BRIAN'S OPENING THOUGHTS
The future of the Republican Party: Is it really as bad as everyone is making it seem? Brian doesn't think so! Plus, Brian looks into whether President Obama's overseas trip was a success or a failure.
A JUMBO BLUNDER! New York Post Columnist Michael Goodwin weighed in on the blunder that Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, caused by coming out and telling the world all that's wrong with the Republican Party.
Goodwin said, "When you start criticizing sort of the races that were run and the positions that were taken, I think you risk two things: You make the party look bad... And then secondly, I think you kind of damage the future. Because what you've done is give the MSNBC crowd lots of ammunition. The anti-Republican commercials kind of write themselves."
FOX News' Chief White House Correspondent, Ed Henry, gave Brian a first look at what we are going to see from President Obama in the upcoming months. "Over the next few months, you're going to see a very aggressive international travel schedule from the president," Henry said.
He explained that although Obama has been criticized for campaigning too much in the past, he is going to bring his campaign trail to an international platform now. "He's trying to win hearts and minds, and not just sit down in meetings with Netanyahu to work things out." By doing this, Henry explained, the Obama administration believes they will "end up getting more when they put some public pressure on the Republican leaders back in Washington."
Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI) weighed in on why he thinks the U.S. should be more deeply involved in Syria. He explained that the number of radical Islamists has grown tremendously in Iraq, and are now entering Syria. If the U.S. wants to regain the center of influence in this area, we need to take a leadership role and stop being indecisive. "[A] lack of decision-making is the most dangerous decision," Rogers said. By doing this, we will be in a better position to control chemical weapon stockpiles. "Small and smart now saves us big and ugly later," he said.
Executive Director of Public Notice, Gretchen Hamel, talked to Brian about the budget that passed through the senate this past weekend. "It doesn't really do anything to balance; it doesn't do anything to address the oncoming problems... All it does is really just acknowledge a few things on the spending side but really just [sic] raise taxes to the tune of 975 billion dollars," she explained
Chief Washington Correspondent and host of "The Foxhole," James Rosen, weighed in on Secretary of State John Kerry's impromptu visit to Iraq and Afghanistan. Rosen said that although the visit was a surprise to the world, he thinks it was in the works for quite some time. He also said that the visit with Afghan president Hamid Karzai was "fraught with tension."