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>> could secretary state clinton really help barack obama going through this health care battle right now? what do you think? >> oh, sure. she still has credibility on health care, she was an expert at one time on health care in america. and, you know, obviously in an attempt to get it threw but i'm not sure that she wants to go there, secretary of state. and even though we haven't been concentrating on it. she's got a lot on her plate. >> the clintons tried to do this years ago and it didn't work out. now you have mitch mcconnell who says the public option is a nonstarter. just exactly what does that mean? >> there will not be one rub
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vote. max and ken and harry reid should stop talking to the the republicans and get it done. >> gentlemen, it's good to have you with us tonight. bill press and michael med ved. earlier in the show i asked you what you saw is sarah palin gunning for the 2012 nomination? 70% of you said yes and 21% said no. it's all about sarah. that's "the ed show." i'm ed schultz. we'll be in portland, oregon, this coming friday night at the baghdad theater. it's this friday night. it's going to be great and we'll talk about health care reform and also the creation of jobs. for more information g. to ed@m
7:02 pm sarah palin declares war. let's play "hardball." good evening. i'm chris matthews in new york. leading off tonight, the long good-bye. we don't know what sarah palin's going to do the next couple of years, but if yesterday's any indication, she's not going to hold her tongue. as we know, palin insists she's quitting her job so she can better fight for alaska. and in her good-bye speech yesterday, she took on -- well, she took off after what she called partisan operatives, hollywood starlets, and most of all, the media. >> democracy depends on you, and that is why, that's why our troops are willing to die for you. so how about in honor of the american soldier, you quit making things up. >> we'll look at what's next for sarah palin in just a minute.
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plus, this bud's for you. we now know that president obama, henry louis gates, and sergeant james crowley will meet at the white house for one of the most celebrated beers in the history of diplomacy sometime this week. we also know we now have that 911 call that started this case on tape. here is one reason that phony controversy over barack obama's citizenship won't go away. respectable, if you will, elected office-holding republicans won't let it die. look what happened when a reporter for "the huffington post" asked republicans on capitol hill whether they personally believe barack obama is an american. >> what do you believe personally? >> i'd like to see the documents. >> so you're kind of afraid of the lunatic fringe base. what do you personally believe though? do you think there's a question here? >> i think there are questions. we'll have to see. >> i think there are questions. i just don't know what the republicans hope to gain from peddling this nonsense. more on this so-called birther movement later in "hardball." plus, senator jim bunning, that great phillies pitcher, but also a detroit tigers pitcher, he was certainly in the hall of fame. he threw no-hitters in both leagues. he's not going to run for another term. we'll have more on that in "the politics fix." what are sarah palin's post" asked republicans on capitol hill whether they personally believe barack obama is an american. >> what do you believe
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personally? >> i'd like to see the documents. >> so you're kind of afraid of the lunatic fringe base. what do you personally believe though? do you think there's a question here? >> i think there are questions. we'll have to see. >> i think there are questions. i just don't know what the republicans hope to gain from peddling this nonsense. more on this so-called birther movement later in "hardball." plus, senator jim bunning, that great phillies pitcher, but also a detroit tigers pitcher, he was certainly in the hall of fame. he threw no-hitters in both leagues. he's not going to run for another term. we'll have more on that in "the politics fix." what are sarah palin's chances of actually winning the republican presidential nomination come 2012? well, the oddsmakers are speaking on that. we'll have those numbers for you in the "hardball sideshow." we begin with sarah palin's first day as alaska's ex-governor. norah, it seems like if you go through this reading it, she's picked out three enemies, and they're all cities, new york, the media, washington, the
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government, and l.a., hollywood. it seems like a nasty attack plan she's got under way. what do you make of it? >> yeah, this was a really fiery farewell speech, and she's angry, and she used this speech not only to defend the time that she spent in office, but also to take some parting shots. i mean, to the media, she said you quit making things up. she talked about hollywood starlets, those anti-second amendment people, and she said we hear in alaska, we eat, therefore, we hunt. this was a defensive speech in many way. she also said she plans to protect the interests of the state like a grizzly guards her cubs. but she didn't say what or how she plans to do that, chris, and that's really still the big question mark, and that's how this woman operates. through mystery. we don't know what's next of her. she likes surprises.
