Rep. Cohen (D) Compares Obama to Jesus, Palin To Pontius Pilate

GLENN: Let me go to Steve Cohen. This is the congressman from Tennessee. I just want you to hear this. And Dan, include this in our free e mail newsletter today, will you?

DAN: Sure thing.

GLENN: I want you to see this because this is on the floor of the House. He is not saying this at a press conference. He’s on the floor of the House of Representatives and here’s what representative Steve Cohen has said, if you thought the pig with lipstick thing was bad and you could dismiss that&say, oh, well, he was just talking about the policies and he didn’t really realize what he was saying because she had that famous line about the pit bull in lipstick, he didn’t put those two together. If you want to explain that, that’s fine. Okay. Just, to me that just shows how bad his judgment is, but that’s fine. Try to talk your way around this from Democratic congressman Steve Cohen.

COHEN: But if you want change, you want the Democratic party, Barack Obama was a community organizer like Jesus who our minister prayed about, Pontius Pilate was the governor.

GLENN: Let me play that again for all of? ?for all of you liberals out there who might be saying that Sarah Palin is some sort of a religious zealot, there’s an amazing story that I have seen that goes into exactly what she believes, what her church believes, the philosophy of her church, all of the tenets of her church. And I thought to myself, that is really, really weird because I have yet to see that on Obama’s church. Because if you read just the website of his? ?I’m sorry? ?former church, that he could no sooner disavow than he could his own family but then, oh, wait a minute, let me disavow it, if the media would just report what’s on the website alone, America would be horrified, horrified because it has nothing to do with religion. It has everything to do with Marxism. It has everything to do with hate the white man. Believe me, check out the website yourself.

Let me play it again and ask you the question, "Where’s the media on this?" No double standard? Really? This was said yesterday.

COHEN: But if you want change, you want the Democratic party, Barack Obama was a community organizer like Jesus who our minister prayed about, Pontius Pilate was a governor.

GLENN: Imagine if Sarah Palin would compare Barack Obama to the guy who killed Jesus Christ, can you imagine what would be said in this country, you tell me that a news cycle would go for 18 hours before you would have heard and seen the picture. You tell me this wouldn’t lead the news on every channel. I don’t care if it’s 9/11, they would have led the news every single station if Sarah Palin would have? ?or any of her surrogates or anyone on the House of Representatives on the floor, any congressman would have said Barack Obama is just like the guy who killed Jesus Christ. Can you imagine the outcry? Because you’re not going to hear it, you know, except for talk radio, you’re not going to see it except for my show tonight guaranteed 7:00, 7:00, 9:00, 12:00 and 5:00 a.m., we guarantee that you’ll see it four times, let me play it one for time.

COHEN: But if you want change, you want the Democratic party, Barack Obama was a community organizer like Jesus who our minister prayed about, Pontius Pilate was a governor.

Matt Damon talks about Sarah Palin…

GLENN: Okay. So there he is, comparing Barack Obama to Jesus Christ and the guy who killed Jesus Christ as Sarah Palin ooh. Whoa, what a religious zealot. We should be afraid of all religious zealots. Not like Steve Cohen but religious zealots like Sarah Palin. Why do I say we should be afraid of religious zealots? Well, let me give you the next piece of audio, this one from Matt Damon today.

DAMON: I think there’s a really good chance that Sarah Palin could be President and I think that’s a really scary thing because I don’t know anything about her. I don’t think in eight weeks I’m going to know anything about her. I know that she was a mayor of a really, really small town and she’s governor of Alaska for less than two years. I just don’t understand. I think the pick was made for political purposes, but in terms of governance it’s a disaster.

GLENN: Okay, stop for a second. Stop for a second. I just want to get? ?Stu, will you help me get the qualifications down. A mayor of a really small town, then she was a governor for less than two years.

STU: Right.

GLENN: And then she was picked for politically correct purposes or what was it he said?

STU: He said political purposes, it was just a political pick, woman or whatever.

GLENN: Picked for political purposes. Okay. Go ahead.

DAMON: You do the actuary tables, you know, there’s a one out of three chance, if not more, that McCain doesn’t survive his first term and it will be? ?

GLENN: Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa. Whoa. Whoa. Whew. I can’t imagine predicting Obama’s death. Wow, I can’t imagine even saying that. Whoa. But now we’re predicting John McCain’s death. I’m sorry. I’m not an actuary but I am a thinker. Is there an actual actuary out there that can tell me the one in three chance that John McCain has of not finishing his first term? I’m sorry. Is he also a geneticist? Have you seen his mother? She moves faster than I do. She’s like 900 years old.

