April 7th, 2011
11:47 PM ET
soundoff (39 Responses)
  1. john carroll

    cut senate pay and benefits along with the house all need to sacrifice noblis obligee

    April 9, 2011 at 12:08 am |
  2. virginia garcia

    I feel like women are about to loose there right of choice. I dont think that planned parenthood should be the cause that our military should be out in the cold. Maybe they should lie down there weapons and see what happens then.during 911 the government sure did call the soldiers for protection If the Military does not get paid and the US is attacked again do u think the corps will show up. think people don't bite the hand that protects u!!!!

    April 8, 2011 at 10:32 pm |
  3. Arthur Leobold

    Is the President trying to tell the American people that Congerss is esental and as COMMANDER IN CHIEF his military is not esential?

    Who the ??? does he think he is?

    Iknow this will go knowware. other than here

    April 8, 2011 at 9:25 pm |
  4. penny vanburen

    I think there should be a law against politicians saying "Americans want or think....". I cringe each time I hear it. The speakers should be required to say "some Americans,that I know think, want...."
    No person has asked me what I think and I am an American. I am thrilled having such a smart, thoughtful President. the recent babble from some tea party people is amazingly stupid. Now I've heard that one of the most repulsive people on earth, Donald Trump, may run for President...it is my worst nightmare.

    April 8, 2011 at 7:36 pm |
  5. Paula

    Boehner stated today it's about PRINCIPLE. Ok, the principle is this--Pay our military not yourselves. What a group of inept individuals attempting to be making decisions for our great nation. Maybe our military will take as long when deciding whether Congressmen/women are worth protecting!!!!!!!
    Time for a complete revamping in the Senate and Congress.

    April 8, 2011 at 7:33 pm |
  6. Kitty

    It's about time David Gergen and other Republican started to confront these dippy Tea Party women. Up until yesterday's debate, moderate Republicans either politely ignored, or mildly disagreed with the ranting of these people. More Republicans need to challenge both the assumptions and facts of the Tea Partiers because not doing so has serious consequences.

    April 8, 2011 at 6:52 pm |
  7. John Jarboe

    I just retired after 20 years of service in the military.I have seen many GIs comming home missing arms, legs, or with severe head trama or bodily injuries.Now I have seen a Speaker of the House crying because he is a proud self made individual whom never served his country, forgot he was able to chase his dream because he was free and now removes the disabilty payments due to our wounded keepers of freedom. This really makes me want to cry!

    April 8, 2011 at 4:34 pm |
  8. Maxim Weekes

    GOV"T SHUTDOWN SUCKS!!!!!! Checked mypay account and I will not recieve my full pay next week no matter what happens now. Congress, Dems, Reps and the Tea party, THANKS FOR NOTHING and sleep tight under the watch of the men and women who are staying up to protect you and your family so you can rest without worry while we are away from ours.

    April 8, 2011 at 3:41 pm |
  9. edward r davies

    we did it in 1975...we should do it NOW!Bring our troops home NOW.It will be good for families,budget,2012 elections,etc.

    April 8, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
  10. Jeff

    All three of your guests made valid points, in my estimation, during last night's debate over the budget battle. And while I agree at least in part with the Tea Party objective of smaller government, I can't stomach their methods and continue to question where they were when Republicans were in charge and spending as if there was no tomorrow.
    That's why it was no surprise to see Tea Party darling Dana Loesch laugh as your other guests tried to make points. Just more proof that the Tea Party leadership lacks intellectual depth, not to mention plain old fashioned manners.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:50 pm |
  11. Bill Caputo

    Mad as Hell!!!!
    Maybe these so called public servent's should open their closed door meeting to the people of the US so we can see what is really going on, and get some real transparency in goverment! I would bet my life that they would make quicker decisions