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she likes stunning people, and she likes throwing red meat out to the crowd and that's exactly what she did to thousands of people here in fairbanks. >> well, you said she was mad. is that a pose or is she actually mad and what about? >> no, i think she's angry. i think she's been treated unfairly. she sees she's got the lowest approval ratings of her career. so she is angry. she wants to be free from all these ethics complaints that are dogging her. but i think what was most remarkable, the thing i noticed, what's new, is she's grown more insular. she's distrustful i think of even her own staff. she doesn't communicate with her own press aides. she didn't even know she was in camper coming up her with her kids. her primary means of communication is via twitter. she is communicating with the
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world and even her own staff via twitter and her blackberry that she is rv'ing up here. i don't think you can run a presidential campaign or any business by not informing your staff or people you work with about how you plan to operate. it suggests she's distrustful and i think maybe that she doesn't know what to do next. but i reported this weekend, chris, she's raised over $1 million for her political action committee. she has more than 13,000 people who have made donations to her political action committee. with almost no solicitation because there's not an organization set up, so group trying to solicit. she's significant. >> great reporting up in fairbanks, alaska. pat buchanan is an msnbc political analyst, and democratic strategist karen finney is communications director for a long time with the dnc. patrick, it looks to me like sarah palin is looking at the pat buchanan playbook. she wants to do what you did. she's had a very short public career in elected office, but that doesn't seem to mind. people don't seem to mind that. can she run basically as a commentator? as a person who doesn't like new york, doesn't like the media, doesn't like washington, doesn't like the government, doesn't
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like l.a., hollywood, can you run a completely negative rhetorical campaign basically? >> well, if you're the out party and let's say she's out there in 2010 raising money for the party at state conventions, going in for candidates who invite her in, yeah, the red meat, she rallies the faithful, she rattles the cages of the media and the liberals like no one else can do, yes, you can do that in an off-year campaign. but if you're running for president of the united states, you got to have an agenda in foreign policy and an agenda in trade policy and an agenda in economic policy. right now if you're talking 2010, yeah, she's on the right course. you get yourself a good rally speech and use it like nixon did in 1966.
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he wasn't out there boring the country with one-hour press conferences on health care. >> well, let's take a look. here she is about who she said is tearing down our country. here is sarah palin as you put it, pat, throwing out the red meat. >> we are facing tough challenges in america with some seeming to just be hell bent maybe on tearing down our nation. perpetuating some pessimism and suggesting american apologetics. >> well, i don't know, karen, it seems to work the way she raised her voice and does that thing where it's a victimization. nothing like righteous indignation. it always seems to work. can she pull it off and become a national figure now? >> the ironic thing about that speech is i'm not exactly sure what she was talking about. she seemed to sort of make up this sort of, you know, narrative of sarah palin against these enemies, but i think there's a political tactic here and i think that the more she is under siege or under attack, of course she's going to be raising money. i was listening to norah o'donnell talk about the $1 million she's raising. i think the more she's attacked, the more she raises money, the
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more she also -- that red meat inflames the base of the party. that's that karl rove anger point strategy, and that helps her galvanize her base of support. by doing that, she can really have some choices about what she does next in the party because she's got money and she's got support. >> can you think of something the national media has reported about her that's not true? she talks about how our fighting forces overseas, how we have to do them the favor or the honor of not telling bad stories about her. what has been said that's not true by the media about sarah palin? what is she talking about? >> well, i don't know. when it started off, i don't know where the source was, the allegation was floating all over the place reported by the media that bristol's child -- rather, the child she was born with with down's syndrome was actually bristol palin's. it was a horrible, ugly thing. i think that's wounded her. >> who was reporting that in the media? "the new york times," "the washington post," the networks? i never heard anybody report that. >> mike barnicle quite frankly was one of the fellows telling me about it when we were out there in denver. but, chris, she can answer that thing.
