Hardball | March 06, 2013
>>> the sideshow. first the blame game continues now that the massive overhaul of spending cuts kicked in. but the republicans seem to be incensed about one particular part of the cuts.
>> what they're going to do is shut off white house tours . they're going to stop them.
>> they're offering an agreement to get in there. and that's it. but they want to put in maximum pain. so they say let's cut that off.
>> it's so childish.
>> i have a suspicion. if they kept that off the hit list of cuts, those people would have hit the president hardest on that. but the alligator tears continue to flow in the congress. here's louie gohmert . remember him? offering a solution.
>> none of the funds made available by a division of this act may be used to transport the president to or from a golf course until public tours of the white house resume.
>> you can put that in the gohmert pile. anyway, i detect some wit in that demand. but gohmert is not alone. tom graves of georgia called cutting off the white house tours an extreme result. people have to get a request of the tour through congress. meaning gohmert and others have to turn down their own constituents from back home. they don't like doing that when they ask for a tour of the white house .
>>> next, we know even with all the infighting democrats know spending cuts should be a top priority. so it's no surprise a budget release by house gop this week is chock-full of them. none of the fends made available in this act may be distributed to the community organizations for reform now. that group's also known as acorn. but here's why it won't make an impact. it won't have anything to do with budget woes. acorn hasn't existed for three years. and the fact that it got chopped out of their budget, the republicans' so-called budget is yet another sign of the republicans' lingering obsession of hating acorn. a ppp poll after the 2012 elections found that 49% of republicans across the country believe the defunct group acorn was the reason president obama won the election. he won the election in their hearts and heads because he was helped by a group called acorn that doesn't exist. is that insanity?
>>> finally. shaq and john kerry are in agreement on. it comes in this snapshot. dennis rodman pretending to play diplomat in north korea .
>> dennis rodman was a great basketball player. and as a diplomat, he was a great basketball player. that's where we'll leave it.
>> i think we as people should understand our roles in life. i think people -- certain people should leave the diplomacy to diplomats.
>> that's a very risky move what he did.
>> i always liked shaq. there's always something about that guy i liked. i like and respect it. i see why now.
>>> up next, a new report says the anti-government groups hit an all-time high just last year. up eight fold over the past four years of the obama presidency. wonder if there's a connection to having the first african- american president and the nuts going wild and growing? you're watching "hardball," the place for politics.