Tag Archive: Hardball

Sen. Loretta Weinberg & NBC’s Brian Thompson on Hardball

Yesterday, as the Bridgegate Select Committee on Investigation (SCI) prepared to formally release their findings everything had to come to a halt so Sen. Kevin O’Toole could throw some smoke. It was quite the show.  He complained Republicans were being mistreated, and  went on to question co-Chair John Wisniewski’s motives and actions – – even comparing him to Kim Jong Il. Asm Greenwald, watching this, said he’d never seen such a level of unprofessionalism in his 20 years in Trenton. There were also loud complaints about the number of times co-chairs Wisniewski and Weinberg had been invited on TV.

So this sober account of where the investigation stands – with Weinberg and NBC’s Brian Thompson on Hardball with Chris Matthews – should unsettle O’Toole mightily. Oh well.

Brief ad.

Barbara Buono on Hardball (video)

Senator Buono was on Hardball tonight on MSNBC. Chris Matthews was his usual pitbull surface-interview self, and like his typical Q&A there are so many interruptions from him that he forces his guest into staccato sentence fragments wherever he can.

How do you think she did?

Brief ad. Just deal.

What an Ass!

Congressional wannabe John Runyan made millions of dollars playing a game (protected by a government-sanctioned monopoly) in hundred million dollar taxpayer-financed stadiums.  Upon retirement, he promptly took a government subsidy to turn his luxury McMansion into a  hobby farm.

Thankfully, Congressman John Adler is taking him to task for it.  

As featured on Hardball:

Menendez talks Sotomayor, the courts and Burris on Hardball

Senator Menendez and Senator Klobuchar appeared on Hardball Thursday night to talk about the Supreme Court nomination of Sonia Sotomayor.  The Senator thinks the Republicans are walking a fine line with their attacks and that they will have to face the consequences of those actions. Mathews then asked whether the reaction of the Republicans to Sotomayor will help Democratic candidates up for election in the Senate next year.

Mathews turned to the California Prop 8 challenge by Ted Olsen and David Boies. He asked if that issue was coming down the road before the court. Both Klobuchar and Menendez danced around this one, but Menendez said that he thought that if this court took the case, they wouldn’t uphold the decision.

After the questions about the Justice nominee and the court, Mathews then questioned for Menendez about Illinois US Senator Roland Burris. Menendez said he did not understand Roland Burris’s explanation of why he offered to raise money for Gov. Rod Blagojevich, while saying he did not and would not say whether he was supporting another candidate in the election, but did mention the potential for others running: