Jansing and Co | January 09, 2013
>>> now, we all know congress isn't very popular these days but has it really gotten this bad? check out this new parole. respondents say they have higher opinions ever root canals, head lice , donald trump , brussels sprouts than they do of congress. personally, i love brussels sprouts but whatever. new jersey governor chris christie blasted lawmakers for delaying a vote on sandy's relief bill. he said law make ares need to follow the lead of gop governors.
>> we're getting things done and we're compromising in places where they need to. you got to compromise and get things done. it's not a dirty word .
>> let's bring in chris caththenis and boehner former adviser david windston.
>> good morning.
>> i'd go out on a limb and say less popular than head lice , david do you think any republicans in congress will take advice from the most popular governor, if not the most popular republican governor.
>> first of all, it takes two to tango here. what you have as a result of this election, you have a president who has clear beliefs that he was trying to get implemented and a congress who just got re-elected and they had have clear ideas on what they want to get implemented. and what you're seeing here how do you resolve an election who gave you two differing types of people who want to try to negotiate and how do you resolve. we'll have a couple examples coming up here the debt ceiling, the sequestration, they'll have opportunity to see how that works.
>> as you well know, there are a lot of people out there and i am sure you both heard it anecdotally who during the whole fiscal cliff thing, why can't they get it done? i mean, i can't go to knew job and not get things done. and then we spoke with rick nolan back 32 years after he retired from the house. and here's what he had to say, at least in part, about what's wrong with washington.
>> right now, members of congress are expected to spend, you know, 30 hours a week in call time , dial for dollars. they need to take the toxic influence that money's having on campaigns and elections and we need to go for work five days a like like everybody else in america does.
>> and chris, he followed that up by saying when he came to congress in the '70s. they worked 48 out of 52 weeks. now, it's 32 weeks. if you hear constituents, they'd say, i'd like to work 32 weeks. does he have a point?
>> yeah, he has a point. listen, i worked up they're not that long ago. you know, i'm not going to sit there and say that folks don't work hard and the staff don't work hard. but my father didn't -- you know, when he went to work, didn't have multiple weeks off every few months to go back to the state. i understand that's an important part of constituent work. you want to have that relationship with your constituents. but when you have as many big problems at country faces right now you've got to be able to do the job and going away does not help. and money is definitely a negative. and the other part, when you have a republican party that i think is damaged and really divided and they're drawing lines in the sand as they do. we're not going to negotiate on this. we need a partial shutdown on that, that is not conducive to a positive working relationship when you say things are completely off the table. so there's a lot that goes into the cocktail of condition function. it's not going to be fixed with one person or party.
>> mitch mcconnell is being targeted by conservatives in a new web ad . shows mcconnell wedged between the president and vice president asking "who's side are you on?" is that really helpful, david .
>> you're going to have people for a variety of reasons, the speaker got re-elected with over 95% of his conference. in emergency room its watch he trying to do with plan "b," he got close to 90% of his conference. the party isn't divided. what you do have a situation, how do you propose the president who i would also suggest to you has been equally rigid in his approach. the fact, for example, in terms of the debt ceiling, he's just simply rule ought certain ways to be able to deal with it. or again in the campaign, you promise 2 $1/2 of cuts for every increase. so what's occurring here, both sides have emerged out of an election. the president i would argue, not surprisingly, has been particularly rigid here as well. and what they both have to do is pig out how do they actually get to the table and negotiate. having that said that one other thing given the last round of negotiations i know the speaker was not particularly happy and going in and negotiating with the president doesn't product results.