Atlanta’s Kasim Reed plays well on national scene

I didn’t see this at the time — Aug. 19 — because I haven’t watched the Sunday news shows in decades. But on Meet the Press, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed appeared with Ted Cruz, the Tea Party favorite who is now the GOP nominee for Senate in Texas, and conservative columnist Peggy Noonan.

Here’s what happened:

(h/t Peach Pundit)

UPDATE: For those unable to view the video, here’s a transcript of the two sections included above. The entire transcript is available here.

MR. REED: I want to push back on this notion of Paul Ryan as a serious man. He b– he voted for every budget b– busting measure under President Bush. He voted for TARP. He asked for money under the American Recovery and Investment Act. He voted for both wars. He put Medicare on a credit card, and then all of a sudden in last 24 months, he’s developing the stature as a serious guy, so I want to push back on that…

GREGORY: Well, so why…

MR. REED: …and then in terms of this week– and then in terms of this week, he has underperformed Sarah Palin. He’s contributed about a one percent bump, and according to Gallup, the Republican pick for Vice President typically performs at about five points.

GREGORY: So should that be– Mr. Cruz, should that be part of the record here? I mean, why is the Tea Party so supportive of a guy who is part of, what the Tea Party thinks, was profligate spending under his predecessor, under– under President Bush?

MR. CRUZ: Look I think the reason is simple. It’s because Paul Ryan has been serious about talking about these issues, about getting serious about solutions. You know, it’s ironic…

GREGORY: But votes– but votes matter.

MR. CRUZ: And– and I don’t– and I don’t agree with all of his votes. But– but…

GREGORY: Do we have…

MR. CRUZ: …let’s be– let’s be clear. Let’s contrast the leadership Paul Ryan

GREGORY: Sure.

MR. CRUZ: …with President Obama’s lack of leadership. The Senate for three years hasn’t had a budget. And so it’s very difficult for Democrats to complain, how dare the other side actually get serious about fixing these– these problems when they don’t even pretend to fix the problems.

MR. REED: He wasn’t serious under President Bush. Why wasn’t he serious when we were funding the war in Iraq? Why didn’t he say America should pay for the war in Afghanistan? Why didn’t he– why didn’t he say that when we have a TARP program, it needs to be available to folks on Main Street? He was for the automotive bailout.

MR. CRUZ: And, you know, I’m curious, did– did Barack Obama say any of that?

MR. REED: He– he was for that. No, no.

MR. CRUZ: Did the Democrats say any of that?

MR. REED: The Democrats did not. But I tell you what, we’re not walking around talking about a guy who has a career doing something completely different. He has a budget that doesn’t balance, and he’s– he claims that he’s a budget balancer. He’s using supply-side economics. They have a 20 percent tax policy that’s a five-trillion-dollar tax cut.

MR. CRUZ: And I agree with you.

MR. REED: That doesn’t make any sense.

MR. CRUZ: I agree with you but…

MR. REED: Doesn’t make any sense.

MR. CRUZ: …that Republicans spent too much…

MR. REED: And we’re sitting around here, acting and being polite and it doesn’t make sense.

And Reed’s comment on Joe Biden’s “chains” remark:

GREGORY: Kasim Reed, did you hear race in those remarks? Is there a racial appeal? Doug Wilder did as we showed the governors before.

MR. REED: I — I didn’t hear it. I mean, I watched the entire presentation, got a copy of the transcript. I didn’t hear it. I think that this is small ball. I think that he was talking about the Wall Street recovery, and– and that was the context of the message. When Mitt Romney or Paul Ryan stands up to Rush Limbaugh, when– when– when they’re disparaging a Georgetown law student or stands up to Ted Nugent, really stands up to anybody or stands up to Donald Trump, then I’ll be willing to have a conversation about a comment that the vice president made.

– Jay Bookman

456 comments Add your comment

Robert Lee

August 29th, 2012
10:45 am

Butch Cassidy (I)

August 29th, 2012
10:51 am

Not a big fan of Reed, but he does ask a legitimate question. Paul Ryan voted for every spending bill that hit the table and now wants prove that he’s a fiscal conservative.

the cat

August 29th, 2012
10:52 am

I can’t watch video at work. Can someone provide a synopsis?

