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Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

The Blame Game
It’s rare that Bob Beckel and Sean see eye to eye on anything, but both agree the blame game and heated rhetoric between liberals and conservatives over the Arizona shootings has gotten out of hand. “I think it’s a perfect example of people trying to take advantage of a situation before they actually know the facts. The reason this guy did what he did was because he was a lunatic and he should have been stopped by the psychiatric community before this,” said Beckel. Fox News legal analyst Peter Johnson Jr., also on the phone with Sean, concurred with Beckel’s assessment. “My reading of it, and I’m not a doctor, is that he appeared to be displaying symptoms of a psychosis and that of a paranoid schizophrenic. He was delusional, he was disconnected and he appeared to have no connection to reality. Paul Krugman of the New York Times attempted to inflame passions by attacking media personalities and politicians when in fact the coll ege knew, the police knew, the people in the community knew, that this kid was displaying signs of a raving lunatic,” said Johnson.

Ed Rendell
Governor Ed Rendell joined Sean on the NewsMaker Hotline to discuss the Arizona shootings. Rendell agreed with the previous guests (Bob Beckel and Peter Johnson, Jr.) that shooter Jared Loughner was not motivated by anything other than his own psychosis. “This is not the time for any [political rhetoric or finger pointing]. This is the time for us to come together. I thought Speaker Boehner was terrific in what he said. An attack on one Congressman is an attack on everyone. Everyone should just cool it, try to support the families in every way we can.”

Gabrielle Gifford's Prognosis
Dr. Michael Baden joined Sean to discuss Congresswoman Gifford’s prognosis. Baden explained to Sean that most victims who suffer a gunshot wound to the head like Gifford did don’t even make it to the hospital. “The fact that she made it to the hospital is a good sign. As long as they can keep the swelling down there is a good chance for survival. How much function Gifford will get back depends on what part of the brain was injured. There is a good chance that she will come out of this but have some impairment, mostly motor impairment, but she should be able to go back into Congress possibly if her intellectual function is still intact,” Baden described.

Show Guests

Ed Rendell

Edward Gene "Ed" Rendell (born January 5, 1944) is an American politician and Governor of Pennsylvania . Rendell, a member of the Democratic Party , was elected Governor of Pennsylvania in 2002, and his term of office began January 21, 2003. He is currently a Member of the Democratic Governors Association Executive Committee, and also served as General Chairman of the Democratic National Committee during the 2000 presidential election . From 2008 to 2009, Governor Rendell was Chairman of the National Governors Association . He currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Team Pennsylvania Foundation [1] and sits on the Board of Trustees of the National Constitution Center [2] in Philadelphia, a museum dedicated to the U.S. Constitution. He is married to Marjorie Rendell , a Federal judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit .

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.