Hardball | March 01, 2013
>>> back to "hardball." now for the "sideshow." first, how is this for an odd couple? former nba star dennis rodman and northwesternian dictator kim jong -un. believe it. rodman and members of the harlem globetrotters made the trip to pyongyang this week as part of a documentary project. there was no guarantee that they would meet kim jong -un, but turns out the north korean leader was up for playing hoths. here is the pair sitting courtside at an ex hi bation basketball game which was capped off with a party at kim jong -un's ballas. it gets better. it seems dennis rodman failed to brush up on his koreas before heading overseas. check out this tweet. maybe i'll run into gangnam style dude while i'm here. that, of course, is a reference to the south korean rapper ps c. not surprisingly given the tense relationship, psy was not amused tweeting back i'm from south, man.
>>> next, you may have noticed that every time a poll comes out about congress , their favorability rating is embarrassingly low. here is the question though. who are the 9% or 10% or 12% of people who do give them a thumbs up? "the new york times" did some digging after their own poll found congress had a 12% favorability asking people why they liked congress . some people backed off their vote of support entirely instead using words like idiots and ninnies to describe members of congress . someone else said their response was an accident. while another said she just had surgery when she answered the question. overall though, the report found that the tiny group of congress lovers fell into one of two camps. they either blame president obama and not congress for the washington gridlock or they're just really optimistic that everybody is trying their best. for the folks who think congress needs to step it up though, there's stephen colbert 's solution to the next budget crisis .
>> i think i know why the sequester is not working. because it doesn't affect congress . the salaries of senators and representatives do not get cut. so to congress the sequester is like a loan shark saying if you don't pay up he's going to break your neighbor's legs. to prevent the next crisis, we just need a worse scenario. i say we suspend monkey above the floor of congress . no, an iboly morngy. if they do not reach a budget deal by the deadline, the doors to congress are locked, the rope is cut, and it is meal time in the monkey house.
>>> finally, how do we know that things aren't going well between president obama and speaker boehner? the atlantic's politics blog has the photo spread to prove it with captions. first obama sends his furious laser beam eyes in boehner's direction followed by it's scarier in close-up, and later this is the exact body language a couple uses when they break up in a car.
>>> up next, the obama administration throws its weight in support of marriage equality urging the supreme court to overturn california's gay marriage ban. that's ahead. you're watching "hardball," the place for politics. more than two