Mick

August 29th, 2012
10:53 am

Yes, I saw that, about time someone stayed with the “pointed” questions, and as you’ll notice they never have an answer…

ddreyer

August 29th, 2012
10:53 am

Great job Mayor Reed. Thank you for correcting the record and making sure the facts are part of the debate.

***Don't Mess With Texas***

August 29th, 2012
10:54 am

should be Don’t Mess With Georgia!! Good job Mayor Reed!!

Peadawg

August 29th, 2012
10:54 am

Damn, Kasim. That was a pretty epic burn. Wow.

He was blunt and to the point. No sugar coating. My kind of person.

*polite golf clap*

King of Everything

August 29th, 2012
10:54 am

Let’s hope he doesn’t pull a Corey Booker and disappear from the scene.

Joe Hussein Mama

August 29th, 2012
10:55 am

I’m in the same boat as The Cat. Whom did Reed burn? Noonan or the Tea Party guy?

Georgia on my mind...

August 29th, 2012
10:55 am

Robert Lee

August 29th, 2012
10:56 am

Thanks Goodness that Jay posted another topic, I had to leave the earlier topic as I was tired of reading Ben S’s attacks…..
Great job Mayor Reed!

TaxPayer

August 29th, 2012
10:57 am

Good job, Mayor Reed. Your critique of Ryan is spot on and truthful.

Robert Lee

August 29th, 2012
10:58 am

He burned Cruz, the tea bagger, by asking about Ryan’s record prior to the last 24 months, when he voted for everything he’s against now…..

liz

August 29th, 2012
10:59 am

damn! Love my mayor.

Steve-USA "None of the Above"

August 29th, 2012
10:59 am

Reed broke down Ryan’s historical voting record and that doesn’t match the mantra of the “new” Paul Ryan.

DannyX

August 29th, 2012
10:59 am

Great example of why Republicans have to invent controversy with things like the “You didn’t build that,” lie.

The look on Peggy Noonan’s face said it all.

Simple Truths

August 29th, 2012
10:59 am

I’ve been pleased with how Reed is performing as the mayor. Outperformed what I first thought. My only big disagreement with him was TSPLOST.

Fred ™

August 29th, 2012
11:00 am

the cat

August 29th, 2012
10:52 am

I can’t watch video at work. Can someone provide a synopsis?
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Not until you admit I’m the king of asshattery. :D

Seriously, watch it when you get a chance. He basically questions the notion of Ryan being a “serious guy” and his hard line talk about the budget when under the Bush admin he voted FOR every budget busting policy. Two unfunded wars, TARP, unfunded medicare benefits, ect……..

I haven’t really taking Kasim Reed serious before, but he was awesome there. I’m going to have to pay more attention to him. He looks like he could become a major player in politics, unlike the scamster Bill Campbell. I also think he is looking beyond Mayor of Atlanta unlike Shirley Franklin.

Like I said, try to watch it when you get home. It’s really good.

They BOTH suck

August 29th, 2012
11:00 am

WOW. Like him or not, he took them to task. Game, set, match for that segment of the program.

Jay: Not sure if he has aspirations for higher office nor do I know how well he would see at a higher level. I am interested to see what the mayors of San Antonio and Newark do in the next few years.

Peadawg

August 29th, 2012
11:00 am

“The look on Peggy Noonan’s face said it all.”

This^

Joe Hussein Mama

August 29th, 2012
11:01 am

Robert and Steve, thanks very much for the clarification. I’ll check it out on my tablet at lunchtime, and it sounds like I shouldn’t have any tea in my mouth when I watch it. :D

Cutty

August 29th, 2012
11:01 am

Wish this was coming from the President himself.

JamVet

August 29th, 2012
11:01 am

Unethical cons and their sound bite lies get trumped (get it, birthers and trickle downers?) by a smart, decent man with the truth. As proven by verifiable, empirical facts

It works every time…

Fred ™

August 29th, 2012
11:02 am

Georgia on my mind…

August 29th, 2012
10:55 am

…and the WAR continues…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_kH_EZF0XqM&ob=av2e
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I wish you wouldn’t hit and run. i posted that on the LAST blog and asked you if you were the one who first posted it here lol.

Keep Up the Good Fight!

