Lame Duck Congress - Jake Tapper

  • Aired:  12/01/10
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Jake Tapper guesses that Democrats and Republicans will strike a deal on extending the Bush tax cuts. (5:51)

( LAUGHTER )

OF COURSE, THE NEW REPUBLICAN

CONGRESS COULD ELIMINATE THE

DEATH TAX, BUT THEY'RE NOT

SEATED UNTIL JANUARY.

SO UNTIL THEN, HERE IS WHAT

WE'RE DEALING WITH.

>> A LAME DUCK CONGRESS

RETURNING TO WORK.

>> THIS LAME DUCK CONGRESS.

>> THE LAME DUCK CONGRESS.

>> IT'S A LAME DUCK CONGRESS ALL

RIGHT.

>> Stephen: A LAME DUCK

CONGRESS, WHICH IS DIFFERENT

FROM WHAT IT'S NORMALLY CALLED

IN THAT THEY'VE ADDED THE WORD

"DUCK."

THE DANGER HERE IS THAT BEFORE

THEY'VE KICKED OUT OF POWER, THE

DEMOCRATS MIGHT WANT TO DO

SOMETHING HORRIBLE, LIKE DO

SOMETHING.

AND YESTERDAY THERE WAS A

TERRIFYING FLIRTATION WITH

ACCOMPLISHMENT.

PRESIDENT OBAMA MET WITH

REPUBLICAN LEADERS AT THE SQUAD

SQUAD -- SO-CALLED SLURPEE

SUMMIT, SO-CALLED BECAUSE MANY

OUSTED DEMOCRATS WILL SOON BE

WORKING AT 7-ELEVEN.

AFTER JUST TWO HOURS, YOU WOULD

MOTT BELIEVE ALL THE THINGS THEY

AGREED ON.

>> I THOUGHT IT WAS A PRODUCTIVE

MEETING.

>> WE HAD A VERY NICE MEETING.

>> WE HAVE TWO PARTIES FOR A

REASON.

>> THERE'S A REASON WHY WE HAVE

DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS.

>> I WAS VERY ENCOURAGED.

>> I WAS ENCOURAGED.

>> I WAS PLEASED.

>> I WAS PLEASED ON A NUMBER OF

ACCOUNTS.

>> WE CAN WORK TOGETHER.

>> WORK TOGETHER.

>> AMERICAN PEOPLE.

>> AMERICAN PEOPLE.

>> JOBS.

>> JOBS.

CONVERSATION.

>> CONVERSATION.

>> ON.

>> ON.

>> BROAD AGREEMENT.

>> I THINK WE ALL AGREED THERE'S

NO PARTICULAR REASON WHY WE

CAN'T FIND AREAS OF AGREEMENT.

>> GET A ROOM ALREADY.

( LAUGHTER )

WITH REPUBLICANS ALL

LOVEY-DOVEY, THE DEMOCRATS ARE

GOING TO TRY THE PASS SOMETHING,

HARRY REID JUST TWEETED, "I WILL

MOVE THE DREAM ACT AS A

STAND-ALONE BILL IN THE LAME

DUCK."

FOLKS, OUR WORST FEARS HAVE BEEN

REALIZED.

HARRY REID IS ON TWITTER.

I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THE DREAM

ACT.

IS DEMOCRATS ARE ALSO GUNNING

FOR THE REPEAL OF "DON'T ASK,

DON'T TELL," AND YESTERDAY THE

PENTAGON RELEASED A REPORT THAT

SAID ITS REPEAL WOULD HAVE NO

EFFECT ON MILITARY REDNESS.

BUT I QUESTION THE OBJECTIVE OF

THE STUDY'S AUTHOR, JAY JOHNSON

AND GENERAL CARTER HAMM, TWO

GOOD-LOOKING GUYS WITH SPENT THE

LAST YEAR TRAVELING THE WORLD

TOGETHER, ASKING FIT YOUNG

SOLDIERS THEIR FEELINGS ABOUT

HOMOSEXUALITY.

I'M NOT SAYING.

I'M JUST SAYING THAT I'M NOT

SAYING.

YOU KNOW WHAT I'M SAYING?

( APPLAUSE )

BUT A LAME DUCK IS A DESPERATE

AN DEADLY OPPONENT, LADIES AND

GENTLEMEN.

WHEN CORNERED, THEY GET ALL

PECKY AN THEY POOP EVERYWHERE.

WHO KNOWS WHAT THE DEMOCRATS

WILL DO NOW.

HERE TO TALK ME OFF OF THE

LEGISLATIVE LEDGE, PLEASE

WELCOME ABC NEWS SENIOR WHITE

HOUSE CORRESPONDENT JAKE TAPPER.

JAKE, THANKS SO MUCH FOR COMING

BACK.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

GOOD TO SEE YOU.

NOW, SIR, SIR, YOU GUYS, FIRST

OFF, ABC, YOU'RE OWNED BY

DISNEY, RIGHT?

>> THAT IS CORRECT.

>> Stephen: IF I GO TO DISNEY

WORLD, IS THERE A BIG

FOAM-HEADED JAKE AM THER THAT

GREETS MY KIDS WHEREVER THEY GO?

