Morning Joe | February 28, 2013
>> parties focus on positive as --
>> wait a second. i just give you a perfect segue to the chris christie story and you go to another story? willie, it's like i'm mike schmidt , right --
>> you can still hit live pitching.
>> what just happened there?
>> i want to get the headlines in quick. i don't mean to be indifferent.
>> chris christie is a story.
>> democrats see it as an opportunity to slim down the pentagon while republicans are applauding real efforts to shrink the government. however, the white house continues to paint a dire picture. attorney general eric holder says the across the board cuts will make the nation -- listen to me -- less safe.
>> oh my lord.
>> the justice department is going to lose 9% of its budget between now and september 30th . we'll lose $1.6 billion. there are not going to be as many fbi agents , atf agents, dea agents, prosecutors able to do their jobs as we would like them to do. this is something that will have an impact on the safety of this country and anybody who says that's not true is either lying or saying something that runs contrary to the facts.
>> cramer, real quick?
>> the sequester is a real bad word . sequester because 99% of american people don't understand it. i hate to use the word on "mad money." i hate it. sequester.
>> don't use it.
>> you can't.
>> birthday cake . we can rename it birthday cake .
>> fiscal cliff worked. it had great imagery.
>> did you see the story on the front page of "the new york times" about birthday cake ? parties are focusing on the positive as cuts near. just maybe it's not going to be the end of the world .
>> why did the defense contract index hit an all-time high yesterday? why did newport news report unbelievable quarter. $1 billion in new contracts. $12 billion in backlog. if things are so bad in the navy, why don't you take some of that business away.
>> we heard a couple weeks ago it would be the end of the united states military . it's going to be over. we're going to have to be moth balling our ships.
>> david rogers , do you know what he calls it? dooms day budget machine.
>> listen, read jonathan's story on front page of "the new york times." parties focus on positive as cuts near. it's fascinating. talking about budget dooms day machine. it may not be so dooms day after all.
>> to chris christie and then we're going to get other stories in from washington as well. it appears new jersey governor chris christie isn't taking his snub by next month's conservative political action conference as a sign of waning support among fellow republicans. when asked about a matter at the town hall meeting yesterday, christie seemed unconcerned about his standing with cpac leaders.
>> i didn't know i hadn't been invited until two days ago when i saw it in the news. so, apparently i haven't been invited. i wish them all the best. they're going to have their conference. they're going to have a bunch of people speaking there. they don't want to invite me, that's their call. it's their organization. it's their business. and they get to decide who they want to have come or not come. it's not like i'm lacking for invitations to speak both here and around the country. it's not like i have a lot of openings in my schedule. i can't sweat the small stuff . i have a state to rebuild.
>> right. right.
>> the opposite of what the white house did. for instance, my birthday, okay, my birthday a couple weeks ago. i go on twitter. governor christie wishing me happy birthday and saying what a terrific guy and great witness for the government when he subpoenaed me to speak for the government. this is opposite of woodward.
>> by the way, we're talking about white house and woodward. i have to say that you can go back every single day, the bush white house , you talk about -- this white house , i go out and say so much stuff every day about them and you know what? they take my calls all the time. they're very nice to me all the time. i'm not going to paint this white house with a broad brush. somebody though in the white house needs to be taken to it the side and say don't ever do that again. i just want to say you were talking about how christie -- i have to say the white house has always been gracious to me. someone in there made a really stupid -- as bob said, a bush lee mistake. happy birthday .
>> distracts from the fact that republicans have no plan and they don't want to even try to figure out a compromise while the white house does have a plan with cuts on the table.
>> painting in broad strokes. cbo says their plan to cut increases the deficit by $7 billion.
>> let's get to something we