August 29th, 2012
11:03 am

Reed was stellar in that clip.

independent thinker

August 29th, 2012
11:03 am

The first time in ages that I can say I was proud of a politician from Georgia! That buffoon representing the GOP and Ryan looked like an inept party hack.
As Reed said Ryan wants to hide his record just like Robot man does not want to talk about his record as governor of the blue state of Mass.

Thulsa Doom

August 29th, 2012
11:03 am

Kasim Reed? Small potatoes. He should spend more time worrying about his employees driving around drunk and Atlanta’s myriad other problems.

Joe Hussein Mama

August 29th, 2012
11:04 am

Fred — “Seriously, watch it when you get a chance. He basically questions the notion of Ryan being a “serious guy” and his hard line talk about the budget when under the Bush admin he voted FOR every budget busting policy. Two unfunded wars, TARP, unfunded medicare benefits, ect……..”

IMO, these are exactly the points Democrats need to be pushing between now and Election Day. Showing that Republicans were against reining in spending before they were for it will put them in an uncomfortable and defensive position.

Steve-USA "None of the Above"

August 29th, 2012
11:04 am

JHM – “Robert and Steve, thanks very much for the clarification. I’ll check it out on my tablet at lunchtime, and it sounds like I shouldn’t have any tea in my mouth when I watch it.”

Reed’s facts were only eclipsed by the calm, rational way he presented them. It was a piece by piece dismantling of the Ryan image.. So you’re correct…no tea. :)

Proud to be me

August 29th, 2012
11:06 am

Kasim Reed needs to go back and crawl under a rock . . but, before he does he needs to take all his cronnies that he has given contracts to with him. Of course, Ryan supported Bush . . to say he supported this and that without saying what was included in those sounds great on the surface but once you dig down it is a different story. Anyhow . . where was Obama during that time . . how many times did he vote “Absent” . . . give me a break . . . anyone who can defend Obama’s record obviously has blinders on!!!

Thulsa Doom

August 29th, 2012
11:06 am

independent thinker,

You should change your handle to kool aid drinking far left thinker. No independent thought runs through your mind. I’ve seen quite a number of posts from you and every one of them is of a far left mentality. “Independent thinker” my ass.

They BOTH suck

August 29th, 2012
11:06 am

Thulsa

Like it or not Cruz and Noonan were deers in the headlights when he opened up that can of facts upon those two……..

Their faces tell the story even if the volume is off

And yes, the city of Atlanta has problems, but your side step was duly noted

They BOTH suck

August 29th, 2012
11:07 am

“how well he would sell”, not “see……..”

Georgia on my mind...

August 29th, 2012
11:08 am

Kasim Reed for Governor!!!

Fred ™

August 29th, 2012
11:08 am

Thulsa Doom

August 29th, 2012
11:03 am

Kasim Reed? Small potatoes. He should spend more time worrying about his employees driving around drunk and Atlanta’s myriad other problems.
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Really Doomy? That’s all you have to say? Where has Reed failed as mayor? And don’t ask me where he hasn’t lol, I haven’t paid much attention to him. I thought until now he was just another blow hard. Heck, I’m still trying to make up my mind about Burrell Ellis and he actually is someone I can vote for or against and someone who’s policies have a direct impact on my life.

Mary Elizabeth

August 29th, 2012
11:09 am

I had posted, earlier, that Ryan was chosen for Romney’s VP to build a leadership role for him in the future of the Republican Party, as much as for his present VP role. Noonan is perpetuating that Republican agenda for Ryan through attempting to enhance his image for the future. It’s political spin.

Kasim Reed is having none of it. He is going for truth, just as Chris Matthews was going for truth, on “Morning Joe” in the past week, relative to Republican spin regarding President Obama.

The last thread on this blog dealt with the Republican Party’s duplicity. Perhaps some will begin to realize what that party is about. Remember the Swift Boat ads. I predict a climbing political career for Kasim Reed’s future, and I compliment him for speaking truth, with passion, on Meet the Press.

Character will out.

Peadawg

August 29th, 2012
11:10 am

“Kasim Reed needs to go back and crawl under a rock”

U mad bro?

Fred ™

August 29th, 2012
11:10 am

Reed’s facts were only eclipsed by the calm, rational way he presented them.