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let me tell you, you and me and all of news the media, this obsession with sarah palin is what is boosting her. it's raising money for her. it's why people love her. they love her for the enemy she has made and this obsession -- >> no, no. i only say positive things about her. i find her the only interesting republican right now, pat. i find her more interesting than your mitt romney, to be honest about it. i find him talking about, i don't know, aluminum siding would be more interesting. >> you say she's tearing down,
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all she's doing is running negative. i think she's going to run a campaign on conservative principles and ideas and go after those who are assaulting them. >> it just sounds like a campaign. she's going after the media, after the government, after hollywood. >> let's call it what it is. it's a classic strategy. >> after her speech on the media, it was an enormous success. nixon was -- >> your thought. pat is patting himself on the back here again which is fair enough on this show. he wrote the damn speech. that's why he's saying it is great. >> this is the classic republican triumvirate of hollywood and the media, you know, the big bad wolves of the left. let's be clear about that is. again, i don't think we know what sarah palin is going to do. i think if she's smart she will,
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again, continue to raise money, galvanize support, put a good team around her that she trusts because that's obviously critical. she could end up being another pat buchanan or a rush limbaugh of the party. i think she could take that role. make money and be someone who could be a critic both outside and inside or she could run for office, but i do think -- >> pat gave up the money to run. let's get that straight. pat gave up money to run. i'm not going to hold that against him. he was -- >> i think she's going to have to be a little more disciplined. as a woman i have to tell you, it disappoints me to hear her kind of play the victim card. as a political strategist i understand the strategy. as a woman i'd like to hear her back off from that and as pat was saying let's talk about the issues. >> here she is going after hollywood and defending guns. here she is. >> you're going to see anti-hunting, anti-second amendment circuses from hollywood, and here is how they do it. they use these delicate, tiny, very talented celebrity starlets. they use alaska as a fund-raising tool for their anti-second amendment causes. stand strong and remind them patriots will protect our individual guaranteed right to bear arms, and by the way -- by
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the way, hollywood needs to know we eat. therefore, we hunt. >> what's this about shooting wolves from helicopters or whatever? i don't know if that's necessary for survival. >> come on, chris. >> who is she talking about there, pat? >> she kills her own food and she's talking about hollywood and, look, you got 58 votes in the united states senate to let everybody carry a concealed weapon across state lines. all these democrats -- chris, she's touching the base and much more than the base here, and you know it. look at the gun thing. the gunners have defeated the liberals horse, foot, and dragoons. >> what language is he speaking there? horse, foot, and dragoons? you go into another language sometimes. all i know is she's hitting all the erogenous zones of victimhood. they're coming to get us in black helicopters. >> she got you going. >> i think people are more busy talking about health care reform than heading up to alaska and taking away anybody's guns. >> health care reform is going down the tubes because people are against it like her. >> i don't think it's going down the tubes. >> pat, can i appeal to your well-read knowledge of american
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history? who is winning the argument right now, the second amendment supporters or the critics of it? clearly, you must agree, the second amendment forces are winning heavily. they got the supreme court on their side now. it's an individual right. they're on the road to victory here, aren't they? they're not in retreat. come on. >> they were on the road to victory, but once you got the guy beat, you chase him, chris, and make him retreat and retreat and retreat. and she rallies the troops with that. she rallies the troops. you can see it. >> i can't imagine the majority of american people are going to bed at night thinking about that when they're worried about their health insurance, their jobs, their kids.
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just in terms of what's top of mind, she's created this false enemy -- >> we're out of time. this is a great american argument. america is divided. i'm not sure she's going to unite the country. pat you would even agree -- >> she's not a uniter. i think we can agree on that. coming up, president obama is moving forward with plans to have a beer -- i love these moments, at the white house this week with henry louis gates and sergeant crowley. sergeant crowley who arrested him. meanwhile, new details are beginning to emerge about what actually happened during this arrest situation. we'll have the latest on the gates case there. has been some green sprouts of information coming up about that one. you're watching "hardball." it's coming up here in a minute, the gates case, and it's not closed. we'll be right back. you have questions. who can give you the financial advice you need? where will you find the stability and resources to keep you ahead of this rapidly evolving world? these are tough questions. that's why we brought together two of the most powerful names in the industry. introducing morgan stanley smith barney. here to rethink wealth management. here to answer... your questions. morgan stanley smith barney.
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the gates arrest, let's listen to that. and two gentlemen are trying to get into the house at that number 17 ware street and they kind of had to barge in and broke the screen door and finally got in and moving further closer, i noticed that these two individuals that actually weren't there and lived there. >> police also released recordings to the transmissions from the scene.
