tv Hardball With Chris Matthews MSNBC May 6, 2011 5:00pm-6:00pm EDT
i am dylan ratigan and hardball is up now. let's play hardball. >> good evening, i'm chris matthe matthews. president obama showed us he's as cool in the terrorist hunt as president he was delegate hunt in 2008, by getting osama bin laden. he has transformed his image and perhaps his presidency. today in fort campbell, kentucky, he met the men that carried out the mission. >> thanks to the incredible skill and courage of countless individuals, intelligence, military, over many years, the terrorist leader who struck our
nation on 9/11 will never threaten america again. >> president obama 2.0 at the top of the show tonight. plus the cloak and dagger story itself. new details emerging about how we got bin laden. today we learned the cia tracked him for months from a rented safe house in his neighborhood before the s.e.a.l.s went in. about the s.e.a.l.s they are the elite of the elite but what does it take to become a s.e.a.l. we'll meet two of them tonight. that's going to be exciting for me. news about bin laden, the big story may have been this week republicans running away from their own plan to kill medicare. they are getting a dose of political realities that may cost them big time. let me finish what a sane person would take away from the monumental events of this week. we start with a week that was for the president. eugene robinson, columnist for
"the washington post," both msnbc political analysts. gentlemen, let me ask you about this whole week and at it says about the authority of the president. i'm one that believes power comes from the office but power has to be earned separately, the power that comes from the way people look at you. >> i think a president first gets the job by winning an election but still has to prove himself by the way he performs. barack obama has been making tough calls from the get go, a lot about economic matters and health care and so on. but this was really a tough national security call and it was a gutsy call. can you imagine what would have happened from a global perspective if this did not go well. this was desert one again. it would be jimmy carter, jimmy carter, jimmy carter for the next 18 months. you remember those days. i know you're old enough. >> i was there as a speechwriter. i remember the hell of desert one. >> he had a lot of other choices. he could have tried to bomb. then you don't get the
intelligence bonanza they are working off of. this is a big week in terms of performance and probably should have political ramifications. >> 68% going in. >> 68%. that's not 90%, that's not a slam-dunk. you know, i have thought all along obviously president obama, really smart, really competent. but in the political sense i've said he's really good and he's also lucky. >> you've noticed what i've noticed. i want a lucky president. >> you want a lucky president, too. bin laden was there. they got him. no americans -- not another american life was wasted on this guy. >> who was the president that said what kind of generals do you like? i like lucky generals because he doesn't want to hear excuses afterwards. let's look at the president. as this began monday night, let's listen to the president as he addressed us. 56 million americans watched him
late sunday night. >> today at my direction, the united states launched a targeted operation against that compound in abbottabad, pakistan. a small team of americans carried that out with extraordinary courage and capability. no americans were harmed. they took care to avoid civilian casualties. after a firefight they killed osama bin laden and took custody of his body. >> you know, we all like to watch polls in this business. i want everybody at home watch this poll here. this is a series of what five polls now showing before and after almost. on the left is the currently poll in red. on the right is the one around before. now, they are interesting because they all give him the natural bump, which makes perfect sense. you never know how long it will last if they do. look at the one at the bottom, newsweek. does "newsweek" have problems? is that a broken scale or what?