Exactly. Plus he wouldn’t be over talked. He just kept on going when interrupted without raising his voice. It was an awesome display.

fair and balanced

August 29th, 2012
11:11 am

Sure hope he gets to speak at the Dem. Convention. Between Reed, Biden, Obama and Clinton this campaign could change dramatically. Great Job – Kaseem.
Contrast Reed to tha turncoat token idiot last night-Artur Davis. GOP may as well put Clarence Thomas up there next Blacks would still poll at 0% for Romney.

TaxPayer

August 29th, 2012
11:12 am

That look on Noonan’s face was just admirable. :lol:

Keep Up the Good Fight!

August 29th, 2012
11:13 am

“Independent stinker” my ass.

I fixed that reference by the pompous one to his body part. I suspect it may be the only part that has “substance” :lol:

Peadawg

August 29th, 2012
11:13 am

TaxPayer
August 29th, 2012
11:12 am

Very nice.

They BOTH suck

August 29th, 2012
11:14 am

fair and balanced

I would not worry about Artur Davis. He like Christie of FL is mad and upset because he didn’t get the party support he wanted. They both ran to the other side to claim how their eyes have been opened.

Either one will be making any huge impacts on the voters come November.

Jay

August 29th, 2012
11:15 am

Transcript of relevant exchanges now posted above.

Fred ™

August 29th, 2012
11:17 am

Hey Jay? When are they going to force registration for the blogs? The asshat that always posts as Fred already stole my screen name.

Daedalus

August 29th, 2012
11:18 am

If only the Mayor was as proactive on fighting crime and making Atlanta a more livable city…his ParkAtlanta privatization contract is killing small businesses.

JamVet

August 29th, 2012
11:18 am

Ryan supported Bush . . to say he supported this and that without saying what was included…

Proud to be a neocon, go ahead and cover up for all of the inveterate liars in your beloved, diseased, profligate spending, Bushaholic GOP.

Too funny…

MiltonMan

August 29th, 2012
11:18 am

Keep selling Mohammed Reed maybe someone will bless us and take him away from here. But in the meantime let’s make sure we hide all of his dirty laundry:

(1) The clown was slapped down in his support of TSPLOST
(2) The clowns friends at the airport are under investigation
(3) The clowns entertainment exec driving around town in a loaned porsche while drunk

Fred ™

August 29th, 2012
11:18 am

Well check you out. That was cool to post the transcript Jay.

independent thinker

August 29th, 2012
11:20 am

Hey Thulsa Doom- I voted for McCain and did not voted for Kaseem and campaigned for the opposition. If the GOP had picked competent candidates with real accomplishments like Scott Walker or Nikki Haley,and not made up BS, I would be on there side. People like you have been so brainwashed by the Karl Rove BS in this election you cannot tell the truth from the horse manure being spread out there. I heard nothing last night about any real accomplishments by those two wannabees who are hiding from their records.
Thank you Kaseem for speaking truth to BS.

Brosephus™

August 29th, 2012
11:21 am

Jay

On behalf of the video deficient here… thanks!!!

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I would not worry about Artur Davis. He like Christie of FL is mad and upset because he didn’t get the party support he wanted.

If Artur Davis were a true conservative, he would not have ran from a Conservative state to switch parties. Instead, he turned tail because he saw what happened to Parker Griffith in Alabama. In the eyes of the Alabama GOP, the expiration date of party switching has passed. If Davis wants to impress me, he’d run for any statewide position under the GOP in Alabama.

Granny Godzilla - Union Thugette

August 29th, 2012
11:21 am

I certainly hope Mr. Reed has aspirations beyond the job of Mayor.

Governor Reed?

Senator Reed?

Both sound pretty good to me.

He may be the light at the end of the tunnel.

Keep Up the Good Fight!

August 29th, 2012
11:21 am

The clowns entertainment exec driving around town in a loaned porsche while drunk

Yes, somehow that was the Mayor’s fault. :roll:

Project Dreamz

August 29th, 2012
11:23 am

RB from Gwinnett

August 29th, 2012
11:25 am

In hindsight, it would have been better I Ryan had just voted “present” to shore up his stellar record of achievement.

Thulsa Doom- pompous ass extraordinaire

August 29th, 2012
11:25 am

I see that my favorite kook fan still hangs on every word that I write. Nothing new there.

