A big hand for the little lady

Maria Bartiromo cuffed Senator Ben Cardin (D., MD) about the ears when he turned up on her show to peddle the party line on the fiscal cliff negotiations. Having unsuccessfully explored alternatives to raising tax rates with him, she commented: “That’s all you want to do. That’s it. It’s your way or the highway. Raise the rates on the rich. No other way. Your way or the highway. That’s it. That’s where we are. Thank you, Senator.”

Bartiromo was not amused. She heatedly observed: “You’re talking about $1.2 trillion in revenue, but you’re not prepared to put anything on the table. People are not stupid!”

Larry O’Connor draws attention to the interview and picks up the story:

What happened next was one of th[ose] unscripted and spontaneous events that we love seeing on CNBC. Because the anchors are often engaged in these shouting matches while reporting from their perch hovering over the trading floor (or in the case of Rick S[a]ntelli right smack in the middle of the trading floor) the traders, the men and women who actually have to deal with the consequences of politicians’ ham-fisted policies, are listening and following the heated exchanges.

After Bartiromo called Cardin (and all Democrats) out for their duplicitous approach the traders erupted in cheers and applause….

O’Connor has posted the entire interview along with his post. Below are the last few minutes.

NOTE: I borrowed the heading for this post from the title of the 1966 film.


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