>> beyond the polls -- >> why does "newsweek" say no change. >> who knows. >> an outliar poll. >> it's statistics, there's always an outliar. beyond the polls, what barack obama did this week, this isn't why he did it, he took that old republican playing card, the weak on defense card. they played it in the 2008 campaign. they were going to play it all the way to 2012 campaign, gop. they can't do it anymore. are you wake on defense. i don't know, go ask -- >> i was going back in my brain on this thinking franklin roosevelt was a great war president. he picked the great generals, right front, europe first and then asia. he made the tough calls. truman comes in, drops two atom bombs on the japanese, ends the war, saves the lives of servicemen. a brutal call but he calls it. then went to korea, which a lot wouldn't have done it was tough. johnson fought maybe not
brilliant but tough war in vietnam. with respect this idea that the democrats in history vice president been willing to fight and try to be at least great patriotic leaders. gene? >> it's not grounded in history or fact, but in the political sense it has scored points for republican candidates for the last several elections. david is right, it won't score points in the next election. what fascinates me, i think there's another political dimension, that sort of steelyness you saw in that clip as he announced bin laden's demise. that takes away this sort of republican narrative that there's something wussy, effete. >> who was the -- i got you. >> the chicago committee -- >> that he wrings his hand, can't be decisive. >> here is the president today. this is a keeper for people that
care about what we have to do in this world. here is the president at fort campbell today. let's watch the president. that's, of course, new york. here is the president just now, just a few minutes ago this afternoon. >> i came here for a simple reason, to say thank you on behalf of america. this has been an historic week in the life of our nation. [ applause ] thanks to the incredible skill and courage of countless individuals, intelligence, military over many years, the terrorist leader who struck our nation on 9/11 will never threaten america again. >> you know, i was thinking that this idea of cool. people that watch this program
follow politics, liberals and conservatives. they do watch the politics. remember all during the fight, the intramural fight between president obama, when he was a candidate, a one-term senator from illinois, hillary clinton with all the power of the clinton organization behind her, she was running 20 points ahead. people like me were saying, senator, get in the fight, will you? you're not in the fight. throw some punches. weeks and months passed and he was 20 points behind of it was almost like that thing with mohammed ali. he was letting it go and taking the punches. then we realized he and plouffe had this plan. tell this story. >> they new the caucus states, the primary states. they had chosen where they would do well, where they wouldn't, how they would do well. they had it all laid out. >> tim russert was following it, the late tim russert. he knew it. >> it was uncannily accurate. >> it was about -- their mantra
was it's about the delegates. keep your eyes on the prize. don't get distracted by polls -- >> bring the movie forward to the last couple weeks. there we had people running around. i do think there's an ethnic piece to this. i know there's an ethnic piece looking at the latest numbers. let's look at this number about born in the united states. still people in this country, 14% republicans, 16% conservatives who say he's not born here based on the facts. this is driving while black. this is racist. this is awful. >> absolutely right. knew all along there was a racial com upon there. you saw the decline, then to now, of people who actually believe that nonsense. i think those are the people that among their complaints about president obama, they didn't quite get him as commander in chief, a military
leader. >> friday night at midnight at some truck stop along the road, steak highway, what are they saying? >> he got osama bin laden. >> you think these guys are saying that? >> not the 14%, okay, but the rest of them. >> i think 14% is a really good number for the president. get it that low. >> you realize what they are saying. i don't think he's an american and i don't believe he caught that guy. the other guys got him. >> that whole birther line is done with. it was killed by the birth certificate. after getting osama bin laden -- >> you think so? >> i think so. i don't think it will get any traction among the crazies who you can't get anyway. people beyond rational thought. you can't worry about them. maybe that's 14%. maybe that's what this poll shows. >> there's no asking for a driver's license with these
guys. >> he's now the killer of islamic terrorism. before he was an islamic terrorist. >> we have a crazy job, every time we get a job, number of new jobs or the rate. the rate went up to nine again. look at this, 244,000 new jobs last month. that means people going back looking for jobs that had given up. there is a more robust labor market out there. they are not sitting out there giving up. >> it's not robust enough. you need 150,000 to keep even with population. we lost 8 million jobs in the bush-cheney recession, 100,000 a month, take ah long time to get that back. >> that's cheating. >> cheating. but it's better than it was last fall. if it continues that way -- >> look at progress at your job, 268,000. the best number in five years. >> is my parameter still right? the benchmark is below eight and dropping to get re-election. >> i'd say below nine.
>> this is like limbaugh. >> i'd say below eight. >> 8.4. >> it's a good week for america. i thank the soldiers, thank you for serving you guys watching now. i mean it. and women. you can tell with the mood here which side everyone seems to be on. the american side. coming up, how that we got bin laden, the facts coming up. the cia tracked him inside. it was almost like the conversation with gene hackman. they sat in the truck across the street watching this guy seeing where he went. they were looking at him through binoculars. let's take a look at cloak and dagger stuff. you're watching hardball on msnbc. [ man ] i've seen beautiful things.