Fred,

I don’t think Kasim has done a terrible job, Just not a great job either. Atl. still has a lot of problems and I really can’t think of anything impressive that he’s done. At least Franklin fixed the sewers which while not glamorous was a huge project.

Bottom line is that its hard to respect a man who seems to be playing the same old typical Democratic corruption and with the favorite tool of corruption in Atl- the airport. This is an interesting read. Maybe he’s cleaned it up since then but according to this article it looks like ole Kasim has his hand in the usual Dem corruption cookie jar. No credibility

http://commoncausega.org/2011/11/22/pay-to-play-reform-%E2%80%93-let%E2%80%99s-get-on-the-same-page/

Kasim looked good in that exchange. But he and libs need to make up their mind on TARP. How many times have we seen libs on here say that O saved the economy with TARP and stimulus. Then they turn around and say that W and in this case Ryan wanted wasteful TARP spending. Just the usual crap of libs trying to have it both ways. It really is breath taking to watch.

Fred ™

August 29th, 2012
11:25 am

Exactly Keep, Milton Man shows his lunacy again. I can’t think of ANY politicians that weren’t supporting the TSplost including Milton mans beloved crook of a Governor, 2 senators and his Congressman.

The hypocrisy of the right is endless.

TBone

August 29th, 2012
11:25 am

I’d rank him right up there with Cynthia McKinney.

Fred ™

August 29th, 2012
11:26 am

Project Dreamz

August 29th, 2012
11:23 am

Are YOU registered to vote?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pP6Mcvgdrtg
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Another hit and run by the Georgia on my mind dude.

Register by Oct. 6th to be eligible for the November election.

JamVet

August 29th, 2012
11:28 am

Some here are apparently VERY confused about being a liberal or Independent and being a Democrat.

I am a devoted John F Kennedy/Ralph Nader liberal but in no way shape or form, a Democrat.

Why?

The Democratic Party is anything but liberal. They are basically another pro-war, pro-corporatocracy and pro-plutocracy criminal organziation like the Con Party.

They have moved to the political right so much that they are now nothing more than Republican-lites.

And the diseased. Lily White fake conservatives/Tea Party?

They have lurched a million light years from the political center. And in many cases have returned to their perverted, demented, McCarthyesque, quasi-fascist and racist roots…

Brad Steel

August 29th, 2012
11:31 am

peggy got pantsed!

been along time since i’m been proud of our local officials.

Joe Hussein Mama

August 29th, 2012
11:31 am

Jay, very kind of you to post the transcript! Thank you, sir! :)

CJ

August 29th, 2012
11:31 am

Good for Mayor Reed for pushing back on the false notion that Ryan is a serious person. He proposed and passed budgets in the House that privatizes Medicare, privatizes Social Security, slashes Medicaid, cuts taxes for the rich, and raises taxes on the middle class…all without balancing the budget.

He’s not serious about growing the economy or balancing the budget. He’s serious about enriching the rich (that is, when he’s not busy working to take away women’s access to IVF, contraception, and health care).

Oh. By the way. Paul Ryan has “never seen the inside of a lemonade stand.” That seems to be important to Republicans…at least when they’re talking about Democrats.

Mike

August 29th, 2012
11:32 am

Good job Kasim…

Fred ™

August 29th, 2012
11:32 am

But he and libs need to make up their mind on TARP. How many times have we seen libs on here say that O saved the economy with TARP and stimulus. Then they turn around and say that W and in this case Ryan wanted wasteful TARP spending. Just the usual crap of libs trying to have it both ways. It really is breath taking to watch.

I see it a little differently Doomy. I see it as the libs bring up TARP as a “bad” thing whenever the Pubs try to say that all the debt is Obama’s fault. Or when the politico’s try to posture as “fiscal conservatives” like Ryan did. But maybe I’m wrong, I dunno. So much hypocrisy on both sides I get lost from time to time lol as to who did what and when.

I haven’t read your article yet but thanks in advance. My initial impression of Reed was that he was the typical Maynard Jackson/Bill Campbell/Andrew Young power elite thief using the airport for personal profit and gain.

Thulsa Doom- pompous ass extraordinaire

August 29th, 2012
11:32 am

The clowns entertainment exec driving around town in a loaned porsche while drunk

“Yes, somehow that was the Mayor’s fault.’

