BRIAN'S OPENING THOUGHTS
Brian is shocked that President Obama said he will support Boehner's "no budget, no pay" deal, and actually thinks this will pass and end up on Obama's desk! Meanwhile, Brian is relieved that Hillary is finally answering questions about what happened in Benghazi this past September, and is also analyzing the backlash Phil Mickelson has been receiving over his comments about his high taxes.
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Dr. Keith Ablow, psychiatrist and a card-carrying FOX News Medical A-Team member, analyzed the first four years of Obama's office, and said that the big difference in the way Obama is approaching the job is that "he's more honest."
Later, Ablow weighed in on the backlash Phil Mickelson has been getting from commenting on his high tax rates. He said that the public's reaction is ignorant: "Nobody gets $40 million who isn't producing much more than that. Why does Phil Mickelson get $40 million to play golf? Because networks benefit, people get employed by the networks, sports memorabilia companies benefit, golf club companies benefit..."
James Freeman, assistant editor of the Wall Street Journal's editorial page, weighed in on the debt ceiling, and what steps Republicans have to take in order to achieve fiscal sanity. "Republicans have to make the case for some spending reforms that the President can't say 'no' to... They've got to create a package to really cut pay and benefits of federal civilian workers, and get out there and sell it; and convince the American people that this is a good first step," Freeman said.
Democratic strategist Joe Trippi talked to Brian about inauguration day, and his disappointment in President Obama's speech. "I was really shocked at how political the speech was and how it was almost the State of the Union address," Trippi said. Later, he weighed in on the House Republicans raising the debt ceiling: "I think it's [a] much smarter strategy on Boehner and the House Republicans part, and it worked so far," Trippi said.
Rep. Peter King (R-NY) announced that he will vote against raising the debt ceiling because it is tied to salaries in the Senate. King believes we should have a tight budget but he doesn't like the idea of tying a vote to money. King believes it is a bad precedent because the day could come when the right thing to do is vote down a budget and to say you aren't going to pay somebody for doing the right thing is a dangerous path to go down.
America's Newsroom co-hosts Bill Hemmer and Martha MacCallum talked about Hillary Clinton testifying in front of Congress today. Brian, Bill and Martha all agreed that Senator Ron Johnson failed to have the proper follow-up for Hillary's arguments, and she shut him down.