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where does the discussion on race in america stand now? joining me is eugene robinson, "washington post" pulitzer prize winning column, and jonathan capehart who writes editorials for "the washington post" as well. i know i'm going to learn something here so i will leave this pretty wide open to you. there seems to be some miscommunication with occurred during the midst of this mayhem. apparently officer crowley in his police report said the professor said when asked to come outside, i'll speak with your mama outside. now, this is the way he recorded this. i wonder whether some projection here about two or three degrees. he thought this was what a black fellow would say, this is what a white guy thought a black guy would say. he didn't say this. it's a little humorous because i have to find humor in this horrible american situation. what do you make of that, eugene? is it possible, eugene, that this fire fight began over one guy projecting and another guy seeing somebody projecting and he didn't like the sound of it. >> i cannot imagine in this universe skip gates saying i'll speak with your mama outside. this is one of the preeminent academics in america. you know, one of the most prominent professors at our
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nation's most prestigious university at the top of his profession, at the top of his game. you know, he rolls with kings and queens and nobel prize winners. >> i know. i wonder why an irish-american would think -- i have to have some jocularity in this for at least one minute in our conversation. do you think he projected what he thought was street talk, jive talk, whatever you want to call it? in the major leagues, the one thing you can't do is mention the other fellow's mama. do you think this is one guy projecting attitude that wasn't there or what? i don't know. >> you know, i can't get into the mind of sergeant crowley and
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i can't get into the mind of professor gates in that situation, and i think what we're seeing here from these 911 tapes that you just played from the person who reported what she thought was a burglary to sergeant crowley's comment about keep the cars coming to, you know, who said what and when, we've seen this before where we have these incidents that are a whole lot more complicated than what they might seem, the black and white issue that we thought at first. so i think to try to get into sergeant crowley's mind about whether, you know, he was projecting yo mama talk is -- >> before i get back to gene, here he is showing he is just as hard-nosed about this as the professor. you talk about two guys going to their corners and basically saying i'm right, he's wrong. here he is again saying he's right. >> i didn't do anything wrong. i think that would be setting the wrong example for police officers around the country to apologize for something that i didn't do for the sake of appeasing somebody who acted very inappropriately, who made rude comments to me, who made
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rude comments about my mother. it's just not something that is going to happen. >> there you have it, gene. he said he went after my mother. i mean, this is street corner. >> i just -- again, that does not ring plausible to me, but, you know, i just find this whole thing really, really fascinating, and this extra element -- you know, skip gates is a big cheese. he's an important guy, and i lived in cambridge for a year, and, you know, meeting a famous harvard professor who is arrogant is like meeting a famous basketball player who is tall, right? i mean, it's not exactly a surprise. so, you know, if you believe the police report, aside from the yo mama thing, which i don't believe, but if you believe the rest of the police report, you have professor gates acting in a high-handed manner confronting sergeant crowley, and i find this -- i find this aspect of it fascinating because, of course,
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that's the way big cheeses act. that's the way they've acted since time immemorial, there are african-americans and hispanics who have become big cheeses. >> i don't know than put this together from your generation. gene and i are the same generation. throw on the town versus gown thing. the attitude of most harvard kids i'm told is they're classwise above the local -- certainly the campus police. tell us about this attitude. >> well, not having gone to harvard. >> neither me nor you. >> having gone to the harvard of the midwest, carlton college, anyway, i think what we're seeing here as i said before, this is a much more complicated story. it's black and white. it's town versus gown. it's high -- as gene just said, you know, you've got the high-handed professor versus the cop on the beat, if you will. i think to speak to the generational issue here, i think perhaps what we're seeing is
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professor gates is from the generation that lived through jim crow and lives through the beginning of trying to write the wrongs during the '60s and '70s. my generation is the generation that's had a different experience when it comes to race and race in america, not to say that, you know, race and race issues have been solved, but our experience is perhaps generally speaking a little bit better than say professor gates' experience. so there could be some of that at work here. but i think for us to know for sure, all of these things, is if we keep talking about what about -- how we're feeling and what we think about these things, especially when new information comes to light. i want to point out, chris, the tape you showed of sergeant crowley came a couple days after the story broke. have you noticed that since president obama made his surprise visit to the white house briefing room on friday, that the tone and the rhetoric has changed completely.
