Kasim Reed takes Cory Booker’s chair on ‘Meet the Press’

No pressure here.

Two weeks after Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker crashed and burned as a Barack Obama surrogate on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” the same duty will fall this Sunday to Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed.

Reed, in his fourth appearance on the program, will make up a discussion quartet with Romney senior advisor Kevin Madden, former John McCain strategist Steve Schmidt, and Neera Tanden, president of the Center for American Progress Neera Tanden.

On the May 20 program, Booker declared himself disgusted by the tenor of the current political debate: “This kind of stuff is nauseating to me on both sides. It’s nauseating to the American public. Enough is enough. Stop attacking private equity; stop attacking Jeremiah Wright.”

Much hoopla ensued afterwards among Democrats. Ultimately, Booker’s communications director resigned.

The Bain Capital issue hasn’t gone away. Reed may be able to sidestep Booker’s remarks. But the mayor Atlanta will have to address similar sentiments expressed by President Bill Clinton last night on CNN.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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37 comments Add your comment

Mandingo

June 1st, 2012
12:54 pm

At the end of the day it comes down to one man has one vote……see you at the polls

Burroughston Broch

June 1st, 2012
12:56 pm

The President can rely on Mayor Reed to say with a straight face whatever increases the President’s re-election chances.
Mayor Reed is fishing for a higher appointive position in the President’s next administration ( if there is one).

td

June 1st, 2012
1:31 pm

I guess they will bench Clinton next. They could always put Jesse on the show to carry the water of Obama.

For the few conservative (Blue dogs) left in the party: This may be a good time for you to consider if your party loyalty is going to continue to over ride your philosophical beliefs.

Centerist

June 1st, 2012
1:38 pm

For the second time today, kudos for covering Clinton’s reference to Romney’s private equity career as “sterling,” I am VERY surprised that it made it into this blog – twice today. It will be interesting to see how Kasim Reed sidesteps the issue – IF it is brought up on MTP.

jgalloway, will you (please) release my old screen name from the banned word list, and let me back into this blog through normal channels? 8) Truce?

DannyX

June 1st, 2012
1:40 pm

“I guess they will bench Clinton next. They could always put Jesse on the show to carry the water of Obama.”

Yes, they could sit Jesse next to Romney’s Etch-a-Sketch.

DannyX

June 1st, 2012
1:42 pm

Just wondering, why are banned posters allowed to post here? Are there rules or not?

jgalloway

June 1st, 2012
1:49 pm

Your screen name is released. But please, Centrist, stay on topic. This blog is about encouraging discussion, not subverting it.

td

June 1st, 2012
1:52 pm

DannyX

June 1st, 2012
1:42 pm

Just wondering, why are banned posters allowed to post here? Are there rules or not?

You can only ban an IP address and a screen name. Anyone with any common knowledge about routers can just go in and change an IP address that is being shown to the public.

Centerist

June 1st, 2012
1:52 pm

DannyX posted “Just wondering, why are banned posters allowed to post here? Are there rules or not?”

I didn’t break a written rule, but an unwritten one against pointing out the loss of AJC influence due to leftist bias. I admit, it was too aggressive and will restrain from such posts in the future. I am still not allowed to post via my Internet Protocol (IP) or original screen name, but have resorted to work arounds I don’t think are appropriate to share. The AJC information technology folks stopped my first work around, and are probably working on the current one.

I suggest a truce.

Centrist

June 1st, 2012
2:04 pm

Back with my original screen name, but my normal channel/ IP is still blocked.

Kirk

June 1st, 2012
2:06 pm

Jim, I wasn’t aware that Mayor Booker had a chair on MTP, but being that this is Atlanta and not Newark, I guess I understand why this is news now.

Ed Coles

June 1st, 2012
2:23 pm

Kasim can suck up all he wants ………………given the recent economic #’s there will be no position in a second term with Obama . Obama will not be re-elected . The reality of knowing how to run this country , and “HOPE” have put millions of middle class American’s in the poverty level . Reed gives $47 million dollars of taxes payers $$ for a trolley to run six blocks to the MLK Memorial, and back , Obama kicks in a matching $47 million of tax payer dollars ……..Martin would rollover in his grave , Knowing those funds are needed for Police , Fire , Education for the people of Atlanta’s benefit. But Instead will be divided up between Kasim political contributor for the construction work . to be kicked back to for another mayoral campaign.

The Airport terminal is a prime example of of this procedure. Kasim best accomplishment was booting the Occupy movement out of the park .

No need to worry about a second term for Obama . Kasim can ride the Trolley

kewl

June 1st, 2012
3:10 pm

You have to be a major tool to get blocked on a blog.

Ga Values

June 1st, 2012
4:02 pm

Hope Reed discusses how the Jackson family, who are all multi millionars at the taxpayer expense are “disadvantaged”.

zeke

June 1st, 2012
4:14 pm

balfour has ethics issues….who da thunk it?

dc

June 1st, 2012
4:18 pm

shows what happens when someone wanders off the plantation (the new type of plantation…..). Sad

Going Right

June 1st, 2012
4:27 pm

Danny X: Banned posters? No code and they are allowed to re-post. Look only to your insipid drivel to prove that.

20/20

June 1st, 2012
4:35 pm

Speak the Truth A 2:33pm; “Out, Out, come out however thou art.”

OK, I’ll bite: What is your point? Did you fall and hit your head and when you awakened imagined that you were in OZ with Dorothy and Toto?

Real American

June 1st, 2012
5:08 pm

Austerity doesn’t work rwnjs, and Kasim will hammer that home on Sunday.

[...] especially Bain Capital. We read a hit piece (which we won’t link to) on Cory Booker, who broke the ice in the dam of opposition to the administration’s policies and re-election strategy by [...]