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the white house released its behind the scenes footage of the night the world learned bin laden had been killed. here it is. take a look. >> this was him. the reason i'm calling you is to tell you we've killed him. >> good job, national security team. >> your guys did a great job. >> i'm proud of you. wow, "hardball with chris matthews" after this. the new blackberry playbook. ♪ cos i'm gonna make you see ♪ ♪ there's nobody else here, no one like me. ♪ small enough to take anywhere. powerful enough to take you everywhere. ♪ i'm special ♪ so special
back to "hardball." fascinating new details about the plot that led to bin laden in the cia safe house in that agents spied on him for months. this is going to be exciting for me as well as you. greg, congratulations. really, this is storytelling time. it's good to have good news on how it was done. tell me the story of the safe
house, about how our guys -- it reminded me of gene hackman in "the conversation" sitting there days and hours and weeks. they thought it was osama bin laden. >> that's right. they learned about the compound in august and bring everything they have got to figure out is it him inside. one of the things you've got to do is have people on the ground. the agency rents a house near this compound. one that's able to peer inside this place to keep eyes on things. they are watching it for probably six, seven months. >> wow, did they get a bead on him with binoculars, telescopic lens? i hear they had a mirror they looked through. >> that's the amazing thing, not only watching him from the ground, but using satellite equipment trying to get his voice and they never get a clear shot at this. the cia people i talked to say the discipline bin laden demonstrated inside this compound was remarkable in
itself. >> they saw his figure? >> there was a figure, a tall figure that would go pacing back and forth. they even started calling him the pacer. so they were -- they thought perhaps this was him, but they could never get a clear photograph. >> is he the only guy of his height in that part of the world. >> the difficulty is it was hard to figure out what his height was based on their inability to get a clear look at him from anywhere. >> what did they figure he was doing all day in terms of his role. some thought it was like -- he used to be in al qaeda but no longer an operative but now we're getting information he was playing a role. >> he was playing a role. we're still learning what that role was. it looks like it's more extensive than we thought. for years we thought maybe he's in a cave and not communicating except rarely to get audiotapes out. they found disks, flash drives in there. those appear to be the way he
was communicating with his network sending messages. >> thumb drives, things you took around like a disk used to be. >> they would come out of the compound, make their way through the network and get signals and directions off to others. >> let's talk about us. we are always concerned about what's next, not just anger but planning. this idea he was going to strike a number of american rare roads, passenger trains perhaps at the same time at one of these dramatic 11/11/11. do we know if that was his idea? >> don't no if it was his idea. appears to be recorded in papers united bedroom where he was killed. something he was putting together or reviewing in a personal and direct way. >> i was thinking of a paradigm, almost like an organized underworld figure who gets put away for hard time. he's in prison and still calling the shots for a family, a mob
organization. >> he's got all that time. nothing else to distract him. he's spending all his time just thinking about those things. >> no evidence at all, it seems, because they caught him in the dark basically asleep. they rousted him. they were able to stay and have surveillance from the safe house and he never detected he was in trouble. >> that was one of the biggest worries about this operation. this is a very delicate thing for the cia to do, put people on the ground. >> americans or o. >> when you look inside the safe house, americans, cia case operatives. >> staying undercover. >> staying inside, not venturing outside, using their equipment to monitor the compound also running networks of pakistanis. maybe pakistani americans. >> sure. >> a lot of people being used to blend into this neighborhood, into this city. >> so we have really -- let me ask you the question open ended. have we advanced in human intelligence since 9/11? >> i think there's no doubt
about that. i think, you know, the agency has learned so much, as much as the military has changed, the experiences of the war in iraq and the war in afghanistan, the agency has changed. >> we get rid of don't ask, don't tell, that will help, too, a lot of linguist people harassed. >> i don't know. >> i've followed that too. what does al qaeda look like to you globally now? is it a bunch of broken up pieces? is it still a network that communicates? >> looks al qaeda today for the first time acknowledges bin laden's death in a message they put up only. there's an appeal in there, can we hold this thing together, guys. but the biggest question, will it spiral out into a bunch of lesser, smaller, less connected organizations, because you don't have that inspirational figure there tying it all together. >> if you were working with tsa or working with homeland