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the tempers have cooled and now we're looking at some point this week perhaps the three men coming together at the white house for a beer to talk. and i think that that was very, very important. >> let me ask you, gene, about this beer. what do you make of it? is this going to be like the beer summit? what are we going to call this thing? >> i hope no one brings up anybody's mother, first of all. i hope nobody goes there. >> i don't think so. >> yeah, no, look, it's going to be at the white house with the president. you know, everybody is going to be nice and everybody -- and while neither man might be in
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the mood for a formal apology, i think they'll find some sort of common ground and move on from there. but, you know, i do find this episode just really fascinating because there's so much that is unknowable by us, yet there's a lot to talk about and when we talk about it, we're talking about our own feelings and our own prejudices and our own history, our own experience of race, and so, you know, we keep waiting for this kind of structured, big national conversation about race. i think the way it actually happens is incident by incident, and maybe we'll learn something out of this. >> well, maybe we should all just try to get along a little better. i mean, i think from my perspective -- >> you and rodney king. >> i heard you have never been stopped by a policeman, you've never had a situation like this in your whole life. >> that is true. >> i appreciate that. that's good news. that's good news. eugene robinson, jonathan capehart. up next does hillary clinton have her eye on other white house run? people keep asking, and what are sarah palin's odds of becoming the republican nominee. we'll give you the betting odds out of dublin. stick around for the "sideshow." you're watching "hardball." back to "hardball." time for the "sideshow." (male announcer) if you've had a heart attack
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back to "hardball." time for the "sideshow." first up, the question de rigueur. she keeps getting hit with it. you know who and you know the question. the who is secretary of state hillary clinton. the question is whether she's thinking about some day running for president. here is her answer on "meet the press." >> the answer is no. >> but you didn't say never. >> i say no, never, not at all. i don't know what else to say. >> are you saying you wouldn't entertain another run? >> i have absolutely no belief in my mind that that is going to happen, that i have any interest in it happening. >> i think we all have our own personal sense of what she's thinking about the long run politically. let's agree there's no reason in the world for her, given her current position, to share what she's thinking. next up, a political battle in concord, a kiosk owner down in concord, north carolina, says that his lease at a shopping mall is not being renewed because of the right wing propaganda he sells. you know, bumper stickers such as "impeach obama" and "al
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qaeda's two favorite days, 9/11/01 and 11/4/08." some supporters are saying they'll boycott the mall. finally, loud applause to my friend lance armstrong coming back from a three-year retirement. the cancer-surviving american the owner says he's gotten to boost his sales out of the facility. finally, a loud applaud for lance armstrong. he finished a very respectable third place in the tour de france yesterday. that's a hell of a feat, and i can't wait for him to go for the roses next year. here is lance on "hardball" a while back talking about health care reform. do you think this country is on the verge of a major change on how we finance health care? >> i'm not trying to be political. everybody deserves health care, period, and i actually do agree with that. great, new york city, if you had
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an investment banker in midtown manhattan who had advanced cancer, he'd have the best care in the world. two miles north of there, the slums of harlem, they'd probably die. that's an issue. that's an issue of access, and that's a disparity that we shouldn't put up with. >> it's not just about the bike, obviously. now, for tonight's "big now that sarah palin is no longer governor of alaska, will she be setting the groundwork now for a presidential run? how are her chances? according to the online traders at dublin based, her chances are 16%. that's 1 in 6. she's in second place. she's just behind two people, mitt romney and bobby jindal. 16%. one chance in six odds of winning the big republican nomination in 2012.
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i'd say the odds are better than that. maybe i should make the bet. that's our "big number" tonight. coming up, they just don't go away. the birthers, those right wing nuts -- is that too cruel? who think barack obama isn't an american. now they're getting support from some republicans in congress like, well, senator james inhofe of oklahoma who says he won't discourage the birthers and they may have a point. why are elected officials in this country playing to the sleaze bags? that's coming up next. you're watching "hardball" only on msnbc. perfect 10 -- the 10 minute phenomenon from nice 'n easy. rich color, stunning high gloss, and flawless gray coverage all in just 10 minutes. a breakthrough so big, it won the most awards from beauty editors they even say... "perfect 10 has forever changed our opinion of at-home color." has it changed yours yet? perfect 10. the 10 minute, high gloss color that changes everything. from clairol.
