Interview with Representative Chris Van Hollen

By The Ed Show, The Ed Show - December 21, 2011

Guests: Chris Van Hollen, Howard Dean, Jo-Ann Reid, John Nichols, Scott Arnold

ED SCHULTZ, HOST: Good evening, Americans. And welcome to THE ED SHOW tonight from New York.

John Boehner is holding 160 million Americans hostage and the speaker of the House is refusing to let the Democrats do their jobs. I got commentary.

This is THE ED SHOW -- let`s get to work.


REP. STENY HOYER (D), MARYLAND: Mr. Speaker, you`re walking out. You`re walking away. Just as so many Republicans have walked away from middle class taxpayers.

SCHULTZ (voice-over): Today, House Republicans literally ran away from a vote to cut taxes.

HOYER: We were on the floor to do our work. And they walked out.

SCHULTZ: Tonight, Democratic Congressman Chris Van Hollen will tell us what happens next.

MITT ROMNEY (R), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Roosevelt believed that government should level the playing field to create equal opportunities. President Obama believes that government should create equal outcomes.

SCHULTZ: Mitt Romney continues to attack the president with bold-faced lies. The Grio`s Joy-Ann Reid and John Nichols of "The Nation" magazine will sort fact from fiction.

In "Psycho Talk" tonight, a FOX News host is looking for handouts from yours truly.

ERIC BOLLING, FOX NEWS: You think being the successful TV guy -- you`d think he`d buy a drink back. Greg, he never once offered to buy a drink.

SCHULTZ: And in Iowa, Newt Gingrich is telling gay Americans to vote for the Democrat.

NEWT GINGRICH (R), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Well, if that`s the most important to you, then you should be for Obama.

SCHULTZ: We`ll talk to the Iowan who confronted Newt Gingrich.


SCHULTZ: Good to have you with us tonight, folks. Thanks for watching.

President Obama and the Democrats have John Boehner boxed in and they can`t let him out this time. Boehner is taking heat from all sides because the speaker is being walked like a dog by the Tea Party.

Today`s editorial in the "Wall Street Journal" took Republicans to task over all of this. "Mitch McConnell famously said a year ago that his main task in the 112th Congress was to make sure that the president of the United States, Barack Obama, would not be re-elected. Given how he and the Speaker John Boehner have handled the payroll debate, we wonder if they might end up re-electing President Obama."

That is spot-on. The Republican Party is imploding before our very eyes. Conservatives don`t want to give the president of the United States a win, but some realize the damage Boehner is doing to the party. Thirty-nine Republican senators voted for a two-month extension and some of them are publicly calling Boehner out on it.


SEN. JOHN MCCAIN (R), ARIZONA: It is harming the Republican Party. It is harming the view, if it`s possible anymore, of the American people about Congress. And we`ve got to get this thing resolved and with the realization that the payroll tax cut must remain in effect.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Are Republicans getting killed right now in public opinion? There`s no question.


SCHULTZ: President Obama called Boehner today and told him there was still time to take the Senate`s package. Boehner refused and asked the president to call on Harry Reid to get a conference committee together.

The speaker has his head completely stuck in the sand on the golf course. Today, Boehner and his buddies held a photo op to pressure Democrats.


REP. JOHN BOEHNER (R-OH), SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE: We`re here, we`re ready to work. We`re looking for our counterparts to sit down with us so we can do what the president, bipartisan leaders in the House and Senate all want, and that`s to extend the payroll tax cut for one year.


SCHULTZ: Really?

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