when they formed the group, we are about electing mitt romney president. and mitt romney has been speaking at their fund raising dinners. in fact, when we were on a couple of weeks ago, we talked about that funny mystery million dollar corporation from the bain capital guy. that really was closer to money laundering. and when mitt romney was asked about it, he talked about how of course he knew it came from his former bain capital buddy, and he said i was expecting the contribution to the super back. so mitt romney seemed to be saying he was well aware this money was coming, and priorities usa, the obama one, you know, bill burton, obama's former campaign spokesman, is running it. does anybody really think that bill burton is operating independently from david axlerod, the campaign strategist for the obama campaign?
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i mean, we really are in a make-believe alice in wonderland world on these matters. >> michael isikoff, thank you for your excellent work on this and taking time to be with us tonight about it. appreciate it. >> thank you, rachel. when the supreme court makes people laugh at the law, they are not doing an awesome job of being a supreme court. it not my usual practice to do stories about other people in the media, because usually we media types are not news that matters. tonight, a rare and excellent exception in praise of stephen exception in praise of stephen colbert, next. this is my band from the 80's, looker. hair and mascara, a lethal combo. i'm jon haber of alto music. my business is all about getting music into people's hands. and the plum card from american express open helps me do that. you name it, i can buy it. and the savings that we get from the early pay discount has given us money to reinvest back into our business and help quadruple our floor space. how can the plum card's trade terms get your business booming? booming is putting more music
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to do this right. a quick trip to the department of corrections. i mentioned the great new piece in "time" magazine about how democrats win and have always won elections by defending the social safety net. i began by defending program like medicare and social security. he used the example of jfk beating richard nixon in 1960. when i described that campaign
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earlier i said that jfk won in part by making richard nixon sweat over the fact that it was democrats who created medicare and social security over republican objections. what i should have said is that during that campaign, jfk was defending the legacy of social security and promising medicare. medicare came five years later. as he notes, jfk enhanced new deal programs like social security and a promise to extend that legacy with medicare. so to be specific, and i'm sorry for the overreaching adlib but do i make corrections when i make them, no matter how embarrassing it is to make corrections. jfk was a remarkable politician but etched not defending a program that did not yet exist. we will be right back.
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this past month in iowa, stephen colbert ran political ads in iowa ahead of the iowa straw poll. the ads sort of seemed like, sort of looked like they might be for texas governor rick perry. but the stephen colbert ads encouraged the straw poll attendees to write in rick parry spelled with an "a" and not an "e." >> jobs for iowa pac are flooding the iowa airwaves, telling you to vote rick parry at the straw poll. like job for iowa super pac are trying to pander to eye wants
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with pro parry ads featuring cheap pornography. they think they can buy your vote with their unlimited super pac money. but americans for a better tomorrow, tomorrow ask what about our unlimited syrup pac money? we want to you vote for rick parry, too, but not their rick perry, our rick parry. we're getting all up in those nibblets. oh, yeah! on august 13th, write in rick parry. that's parry with an "a" for america. with an "a" for iowa. >> iowa! rick perry did pretty well at the straw poll. he beat mitt romney. that's for sure.
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he beat night gingrich, jon huntsman. governor perry received 700 votes at the iowa straw poll. that earned him a sixth place finish which is not bad for a guy only entering the presidential race that day and for a guy who was not actually on the ballot at the ames iowa straw poll. today thanks for reporting from okay henderson, we learned that maybe stephen colbert should be getting credit for some of rick parry's success. the iowa secretary of state is a man named matt schultz. he is a republican and overyou a the balloting. he now tells radio iowa that some of the sproets were counted for rick perry were actually cast for rick parry. spelled with an "a." they were all write-in votes. quoting the secretary of state, to be honest with you, i don't exactly know how many parry votes there were. but i know they were all given
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