Yep. Kinda like Scott Akin’s words on rape are Mitt Romney’s and the whole GOP’s fault. Only a few hundred lib comments from the other day suggesting that. BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAAHAHAHAH

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

August 29th, 2012
11:35 am

Well, I been hauling and lugging so much I never got the chance to post on the topic downstairs. Anyway, my buddy Jim Earl come over to the trailer last night and we got to talking about all these guvmint farm subsidies. I got a cousin that’s a farmer. He keeps poor-mouthing about how hard it is for farmers to make a living these days. He raises beef cattle on that little 50-acre farms of his when he’s not teaching school. Anyhow, Jim Earl looked him up in a list of federal farm subsidies. Turns out, he gets $14,500 a year from the guvmint for not growing a crop he never intended to grow in the first place. Next time I see him and he starts poor-mouthing again, I intend to spit some Red Man in that dude’s eye. No wonder we’re broke and 16 trillion bucks in debt!

Anyhow, if this Orwell was so smart in 1984 how come he’s never been elected to office? I never heard of him till I read Bookman’s column.

I guess somebody will tell me how things went at the convention. I got so bored last night I started watching pawn shop shows. Then Sooth sent that picture of Michelle Bachmann and it kept me up half the night. Have a good Hump Day everybody.

getalife

August 29th, 2012
11:35 am

Hurricane Isaac finally shows up.

Yes, ryan’s votes are part of the problem and if he had any honor he would retire.

Keep Up the Good Fight!

August 29th, 2012
11:36 am

How many times have we seen libs on here say that O saved the economy with TARP and stimulus. Then they turn around and say that W and in this case Ryan wanted wasteful TARP spending.

What dishonsent nonsensical tripe. Apparently the lack of oxygen from having his breath taken away has impacted comprehension again. TARP and stimulus were want was needed to save the economy…so when the conned start harping about it being “wasteful” the question is why did W implement TARP and Ryan vote for both if the Republicans are the protectors against “wasteful” and “conservatives” and….

Keep Up the Good Fight!

August 29th, 2012
11:38 am

Kinda like Scott Akin’s words on rape are Mitt Romney’s and the whole GOP’s fault

Sorry speedo crazy… Scott Akin’s words (as joined in many bills by Ryan) represent the GOP Platform.

You really need to think.

the cat

August 29th, 2012
11:40 am

Thanks for posting the exchange, Jay. Can’t wait to actually hear it!

And right on cue-there is Doomy coming to poop on the floor.

Brosephus™

August 29th, 2012
11:40 am

his ParkAtlanta privatization contract is killing small businesses.

Well, why don’t small businesses build it themselves instead of depending on Park Atlanta for parking? Isn’t that the current meme anyway?

TaxPayer

August 29th, 2012
11:41 am

Republicans sure do manage to whip up their amnesia of convenience–their Milk of Magnesia for all that does not fit with their new and improved “truth”– whenever anything prior to Obama is mentioned.

Keep Up the Good Fight!

August 29th, 2012
11:41 am

Brosephus…. add “private enterprise does it much better than government” meme.

They BOTH suck

August 29th, 2012
11:41 am

getalife

I assume all is well or at least as good as it can be for your family, friends and yourself.

Ray

August 29th, 2012
11:46 am

I’ve been watching Kasim Reed on the Sunday morning talk shows the last few months, and have been struck and surprised by how good he is. In this clip he is great, following up those stupid comments by Peggy Noonan about what a “serious man” Paul Ryan, by pointing out some of the contradictions and bs in Ryan’s voting record (under Bush) and his make believe budgets. Even Ted Cruz had to acknowledge what Reed was saying about Ryan. Peggy Noonan looked a little “taken aback”, and David Gregory, while he seemed to like it, also almost seemed to be looking at Reed a little like “what are you doing? We’re supposed to polite to the conservative bs on these shows.” Reed was absolutely right to push back and not “be polite”. Way to go Kasim — he actually makes me a little proud to be from Atlanta.

They BOTH suck

August 29th, 2012
11:46 am

Fred

Not sure if Reed is getting any personal gain from the airport, however he sort of overlooked a few things in regards to the vendors or at least his office did. Granted not all of those who contributed to his campaign and bid on those contracts were awarded one, but several were. The way several of the vendors were designated in their bid alarms me more than the fact that they gave to his campaign.

