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bill o'reilly here. you may remember the california dude who buys lobster with food stamps. >> how do you feel about that? >> jessie waters tracked him up for an update. this weekend on the journal, editor real report. president obama pressing ahead with his climate change agenda. will he soon be getting help from a hedge fund billionaire. plus taking back the senate is within eternal reach but could it keep them from getting a victory. a stunning result. can big labor survive without the south. welcome to "the journal editorial report." i'm paul ggigot.
they ordered new standards for the american truck, a new aid to push climate change through the use of executive power. the announcement came days after secretary of state john kerry attacked global warning skeptics and shoddy sign activities and called global climate change one of the top threats of our time. >> terrorism, epidemics, poverty, to proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, all challenges that know no borders. the reality is the climate change ranks right up there with every single one of them. >> joining the panel this week, wall street judge columnist and deputy analyst dan and assistant page editorial dan freeman.
that looked calculated. that didn't look like he was speaking off the cuff. meant to say it. so what is secretary kerry and the administration try dog here? >> let's put it this way, pauchlt i don't know if you can possibly be too cynical about what john kerry was doing here. it's about politics and i think the closer we get to the november elections the more we're going to see the standard democratic play book which is to try to position republicans as in an awful light as opposed to what is undeniably good as the president did in his re-elect campaign. and the idea here is the climate change. you're trying to move voters, and in this case they're trying to move younger voters the way obama did in his reelection campaign. second of all, i would not doubt at all that john kerry is actually thinking of running in 2016. why would he say these things? to signal the funding base in the environmental movement which has got a lot of money now that he's on their side and he's in
the game. >> so, kim, some people were saying maybe this was a way to get out ahead of a decision to approve the keystone xl pipeline and the secretary of state has to make a recommendation to the president. that secretary of state is john kerry. could this be a little jujitsu? >> absolutely. here's the problem, paul. the president needs to shore up support among the environmentalsts. they're not happy with him in all manner of reasons. he never passed a cap and trade bill for climate. in deed he may support in the end, we don't know, the keystone pipeline. so this is his way of saying, no, i'm still on board with your agenda, and he's talking about this fund he wants to promote, study all the climate change.
making case that climate change is a fact, blaming things like the drought in california on it. this is about making nice with that crew. >> james, we had a piece this week in the journal by a couple of climate scientists, john christie and richard mcknighter saying no question the earth has warmed some. in fact, the real mistake or bad science has been practiced by the people putting together these climate computer models upon which all the estimates of future warming are based and they really overestimated the amount of warming we've had considerably. >> that's right. i think maybe it's possible that mr. kerry may not have appeared so frightened in that speech if he had seen all of these models predicting doom had not panned out and what you see is a moderate warming suggesting over the next century, perhaps a little bit more than one degrooe and the models showing catastrophe year after year after year have proven wrong. i would just add if they're pressing this as a political
issue, i think it's mainly about the money they can raise. >> so you guys are also cynical. >> no, no, no. this is not an opinion. >> i don't mean that as a -- you know, obviously political calculation plays into it, politicians, okay? but do you think they actually might believe this? >> are they true believers? >> do they believe? >> it's in every obama speech. if you believe that he's acting in part on old information. he talked the other day how we've got to to reduce our dependence on foreign energy. he seems unaware that we've had a boom in this country and we ooh now the world's largest energy producer. but the point i was making on politics is "wall street journal" recently surveyed voters, dead last among a list of more than a dozen priorities was climate change. people don't want this. >> tom stier, the hedge fund billionaire out of san francisco is going to spend $50 million of his own money he says and raise another $50 million to destroet this issue in the election and help the democrats keep the
senate. what do you make of that? >> back then people were trying to integrate the environmental with humanity and the private sector. this is the environment to the left. their agenda is to impose their ideas on the environmental on the population. do that, they have to win elections and gain control of legislatures. i think that's what's going on here. >> kim do, you have any objection to tom steyer spending it all? spend half a billion, spend more, spend it all, the more the merri merrier. i don't think you're going to see the liberals -- >> no. add free elections. i would add one thing. tom steyer wants to keep the dem democrats this the senate but he wants one that's on board with
his climate challenge, religion. that's why one of the people he suggested he might campaign against is mary landrieu down in louisiana who's up for re-election. she's going to face a really tough race, this is his way of putting up a warning signal saying if you guys are not on board with a particular kind of it, you may be a target yourself. >> all right. thank you all. when we come back, there we're just six weeks shy of a republican senate takeover. but could divisions within the republican party derail that ambition? pay my bill. phone: your account is already paid in full. oh, well in that case, back to vacation mode. ♪boots and pants and boots and pants♪ ♪and boots and pants and boots and pants♪ ♪and boots and pants... voice-enabled bill pay. just a tap away on the geico app. ♪ huh, 15 minutes could save you 15% or more on car insurance. yup, everybody knows that. well, did you know that some owls aren't that wise.
