Pence to Spitzer: Yes, we’re going to do entitlement reform

posted at 12:55 pm on April 1, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Is Eliot Spitzer clueless or dishonest? It has to be one or the other in this clip from earlier today on CNN. I’m leaning towards dishonest. He jumps all over Rep. Mike Pence for not including Social Security reform and balancing the budget in the FY2011 budget proposal, which Democrats didn’t bother to pass when they had the responsibility to do so. Spitzer either doesn’t know or conveniently doesn’t mention that entitlement reforms require statutory changes which by long-standing rules in Congress cannot be added to budgetary bills. Since Harry Reid notoriously announced last week that the Senate wouldn’t address Social Security reform for the next twenty years, I’m going to chalk this up to Spitzer spin and a failed attempt at gotcha interviewing:

Pence exposes Spitzer’s dishonesty in this exchange:

SPITZER: Look, Congressman, I’ve been waiting for months to get the specifics on that. A down payment in the world of business where I come from usually requires about 10 percent.

PENCE: Right.

SPITZER: You’re not even making a down payment.

PENCE: Right.

SPITZER: And frankly, I don’t want to parse the words –

PENCE: And it’s too much for Harry Reid.

SPITZER: Look, let’s pivot for just a little bit.

That sounds like a Spitz-take to me.  Let’s pivot is Spitzerese for “I don’t want to acknowledge that Democrats are the problem here.”

Entitlement reform, if done properly, will take a few months to accomplish.  During the election, Republicans assumed that Democrats would do their job and pass an FY2011 budget before it was due on October 1st of last year.  They’ve had to spend the first three months cleaning up Nancy Pelosi’s mess.


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Is Eliot Spitzer clueless or dishonest?

Really? Really? You had to ask? Spitzer doesnt have an honest bone in his body.

Daveyardbird on April 1, 2011 at 1:00 PM

Why do we waste time talking to fools like Spitzer. So 10% lets see what is that on a $1000 hooker for unprotected sex> And does that include the cost of a leather teddy?

400lb Gorilla on April 1, 2011 at 1:03 PM

Why is this hypocrite horemonger hosting a TV

spec_ops_mateo on April 1, 2011 at 1:04 PM

Is Eliot Spitzer clueless or dishonest?

Is the Pope Catholic? Is Obama … oh, wait, that doesn’t work. /sarc

publiuspen on April 1, 2011 at 1:04 PM

*TV Show.

spec_ops_mateo on April 1, 2011 at 1:05 PM

Why would any Republican appear on this show? Is the Republicans in favor of serial prostitute patrons as tv hosts or something? It isn’t even like the guy gets ratings.

Rocks on April 1, 2011 at 1:05 PM

OT:

Harry Reid adjourned the Senate rather than have his caucus vote on a “sense of the Senate” measure by Rand Paul that used Obama’s own words from 2007 to explain why the President should have consulted Congress before taking action in Libya.

LINK

Bonus: Dick Durbin said that W bringing Afghanistan and Iraq to Congress for votes before taking action “broke precedent”.

teke184 on April 1, 2011 at 1:06 PM

Is Eliot Spitzer clueless or dishonest?

Both.

AZCoyote on April 1, 2011 at 1:10 PM

Rocks on April 1, 2011 at 1:05 PM

Exactly. All Pence did by showing up was give that turd Spitzer more credibility than he deserves.

SKYFOX on April 1, 2011 at 1:10 PM

Does anyone watch Spitzer?

ORconservative on April 1, 2011 at 1:17 PM

Is Eliot Spitzer clueless or dishonest?

Really? Really? You had to ask? Spitzer doesnt have an honest bone in his body.

Sure he does – “Yes, I did have sex with that woman” – he didn’t lie about it like you know who did.

LODGE4 on April 1, 2011 at 1:21 PM

Eliot Spitzer is just gross.

ctmom on April 1, 2011 at 1:21 PM

Just the thought of Spitzerese having to pay for it makes me want to throw up…

Eeeeewwwwwww!

Seven Percent Solution on April 1, 2011 at 1:22 PM

Is *insert liberal politician/activist/spokesperson/voter’s name here* clueless or dishonest? It has to be one or the other…

Is this not almost 100% accurate, almost 100% of the time?

Midas on April 1, 2011 at 1:27 PM

Why would any Republican appear on this show? Is the Republicans in favor of serial prostitute patrons as tv hosts or something? It isn’t even like the guy gets ratings.

Rocks on April 1, 2011 at 1:05 PM

Really ! I haven’t seen Mark Sanford doing a show on Fox yet.

But you gotta feel sorry for Spitzer. Even Kathleen Parker couldn’t stand him.

Steve Z on April 1, 2011 at 1:43 PM

entitlement reforms require statutory changes which by long-standing rules in Congress cannot be added to budgetary bills.

Change the rule. I’m finding it increasingly ridiculous that ‘rules’ are used to justify not getting rid of the deficit immediately, and to prevent the repeal of laws the American people overwhelmingly don’t want.

Start cutting everything, now, stating with $100 billion in socialized medicine that has already been judged unconstitutional, then moving onto other unconstitutional departments like the EPA, FDA, DOE, and Dept of Education.

Vashta.Nerada on April 1, 2011 at 1:46 PM

“…the world of business where I come from…”

Heh. That was your brother, ‘Steam Roller.’ Don’t project, Elliot. You never worked an honest day in your life.

TC@LeatherPenguin on April 1, 2011 at 1:49 PM

“I’m gonna leave my socks on”……..

adamsmith on April 1, 2011 at 1:56 PM

Is Eliot Spitzer clueless or dishonest?

To quote The Great One, Mark Levin: Eliot Spitzer is a schmuck!

pilamaye on April 1, 2011 at 1:58 PM

Spitzer surprised that someone would honor a vow they made? I’m shocked I tell ya, shocked.

DFCtomm on April 1, 2011 at 2:17 PM

Spitzer is acting bizarrely like Al Capone in the later stages of syphilis…

cartooner on April 1, 2011 at 2:27 PM

Why would any Republican go on Spitzer’s show?

slickwillie2001 on April 1, 2011 at 3:16 PM

Sptizer is just d*ck with a microphone, he just smiles when he lies which is all the time.

Speakup on April 1, 2011 at 3:38 PM

Don’t be ridiculous, Ed. You (and everyone else) already know that Spitzer is a whoring liar. Given.

But as to the technical issue of how to amend entitlements, I have no doubt that he’s clueless. He’s a New York scumbag politician who never served in Congress and spent all of his free time nailing expensive hookers. It’s not like him and Amber were studying the Federal Register while snorting coke and swilling champagne.

Jaibones on April 1, 2011 at 4:19 PM

I’m leaning towards dishonest.

Man cheats on his wife using government money to pay for his prostitutes? Why would you think he could be dishonest?

shick on April 1, 2011 at 4:20 PM

First they have to clean up FDR’s mess, his mess has been laying around for a long time

Done That on April 1, 2011 at 5:18 PM

Is Eliot Spitzer clueless or dishonest?

Neither, it’s just partisan politics.

Spitzer is constantly trying to get a Republican to say that the Republicans are going to destroy Social Security.

It’s his wet dream of doing this so he can win a pulitzer prize and get him back in the real world of elected politics.

RJL on April 1, 2011 at 6:25 PM