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Tuesday, September 21, 2010
The Factor Rundown
Talking Points Memo & Top Story
Unresolved Problems Segment
Impact Segment
Culture Warriors Segment
'Is it Legal?' Segment
Back of Book Segment
Factor Mail
Pinheads and Patriots
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President Obama and the folks
"With simplicity and directness, everyday American Velma Hart has defined President Obama's dilemma. She put him on the spot Monday during a town hall meeting, saying 'I'm exhausted defending your administration, defending the mantle of change that I voted for.' About the only thing the President could do was list a few accomplishments. But is that enough to calm Velma Hart and other working Americans? There is more to the country's disenchantment than the economy. By passing Obamacare, the President is forcing Americans to buy health insurance, but he's also subsidizing tens of millions of people who can't afford insurance. Those two things are not sitting well with many Americans - they don't want to be forced to buy anything and they resent having their tax money given to other folks. Also, the President comes across as a guy who doesn't quite understand why some folks are frustrated with him. So there are storm clouds hovering over the White House and Republicans are in no mood to work with the President on anything. Political chaos is the last thing we need, but that is what we have."

Obama-watchers Monica Crowley and Alan Colmes analyzed President Obama's current situation. "He has a list of big accomplishments," Crowley conceded, "but the problem is that upwards of 70% of the American people - not just conservatives and Republicans - oppose those accomplishments. His record is pathetic!" Colmes applauded the President for fielding Velma Hart's question. "Unlike these tea party candidates, President Obama is not afraid to put himself in the middle of a situation where he's confronted with challenging questions from real people. He's not afraid of putting himself in tough situations." The Factor opined that Hart's question, especially coming from an Obama supporter, was momentous: "That was as cutting a critique and more effective than me and all the other pinheads combined. It was devastating."
The Times' beef with right-wing attack ads
The New York Times complains that some conservative organizations are attacking the Obama administration. The Factor welcomed Karl Rove, who founded one of those anti-Obama advocacy groups. "The Times only despises this if it comes from conservatives," Rove said. "Remember that the Times accepted payment from MoveOn.Org for its 'General Betray Us' ad, and they accept ads from unions all the time. The Times thinks ordinary Americans are stupid and they're playing to their audience of Upper East Side liberals." The Factor asked Rove how he would advise the White House to handle the tea party uprising. "I'd tell them to stop attacking the tea party," Rove said, "which elevates the tea party and lowers the President. He has to remember that he is the president and not some political hack." The Factor contended that "the White House is terrified of this tea party."
The launch of
The Factor expounded on a new website called Democrats.Org: "That website is an extension of, and both sites are obviously in business to promote the President and his party. But over the weekend some protesters turned out to disrupt a Republican gathering near Chicago, and they were spurred on by those websites. Should the President's website be involved with motivating protesters? You make the call." Meanwhile, former President Jimmy Carter accused Fox News of "injecting race" into politics. The Factor had this rebuttal: "We can find no Fox News employee who has said President Obama is a Muslim; we can find no Fox News employee who has said the President was not born in America. Carter simply can not back up what he says and he's afraid to appear here. "
Are men an endangered species?
Culture Warriors Margaret Hoover and Gretchen Carlson debated the Newsweek cover story that claims "the traditional male is an endangered species." "Newsweek has to get people to buy their magazine," Carlson said, "so they are doing the most provocative headlines they can. But one of the points they make is that women have evolved in the last couple of decades, but for the most part the role of a man has not changed. That's worth thinking about." Hoover turned to the high school girl who was suspended for having a nose piercing. "This girl says she belongs to the 'Church of Body Modification' and that this is an infringement of her right to freedom of religion. The 'church' has a few locations and these people are working through some pretty serious issues under the guise of religion." The Factor blasted the IRS for refusing to address the so-called church: "We called the IRS and asked whether this is a legitimate church and they wouldn't tell us. IRS people, you should cooperate with us - we're paying your salaries."
Mother of pot-smoking 2-year-old punished
Legal analysts Lis Wiehl and Kimberly Guilfoyle began with Michael Neal Harvey, a repeat offender accused of murdering a 23-year-old woman in North Carolina. "This is a horrible case," Wiehl declared. "He was convicted of rape in New York and served four years. Then he moved to North Carolina and failed to register as a sex offender. He could have gotten twenty years just for that, but he only got probation. And in March of this year he was arrested on two charges and he was still out on bail!" Guilfoyle denounced the mom who shot video of her 2-year-old smoking marijuana. "She took this video and sent it to her friends," Guilfoyle said. "She gave her 2-year-old a marijuana cigarette and told her on how to smoke it. She should go to prison and she should lose custody of her child. I would give her between 8 and 10 years."
Polls: O'Donnell lagging behind Coons
In the highly-publicized Delaware Senate race, Democrat Chris Coons leads Republican Christine O'Donnell by about 15%. The Factor was joined by Fox News analyst Charles Krauthammer, who has predicted an O'Donnell loss. "I have a complaint to lodge," Krauthammer began. "In the tease you said I have been 'hammering' Christine O'Donnell, but I challenge you to find a single thing I've said that is a personal attack on her." Krauthammer reported that he's been inundated with mail from angry tea partiers. "They think I'm a Harvard elitist who, despite a year and a half of defending the tea party, woke up one morning and decided I was going to stab them in the back. I think the tea party movement has been prescient and important in alerting the country to the dangers of the Obama agenda." The Factor agreed that Dr. K's opposition to O'Donnell's candidacy is fact-based and fair: "You and Karl Rove explained your rationale and it makes sense. So why would people get so upset?"
Viewers sound off
Factor Words of the Day
Ann James, Ashburn, VA: "I hope Sarah Palin will apologize to Karl Rove when Ms. O'Donnell loses the election. If that means the Republicans lose the senate, she will bear much of the responsibility."

Paul Shivers, Waynesboro, GA: "Mr. Bill, some don't understand that many of us are sick of the federal government. I would support Ms. O'Donnell if she rode to the Capitol on a broom."

Jennine Jones, Hamilton, MT: "O'Reilly, while you and Juan Williams were talking about the witchcraft deal, I logged on to Christine's website and sent her money."
Bristol Palin & Katy Perry
Tuesday's Patriot: Bristol Palin, who kicked up her heels on "Dancing with the Stars." And the Pinhead: Pop singer Katy Perry, who displayed ample cleavage during a guest appearance on Sesame Street.