    April 8, 2011 at 1:41 pm |
  12. k j edwards

    thank you for allowing dana loesch the national venue upon which to demonstrate how shallow and naive members of the tea party have become. david gergen said it all – it is about agenda and politics. the political "positions" do not solve the larger issue. the bickering in washington is a disgrace. we need statesmen – not shrill stupidity.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
  13. Mel

    I have been impressed with CNN's coverage of world events and our national events. I had tuned out to give msnbc a try. I came back recently and again last night to watch AC360 and was absolutely turned off by Dana Loesch's behavior in her responses to Paul Begala and David Gergen. She has nothing to contribute and instead throws her head back and cackles loudly to cover for the fact that she has absolutely no answers for their (or your) questions. It was excruciating to watch. Really, have you no other tea party alternative?

    April 8, 2011 at 1:00 pm |
  14. Keith

    I am astounded at the incredible mental gymnastics Dana Loesch goes through in this clip. I must agree with Mr. Gergen - this type of thing is going to do serious damage to the tea party by showing the lack of substance behind the ideology. Then the Republicans will likely be seen as complicit in shutting down the government over what is insignificant amount of money for planned parenthood, again, solely done because they simply don't like planned parenthood. So shallow tea partiers and callously opportunistic Republicans. Of course the Democrats will be seen as spineless no matter what.

    April 8, 2011 at 12:54 pm |
  15. manfred

    To evaluate arguments, consider following the obvious lies. Here in South Dakota, the legislature and governor claim a new 3 day waiting period between first visit and procedure against women asking for a abortion is needed to "make sure she isn't being forced into an abortion", which is obviously bizarre, as opposed to the obvious truth, which is that the legislature hates abortion and hopes that making women drive 300 miles to the nearest abortion clinic multiple times instead of once will deter a few procedures. Congressional Republicans and their Tea Party wardens who demand cutting Planned Parenthood as the price of funding the gov't today, claim such microscopic cuts must be respected because they "add up", as opposed to the obvious truth, which is mainstream Republicans are terrified of the Tea Party, and Tea Partiers hate Planned Parenthood, hate their Federal gov't almost as much, and are gleeful to shut down one as a byproduct of shutting down the other.

    April 8, 2011 at 12:46 pm |
  16. Maria Docouto

    The Tea Party is clearly oblivious to the needs of the American people. It has taken the Republican Party hostage. Dana Loesch smiles and laughs throughout the interview (in contrast with the somber attitude of both Paul Begala and David Gergen) showed really well her lack of concern in face of such a serious situation.

    April 8, 2011 at 12:19 pm |
  17. chelsea

    honestly. the problem is congress. why don't they cut their pay instead on cutting military pay. Some military men and women live paycheck to paycheck. They have kids to feed and cloth and put through school and bills to pay. Congress should cut their pay not military!

    April 8, 2011 at 12:18 pm |
  18. Samantha

    I think politicians should have a 50% pay cut. They are servants of the states. Its a privilege. Their eating steak and Caviar while the people are staving. Life for them is free, we the people pay for it.

    April 8, 2011 at 12:02 pm |
  19. joyce

    what is happening in dc is shamefull the american people are being thrown aside reed and the president are holding the military hostage to stop the rep from cutting the deficit

    April 8, 2011 at 11:53 am |
  20. Jim


    April 8, 2011 at 11:47 am |
  21. Ray Sims

    The U.S. has been the worlds lifeboat and police force since WWII. Our involvement worldwide has weakened our economy until we may have sunk the boat. Government needs to concentrate on Home economic issues and realize we cannot save everyone from unjustice and hunger. Bring on the economic pain but retain our freedoms.

    Congress should not be looking toward their re-election and do whats right. Bring on the painful economic actions necessary for the U.S. to survive. Cut spending now, cut taxes in the near future.

    April 8, 2011 at 11:46 am |
  22. Rick Clemons


    You say everything adds up...over time it all adds up. You're prepared to shutdown the government over Planned Parenthood, all because it all adds up.