security, would you fear they would go ahead with the railroad attempt on the 11th of september. >> you would have to be prepared for a lot of these things. i think -- i'm sure the agencies are concerned there are people in place and scrubbing all these computers and drives looking for other plots that are just -- who knows whether they are in the planning stage. who knows how far they are towards execution. if we've learned anything it's that you can't be too fast. >> thanks for coming on. greg miller of "the washington post" which still covers agencies of the government better than anybody. up next last night's republican presidential debate, such as it was, wasn't must-see tv. the most powerful republican in the country. wait until you hear who didn't watch. doing something else like having dinner, asked for a tv set to watch it on. he wasn't even asking for fox. he didn't care. wait until you hear who it was. you're watching "hardball" on msnbc. ♪
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there were five debaters in the fox republican debate, some people tells me they didn't have a winner in the bunch. both the moderators and candidates last night spent much of their time talking about the candidates who did not show up. take a listen. >> a man who may johnny you at some point in the gop primary, former massachusetts governor mitt romney is not here. >> governor romney is not here to defend himself. >> if you had a reality tv show like donald trump did. >> beginning rich's past behavior. >> you supported governor romney in 2008. >> i love the huck. >> mike huckabee. >> donald trump. >> sarah palin. >> newt gingrich. >> michele bachmann. >> the replacements there. fifteen mentions of romney, beginning rich, palin, trump. fifteen mentions of no shows. what a debate. tonight's missing in action big number. next, inside the navy
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hello. i'm simon hobbs with your cnbc market wrap. a stronger than expected jobs report today helping to snap a four-day losing streak. the dow jones industrial added 54 points, s&p up 5 and nasdaq gained 12. stocks were moving steadily lower all week before stabilizing on those jobs numbers. employers added 244,000 jobs in april, well above estimates. the dollar is stronger again today as the euro weakens. of course the dollar was a big drag on stocks all week. commodity holdings like crazy as a result. silver prices falling another 3% today, down 27% over the past
five sessions. take a look at oil prices, down another 2% to finish below $98 a barrel, that's the biggest five day slide since 1983. kraft food was the stand out on the earnings front on better than expected top and bottom line results delivered after the closing bell on thursday. that's it from cnbc first in business worldwide. now back to "hardball." >> welcome back to "hardball." we're learning new details today about just what happened when two dozen members of the super elite s.e.a.l.s team stormed the compound. according to jim miklaszewski, the s.e.a.l.s came under fire right away. bin laden's courier shot at them when they first raided the compound. the s.e.a.l.s returned fire killing him. as they raced up the stairs,
they shot and killed bin laden's 19-year-old son on the second floor. the commandos looked up to discover bin laden himself peering down over the railing above. they fired on him but missed as he ran back into his bedroom. two young girls suddenly ran from that room. one s.e.a.l. grabbed and pulled them out of the line of fire. that's when two other s.e.a.l.s rushed the bedroom. one shot bin laden's wife in the leg as she approached. the other shot bin laden twice at close range killing him. the president obama watched the whole operation realtime from the situation room at the white house. hours ago he met privately with members of that team, the s.e.a.l. team 6. here is what the president said moments ago after meeting those commandos who pulled off the most high-profile operation in the history of the s.e.a.l.s. >> they chose to serve in a time of war knowing they could be sent into harm's way. they trained for years. they are battle hardened. they practiced tirelessly for
this mission. when i gave the order, they were ready. in recent days, the whole world has learned just how ahead they were. these americans deserved credit for one of the greatest intelligence and military operations in our nation's history. >> here to give us some insight on what it's like to be a s.e.a.l. on a daring mission. a s.e.a.l. for 10 years operated in europe, asia, south central america and served on s.e.a.l. team four. eric greitens served as commander of targeting cell as well as special operations task unit. he's reservist and author of the book "the heart and the fist, the education of a humanitarian, the making of a navy s.e.a.l." gentlemen, so much an honor to have you on the program, it's an amazing historic week. we've gotten to know you a little bit here.
