Bonus 2: minute-by-minute coverage of Gov. Tim Pawlenty's speech to Iowa Republicans last night from O. Kay Henderson. Key lines: "Hope and change have brought Americans fear.
"I want to ask you: 'Are you fired up and ready to fight back? The only
thing growing faster than the national debt is Chris Matthews' man-crush on
Barack Obama." "We don't have a big enough party to be throwing people overboard,"
On the health care bill in the Senate:
Sen. Jack Reed:
believe we're going to pass health care reform... Senator Reid, Harry Reid,
has introduced a public option. There's strong support there. But we are far
from the end of the debate in the Senate. It will take time. It will be
careful, thorough and deliberate. I hope that a public option is part of the
Bob McDonnell said he wouldn't be inclined to "opt in" to the health
care bill but said that it would depend on how it was structured:
either way, my preference would be not to have Virginia participate, from what I know this
plan contains. However they structure it, if it gives flexibility to
states, I think that's a good thing. We've outlined a number of things I
think we can do at our state level, John, that will help our people have more
access at a lower cost, but I'm very concerned about turning this significant
section of the American economy over to the federal government. "
McDonnell stayed mum on 2012 speculation.
On Ft. Hood:
Fox News Sunday, Sen. Joe Lieberman implies that there's a terrorism
connection to the shootings and calls for an investigation.
Sen. Lindsey Graham: "
the end of the day, maybe this is just about him. It's certainly not about his
religion, Islam. It's not about the Army; it's not about the war. At the end of
the day, I think it's going to be about him. And if we missed some signals,
some clear signals, we've got to fix that. And I trust the Army to want to fix
it... his actions do not reflect on the Islamic -- Muslim faith... This
man's actions reflect on him. And if we missed some signals about him that we
should have known, great. But let's don't take this to a level that we should
not. Let's don't accuse people of basically giving him a pass because he's a
Muslim. Because I don't think there's any evidence of that.""
On the elections:
Michael Steele's Freudian slip. Rachell Maddow on Creigh Deeds and the lessons of 2012: Democrats are always going to be accused of overspending. Dems shouldn't get shy about a second stimulus. Haley Barbour said
that Sarah Palin had, uh, "something" to contribute to the Republican
Party, but wouldn't say whether she could be president.