>> IT'S LATEX.

>> Stephen: ALL RIGHT.

AM I RIGHT?

IS SOMETHING GOING THE HAPPEN

HERE?

BECAUSE I'M SCARED THAT

SOMETHING MIGHT BE ACCOMPLISHED.

>> YOU SHOULDN'T BE WORRIED.

PROBABLY VERY, VERY LITTLE WILL

BE ACCOMPLISHED, VERY, VERY

LITTLE.

I WOULD QUESTIONS THAT SOME SORT

OF DEAL WILL BE STRUCK WITH THE

BUSH TAX CUTS, EXTENDING THEM.

>> Stephen: WHAT'S "A DEAL"

MEAN?

>> PROBABLY THE DEMOCRATS WILL

ROLL OVER QUITE A BIT.

>> Stephen: THEY'LL DO EXACTLY

WHAT THE REPUBLICANS SAY?

I JUST DON'T WANT ANY COMPROMISE

BY THE REPUBLICANS.

>> THE REPUBLICANS WILL PROBABLY

ALLOW THE BUSH TAX CUTS FOR THE

WEALTHY TO ONLY BE REINSTATED ON

A TEMPORARY BASIS.

THAT WILL BE WHERE THE DEMOCRATS

DRAW THE LINE.

YES, WE'LL GIVE YOU EVERYTHING

WE WANT BUT ONLY ON A TEMPORARY

BAY SIX.

THE REPUBLICANS DON'T GET TO

HAVE THEM PERMANENTLY.

>> HERE'S WHAT I DON'T GET ABOUT

THE LAME DUCK SESSION.

WHY DO THOSE GUYS GET TO EVEN GO

BACK THE WORK?

THE DEMOCRATS WERE DEFEATED.

IT'S LIKE SAYING TO A BANK

PRESIDENT CAUGHT EMBEZZLELING,

YOU KNOW, YOU'RE FIRED BUT YOU

GET TO STAY HERE FOR A MONTH

LONGER WITH THE KEYS TO THE

VAULT.

>> BUT THAT HAPPENS.

PEOPLE GET FIRED AND THEY GET TO

STICK AROUND THEIR JOBS FOR A

COUPLE YEARS.

YOU KNOW THIS, YOU WORK IN THE

ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY.

ABSOLUTELY.

>> Stephen: I'VE WORKED AT

NETWORK.

WHY AREN'T THESE GUYS

FROG-MARCHED TO THE DOOR AND

SENT THEIR CHECK?

WHAT'S THE PURPOSE OF A LAME

DUCK?

>> ONE OF THEM IS A LOT OF THE

NEW MEMBERS OF CONGRESS DON'T

KNOW HOW TO BE CONGRESSMEN YET.

THEY'RE LEARNING HOW TO PASSES

LAWS AN LEARNING ALL THE CIVICS

LESSONS THAT YOU PROVIDE SO ABLY

HERE.

>> IF THEY DON'T LEARN HOW TO DO

ANYTHING, NOTHING WILL GET DONE.

WON'T THAT LEAD TO A SMALLER

GOVERNMENT?

( LAUGHTER ) OR DID I JUST BLOW

YOUR MIND?

THESE GUYS, DO THE PEOPLE

LEAVING OFFICE EVER JUST SAY F-U

TO THEIR HOME DISTRICT THAT

VOTED THEM OUT?

>> ABSOLUTELY.

SOME OF THEM DON'T SHOW UP TO

WORK.

THAT IS TRUE.

>> Stephen: REALLY?

I'D SHOW UP TO WORK, BUT I'D

SAY, YOU KNOW WHAT, I'M

REINSTATING THE DRAFT.

>> JUST FOR MY DISTRICT.

>> LET'S TALK ABOUT THE

INDIVIDUAL BILLS.

IN THE LAME DUCK AGENDA, DO YOU

THINK "DON'T ASK, DON'T TELL" IS

GOING TO BE REPEALED?

DO YOU THINK THE VOTES ARE

THERE?

>> THE VOTES ARE THERE.

THE QUESTION IS WHETHER OR NOT

THE REPUBLICANS WILL LET IT COME

TO THE FLOOR FOR A VOTE.

>> DO YOU THINK THIS REPORT THAT

JUST CAME OUT IS GOING TO HAVE

ANY EFFECT?

>> IT'S INTERESTING...

>> Stephen: BEFORE YOU ANSWER,

I SHOULD ASK YOU IF YOU FIND ME

ATTRACTIVE BECAUSE I WANT TO

KNOW IF YOU'RE BIASED ON THIS

ONE.

>> WE TALKED ABOUT THIS IN THE

GREEN ROOM, AN I ONLY THINK OF

YOU AS A FRIEND.

>> Stephen: ALL RIGHT.

[LAUGHTER AND

( APPLAUSE )

>> Stephen: IN THAT CASE,

THANKS FOR STOPPING BY.

ABC NEWS SENIOR WHITE HOUSE

CORRESPONDENT JAKE TAPPER.