when you get the call, as the president talked about, what was in the heart of a s.e.a.l. >> it's on. let's do it. it's an honor. a lot of weight or thought of the american country, people affected by the terrorist, all the terror he's done around the world. just an honor, ready to go. >> this sense you're going in basically for the kill, going after the ultimate world's bad guy probably going to fight to the death. either way it's going to be dangerous. it's going to be to get him. is there a special fear about the firepower turned out to not be a lot here, but you're not going to get him easy. >> there's a lot of unknowns but you have a job to do. you follow orders, get the mission done and protect your team meets. >> let me go to eric. thank you for joining us. you're still in the service. thank you for your service. >> you're welcome. >> tell me what you can tell us about what's in the heart and mind and guts of somebody that can swim like a fish, be an air trooper, paratrooper, swim,
drop, what can't you do, drop you in deep water from an airplane, swim for hours, fight crocodiles. what can't you guys do? >> well, s.e.a.l.s are sea, air and land commandos. the whole idea is that s.e.a.l.s are able to come from the sea, come over land or in this case as we saw on sunday night, come from the air. in order to develop that kind of capability, they go through the hardest military training in the world. it's called buds. basic underwater demolition s.e.a.l.s training. it's a training that's designed to push people to their mental, physical and emotional limits, to really push people and see how they coalesce as a team when they come under pressure. we saw sunday night the great results of that trade in. >> what is it in your blood pressure that keeps you cool, is it in your brain or are you trained for that? >> you're trained. it's rehearsal. they said on the news they spent four months preparing for this, every contingency. everything didn't go exactly right such as the helicopter
going down. with all the planning they have, they didn't miss a beat. >> what about understanding the politics of what you're doing? how much do you need to know in an operation like this. everybody knows who osama bin laden is. everybody knows what al qaeda is. do you have do have that context. >> you have that context but you follow orders, do your job. >> they are dropped in by helicopters. helicopters are the nicest things to fly in but my experience are the least reliable of any aircraft. they don't have a great track record. they do let you down. i remember desert one. we all do. >> the lessons of desert one really helped to create modern special operations community. of course here the helicopters presented a danger but there's all sorts of things that can go wrong in any operation. that's why teams like this prepare relentlessly. they practice time and time and time again in order to be prepared for any contingency that's going to happen on the
target so they can react. lots of dangers here at the tactical level and even, of course, at the strategic level. that's why these warriors were chosen to go in and execute what was an incredibly high-profile operation. >> he told "60 minutes" what the biggest concern was sending in those commandos. here is the exchange between kroft and the president. >> what was the most difficult part. you had to decide. this was your decision whether to proceed or not and how to proceed. what was the most difficult part of that decision? >> my number one concern was if i send them in, can i get them out. a lot of the discussion we had during the course of planning was how do we make sure there's back-up. how do we make sure there's redundancy built into the plan so that we ever the best chance of getting our guys out. >> when we fight in these situations we don't know the relationship with pakistanis, one village differs from another, in terms of
friendliness, lack of friendliness. do people think about black hawk down, desert one. what is the situation in do people turn on you. >> you plan, have every back-up contingency. it's all about teamwork, leadership, confidence. when you're on a team, it takes everyone to succeed. when you're on a team, everyone counts on everyone to do their job. these guys, like he said, put so many hours in to get it done. >> how do the s.e.a.l.s -- this wasn't marine, coming in from the water. why do you think the s.e.a.l.s got this call? >> these particular s.e.a.l.s are seasoned, a little oerld, a lot of missions and experience behind them. they are very good, do their best. >> what do you think of these simulations, good? >> i wasn't there. i'm not much of a computer guy. >> it's amazing. >> amazing. >> what do you think of the simulations. i'm amazed at nbc's ability to do this. that is right? >> i wasn't there. i wasn't on the ground.
