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Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Parchments
The Factor Rundown
Using Comedy to Promote Obamacare
Guests: Chip Saltsman & Chris Kofinis
"Two weeks ago, before Putin invaded Crimea, President Obama did an interview with comedian Zach Galifianakis on a website called 'Funny or Die.' The interview was a farce, and some believe it was demeaning. The president did the interview to encourage young people to sign up for ObamaCare, but for a president under intense scrutiny to do a comedy show raises some questions. I don't really have a problem with it in general, but I think the timing hurts Mr. Obama. The economy continues to be problematic and Putin is clearly testing the president. If Putin believes the president is a lightweight, will a comedy video counter that? Here's the most important thing: The Affordable Care Act is dubious, to say the least, and using a comedic website to enroll people is a little desperate. All I can tell you is that Abe Lincoln would not have done it. Serious times call for serious action. Mr. Obama is quick and has a good sense of humor, but he needs to be aware of how his enemies perceive him. Because I believe the testing of America is just getting started."

Political strategists Chris Kofinis and Chip Saltsman evaluated the president's comedic appearance. "The video was kind of funny," said Saltsman, a Republican, "but these are serious times with serious problems. Russian troops have strategic assets outside their borders and European leaders are looking to our president for leadership. But they get a comedic routine, which is not what they're looking for. This is beneath the office of the presidency." Democrat Kofinis, not surprisingly, defended the president's choice of venues. "The American people have a good sense of humor and understand the purpose of this, which was to raise awareness about the health care deadline among young people. I'm not worried about Putin watching this - he's probably more offended by Zach Galifianakis' 'Hangover 3' movie than he is about this.'"
Handling Russia
Guest: Charles Krauthammer
The Factor was joined by Charles Krauthammer, who assessed President Obama's dealings with Vladimir Putin. "I'm not sure that the Russians care about what Obama does on the Internet," Dr. K theorized, "what they care about is what he's done in geopolitics. What makes them have no respect for Obama is the fact that he came into office and appeased the Russians by canceling a missile defense agreement with the Poles and the Czechs. He then did a 'reset,' which the Russians understand was a complete giveaway. Then they watched his stunt in Syria, where he said there was a 'red line' before backing down." Krauthammer concluded with a stinging rebuke of the president's foreign policy. "He actually thinks he has a good foreign policy, and I think he's semi-delusional. There is not a spot in the world where the United States is not worse off and less regarded than five years ago."
Where is Flight 370?
Guest: Scott Brenner
It has been four days since a Malaysia Airlines plane literally vanished from the radar screen. The Factor spoke about the mystery with former Federal Aviation Administration official Scott Brenner. "Somebody turned off the transponder on the aircraft," Brenner pointed out, "which provides information to air traffic control about the plane. This is a 777 that's just 9 years old and the transponders don't go out. So somebody turned that off and also turned off another system that continually feeds information to the aircraft's home base. So when both those things are turned off, you've got somebody with some bad intentions." The Factor summarized, "Based on educated speculation, there is no way that this was an accident."
Is the War on Women Legit?
Guest: John Stossel
The mainstream media continue to push the notion that Republicans are waging a "war on women." The Factor welcomed John Stossel, host of an upcoming Fox Business special on the issue. "The 'war on women' is nonsense," he declared. "Men and women are different and so when there are differences there are good reasons. President Obama often says that women only make 77 cents for every dollar made by men, but he knows this is deceitful. It's based on choices - we men may be more workaholic, while women may be smarter and making better life decisions. This is not caused by discrimination. If it were, women could start all-women companies and get rich because the labor would be cheaper."
Chris Christie Scandal Update
Guests: Kimberly Guilfoyle & Lis Wiehl
Legal masterminds Lis Wiehl and Kimberly Guilfoyle put forth the latest in the Chris Christie "bridgegate" scandal, reporting that former Christie aides are refusing to turn over emails. "They're saying it's a Fifth Amendment issue," Wiehl said, "that emails and texts and personal communications are protected because they have the right not to incriminate themselves. They're not going to turn these over and they're probably right." Guilfoyle turned to the lawsuit filed by Michael Skakel, a nephew of Ethel Kennedy, against television host Nancy Grace. Skakel, who is accused of murder and awaiting a trial, is claiming that he was slandered. "Nancy Grace implied that Michael Skakel had left some DNA at the crime scene," Guilfoyle said, "but that is inaccurate information. Nancy Grace's defense is that the whole sum of what was said is 'substantially true,' but this defamation case will go forward."
The Vilification of Sarah Palin
Guests: Monica Crowley & Alan Colmes
After Sarah Palin spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference last weekend, some liberal pundits actually called her a "moron." The Factor asked Alan Colmes and Monica Crowley why Palin continues to elicit such venom. "I don't favor calling her a 'moron,'" Colmes said, "but some of the criticism is justified. This is a woman who quit her job as governor, and if she were serious about running for office she would have studied the issues. She says things that are not true to rev up the crowd." Crowley contended that many on the left are deeply threatened by Sarah Palin. "From the moment she arrived on the national scene Sarah Palin was a smart, hip, gorgeous, funny conservative. The left realized that if she gained traction with women, the Democratic Party would be toast. Therefore, they had to destroy her. The fact that they continue to try and destroy her tells me that she's still incredibly influential." The Factor remained mystified by the left's obsession: "She is the most vilified politician in this country and I don't really understand it because she doesn't have any power."
Viewers sound off
Factor Words of the Day
Jim Knupp, Little River, SC: "O'Reilly, Karl Rove was a damn good presidential advisor. You are an entertainer. You are not presidential caliber. You are an egoist. Look it up."

Allan Sweeny, Louisville, KY: "Bill, your ego is of the good kind; based on conviction and a concern for the folks."

Rich Cornwell, Troy, IL: "Bill, you seem to be okay with Darrell Issa wasting millions of taxpayer dollars on the faux IRS scandal."
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