Chuck Todd on Cruz and Palin continuing to push the shutdown: “What planet are you guys living on?”

Chuck Todd weighed in yesterday on the Republican government shutdown, and efforts by GOP shutdown leader Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) to question the recent series of devastating polls showing the Republican party in serious trouble with the American people over both the shutdown and the GOP plan to hold the US economy hostage to a debt default.


Here’s some of what Todd had to say, the rest of the video is below:

NBC’s Chuck Todd: I think the echo chamber problem is huge again with the Tea Party wing of the Republican party…. The problem is two-thirds of the country is thinking something else….

Look at yesterday. Yesterday it was he [Ted Cruz] and Sarah Palin doing this odd protest, and you’re just sitting there going, “What planet are you guys living on here at this point?” This is so far off from where the rest of the public is on the shutdown, where the rest of the public is on the direction of the country.

In fact, yet another devastating shutdown-related poll came out yesterday, this time from ABC. The ABC poll shows a record high 74% of American disapproving of the way the Republicans are handling the budget crisis – up 4 points from last week – with 54% now “strongly disapproving.”

Only 53% disapprove of President Obama’s handling of the issue, and 61% disapprove of Democrats – both numbers unchanged from last week.

Now that there’s a tentative deal, at least between the Senate Democratic and Republican leadership, these increasingly bad poll numbers can only help to pressure the GOP to stop holding the economy hostage.

Then again, as one recent article I’d read noted, with all the gerrymandering the Republicans did in the House, far too many of their districts are far more conservative than their party in general.  Thus, even if the national polls are abysmal, and even Republican voters find themselves divided on the shutdown strategy, that ire won’t affect many of the staunchest pro-shutdown/pro-default Republicans, who reside in virtual Tea Party districts.

It will, however, hurt Senate Republicans, who run statewide, and thus can’t benefit from gerrymandering.

It will also hurt any Republican trying to win the presidency in the general election.

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36 Responses to “Chuck Todd on Cruz and Palin continuing to push the shutdown: “What planet are you guys living on?””

  1. Butch1 says:


  2. cwazycajun says:

    she knows she’s smart ,someone wrote on her hand for her to read and convince her

  3. Andreas says:

    Well it is Ted Cruz and Sara Palin , what else do you need to know. Is Todd upset because he is afraid they are hurting the republican party or what.

  4. Bill_Perdue says:

    Democrats are Republicans in drag.

  5. Whitewitch says:

    Sadly I do not have the faith you have in our President. I do hope you are correct and that is his goal. I don’t know that we can wait another 200 years.

  6. smartgeema says:

    Bill_Perdue, your Republican brainwashing is leaking out, all over the place!

  7. smartgeema says:

    Exactly my thoughts, MichaelS!!

  8. smartgeema says:

    I’m sympathetic to Becca’s feelings and to your comments as well, Whitewitch.
    That being said, I’ve spent considerable thought and energy observing and analyzing Mr. Obama’s overall behaviors and reactions since taking office as our President.
    I’m now fairly certain that Mr. Obama understood, certainly far better than I ever did with my 30 years of life experience and several decades of political awareness on him, from as far back as twenty years ago when he first reached his majority, that ridding our American society of these radical right wing haters and deniers of truth and human justice is going to be a long, internal, cultural war – a war the likes of which none of us living Americans has ever seen before.
    I believe now that Mr. Obama understands that this long culture war in the USA will have to be fought over several generations’ time before truth and justice for all finally prevails here in actual fact, as well as in theory – and he also recognizes that the more, consistently patient, rope we allow these blind bigots and hypocritical demagogues, the sooner they will manage to finish themselves off. And allowing them to destroy themselves, via their own hateful actions and distorted, amoral, beliefs is the only certain way for the USA ever to rid our society of them, and of their unremitting hate, for good.

  9. Bomer says:

    According to some of the kids I knew in college: “D” is for diploma.

  10. HelenRainier says:

    That’s pretty harsh for Chuck “Not My Job to Fact Check” Todd.

  11. Badgerite says:

    He’s only now figuring out that these people do not live on planet earth with the rest of us?

  12. Swami_Binkinanda says:

    That’s why Reagan killed the Fairness Doctrine.

  13. Butch1 says:

    I love your play on words. ;-)

  14. Mike_in_the_Tundra says:

    Oh come now. Even she can’t be that stupid.

  15. karmanot says:

    True, the new ‘D’ is a B-‘ these days

  16. karmanot says:

    Yep. For example when a nasty New England matriarch launched into a Christmas dinner rant ending with the grasshopper and ant story, I merely observed that times had changed. The grasshopper worked seasons and merely went south to Key West, thus baking his cake and eating it too. The table went silent, and fortunately the old bitch never again spoke to me.

  17. karmanot says:


  18. karmanot says:

    Obama seems congenitally determined to avoid greatness and leadership at any cost.

  19. Chef Kowalski says:

    Per Todd’s comment, whatever planet Cruz and Palin are living on, you can bet its Department of Immigration and Naturalization is drafting papers to have them deported as undesirable aliens.

  20. Butch1 says:

    She actually thinks that she is so smart.

  21. AdmNaismith says:

    Right- Just mint the damn coin.

    Obama’s already said he won’t do that, so the hostage remains a hostage.

  22. Indigo says:

    True point. Bottom line: A jobless Todd would make my day.

  23. Indigo says:

    Meanwhile, Sarah and her enablers are caught up in a sedition plot to undermine the United States government.