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former texas senator ted cruz's shutdown strategy are taking aim at incumbents like minority leader mitch mcconnell, the target of this cently released ad. >> bullying, threats, intimidation. the irs? no. try mitch mcconnell. the senate republican leader. that's right. mitch mcconnell is trying to bully and intimidate the conservatives just like the irs is. he tried to silence the conservatives, calling them trarts who he wants to punch in the nose for criticizing his liberal vote and mcconnell told other conservatives they'd get the death penalty for opposing him. >> all right, kim. that's the sort of thing you don't usually see party to party. that's what democrats would say about republicans. >> i would think they would be nicer, paul. >> exactly. is there a precedent for this kind of thing that you can recall? >> no, i don't recall anything
like this. this is very harsh, brash knuck knuckles. >> what's the leadership? they're not only challenging mitch mcconnell. they're challenging the republican senator. they're challenging pat roberts in kansas, lindsey graham in south carolina. there's a whole network being challenged by the incumbents particularly by these conservative groups. >> what you have here, paul, i think we refer to them as the cam qazi caucus in the senate. these are the guys that want to find on every issue. they wanted a big protracted fight on the debt ceiling and they want them to run into the obama bayonets. they have not wanted to do that. this is a fight over tactics and what they're doing is -- >> kim, is there any substantive issue here? i mean is there a real difference over policy, or is this just about how much you're willing to fight? >> no. this is all about tactics.
mitch mccobble and ted cruz hold nearly identical positions on everything, debt to obama care to everything else. this is a fact they feel mitch mcconnell has gone out there. it's a concerted effort to topple him and a number of other guys and get more people like themselves who would be willing for that fight in the future. >> dan, is that a legitimate point that the leadership just hasn't fought hard enough? >> in a sense. look, the basic problem is that barack obama has sucked all the political oxygen out of washington. there are a lot of long serving democrats in congress for quitting basically because they don't do politics up there anymore. so -- >> you mean they don't do policy. >> they don't do policy anymore. >> they do a lot of politics. >> right. over his term it's been almost impossible for boehner or mcconnell to do any politics at all with barack obama. they don't have the votes either to prevail over them. thing the anxiety is that out in the country of the grassroots,
people feel they their story, their arguments are not being made strongly enough by mitch mcconnell and john boehner. they want a spokesman who will make their argument against barack obama and that has. happened and i think that's a big source of the frustration. >> but that's the historic weakness of congress. it's very hard to have a spokesman coming out of congress which is, you know, 435 people all looking for their tv camera at the same time. it's very hard to speak with one voice. >> yeah. i think if there's a knock on mcconnell, it's that he doesn't do offense. he's one of the all-time greats at stopping washington from doing bad things, but maybe not someone to advance an agenda. but this may be a measure of how far the conservative movement has come where '60s and '70s conservatives were trying to get rid of the eastern establishment. liberal republicans like rockefeller enthusiasm if mcconnell is the establishment, he's no rockefeller. >> that's for sure. >> the party has moved far away
to the right and thank's in response to the president. there is a sense that there needs to be a passionate cound r counterattack, but you need a goal. >> the goal is to take back seats. is the goal really not that but take out the leadership first and if you stay in the minority, so what, because, you know, then at least we'll be in charge and we can frame the arguments? >> no. and i think it's more disturbing than that and worrisome than that, paul. i think that not only do they not much care but the actions they are taking are potentially undercutting the best republican chances they have at taking over the senate. so for instance down in kentucky, mitch mcconnell -- the primary guy who's running against him, he's not going to beat mitch mcconnell. he's very far behind in the polls but these ads are really roughing mcconnell up in the state and he could have a very
difficult time running against a democratic competitor in the general. >> is there any chance that the competitor is likely to win? >> not at the moment but what's coming out in front of them is doing some real damage to the income bents. >> j debate is dog a public service pushing the debate toward the smaller government. members of the tea party have to be careful who they follow, so-called ted cruz on the pop lis health plan. maybe think about the leadership there. >> all right, james. still ahead, a big setback for big baby borers as they vote against the uaw. is the battle over or can unions still conquer the south? th ] oo. [ female announcer ] as you get older, protein is an important rt of staying active and strong. ensureigh protein... fifty percent of your daily value of protein. low fat and five grams of sugars. [ major nutrition ] ensure. nutrin charge!