    I vaguely recall the Republican Party holding up air pressure gauges during a recent presidential campaign and laughing their bottoms off at the thought getting better fuel economy by having properly inflated tires. You know what? It all adds up, and believe it or not, those gas savings where probably in the tens of millions of dollars a year. You laughed at it then, but today you embrace the "it all adds up" line.

    Stop playing politics with our lives. Unfortunately we already have Fox News helping us with that.

    April 8, 2011 at 10:15 am |
  23. Ray Womac

    If the government shuts down then there isn't one. How about while they are shut down we hold an election and vote in a new government from the top down. I volunteer for president.

    April 8, 2011 at 7:42 am |
  24. Joan

    Who is Dana Loesch? Is she the best the right wing has to offer to debate such issues? Her ignorance was laughable, especially sitting in between two reasonable and intelligent guests. Thanks for showing the country how crazy the other side truly is.

    April 8, 2011 at 5:07 am |
  25. gehringer

    shut the government down ........
    if we cant figure out we need to raise tax on the people makeing 500k and million or more a year we are going to revert to midevel days again ....we have already started in the last years we dropped the taxes to 35 percent
    to drop some programs will cost more in the long run ...medicare ....will just give ins companies a better profit ....program for children etc will cost us more in the years ahead with poor nutrition and less knowledge thus will turn more people into crimminals
    etc etc we all know or should know
    should we put old people out on the street
    should we be destitute or rich

    April 8, 2011 at 2:47 am |
  26. Mark

    AC I’m concerned that the story on the Government Shut Down and its affects is not being told to the American People correctly. Lets call it what it is BLUF this is about the biggest layoff in the nation, terms the American People understand. Just using the U.S. Army (active duty) we have about 500,000 give or take, this number does not include our sister services; Air force, Navy, Marines and Cost Guard Reserve Components. Now lets include the non-military federal employees which is about 800,000 give or take. That’s 1.3 million Americans that will get laid off. All the legal and political down play has been used to make this appear smaller than it really is; example (the armed forces will work with out pay). How many American’s will work with a promise of pay in the future when they have families to feed. All though our political leaders are telling the military to work with out pay; the military will have internal issues with the Americans in our services. In the US Military leaders lead by example, if our junior soldier sleep with out a sleeping bag every leader up the chain sleeps with out one. Our so called political leaders need to do the same. Please show the American People the numbers of how many people will be LAID OFF and encourage other net works to do the same.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:44 am |
  27. Harvey Leighnor

    If serious about cuts, I have watched over the years the layers of middle, middle management that are not at a level for decisions. Eliminate those overpaid Powerpoint producers and put the people who make decisions directly in contact with the people doing the work. Also look at all the travel of those who have audio visual right in their offices. Big money! Really!

    April 8, 2011 at 2:37 am |
  28. Jake B

    Thank you "Mr. Anderson" for bringing the Tea Party and republican views to light unbiased, so more people can see how how ignorance shines for them. Your excellent questions bring to view for us all the truths behind apparent flaws in theory on all sides, and for that we thank you.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:36 am |
  29. lawrence B

    Well these idiots are arguing about 33 billion and something like 50 Billion in cash was lost in IRAQ and no news story about that, and how about the nearly 1 trillion we give to other countries every year in aid, that by the way their leaders just embezzle for military equipment to kill their own people, and the Billions we give to oil companies in subsidies, why do they need subsidies its the wealthiest business in the world, your all sad, really sad. P.S. If we all paid taxes then we "WOULD" all be equal.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:31 am |
  30. Tom C.