it would be hard to say how accurate they actually are. they certainly look good, chris. >> let me ask you about contingency. again, redundancy seems to be a big part of this, to have more soldiers than you absolutely need, more choppers than you absolutely need. the idea two went in, one went down, right? you had a third that went in and replaced one of the first two. you had another one as a back-up. basically doubling the helicopters you need to get the job done. it seems like we're really, as you said, eric, living in the days after desert one. no more sending in just enough helicopters to do the job. short one, couldn't go through with the operation. >> what they want to do is relentlessly plan and think about anything that might go wrong so they can then react to the situation and keep the focus on achieving that mission, which was obviously eliminating bin laden and pulling intelligence off the targets. as you practice, one of the things you're going to do is
step back each time and figure out what the lessons learned were so you get better each time you're practicing. one of the things we have to recognize, it was that tremendous dedication to practice, that tremendous dedication to service. a lot of these guys have been at this for almost a decade that actually led to the successful operation on sunday night. >> you guys are great explainers in addition to what you do. you're good physically and orally. this is a good presentation today. i don't know where we got you guys from but thank you eric, john. up next ideology meets reality. republicans are already running away from -- remember their plan to kill medicare? not as popular as three weeks ago. this is "hardball" only on msnbc. hey, did you ever finish last month's invoices?
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that was house speaker john boehner in late april talking about -- that was only a few days ago talking about the republican plan to end medicare. the gop leadership seems to be blaming the democrats and president for not going forward with ryan plan is this republicans whipping out a tough fight ahead or do they realize it's a losing issue with republicans. for more on this and republican debate last night, i'm joined by chris cillizza and roger simon, chief political columnist. roger, you can tell, slip sliding away. a definite article and indefinite article instead of the plan, a plan. >> boehner is not going to swallow the suicide pill along with paul. >> this happened rather quickly. what happened? two weeks ago they all voted for it but four republicans. what happened? >> what happened was the realization is there's no constituency for this plan.
nobody wants it accept a few people in think tanks. the house just got rolled because they were on this high. it just like president bush's desire to privatize social security. we talked about it for months. nobody in the country wanted it. >> here is a disconnect. we want to go right to the thing afterwards. this is so instructive. let's hold this moment watching. it's more important. it's to understand what words mean. americans like social security. my dad was as republican as you can get and he liked medicare. for the first time in his life something was being paid for that he paid into. since he was 18. americans like it. they don't think of it as welfare. they think i paid it in and i'm getting it back. we go on this frank thing last
night and everybody calling obama a socialist. one thing they say i want this for america. roosevelt, johnson did this, it's my america. every one of those people in the focus group say he's a socialist. what is it? are they socialists? are they republican socialists? >> i think we expect there's logic to everyone's thought. if i'm for social security and medicare. >> it's not socialism. >> the truth of the matter, we've seen this over the last couple of elections, people have a patchwork electoral approach, philosophy. independents go for democrats by 18 points in 2006. they go for republicans by 19 points in 2010. not that much change in those four years. >> what do they mean when they say socialism -- >> they are picking up on the buzzwords i would say. >> one person's weed is another's floor. >> the republican party as the
dough party, what do you make -- >> libertarians just don't care what general public thinks of them. they are not going to get elected president. they can go into debates and be terrific. they can be strong. they can be decisive. they don't care. if you're tim pawlenty, poor tim pawlenty who wants to be president, you've got to be careful. >> we argue, he's legalizing heroin and the other guy former governor of new mexico he wants to legalize marijuana, not that controversial but this the conservative party. >> this is why -- to roger's point. this is why it's an odd thing tim pawlenty participated. i get why. he figures fox news channel, lots other people. ron paul and gary johnson, they're not on the same page. >> there's the establishment
republican party that wants to hold office, then there's the tea party-led party that would just as soon yell and have fun. the focus group showed that herman cain, who heads up godfather's pizza, this is an amazing result. this was his favorite line from cain in the fox news channel debate last night. let's listen. >> one of the biggest problems we have with this country right now today is too much government intervention in trying to tell businesses how to do what they do best, which is create jobs. government doesn't krael jobs. businesses create jobs. we need to get government out of the way, including trying to tell a company where they should build a new plant. >> well, this is ronald reagan stuff. this is motivational -- >> classic republican talking point. >> what does he mean, governments have been telling businesses where to put their factories since zoning began. what is new? >> he doesn't care what's new.
