GLENN: I want to talk to you a little bit about the spin that's coming now from the White House on healthcare. Let's go to Pat's
VOICE: Pat's audio vault.
GLENN: Pat's audio vault. Here's what happened over the weekend.
VOICE: What happened over the course of the weekend was there have been a series of phone calls and conversations to try to see what the climate is, what's the possible. But what the president is always going to do is try to push hard for the American people. He is not going to give up on that because of one election in Massachusetts. He's going to continue to work hard.
PAT: Just one election.
VOICE: We don't know what's going to happen. He is going to try to fight for absolutely as much as he can. Now, all the core principles that he set forth at the very beginning of the process...
AXELROD: They look at the polling in the Washington Post yesterday.
PAT: David Axelrod.
AXELROD: On the Massachusetts race, it's very clear people don't want us to walk away from healthcare. They want Brown to come and work with us and not be obstructionist.
VOICE: And I suggest the Republican Party look at that poll. People were crying out for cooperation instead of obtructionism.
VOICE: Right now, Chris, we're working with leaders on Capitol Hill to try to figure out the best path forward. We don't know we don't know what that is quite yet but those discussions with happening right now to see whether or not we can get something done.
GLENN: I can't take it.
PAT: It's unbelievable. Okay, so they elected Scott Brown to go to Washington to not be an obstructionist when they had Martha Coakley who would have made sure there was no obstruction done. You don't they are not even making sense with their spin anymore.
GLENN: No, no. And they are going, they are going to move
PAT: That's how desperate they are.
GLENN: Here's what they're going to do. They are going to move now finally to jobs. But understand now that their jobs program, you've already seen it. Remember if you pass this stimulus bill, we will not go over 8% unemployment. We're now at 10. So you've already seen that. It doesn't work. And let's just, you know, let's just get this out on the table on why Brown had the victory. It was about healthcare. It was about the economy. It was about terrorism. It was about Obama. But it's also about incumbency. Coakley was part of the machine. That's the big key I think everybody needs to understand is the machine. That's why independents are coming out. That's why Obama won, because they thought he could break the machine. They didn't realize that he was the machine!
Here's what I want a candidate to say and do this fall. I want a candidate to look me in the eyes and really say what they mean and mean what they say. I want to be able to not hear any of the double speak, I don't want to hear any focus group. I want to know exactly what you believe. I want to know that you work for me and not the machine. I want you I want to know that you're an American that believes in the Constitution. Not some evolving progressive document but the Constitution as it's written. I'd like to hear you talk a little bit about James Madison. I'd like to hear you talk a little bit about the founding fathers. I want to know. I don't care if you're Republican, I don't care if you're a Democrat or an independent. I don't care. To me it's about the issues and what you actually believe. I don't even care if you meet with lobbyists as soon as long as you're willing to put all of those meetings up on YouTube. Yep, you know what, guys? Going to meet with you guys here. That's totally cool, just have this little camera behind me. I'm just going to put it up on YouTube because I mean, you represent me. Shouldn't I know what you're doing? Promise me that you're never going to lie. Because I'm promising myself if you do lie, I'm done. You lie on anything, I'm done with you, done. Promise me that you're not going to vote for any budget increase. I want a decrease. I don't even want a freeze. I want a decrease. I don't want tax increases, I don't want any pork. I don't care how minuscule this pork is. None. In fact, I want people that will work for free, until you get the deficit under control. And if you can't do that whole free thing, I understand that. I want you to cut your salary every single year that you run a deficit. I want you to tell me that terrorists are terrorists, not even enemy combatants. To me that doesn't even go far enough. You are going to treat them as terrorists, not as some police action and not as some bad guys that are just misunderstood and we need to sit down and have a chat with them. I don't care who contributes to your campaign as long as you don't know who they are as well. You keep those campaign lists away from you, forever. Tell me that only legal immigrants are going to enter our country, period. That's it. Legal. Not going to have any racist conversations with you because I don't think that I believe the American people are not racist. Oh, I believe there's maybe, what, 10, 20% of Americans that are racist? But that's not generally who they are. So I'm not going to have I mean, if you've demonstrated that you are a racist, you've got a little pointy hood, we should probably know about that. But if the charges about you being a racist are you just want legal immigrants? I don't have a problem with that. I need you to say only legal immigrants. I want somebody to say, whew, we're in for some tough times and here's why: Let me show you the deficit, let me show you the spending, let me show you the corruption. And then have a plan that includes me.
I want you to tell me that you're not going to go in and bargain for any, like, special favors. If it's wrong for the country, I don't care how right it is for your state. Tell me how many terms you are going to serve and then stick to it. I don't need you to be a golfer, I don't need you to be, you know, a hero. You know, I want you to be like my grandfather. He was a hero to me. He was a teacher, he was a mentor, he was an honest man. That's all I need you to be. Admit to me that you've made mistakes. There are going to be some more. But also admit to me that your big mistakes are in the past, that you've made mistakes maybe but you're not repeating them. You know what I mean? I don't care what you did 15 years ago, I really don't. I don't care what you did 10 years ago. I don't care what you did 5 years ago, although it is starting to be relevant. I really need to see the document Asian of what you've done and how you've changed if it's been five years. And then just remember this one thing. Words have meaning because words, as a man thinks, he becomes. Words have meaning. They have action. God spoke it and it became. Pharaoh let it be written, let it be said. Let it be written, let it be done. It's the same thing.
If you're weak, if you're unsure, if you're not sure what's important in life, if you're not willing to sacrifice your name, your reputation, really your life at this point, if you're not willing because that's really, I mean, you are dealing with those kinds of people. If you're not willing to say these things I believe and I will, I'll die for, then you are not the guy. And that's okay. Just get out of the way so we can find the guy. And just know that if that's the guy you are going in, have you ever, ever heard of anybody being a better man when they left Washington? If you are not that guy going in, you don't stand a chance of surviving. And coming out and getting home with your soul. That's probably a good reason for term limits for anybody who's reasonable. I probably shouldn't spend so much time there because I'll lose my soul eventually.
You've got to be the strong person going in. You have to know what you're up against. And if you are willing to fight it and you are willing to not be a part of the machine but dismantle the machine, man, you are going to have all kinds of support. You'll have all kinds of support. But just a warning. The minute you lie to us, you're done. I can handle even people who are lying if I know they're liars. For instance, I I mean, I knew that's what we were getting into with Barack Obama, didn't you? I mean, we knew we were getting into that. So I'm not so surprised. But if you're going to campaign as one of us, you know, me and you against the machine, and you become part of the Borg, oh, no, that's not going to go well, no.