On the dissatisfaction of the Republican Establishment with the field of contenders...
They are secretly trying to get Mitch Daniels back in the race. There are entreaties being made to Bobby Jindal to get in the race. They are panicked. They are scared to death they’re going to lose the House and not win the Senate and I told you on November 10th, that’s their primary concern. That’s why they were apoplectic at Christine O’Donnell and Sharron Angle getting Tea Party nominations. It’s about the Senate. It’s about being in charge of the money. It’s not about cutting spending. The Republican establishment is not … signed on to the cutting spending business… they don’t like conservatives, and they’re not really all that concerned about spending. They want to be in charge of it. That’s who they are. And they are not going to be in charge of it if they don’t hold the House and if they don’t pick up the Senate. And that’s what they really want. They’re not and never have been convinced that Obama can be beat.
On tomorrow’s budget meeting between the House Republican leadership and President Obama in the White House.
I’m going to tell you Republicans something right now, and right here, and if you know anybody who’s an elected Republican I want you to pass this on to 'em because this is key. At this meeting tomorrow, Obama is going to do everything he can to get these guys to raise taxes... now in the Senate, he might not have much of a problem. In the Senate, there might be some Republicans who’d go along – I don’t think the majority of them. But the House Republicans are not. Going. To sign anything. That raises taxes. They just aren’t. And so Republicans you have got to go into that meeting tomorrow fully aware that the President is the one who’s gonna have to cave. The President is the one who can be made to cave, if you hold firm on not raising taxes, ‘cause that’s all he cares about, and that’s all the Democrats care about.
On the anemic legislative performance of the house Republican leadership.
The mood of this country is what the hell's going on? More and more people think that we have an administration that's actively, happily presiding over the decline of this country. A decline the majority of the people in this country don't want. And there doesn't seem to be any noticeable effort to stop this way of thinking or believing, in Washington. So, one unfortunate constant seems to be the Republicans' incapacity to handle their electoral prosperity.
On the timidity of house Republicans with regard to a possible government shutdown.
Why are you so afraid of the shutdown? Why are you so afraid of it? Even if you do get blamed, what are we talking about here? We're talking about an out-of-control federal government, we're talking about you guys ran for reelection in November, you won big on it. If you believe in the idea, to hell with the ancillaries here. If the government's gonna be shut, if that's the result here, then own it. And go out and explain it.