By Mary C. Rydzeski
BRIAN'S QUOTE OF THE DAY
Brian on the GOP Infighting and Embarrassing Democrats: "So the Republicans are having, I think, a healthy fight. And I think the Democrats are going through an embarrassing stretch. And it's amazing the way many outlets are combining efforts to not mention 'Democrat' with the Mayor of San Diego and his serial groping and hugging and kissing and doing disgusting things to every woman he sees. I mean he's almost like a 13 year-old learning without parents! And now you have on top of that Anthony Weiner, a Democrat. Do people realize that? And Eliot Spitzer back in the fray, a Democrat. Do people understand that?"
REP. PETER KING (R-NY), member of the Homeland Security Committee and Chairman of the Sub-Committee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, sounded off about Senators Rand Paul and Ted Cruz calling out King and Gov. Chris Christie for asking for aid after Hurricane Sandy, claiming it is a bigger security risk than anything from the NSA program. "Brian, that is a big lie," King exclaimed, "And the story about money going to Alaska and money going to whatever they were coming up with is untrue."
King continued to take swings at Rand Paul's accusations: "I don't understand what he's talking about, I don't see the connection at all. Every dollar is justified. it's not a hand out, it's money that local governments have always... been entitled to. And that has nothing to do with an NSA program," King explained.
FOX News' Chief White House Correspondent, ED HENRY, explained to Brian exactly what Obama means by a 'Grand Bargain Deal.' "It means both sides would get together... and Republicans would get some of the government spending cuts they want, and Democrats would go along with... political tax reform," Henry explained.
Republican Strategist ED ROLLINS weighed in on the GOP infighting, and said that he doesn't necessarily mind the internal debate. Rollins explained that there will always be different wings within the Republican Party, but the critical aspect of the infighting is "don't make it personal." "There's always a tendency on Christie's part to make... everything a bit of a bar room brawl... and makes it kind of personal," he explained. He went onto say that he thinks the Republican Party has a real shot of winning the Senate majority in 2014 as long no "frivolous candidates" get in.
KEN DAVIDOFF, baseball columnist for the New York Post, weighed in on what he thinks is going to happen this week in regards to the many athletes connected with Biogenesis, including Yankees star Alex Rodriguez. "I think by the end of the week... Alex Rodriguez and a number of other players will be issued suspensions by Major League Baseball because of their connections to Biogenesis, and then we'll see which players appeal and which players don't," Davidoff said.
PHONY SCANDALS! Special Report's BRET BAIER weighed in on Obama's strategy of minimizing the NSA, IRS and Benghazi by calling them "phony scandals." "I think it's working in some quarters," Baier said, citing some members of the press who want any reason to not cover these scandals, "It's pretty amazing when you... look at the big picture."
JAMES ROSEN, FOX's Chief Washington Correspondent, talked to Brian about the fate of the Bradley Manning. "What's interesting about the Manning case [is]... the government has taken the position for the first time that a leaker violated the espionage act by doing actual damage to the United States," Rosen explained. He went on to say that this could have serious implications for journalism going forward.