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Thursday, December 9th, 2010

The Crackup Of An American President And His Party
Obama’s willingness to compromise with Republicans on extending the George Bush tax cuts left many liberals angry at ‘The Anointed One.’ Obama’s response was equally as angry and fiery. He dismissed his Democratic critics as “sanctimonious.” “This is a pretty amazing moment in history,” Sean said commenting on the bickering between the President and his party. “This is the crackup of an American president and his party. Just to stand back and watch all of this is pretty fascinating to me - particularly watching the president becoming more unhinged and angry.” Ultimately Sean didn’t think Democrats would leave the president hanging and not vote for the proposed tax plan. “If they don’t back Obama on this he may go down in failure. That would be a crushing blow to his presidency – and it might happen. The left is certainly capable of it.”

Not Decided, But Not Impressed
Representative Mike Pence joined Sean on the NewsMaker Hotline and discussed the Obama’s tax deal. Pence told Sean he was still on the fence about whether he would support the measure. “I have not decided [whether I will support the plan] but I’m certainly not impressed,” Pence told Sean. “This deal is going to add billions of dollars of more federal spending which will add to the national debt. While it does extend the tax cuts it only does so for two years.” Pence has teamed with Jim DeMint and proposed a bill that calls for the permanent extension of all the tax rates. DeMint discussed this with Sean last week (read the recap here). "Sen. DeMint and I introduced legislation that will ensure that no American, small business owner or family farmer will see a tax increase on Jan. 1, 2011, 2012, 2013 and beyond," said Pence. "The economy is waiting to roar back in this country," DeMint of South Carolina said, "and the fact that we have waited this long to even address the issue tells you that the people running this government don't understand how business works."

Bob Beckel Is A Ticked Off Liberal
An angry Bob Beckel joined Sean in the show’s final hour. Beckel was upset with Obama’s tax plan. “Why am I a ticked off liberal?” said Beckel. “It’s one thing for Obama to promise tax cuts for people up to a million dollars, which is what Democrats agreed they would do. Republicans still held everybody hostage until they got what they wanted. It’s just hard to believe that Obama went along with it,” Beckel said angrily. “For a lot of us on the left this is the Holy Grail. It’s one thing to find compromise; it’s another thing to capitulate. I think this was capitulation.”

Show Guests

Bob Beckel

Bob Beckel is an American political commentator and an analyst on the Fox News Channel. He is also a columnist for USA Today. Beckel was the campaign manager for Walter Mondale's 1984 presidential campaign. He became known as the man who wrapped the Wendy's slogan "Where's the Beef?" around Mondale's opponent Gary Hart so effectively. While Beckel was still in college, he worked for Robert F. Kennedy's presidential campaign in 1968. Early in his career, Beckel joined the U.S. Department of State and became the youngest Deputy Assistant secretary of state for the Carter administration. He was co-host of Crossfire Sunday on CNN alongside Tony Snow and later Lynne Cheney and went on to Fox News Channel as a political analyst and commentator, regularly appearing on such shows as Hannity & Colmes, Hannity, and America's Newsroom.

Mike Pence

Michael Richard "Mike" Pence (born June 7, 1959) is a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives for Indiana's 6th congressional district. He currently serves as Chairman of the House Republican Conference (caucus) for the 111th United States Congress. Pence's district covers much of Eastern Indiana.

Jim DeMint

James Warren "Jim" DeMint (born September 2, 1951) has been a U.S. Senator from South Carolina since 2005. He had previously represented South Carolina's 4th congressional district from 1999 to 2005. He is a member of the Republican Party.

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