  24. Whitewitch says:

    I still want the President to Stand Tall and not take any BS from the kids in the House. I agree with you that extending this to February is not a solution as they will just “do it again”. I think the Republicans just like to see their names and faces in the press and don’t care whether it is for good or for evil. They like the “feeding frenzy” and enjoy the scapegoating.

  25. BeccaM says:

    Oh, and here’s more abject lunacy from Sarah Whatsherface:

    President Barack Obama is risking “impeachable” offenses with the way he is handling the debt limit debate, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said in a post on her Facebook page Monday.

    “Defaulting on our national debt is an impeachable offense, and any attempt by President Obama to unilaterally raise the debt limit without Congress is also an impeachable offense,” Palin wrote.

    So let me get this straight: House Republicans (and Senate GOPers to a certain extent) engineer a debt crisis. If the President does anything to get out of it, he can be impeached. If House Republicans force a default, that’s also impeachable.

    My dear gawd, did this country dodge a bullet when McCain lost…

  26. BeccaM says:

    What’s missing from that disapproval poll is what that disapproval entails, specifically.

    Most of those who disapprove of GOP behavior during this manufactured but serious Constitutional crisis want them to stop behaving like seditious traitors and do their jobs. Authorize payment for the budgets and spending they themselves passed.

    Whereas most of those who disapprove of Dem/Obama behavior — like myself — are angry they let this happen in the first place and won’t pull out all the stops to prevent it from happening again. That Senate deal: I disapprove of it. It’s a mere ~90 days of extensions with no long-term solutions. The GOP gets its hostages back in January/February. It’s nothing but more can-kicking.

    Personally, with respect to the debt ceiling, I think we’re well into territory where it’s time for the Administration to consider minting the damned $1 Trillion coins. Or to file an emergency case with SCOTUS to determine if the existence of the ceiling at all is unconstitutional given the 14th Amendment.

  27. Naja pallida says:

    Even some of the most die-hard apologists draw the line at a completely non-functioning government… I mean, if the Democrats aren’t actively kowtowing to Republican demands on a daily basis, and he has nothing to equivocate on, it puts him out of a job!

  28. Naja pallida says:

    Adages and fables? Don’t you mean liberal propaganda created to indoctrinate our children into socialism?

  29. ArthurH says:

    Maybe it is time we kick the cans of the Tea Partyists instead.

  30. MichaelS says:

    I’ve been outraged that the deal they’re all pressing for — re-opening the gov’t and extending the debt limit until Jan or Feb — was a disaster, only kicking the can down the road, giving them all another chance to hold the gun to Obama’s head. Now I’m not so sure, could be better this way… yeah, go ahead and shut down the government AGAIN in February, just before we enter into the heat of the 2014 campaign. And why not default while you’re at it? Have at it, boys. PS — go short the market.

  31. nicho says:

    That would probably explain why Sarah had to go to five or six different colleges.

  32. Bill_Perdue says:

    The corporate media, including the homophobic outlet NBC/MSNBC/Comcast, PBS, the NY Times and a host of other media conduits that express the voice of the rich are becoming critical of their junior party of boot lick lap dogs, the Republicans.

    A good part of that is based on a realistic fear that if the US defaults the global depression will deepen and so will the radicalization. The combination of the effects of the Obama’s massive union busting, the shutdown, sequestrations and other austerity measures could easily trip a huge change in consciousness, deepening the radicalization beyond their ability to contain it.

    This next round of deadlines and bickering will give the Democrats another chance to impose the austerity measures that Obama has always wanted and fought for. “Obama has made a deliberate and concerted effort to cut Social Security benefits since the time he took office.”(1)

    He’s already imposed draconian limits Medicare spending to provide money to subsidize the owners of insurance and pharmaceutical companies. “…Annual Report of the Medicare Board of Trustees, Richard Foster, Medicare’s chief actuary, noted that Medicare payment rates for doctors and hospitals serving seniors will be cut by 30% over the next three years. Under the policies of the Patient Protection andAffordable Care Act, by 2019 Medicare payment rates will be lower than under Medicaid. Mr. Foster notes that by the end of the 75-year projection period in the Annual Medicare Trustees Report, Medicare payment rates will be one-third of what will be paid by private insurance, and only half of what is paid by Medicaid. … Altogether, ObamaCare cuts $818 billion from Medicare Part A (hospital insurance) from 2014-2023, the first 10 years of its full implementation, and $3.2 trillion over the first 20 years, 2014-2033. Adding in ObamaCare cuts for Medicare Part B (physicians fees and other services) brings the total cut to $1.05 trillion over the first 10 years and $4.95 trillion over the first 20 years.” (2)

    Obama, his cabinet and JCS and everyone in Congress should be enrolled in a Humana HMO.



  33. Indigo says:

    Todd surprised me; I never imagined that he had a BS-tolerance limit.

  34. Indigo says:

    You raise an interesting question about their education. I’m guessing they’re largely home-schooled or, possibly, slept through high school and cheated through college.

  35. Buford2k11 says:

    I see that Chuckles must have had a “come to Jesus” moment after his “we don’t fact check” brain fart…His efforts still reek of the stench of “both side do it” and he is still going to carry the water for his pals…

  36. olandp says:

    Penny wise and pound foolish, win the battle but lose the war, the grasshopper and the ant. Haven’t these Teabagger leaders ever heard any of these adages and fables?

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