STU: Hey, Glenn.

GLENN: Yes.

STU: I don’t know if we can get an actuary to help us with this, too. I think he’s right. If he’s right with the first step of it that it’s a 33% chance that he might become President, can someone help us with the percent chance if Obama wins that he will become President? Because I think that one is even higher than that. I believe it’s somewhere around 100%, and he has no experience. So? ?

GLENN: Wait a minute. Wait, wait, wait. What are you saying? 100%, he’s saying? ?

STU: I’m saying if Obama were to win, what are the chances of him becoming President?

GLENN: Who?

STU: Barack Obama. Because I know that if the 33% chance that McCain won’t make it through his entire first term according to Mr.?Actuary Matt Damon, I’m just curious to see the guy who, you know, Mr.?Barack Obama, the guy with that vast experience, what will the chances be if he wins?

GLENN: Yeah, okay. Well, let me get back to the experience and the 100% chance experience here in just a second. Again it’s judgment, not experience, but let’s go ahead and do that experience? ?or that, you know, that whole argument on experience coming up in a second.

Okay. So I need an actuary on the phone to give me the one in three chance that John McCain won’t make it through his first term and then go ahead and listen to the rest of Matt Damon here.

DAMON: And it will be President Palin and really, you know, we were talking about it earlier. It’s? ?

GLENN: Hold on. Just stop for a second. I don’t? ?look. You just have to understand what you’re about to hear. He’s smarter than you, okay? He’s much smarter than you. He has much more experience than you. He’s an actor. Do you know how many roles he’s played? Do you know how many jobs he’s actually held down? I mean, he’s never been, you know, a CEO of a company, but he’s played that in many, many roles. He’s never been a thief, but he’s played that. Do you know that he was actually successful in helping pull off one of the biggest heists, in fact the only time anyone’s ever gotten away with a heist in Las Vegas, he was part of that team. Okay, he didn’t actually do it, but he’s played it. So he knows how to do it. He’s smarter than you are. So try not to? ?just try to remember that because he’s going to sound a little condescending here.

DAMON: It’s like a really bad Disney movie, you know? The hockey mom, you know, "Oh, I’m just a hockey mom from Alaska," and she’s the President and it’s like she’s facing down Vladimir Putin and, you know, using the folksy stuff she learned at the hockey rink. It’s just, it’s absurd.

GLENN: Stop for a second. Can you go back and take this again? I want you to listen to two things. It’s like we were talking before. So in other words, they’ve had this conversation. So this is not something off the top of his head. He has already had this conversation with the member of the media before they started recording. So this is almost rehearsed, and I want you to also hear, listen carefully for the member of the media laughing in the background when, oh, she’s just a hockey mom. Listen to it again.

DAMON: You know, we were talking about it earlier. It’s like a really bad Disney movie, you know? The hockey mom, you know, "Oh, I’m just a hockey mom from Alaska," and she’s the President. And it’s like she’s facing down Vladimir Putin and? ?

GLENN: Stop just a second. Hey, hockey moms, sorry. "I’m just a hockey mom." But remember, remember it’s the left that respects you. It’s the left that respects you. Joe Biden, he’s just like you. He’s Joe six pack. He’s Joe lunch bucket. You know, he’s a guy who is just like you. He is a working man. He’s had all of your experiences because you want somebody that is a working man, but you’re just a? ?you’re just a hockey mom! By the way, it gets even better.

DAMON: You know, the folksy stuff she learned at the hockey rink, it’s just, it’s absurd. It’s totally absurd and I don’t understand why more people aren’t talking about how absurd it is. It’s a really terrifying possibility. The fact that we’ve gotten this far and we’re that close to this being a reality is crazy. Crazy. I mean, does she really? ?I need to know if she really thinks dinosaurs were here 4,000 years ago. That’s an important? ?I want to know that. I really do. Because she’s going to have the nuclear codes, you know? I want to know if she thinks dinosaurs were here 4,000 years ago or if she banned books or tried to ban books. I mean, you know, we can’t have that.

GLENN: Okay. Just a quote from Matt Damon. Last month he said, "For a lot of actors our biggest fear is that we’re going to start talking about things we don’t fully understand and sound like idiots. In the long run I’ll do much more good if when I open my mouth I have something worth saying." So apparently this is something he believes is worth saying. All right. So he wants to know if she believes that there were dinosaurs on the Earth 4,000 years ago. He’s got a problem with that. He wants to know. She’s going to have the nuclear codes. He hates people with, you know, with any kind of religious conviction, you know, anybody saying, "Hey, I believe in the Bible," you know. Hate those people. Hate those people. Got to know that.