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i'm melissa with breaking news. sources tell nbc news that michael jackson's doctor administered a powerful drug that authorities believe may have killed him. dr. conrad murray did give jackson the prescription sedative pro-pop pal on the night that he died. recruiting and training six men with the intention of sending
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them overseas to participate and after involvement in a dogfighting ring, now back in the nfl, the falcons kwauft ter back was reinstated and could participate in games as early as october. on wall street, a new report led to solid gains of the dow jones industrial and the s&p 500 is up over three points and nasdaq is up over two. now back to hardball. will republicans be blasted when they go home next month? will they shout them down as nuts or keep throwing them the peanuts? a blogger for the post took a
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camera to capitol hill to get questions answered and how many republicans did congress really think was the president not a natural born citizen? check it out. here's his blog. >> do you think that there's a question here? >> i think that there are questions. do you know how many republicans in the -- it's enough to hold the competition? >> you can tell me what you think. >> no, i don't think he was. >> analyst with the politico, how would you first find a republican stuter when asked whether barack obama is a republican? i mean, i'm sorry, if he's
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american. no, they are stuttering because there are nightmares that took them back home for the august recess that they would like to spend the time attacking barack obama's health care plan and spend all of their time at the meetings talking about whether he has a legitimate birth certificate or not. the white house claims they think the story is beneath them. they think it's an outrage. but when robert gibbs was asked about his briefing today, which i attended, he answered it. i think the white house is sort of looking forward to the prospect that the republicans had to deal with this when they go home. >> i almost hate to indulge in a setting, this is all seriousness, the white house briefing room discussing the made-up fictional nonsense of whether or not the president was born in this country.
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if i had some dna, it won't aswaj those who were born here and he was born in the 50th state of the greatest country on the face of the earth. because for 15 dollars you can get an internet address and say whatever you want. >> and why did a dozen or so resolution with regard to this, we've got a new guy out there saying that he wants a resolution on something else but here's the one. we've got a democrat who wants to stay up there also throwing in the fact that the president of the united states was born in hawaii. clearly the battle has been joined here. is this real. >> i thought they did and i
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agree, the white house would like nothing better than the republicans to go back to their district during the august recess and have the constituents ask about this and that means that they won't be asking them about the obama health care plan why would i question a birth announcement puts in the newspapers during the time that he was in hawaii with the street address and everything. we're looking at it right now. why would anyone have such an announcement made except that they are planning for their kid, just born, to be president. thr automatically a citizen if the president is a citizen. there's one goal here with a presidency.
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>> well, chris, look, this isn't a -- >> that is a theory, by the way. >> this isn't about facts. where i began as a reporter back in april, those same people that i saw there, some of them, the people who were worrying about the government taking up the guns, the people who deny that the federal government has a right to tax your income, the people who are worried about being overrun at the borders, the people who are worried about the rights of the nra and so forth, a lot of those same rejectionist front, if you will, are out there looking for a reason to find a conspiracy in the presidency of barack obama. there are just enough annoying bureaucratic details that she can seize on having to do with the original birth certificate, et cetera, which are all legally and factually beside the point, but there are enough of them that allows the people on the fringes of the party to do what they're going to do. when the river is low, the river bed is exposed. the river is low in the republican party right now, and you're seeing the rocks at the bottom.
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>> i can't wait until somebody hits the question or brings the question of sarah palin. maybe that's bringing cole to new castle. i assume she'll give something of a stutter as an answer. ken, i haven't had you on the show lately, so i want to get your dna. they have something called a minnesota multiphasic personality test which tests your temperament. they ask you questions, do you like tennis or baseball? would you rather play chess or go outside, whatever. then right in the middle they say things like is someone chasing you right now? a someone trying to kill you? they intersperse those questions. i think a lot of these people will say yes. are we talking psychological problems with people or what? >> there are certain people who are prone to embrace conspiracy theories? we see it with the idea that 9/11 was an inside job. the idea that there's a global banking cabal designed to take say things like is someone chasing you right now? a someone trying to kill you? they intersperse those questions. i think a lot of these people will say yes. are we talking psychological problems with people or what? >> there are certain people who are prone to embrace conspiracy theories? we see it with the idea that
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9/11 was an inside job. the idea that there's a global banking cabal designed to take over the government. there are enough of them particularly in the internet age where they can be something of a force in politics and one the republicans have to watch out for. >> you are great. ken, i'm falling in love. you're great. you have reminded me of all the erogenous zones of insanity in one sentence of free thinking. your stream of consciousness has picked up on the item that george w. bush was sitting in the white house basement with a plunger as he blew up the world trade center with his uncanny ability to get away with murder.