Reality

August 29th, 2012
11:46 am

What the hell do you expect Reed to say? He a die hard Dem. Someone needs to go back and point out all the LIES O’Bama has said in the past years. They are too numerous to mention. Both parties have their turncoats. As an independant I just look at the background, type of education, experience they have. If voters would stop this blind party loyality crap and vote for the best man for the job on that I beleive we would elect better people in Washington. Idmit it, the past 3 & 1/2 years have not been good for America.

getalife

August 29th, 2012
11:47 am

Both,

No problems yet but it just got here.

St Simons - he-ne-ha

August 29th, 2012
11:47 am

Kasim owned two cons on teevee with 3 chords and the truth.

con response – send out a diversion troll.

really? can we tax monkey poo and end the deficit?

TaxPayer

August 29th, 2012
11:48 am

getalife,

You can at least be encouraged by the fact that Governor Jindal has already asked for Obama’s help with the hurricane. In fact Jindal has even criticized Obama for not giving him enough federal tax dollars yet. So, Jindal may like to put on a Republican facade for the camera but he knows that in reality, his ability to pull on those bootstraps depends on the fed’s delivery of a couple of really big helping hands.

Thulsa Doom- pompous ass extraordinaire

August 29th, 2012
11:48 am

“I see it a little differently Doomy. I see it as the libs bring up TARP as a “bad” thing whenever the Pubs try to say that all the debt is Obama’s fault.”

Cons aren’t saying the debt is all Obama’s. Only about 6 trillion of it occurred under his administration. And if I’m not mistaken tarp or at least part of it was attributed to W and his debt numbers.

Regardless though even if you attributed the fact that the 09 fiscal budget went into effect 3 months before O took office he still has a staggering amount of debt to show for the other years in office. And if we give W credit for the 2009 deficit then we should likewise give O credit for the 2013 deficit should he lose re-election. Just being consistent and all.

“Or when the politico’s try to posture as “fiscal conservatives” like Ryan did.”

Perhaps he is being labeled as a “fiscal conservative” because he is actually now trying to come up with a plan to save Medicare and to get our fiscal house in order. What matters is what we are doing right now in the present to get our fiscal house in order.

Dems can rightly criticize him for not being exactly frugal regarding spending on the wars and other spending under W. But that doesn’t have anything to do with taking action on our nation’s finances now that we have reached a staggering 16 trillion in debt. Spending back then was a problem. But we weren’t at 16 trillion in debt back then. We are now.

And as I mentioned TARP was supported by both parties so Reed’s criticism of TARP rings hollow to me. He can justly criticize spending on the wars also but rightly or wrongly the Rs felt the wars were a necessary evil. And lest we forget a lot of Dems agreed- particularly on Afghanistan. A fact that Dems quickly seem to forget.

And last on that matter the Dem talking point nonsense about 2 unfunded wars is utter nonsense. They were off the books and while they didn’t show up in W’s deficit numbers they damn sure showed up in his debt numbers.

Doggone/GA

August 29th, 2012
11:48 am

“Someone needs to go back and point out all the LIES O’Bama has said in the past years”

So, what’s the matter? Cat got your tongue? Or are you like a lot of cons and too lazy to do the work yourself?

Keep Up the Good Fight!

August 29th, 2012
11:48 am

To be fair, the airport and concessions have been a cesspool of corruption for years prior to Reed. The whole system needs a shake up there but the concern is always the operations of the worlds largest airport.

USMC

August 29th, 2012
11:49 am

“Atlanta’s Kasim Reed plays well on national scene”–JAY BOOKMAN

Yeah that’s great Jay. But what about staying focused on governing Atlanta and the people in your chain of command….

Special events director in Atlanta mayor’s office resigns after DUI arrest
http://www.ajc.com/news/news/local/special-events-director-in-atlanta-mayors-office-r/nRMfM/

-Popped for DUI while driving a Porsche… What are they paying these buffoons down at city hall?
Is this from the hidden funds and ownerships from the Airport??? :-)

Joe Hussein Mama

August 29th, 2012
11:50 am

In other news, Ben Quayle lost his AZ House primary last night; he and his opponent were both incumbents who had been redistricted into the same seat.

