Hardball | January 31, 2013
>>> back to "hardball." we're in the "sideshow" now. another way for republicans to avoid getting support from low-income voters? enter tennessee state senator stacey campfield with this bold proposal. slash parents whose kids do poorly in school. well, that's right. according to campfield, somehow the threat of less food on the table is the ticket to getting parents to help their kids in school. figure that one out.
>>> anyway, something campfield said on this network was catnip for the folks at the tonight show .
>>> tennessee state senator stacey campfield advocates he wants legislation that will reduce welfare payments to families if their kids are getting bad grades. they cut their welfare payments if the kids get bad grades. i'm not sure he did that well in school himself. this is a segment we call the botched cliche of the day senator edition.
>> well, first off, we're not -- i'm not setting the bar like the kids have to become rocket surgeons.
>> rocket surgeons. is that like tree surgeons?
>>> next, let's take a look at this headline from the washington times . quote, reagan's home could become a parking lot for obama's library. we're looking at what you might call an extreme case of jumping the gun. this is an apartment building in the chicago neighborhood of hyde park where president reagan spent a bit of his childhood. the site is owned by the university of chicago and they're planning to tear it down to provide parking space for the expanding campus. cue the right wing. since the university of chicago could eventually be the site of barack obama 's presidential library , isn't it possible that the parking lot might be for people who might want to visit the library which could destroy the place where ronald reagan spent less than a year of his youth? just think of the desecration.
>>> a right wing explosion in suit and even the london daily mail dove into this one prompting white house press secretary jay carney to have to enter the fray last night. quote, to those chasing the mail online scoop about alleged obama library parking lot , stand down. the report is false. shocking, i know. still, fox news used -- actually asked viewers to weigh in this morning.
>> what do you think about this story? should that happen or should it become a landmark?
>> or should the president say if i have to steam roll ronald reagan 's house to build a library, you shouldn't have a line braer.
>> there's fox and then fox in the morning. the university shot down the rumor and it hasn't even been confirmed that the presidential library will even be at the university of chicago . the university of hawaii remains a contender.
>>> yesterday we found that massachusetts governor duvall patrick had chosen -- barney frank reacted after announcing he was publicly interested. here is what he told the hill. if i wanted to talk about feelings, i would would have called oprah. barney, that's exactly why we love you.
>>> up next, republicans are still talking about like half the country is a bunch of takers. maybe they didn't learn the lessons of the 2012 election, the 27% stuff. more of that coming. you're watching