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a stunning defeat for big laborers last week. the vote was seen as the uaw's best chance to make inroads in the south. "wall street journal" senior editor collin levy joins our panel. i think this came as a surprise. i heard they only had one speech prepared, a victory speech and instead they had to give a defeat speech. why did they lose when they had management at least formally neutral and arguably even on its side. >> right. paul, the union lost because the union is its own worst enemy. that's true really across the board here. you know, vw workers rejected it for the same reason you saw a decline across the country. back in 1975 -- back in 1979 the uaw had 75% more workers, so
this is something very natural that the workers of v.w. are saying why would we want to turn ourselves into detroit. >> >> the company itself was neutral but a lot of the politicians including bob corker and the governor spoke up and said, look, don't do it. they had been very vocal. the union itself is saying that's why they lost because they had the opposition of the politicians. what do you think of that. >> right. the union's only version of a fair election is one only where you hear the voices of the union. they spoke up because the company was neutral in part and, you know, workers deserve to hear what the different options are and issues are. that's not something the union should be criticizing, that workers are too dutch to make decision themselves. >> this isn't the 1940s anymore. over the years the uaw has
gotten all sorts of wages and benefits for them. the only other thing you have that is associated with that is union dues. a lom of young workers are saying what am i getting? i've gotten a good job, i'm happy with my job. what is the union doing for me? why should i be giving them all this money? i think a lot of it has come down to the fact that the unions have not figured out a way to make themselves relevant to the workplace, where you improve the product and that sort of thing. some of the tennessee workers walked away from the uaw. we had bob kick, the head of the united autoworkers come see us a little over a year ago. he talked a good game. he said, look, we realize the problems with detroit, we have to work with management and we want the companies to succeed. some of that was the same message they talked about in tennessee. you may not believe it or not but clearly the workers didn't
believe it. why not? >> the workers didn't believe it because here's the important point. talking of outside influences. president obama made a comment about this election before it happened making a case that those who oppose this unionization care more about german shareholders than they did u.s. workers and that was really the uaw's biggest problem. they had come to be seen as an extension of the democratic party and that democratic party is not very popular in places like tennessee. there are billboards up, that the uaw helped elect obama politicians. that's something that resonated. the uaw as long as it looks like an extension of the political party is going to engiender a lt of talk. >> a lot of talk collin that this is the end of the united autoworkers, that unless they expand in the south they're going to lowly be wasting away. i guess i don't buy that. they have their strength in detroit and they have a lot of
political support from the democrats and the administration. what do you think? >> i think you're right, paul. i think unions and democrats become something of a self-sustaining system here, but there's no question if they can't have the support of management, when can they? >> it looks like yesterday's solution. it's a big problem for the democrats. they're affiliated with the old industrial unions like the uaw. they don't look like they have any forward vision. >> it's the private sector. they at least have a stake in economic success. they become dominated now by public sector unions where it's easier fehr them to organize. isn't that a particular problem, an image they project, a problem for some of the private unions? >> it is a problem for the private unions because they become less important, and think if younger workers see them as a failing or declining institution, there's no incentive to join them. >> all right.
time now for hits and misses of the week. collin, first to you. >> paul, last year the irs was caught targeting conservative nonprofit groups for additional scrutiny and they promised to make amends. instead the agency proposed a rule that would further restrict the free speech rights of nonprofit groups. that is now open for comments and it's now generated over 25,000 individual comments, a lot of them extremely negative and many of them from liberal groups like aclu. i have a hit to those sticking up for the first amendment. >> kim, a hit to ways and mean's chairman dave camp who after many years of work will this week release a comprehensive blueprint for tax reform. some are pushing back saying
this is too ugly an issue, we don't want to tackle it in an election year. he's still pushing ahead and good for him. republicans are going to have plenty to criticize democrats going ahead but they're also going to need something that can show the americans it's about their ability to tackle big thorny issues. >> this goes to ukrainian skier and father who decided to go home to ukraine rather than dignify putin's olympics in competing in them. what the russians are doing to ukraines is devastating and it's not a game. i give him a hit for going home. >> if you have a hit or miss, please send it to us and be sure to follow us on twitter at jer @foxnews.com. thanks to my panel. i'm paul gigot and i hope to see