>> you want to put a factory in somebody's nice neighborhood? you can't do it in a second. >> as smart as he is, i would listen to him on whether to choose deep dish or new york style. i don't think i would listen to him about economics, how to build jobs and put people back to work. >> i would think that clip and one other clip in which somebody said you've only been a businessman, i've never been in office, and he said basically we voted politicians, how is that working for you? people went crazy. >> what does it mean? >> we learned this in the 2010 election, all those primaries where the establishment lost, the republican tea party of today wants someone to say politicians do not know what is going on, we need government out of the people's lives. herman cain is an effective messenger. i think that's why you saw him do well. that message is what the bulk of the republican party's message is currently. let me get back to an earlier poll. "the washington post" poll asked
people about whether he's an american or not. pretty simple question. still among republicans, it's about 1 in 7, 14%, but they're the kinds of people i would bet show up in these caucuses and primaries. are they that crazy? >> i would say what herman cain is trying to tap into is different than that. i don't think you'll disprove it to the birthing, people who just don't want to believe the evidence. >> are they the voters? >> i think there are some that are republican voters, but i think herman cain is tapping into something different. bring business principles. mitt romney is going to talk like that. i bet tim pawlenty will talk like that. what herming cain said, that won't be the last time. >> you've got to say one thing about focus groups. focus groups are not mini-polls. they should not be used to ask afterwards who won? they reflect only the opinions
of the people in the room. a legitimate fog dulles group answer is, tell me the good points and bad points of everyone you saw tonight. give me a word that you associate with this candidate or that candidate. they are not meant to be -- if 78% of the focus group likes cain, 78% of the voters do, absolutely false. the media -- not just people -- are confused on that point. >> you know what consultants call them? peasants under glass. have a nice weekend. mother's day is coming up. let me return with some of the things a sane person could take away from the news of this weeks. you're waching "hardball," only on msnbc. re sneezing. i'm allergic to you. doubtful, you love me. hey, you can't take allegra with fruit juice. what? yeah, it's on the label. really? here, there's nothing about juice on the zyrtec® label. what? labels are meant to be read. i'd be lost without you.
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let me fin tonight with what sane people learned this week. by sane i mean people able to pay attention to what they see, aren't afraid to see and don't get it confused with something they're convinced of. i learned that people on the right want the picture of dead osama bin laden plastered all over the universe. they don't care if it incites anger, insubtle whole nations. in fact, i think they'd like to stick it to them and see how loud they squeal, how many being leave the hornet's nest. normal people are put off by violence and death.
hillary clinton's picture should be sent. the u.s. doesn't particularly enjoy the killing of people nchts what is it with the republican right? sarah palin wants that picture out everywhere, says it's part of the mission. what mission? to encourage easier recruitment of arab youth? teenagers who grow to say, age 20, and kill themselves? you have to wonder where the palins on the world, the ones on the right, really want to keep stirring up this war on terrorism because it's something they can really get their heads into. can rows their right-wing brigades with. what else did we learn this week? clear-thinking people, those not bound up in prejudice and tunnel vision give credit where it's due. they see obama gets credit for the success in catching the bad guy, and the intelligence and military services, solid admiration as well. they don't crouch down in the
fetal position because they don't like what's going on around them and snap back at pollsters and say george bush deserves the praise and obama doesn't. and most of all, america is protected by very good and competent people. they don't get on television, they don't say crazy things, say hay, look at me. they roll out of the bed every morning, and consider themselves lucky to be serving a country like ours. this week, much like the terrible week in september a decade ago, we remember men and women like this, sometimes so close we can touch them, like those dutiful firefighters who went running up the stairs while everyone else was running down. they are still there. we know, of course. so often courageous just in showing up for work each day. at's the big thing we saw this week. we're as lucky to have thinks gutsy men and women, as we all are, to be americans. that's "hardball" for now. thanks for