Morning Joe | February 26, 2013
>> tired. they're ready to get up and move. i think you guys know that. it's happening in your state and probably feel in your fingertips more than most of us do in washington . i think they're so frustrated by what they don't see happening here in washington and i think they're frustration is turning into a little bit of anger.
>> good morning. tuesday, february 6th . welcome to " morning joe ." with us on set, we have msnbc contributor, mike barnicle . looks kind of awake this morning.
>> i am.
>> i don't know what's going on there.
>> been up all night.
>> former treasury official and " morning joe " economic analyst, steve rattner. and washington bbc world news anchor, katty kay . good morning.
>> good morning.
>> good. should we get right to news?
>> sure. if you want to.
>> are you joking?
>> you guys want to talk about something?
>> a good story.
>> it is good.
>> johnny damon wants to play baseball with the yankees.
>> they need somebody.
>> i should have gone with it.
>> when conservatives gather at cpac , they'll do so without one of the most popular republican leaders in the country. have you heard this? i did.
>> conservative chris christie will not be invited to speak at the conference despite him having a record high 74% popularity with the voters. here are some that will be invited.
>> if you're going to get the guy who has a 74% approval rating --
>> you don't have him.
>> in a blue state , in a state that hasn't won a presidential election since 1998 .
>> this will be major. if you don't need chris christie .
>> here, i thought the republican bench was not deep.
>> no. here's the list. are you ready? are you serious? so failed presidential candidate mitt romney is speaking.
>> old on. did willie -- i wasn't -- did he win or lose ?
>> lost by a nose.
>> lost by a nose.
>> former alaska governor sarah palin has a slot.
>> she's -- willie --
>> another nose, four years previously.
>> she lost.
>> former senator rick santorum .
>> he won something, i think.
>> oh, my lord. freshman senator ted cruz . i don't even have anything new yorky to say. i am really sorry.
>> why are you sorry?
>> i feel bad.
>> as a democrat you should feel good.
>> i feel bad, too. this is pathetic. other speakers include rumor ed 2016 president jeb bush .
>> that's good.
>> bobby jindal .
>> rand paul and paul ryan .
>> that's good. this is fascinating. it shows just how sick some elements of the conservative movement are.
>> want me to read stewart stevens.
>> how is nsular they are. with chris christie , i wrote about this last week, why should conservatives like christie, after all he's done nothing conservative over the last four years, nothing other than declaring war over extreme government bosses, fighting for education reform and spending less on this year's budget than corzine spent on his budget. and keeping afloat the pension program, health program by eliminating colas, increasing employee contributions. the guy has done everything. he also cut business taxes by $2.6 billion. over 100,000 new jobs in his one state over the past year or two. he's the first pro-life governor. that's important to a lot of people at cpac , in new jersey, since roe v. wade was passed in 1973 . what's conservative about him?
>> it makes sense. no cpac for you, chris christie .
>> maybe he didn't want to go.
>> if "politico" is to be believed, he's not invited. this underlies the big problem about the conservative movement over the past few years, it's not about winning, it is not about winning. it is about sitting inside an echo chamber of resentment.
>> chirp small elbow.
>> it is about resentment, it is about victory. let them have their little conference and play their little games and leave the one guy out who is the electoral success story over the past four years.
>> could it be because of his alliance with the president during hurricane sandy.
>> he hugged the president.
>> listen, this is again -- i actually am glad this is happening because it underlines just how out of touch some elements of the conservative movement are. it underlines how little they care about electoral victories. they have a coalition that cares about talk radio ratings and understand you have to say extreme things to get those talk radio ratings. they care about book sales and the more extreme you are when you're writing books, that's great. they talk about rising contributions on the congressional level, not presidential level, and the mailing list . not about victory. this is what separates me. i've had people call me over the past several years, despite i'm more conservative than most of them how i voted, the positions i did, how early i came out, one of the first conservatives to come out against george w. bush 's reckless spending. in 2004 i started doing a segment on it every single night on my show, every single night, in 2003 , but i'm called a rhino. it's about resentment and hating democrats and hating. that's not how you win. maybe at the end of the day i am a rhino. maybe some of these right wing lunatics on the air are right. apparently these days being a republican is not about winning so maybe i should call myself a republican in name only. you know what i like to do?
>> i like to win and not only do i like to win, i like to destroy my political opponents. i like to beat them so badly badly -- i told my staff this, i want their dogs to be embarrassed of them the morning after the election. i want them to hang their head in shame. and the next time somebody thinks about running against me, i want them to say, i ran against that guy and he beat me so badly that my dog, three years later, still won't look at me in the eye. that's what i like doing. i like winning. these people like selling books, they like making money and raising money. they don't understand the first damn thing about what chris christie understands, what it takes to win in 2013 .
>> they also like a level of ideologically purity that does not win in current politics.
>> it's not just about ideological purity. so many were defending george w. bush when he was blowing a hole in the federal deficit, spending more money than any democrat ever spent. do you think cpac went crazy when george w. bush passed the 7 tr trillion medicare drug benefit plan that wasn't paid for. paul ryan supported it and rick san te san telesupported it.
>> if you get along with the other side, you're not sufficiently conservative. let them boil in their own stew because these people, by excludeing chris christie have shown their hands and a great service to the conservative movement . so many people are shams and not true conservatives. we can see it now. they don't care about winning. they care about hate, resentment, selling books, talk radio , things in the end keep us out of the white house for another generation.
>> there's games going on in washington right now quite frankly the right could be doing better at. they're not. you wonder why and you look at this and there's the answer. katty kay , the former strategist for mitt romney writes the gop revival must go beyond joining twitter. we need to be only nerve rouse in our development and consumptico consumption of new technology tools and relentless in our dedication to speak for the majority of americans. one without the other will fail. in the democratic dark days after the 2004 election, few realized that the democratic party was only one candidate and one presidential election away from a revival that is now touted as dominance so it can be with the republicans. for 2016 , the democrats seem headed toward a fight between hillary clinton and joe biden . what will their slogan be? another century of service? on our side, we have paul ryan , nikki haley , marco rubio , chris christie , jeb bush , susana martinez and more. who has the best opportunity to win that generational battle?
>> there are inroads the republicans can make with the right leadership and right policies. the hispanic vote we know is naturally more socially conservative than much of the democratic platform and is an area republicans could have advantage with voters. they just failed to be inclusive in the last round of the election. we saw that so clearly in 2012 , when it came to women and minority voters trying to limit voting rights , when it came to hispanics with the talk they had about self-deportation. every single group, republicans managed to alienate during the last election. one of the things that frustrated me about the republican leadership, you heard it in tampa, what will you do to reach hispanic voters? we have susana martinez, we have marco rubio . as if having the right person at the top can reach out. it's not just that, policy as well. much of that is tone of inclusiveness and policies that reach out to minority voters.