    Anderson, you always have both sides of the story, but Dana Loesch is not qualified to represent the issues. She was rude, speaking over the others. She was inaccurate: the Planned Parenthood is a rider, and can be dropped from the budget debate. She also tried to portray the Planned Parenthood rider as a fiscal issue, when it is a important social issue for many people. I have no problem with Congress voting on this issue, but don't shut down the government over it.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:25 am |
  31. Tony

    Unbelievable how sad our government works. Dana is just jumping on and adding to irrelevance. The Planned parenthood piece is a social issue and the defunding of the EPA is an attempt to determine policy. We're not working on spending reduction. As Gergen said it is a very small amount of money. The simple truth is that America is being held hostage by a minority that is drunk with percieved power. They continue to ignore the specifics at hand by making generalized statements.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:12 am |
  32. Dave Demilio

    Why can't Dana Dash or any teabagger(Bachmann)ever answer a question that is directed at them.They start with the same old crap spinning a qustion into anthor question.Mr.Gergen has integrity and you could see his frustration.Why do you even have this joke on your show?

    April 8, 2011 at 1:49 am |
  33. David Dixon

    On this telecast the lady from the Tea Party keeps laughing. Is that because the Republican hold to power to get what they want. Everybody is scrambling to settle this and she's laughing. Her behaviour seems quite undemocratic and, in fact, evil.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:45 am |
  34. Daniel Gonzalez

    If the government wants to cut funds, it better start at the prisons. It is ridiculous that moral citizens should suffer while criminals enjoy benefits!

    April 8, 2011 at 1:35 am |
  35. Dorothea Clymer

    This budget crisis is an OUTRAGE. None of our Congressmen–NONE OF THEM deserves to be re-elected. They are all going to be sorry as their turn to be re-elected comes up. The American public is not stupid. We are sick of the ridiculous posturing and the disingenuous rhetoric. WE ARE AT WAR and my grandson is on an aircraft carrier and my sole income is Social Security! Shut down our government? These guys are IDIOTS!

    April 8, 2011 at 1:32 am |
  36. Rosemary

    I don't understand how the greatest nation in the world can not balance it's check book. I am a military wife with three children and one income at the moment. I stretch the dollars we have to the max. I feel very disappointed, disrespected, and disregarded by my own government today. I feel that my husband, who has served this country for many years, also feels this way. As a military family, we have sacrificed so much on behalf of freedom. I do not feel free today. Im terrified that our one income will become none, my children will no longer have food or a warm place to sleep. I say on behalf of the country: government officials, please do your job and fast. God bless our troops and God bless those who are feeling they, also, have no place to turn for help.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:25 am |
  37. Ed Campbell

    I don't know who the conservative women was on the show, tonight. I was just passing through when I heard her babble something about Democrats cutting Medicare Advantage.

    She lied. I presume she's a Republican and that's her justification for lying.

    I'm 73 years old. I pay for Medicare Advantage as a supplement to my Medicare coverage. The only change the Healthcare Bill made in my Medicare Advantage is that the premium went down 28%.

    April 8, 2011 at 12:09 am |
  38. Steffi

    Well, duh. Whether the Democrats could have pushed it through before the new class came in or not, it's apparent to me that these Tea Partiers are not what they said they are originally - they aren't angry about bailouts to big business, they live to give additional handouts to big business. They aren't about civil liberty, they are about eliminating civil liberty if it involves a choice they don't want you to make. Whoever that alleged Tea Party spokeswoman is is a joke. She hasn't answered a question directly all night, she has nothing to add to the debate, and if that's the best they can do let's recall every single one of them if we can.

    April 8, 2011 at 12:03 am |
  39. Trish Kelly

    I love your show, but is extremely hard to watch the program when the Tea Party representative is so unreasonable and disrespectful to viewers and other commentators, and refuses to address the content of the conversation. If David Gergen, who is normally pretty calm, throws up his hands in frustration, imagine what it is like for viewers? If Dana Lash is not speaking for the "party," then why even have her on the show. I am all for listening to opposing viewpoints but hope to hear honest dialogue rather than put downs, eye rolling, smirks, denial, etc. Thank you for trying to keep it honest and real.

    April 8, 2011 at 12:00 am |