Attack Dog

June 1st, 2012
5:24 pm

If you live in Gwinnett, your politiical backyard looks pretty bad. Some can accuse Mayor Reed of wrongdoing, Gwinnett folks get indicted.

RCB

June 1st, 2012
6:36 pm

Who would even want to listen to Kasim Reed? MTP has to resort to him? He has always aspired for more. He just got back from overseas (again). Maybe he needs to stay in Atlanta for a while and attempt to govern.

juvenile

June 1st, 2012
7:30 pm

These comments are so freaking juvenile. Mayor Reed is the CEO of Atlanta. Are you suggesting CEO’s don’t travel? Are they to stay in their offices at all times? Do you think they don’t have laptops and mobile phones?

You only prove how educationally and technologically disvantaged conservatives are. In case you didn’t know, with a laptop and internet access you can work from anywhere in this world. Get a clue.

Amazing

June 1st, 2012
7:35 pm

Reed is doing nothing different than what Gingrich, Trump and other Romney surrogates are doing.

Moon Mullins

June 1st, 2012
8:48 pm

@Amazing — Thanks!

Gingrich wants to forget all the nasty things he said about Romney now that he’s looking for a guvmint job, but those confounded words will be resonating during the election.

Kris

June 1st, 2012
9:06 pm

Although I do-not have a dog in this fight (Mayor Reed) I’m sure he will do a good job (whatever that he may be doing on “Meet the press”….all I can say is God Bless OBAMA 2012 or they might not be a 2013. Just saying

20/20

June 1st, 2012
9:16 pm

Real(?) American – So, austerity doesn’t work? What does? More spending? OH, I get it, soak the rich! Get those da– Republicans – they’re all rich and they have the dough. Besides, if the Obama Government wastes a few hundred billion dollars on “Green Energy” who cares? The Unions will have their coffers filled, the “poor” won’t have to worry about getting off their duffs and work and you and your friends will stay true and real Americans. Whoopee! Boy, we’ll show those sluggards in Greece how it’s done! Bring on the Euro! We’ll match speed with it going to the bottom any day. If your boy gets in again this will come to pass. Within a few years no one will have to work, the government will provide..that is as long as China is willing to keep lending money, but, Europe will be in line waiting for theirs,too. Spending our way into prosperity has its limits you will see. maybe if we are good little socialists, the Republicans can bail us out…if they haven’t had all their money stolen by BHO and the Gang.

Attack Dog

June 1st, 2012
9:29 pm

Does anyone really think the mayor of Marietta, the Gwinnett County Chair, or even Nathan Deal could hold their own on “Meet the Press?”. Don’t start laughing.

td

June 1st, 2012
9:44 pm

Attack Dog

June 1st, 2012
9:29 pm

Why do they not offer Rush or Hannity or Boortz a seat at the table? How about Newt or Herman against those MSNBC morons?

BitterEXdemocrackkk

June 2nd, 2012
5:32 am

Democrackkks heads are exploding everywhere with all the failures of the Oblunder! NOW is the TIME for ALL democrackkks to realize their stupidity and dump this criminal bunch from their lives!

STRIVE to be SMARTER than a democrackkk slavedriver WANTS you to BE!

BitterEXdemocrackkk

June 2nd, 2012
5:33 am

MTP ought to be embarrassed to have Mayors like Reed and Charlotte Mayor Foxx on their show…
get some REAL meat on there to ‘defend’ the agenda, like Farrakhan or Ayers …

shady

June 2nd, 2012
9:29 am

Hopefully, the Mayor will begin to advocate for Policies that will help all Americans. Lower the Mortgage and debts on all Americans to Zero Percent for those current, and no more than 2 percent on all the rest who are behind. This is called deleveraging. Pass the Job Bills immediately. Either s..t or get off the pot on the Keytsone Project to shut the mouths of the Repukers(But tie it to a 30 year Enviromental Impact Study and Make the Job Creators liable for any damages off the top), and another program that Robert Reich has been advocating giving everyone an immediate 20K payroll deduction. No refinance fees at all, just do it. Please, please, please, Mayor Reed talk about possible solutions to problems not just talking points. If you think Bain Capital is doing “god’s work,” good for you. If you think Bain Capital are doing the work of the Devil, then good for you. It makes no difference right now. The people need help right now. Get it. Its about the people.

happy progressive

June 2nd, 2012
10:54 am

Good luck, Kasim. God Bless Obama!

Caroline Jenkins

June 2nd, 2012
11:05 am

Meet the Press does not have the prestige that the program enjoyed for decades. That ended with the untimely death of Tim Russert. I know that David Gregory is probably trying very hard to shed his liberal image but it’s not working. He carries all the baggage from MSNBC and he will never be able to shake it. I no longer watch the show but I did give him a chance and watched it for at least a year after he took over. NBC/MSNBC is the next to go after CNN.

eddy

June 2nd, 2012
12:11 pm

Wonder if Reed is taking his newly appointed pole dancer/stripper with him. But in his vernacular…she is an exotic dancer. Sounds like she is imminently qualified for something but it isn’t allowed to be stated here.

bee arthur

June 2nd, 2012
12:21 pm

td,

hannity/boortz/rush- would never paticipate in a debate on meet the press. giving up the power to hang-up on a caller who has outwitted them would cause a noxious gas leak.

PDA

June 2nd, 2012
12:25 pm

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If so– Stay home and complain later.

Want to stop this bullstuff?

VOTE NO on T-SPLOST !!!!

They think if they have a “special” vote on July 31st nobody will pay attention and they can shove it down our throats.

If they were honest, why didn’t they put this issue on the november, presidential ballot when most folks go to vote.

Stop the Contractors, Stupid Ideas and Slimy Politicians!