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>> chris, can i just -- >> people give a lot of money. ron paul's campaign showed that. there are folks who embrace these conspiracy theories -- >> don't say ron paul. >> and have an innate distrust of the federal government, and they can be a force in politics in the internet age. republicans have to be sure they don't cater to them. >> ron paul has a lot of appeal as a libertarian. >> i think the white house is not unhappy this is happening. my ears perk up whenever a politician or spokesman denies something he hasn't been accused of. robert gibbs said i'm being perfectly serious here about this, and i almost don't want to talk about it, but i will. but i would caution the white house not to be too cute by half about this stuff. they think they can do a controlled burn about this, to mix my metaphors. >> do they have a document to trump this in the end if this does become -- >> the document they already have trumps it in the sense that the certification of birth is a valid document that proves his -- >> we're looking at it. >> that's what you have been showing on the air. now, there's a dispute over something called the certification of live birth. does it still exist or not? were they all put on microfilm after 2001? were they destroyed after 2001? it doesn't matter. he was born in hawaii, and there's legal proof to show so, but what i'm saying is if the white house really wanted to
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shut it off in a forceful manner, you know, they could, number one, not answer the questions anymore. the fact gibb was willing to talk about it in the press room today is interesting in and of itself. or they can do something in hawaii if they wanted to. but the democrats see an opportunity in this now which is why neil abercrombie put that new resolution out there on the floor of the house. >> thanks as always. and ken, welcome to the show. up next, sarah palin says good-bye to alaska, not to us. and slams the media on her way out. boy, she is the new spiro agnew. what kind of political future could she have?
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she could have a big one in a party that's getting smaller and farther to the right. she could be perfect for the republicans come 2012. this is "hardball" only on msnbc.
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in office. with this decision now i will be able to fight even harder for you, for what is right, and for truth. and i have never felt that you need a title to do that. >> well, we're back and time for "the politics fix." msnbc contributor and the politico's gene cummings, i have a question. how do we know if she runs for president she won't quit that? quitting public office halfway through your term is an unusual political move. it doesn't bespeak strength. i remember being a napoleon fan. he said the only victory in love is to walk away. i'm not sure it applies. >> i think there is already a bumper sticker. i think i saw conan with it. palin 2012 through 2014 1/2. that's going to be the charge about her. that she quit this. she should have stayed the course. i think it was the worst possible thing she could have
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done because she'll be portrayed as a quitter. >> you know i'm not a quitter so i quit. i love alaska so i'm leaving. there seems to be a -- jean, a separation as they say in football between the reality and the words. >> i certainly agree, chris. it was just a jumble of contradictions as we saw during the presidential campaign. i mean, on the one hand she's feisty and in your face and on the other hand a victim of hollywood starlets. on one hand she's a protective mother who hates the way the media treated her kids and on the other hand goes out of her way to be sure she mentions every single one of them on national tv. then she's a fighter but quits because she's going to be a lame duck and can't get anything done. i mean, i think if we continue on here we may not have to ponder much whether we'll be covering a presidential campaign by her later because what may well happen is she'll go out and profess to be fighting for conservative values where in fact she just makes a whole lot of money for her personal use.
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>> you're a lawyer. i want to give her a chance here. one thing she says that does strike true with me, i don't think she's justified in quitting over it, these nuisance suits against her, one that says you can't raise a legal defense fund to pay off the costs of all these ethics charges. how else is she supposed to pay for a lawyer? isn't that sort of a nuisance that she has a right to be doing? >> well, i think it is unfair to her because it seems like there have been some legitimate and many illegitimate but, you know, chris, she's a fund raising machine. i'm sure there's a lawful way for sarah palin to turn loose what you're about to see now in terms of the grass roots support. >> yes. >> she's going to cultivate for the gop and raise money. and one other observation if i may. the three of us are looking at this somewhat dericively the way in which she announced that she's leaving but i must tell you all day long today telephone calls from people saying to me, that's the plain talk of sarah palin that we so admire.
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she's different than the rest of them and that's why we're for her. >> i think this is like hearts. she's shooting the moon, right, michael? >> she's shooting the moon. only you would say it that way. >> everybody else is trying to discard and she's saying no i'll grab all the cards and going all the direction of all the others which got jimmy carter electsed president, got ronald reagan. go against the crowd. do what they don't do. don't pack up a resume. throw the resume out the window and say i'm running on my values. jeanne? >> well, she can try that but it takes a whole lot of work and the very point you raised in the beginning is what does this say about her stamina and her commitment? you know, a fighter fights through these things. by her own ad mipmission the et laws in alaska need to be amended because of the nuisance suits brought against her. the way you get that done is you stay and fight. >> we'll be right back. well, whatever happened to jim
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