Brosephus™

August 29th, 2012
11:50 am

Keep

I forgot about that one. :)

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getalife

Take good care of yourself. I’d hate for you to have to be rescued by a federal public sector union member and Crimson Tide fan. I would hate to put that kind of permanent stigma on you.

:)

Thulsa Doom- pompous ass extraordinaire

August 29th, 2012
11:51 am

add “private enterprise does it much better than government” meme.

Well now of course big gubment does everything better than private enterprise. North Korea and the Soviet Union say so…

JamVet

August 29th, 2012
11:51 am

Mayor Reed is the antithesis of Governor Deal.

Kasim is smart, principled and does not speak in vacuous sound bites…

Joe Hussein Mama

August 29th, 2012
11:52 am

Doom — isn’t there a Steve Miller Band song about you?

‘Cause I sing
Of the pompous ass
of love

:D

DannyX

August 29th, 2012
11:52 am

The ParkAtlanta contract was signed by Mayor Franklin, not Mayor Reed.

independent thinker

August 29th, 2012
11:53 am

I love how he put Joe Biden’s comments about chains in context of calling a person for no reason a slut.And there is that clown herman that said he walked off the Democratic “plantation” . No problem there for that GOP stooge from Texas.
Romney: “That’s not the words I would have used” What would he have used – whore?

Tom(Independent Viet Vet,USAF)

August 29th, 2012
11:54 am

Typical ATL BS!! Atl is a disaster, crime rampant(murders, robberies every day), transportation, and city deep in debt. Reed needs to stay home and handle his own problems, before criticizing others! I would not live in ATL, even if you paid me!

They BOTH suck

August 29th, 2012
11:55 am

TD

How does it end up being North Korea everything there is a discussion about government and business?

You damn well know that even the most liberal elected Democrat in the United States is not espousing and cheering for anything that goes on in NK?

You need a better straw man.

Come on TD

Brosephus™

August 29th, 2012
11:55 am

Cons aren’t saying the debt is all Obama’s. Only about 6 trillion of it occurred under his administration. And if I’m not mistaken tarp or at least part of it was attributed to W and his debt numbers.

And that’s still not being completely honest as not a single “Con” has come up with a tally of Obama Administration policies that added $6 Trillion to the Debt as you say. If “Cons” were truly honest, they would acknowledge that debt would have been added regardless to whomever won in 2008. Then again, some “Cons” wouldn’t know honesty if it grew fangs and bit them in the ass.

Mind you, that’s just how I see things.

They BOTH suck

August 29th, 2012
11:55 am

DannyX

August 29th, 2012
11:55 am

“Mayor Reed is the antithesis of Governor Deal.”

Deal was voting YES on everything right along with his House buddy Paul Ryan.

Deal got a promotion and Ryan is up for one.

Thulsa Doom- pompous ass extraordinaire

August 29th, 2012
11:55 am

“Popped for DUI while driving a Porsche… What are they paying these buffoons down at city hall?”

Well now lets be fair. City employees have to be paid commensurately well- particularly for a demanding job like party coordinator. You think its easy picking up party cups at Walmark. Or picking up that heavy phone and calling a caterer. Taint easy.

Joe Hussein Mama

August 29th, 2012
11:56 am

Doom — “Well now of course big gubment does everything better than private enterprise. North Korea and the Soviet Union say so…”

Have you been following the news about North Korea since Lil’ Kim took office, Doom? Not like he’s going to open the place to capitalism or anything, but he recently appeared at the opening of an amusement park (remarkable for NK) and a new *shopping mall* opened in Pyongyang not long ago.

From what I’ve been able to piece together, the Chinese (pretty much the Norks’ only friends) have been saying ‘look, you can have a better quality of life, happier people and the Americans will stop riding your azz if you just do what we’ve been doing for 20+ years.’ And maybe it’s starting to penetrate their skulls.

IMO, anything that gets the Norks shopping for clothes, teapots and crayons instead of standing guard on the DMZ is something I can get behind.

getalife

August 29th, 2012
11:57 am

Tax,

jindal crying for more welfare? Figures.

Bro,

I will ask if they are Bama fans and then find a Tiger fan to rescue me :)

LSU #1.