But let me go back to Steve Cohen again. Could you just play the audio of Steve Cohen?

COHEN: But if you want change, you want the Democratic party, Barack Obama was a community organizer like Jesus who our minister prayed about. Pontius Pilate was a governor.

GLENN: Okay, good. Because boy, I’m with you, Matt. I hate those religious zealots. Whew, those people are crazy. They’re dangerous. They’re dangerous. You would hate to give? ?you would hate to give Pontius Pilate the nuclear codes but let’s make sure Jesus has them.

Now, I want to go back to the Matt Damon part where he says she was a mayor of a really, really small town. She was governor for less than two years and she was picked for political purposes. Let’s just compare resumes. Stu, help me out on this, will you?

STU: Sure.


GLENN: Barack Obama, ever a mayor of a really, really small town?

STU: He’s seen? ?he watched Northern Exposure.

GLENN: He’s watched Northern Exposure.

STU: Which, that’s about? ?

GLENN: So he was never a mayor, but he was a community organizer. Community organizer, they do a lot.

STU: Hold on one more second, Glenn, because I want to make sure I understand this because according to the governor of New York, what you just said is he’s black.

GLENN: Yes. Well, he’s black.

STU: You said he was black.

GLENN: Let me just, let me just get to the black part a little bit later.

STU: Oh, okay.

GLENN: Let’s just focus on the mayor thing. He was a community organizer. She was a mayor. Okay. Got it. Then, she was governor for less? ?she’s been governor for less than two years, he said. And then she was governor for, what, less than two years. Dan, do you happen to have the date when Matt Damon endorsed Obama?

DAN: Yes. Of course, that was December 19th, 2006.

GLENN: I’m sorry, what? December 19th, last year?

STU: No, no. December 9th, 2006. Before he announced his candidacy.

GLENN: Before he announced his candidacy even.

STU: December 19th, 2006.

GLENN: 2006? Well, wait a minute. When was? ?well, how long had Barack Obama? ?

STU: He was sworn in January 2005, Glenn.

GLENN: January? ?

STU: Do you need your calculator? That’s what?

STU: That’s less than two years.

GLENN: He was in the Senate for less than two years when Matt Damon endorsed him.

STU: I don’t know if that’s true because he’s already on record saying he wouldn’t endorse someone who had less than two years experience. That can’t be true. You are going to have to check your numbers.

GLENN: Okay.

STU: Can you just run those numbers through the mega? ?

GLENN: Let’s just stop thinking about that, okay? And then she was picked for political purposes. What do you suppose that means?

STU: She’s not qualified and he just needs a woman and she’s just, she’s just a woman for woman sake.

GLENN: She’s a woman, so maybe they can get some votes and use the woman thing.

DAN: She’s a lipstick, Glenn.

GLENN: Right. She might be giving? ?she gives good speeches. We know that, right? But that’s really about pretty much it. That and having breasts. That’s all that matters.

STU: That’s political purposes.

GLENN: Okay. Okay, all right. Hey, when did everybody get really excited about Barack Obama?

STU: I think? ?

GLENN: Oh, I remember. Wasn’t it? ?it was right after he gave that really good speech for the Democratic convention. I remember that.

STU: 2004 that was, yeah.

GLENN: You know, I haven’t even? ?you know, you brought this up earlier, Stu, that he’s black. I never even noticed that he was black. Do you think the American people know? Do you think the Democrats noticed that he was black? Do you think there’s a possibility that him? ?there couldn’t have. I’ve never, ever heard this on how important it is that we elect our first black President. I’ve never heard that.

STU: Hasn’t mentioned yet.

GLENN: I haven’t heard that. So Matt Damon, you are right. I see how different these two candidates really are when we use your standard. And then, of course, you’re right, those religious zealots that? ?what was the Republican that is from Tennessee that was the congressman that? ?

STU: Oh, yes. Congressman, he’s from Tennessee.

GLENN: He’s a Republican congressman.

STU: Republican who’s? ?

GLENN: Oh, no, wait a minute. Hang on just a second. He wasn’t. Hang on, can you play the audio again, please?

COHEN: But if you want change, you want the Democratic party, Barack Obama was a community organizer like Jesus who our minister prayed about. Pontius Pilate was a governor.

GLENN: Good thing you guys have the high ground.