Morning Joe | December 21, 2012
>>> you know, gene, sometimes you just --
>> you just let it breathe, don't you?
>> you just let people talk.
>> yeah, you have to. and look, mika, that was of the most stunning conversation i think i've heard in --
>> stunning. it was depressing. i didn't know whether to scream or to weep. but there you see the problem. you know. and look, i have a great respect for conservatism and the conservatives' viewpoint. i think it's necessary in this society, but if you won't move one millimeter on the issue of assault weapons at a time like this when we had the tragedy one week ago, i am absolutely floored.
>> and gene --
>> one millimeter on tax revenue , given what we face. i am floored! i just don't know what to say.
>> gene, i actually -- i agree with him that raising taxes, it's not going to pay for that increase, but guess what? we live pay for that but guess what? we live in a constitutional republic . james madison intended it to be this way. i just got an e-mail from one of george w. bush 's top aides not mark mckenna who said, i'm so mad i'm shaking. put them on every day and let republicans across america see why we are moving toward the status of the weak.
>> there you go.
>> watching this you understand the challenges john boehner faces every day. i almost feel sorry for him.
>> gene do you feel sorry for john boehner right now?
>> you know, i do. i really hope he gets a happy holiday and gets away. run, john boehner , run.
>> stand up and say this is what i got to deal with.
>> this isn't about the president leading. you can't lead that.
>> no you can't.
>> that's impossible.
>> that is out now.
>> the fact is, we're not criticizing him for having strongly held views.
>> that's true.
>> we're criticizing him for believing that he can run a country like hugo chavez .
>> we live in james madison 's america.
>> we live in a constitutional republic . it's separation of checks and balances. and separation of powers . checks and balances.