Indecision 2010 - Divided Delaware

  • Aired:  10/06/10
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Aasif Mandvi travels the length of Delaware to talk to the liberal elitists in the North and the God-fearing patriots in the South. (9:07)

HOW THE HELL SHOULD I KNOW?

LET'S BEGIN TONIGHT WITH OUR

CONTINUING COVERAGE OF

INDECISION 2010, MID-TERM

MADNESS.

IT SEEMS INEVITABLE THAT

REPUBLICANS IN THIS SEASON OF

VOTER ANGER AND CHANGE WILL

CLAIM THE HOUSE OF

REPRESENTATIVES.

BUT WHAT OF THE SENATE, THE

WORLD'S MOST DELIBERATIVE BODY,

THE SAUCER THAT COOLS THE

HOUSE'S HOT TEA AND, OF COURSE,

KILLS MOST OF ITS LEGISLATION?

COULD THE DEMOCRATS ALSO LOSE

THE SENATE AS WELL AS THE

UNDERGROUND SECRET THIRD HOUSE

OF CONGRESS, WHERE... WHOOPS.

[LAUGHTER]

I'VE SAID TOO MUCH.

SO HOW BAD IS IT FOR THE DEMS IN

THE SENATE?

>> THE MAGIC NUMBER IS TEN.

>> THERE ARE NO REPUBLICAN

SENATE SEATS REALLY IN DANGER,

BUT THERE ARE 13 DEMOCRATIC

SEATS IN DANGER.

>> Jon: 13 DEMOCRATIC SEATS

ARE IN DANGER.

SO THAT'S WHAT LASSIE WAS TRYING

TO TELL ME.

[LAUGHTER]

WOOF, WOOF, WOOF.

TROUBLE FOR THE DEMOCRATS AT THE

OLD MILL?

SHOULDN'T LASSIE BE...

[LAUGHTER]

WE ADDED THAT PICTURE AFTER

REHEARSAL, AND I DIDN'T REALIZE

IT WAS ONE OF THOSE, OH, SHOULD

HAVE.

[LAUGHTER]

WELL... SO HOW MUCH TROUBLE ARE

THE DEMOCRATS IN?

EVEN SENATE MAJORITY LEADER

HARRY REID, THAT EXCITING AND

CHARISMATIC LEADER, IS FACING A

TOUGH CHALLENGE FOR HIS SEAT IN

NEVADA.

>> REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE FOR U.S.

SENATE SHARRON ANGLE.

>> SHE SUGGESTED ENTITLEMENT

PROGRAMS HAVE SPOILED OUR

CITIZENRY.

>> SHE SAYS GAY AMERICANS SHOULD

NOT BE ALLOWED TO BE CHILDREN.

>> IT MAY BE PART OF GOD'S PLAN

IF RAPE VICTIMS GET PREGNANT.

>> SHE DOES NOT BELIEVE BELIEVE

IN SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND

STATE.

>> SHE'S ADVOCATED WITHDRAWING

FROM THE UNITED NATIONS,

ABOLISHING THE E.P.A. AND MUCH

OF THE TAX CODE.

>> Jon: SHE WANTS TO ABOLISH

THE DEPARTMENT OF WEIGHTS AND

MEASURES.

FROM NOW ON JUST DO BUSINESS

LIKE THIS.

[LAUGHTER]

SHE WANTS TO DISSOLVE THE POST

OFFICE AND SEND ALL HER MESSAGES

THROUGH ANGELS.

THEY'RE EVERYWHERE.

[LAUGHTER]

SO HERE'S THE THING: REID IS

TIED WITH HER.

WHICH CAN ONLY MEAN ONE THING,

NEVADAIANS MUST REALLY HATE THE

E.P.A. OR HARRY REID.

SO IF REPUBLICANS REGAIN THE

SENATE, WHO COULD BE THE NEW

MAJORITY LEADER?

JIM DeMINT WOULD THEN BE

COUNTED ON TO REIN IN

IDEOLOGICAL MUSTANGS LIKE ANGLE.

>> HE'S TAKING A LOT OF HEAT FOR

SOME COMMENTS HE MADE ABOUT GAYS

AND UNWED MOTHERS.

HE SAID ON SATURDAY THAT THEY

SHOULD BE BANNED FROM TEACHING.

>> Jon: OH, MY GOD, DID JIM

DeMINT JUST OUTLAW GLEE CLUBS?

[LAUGHTER]

NOT TO BE RUDE TO SOUTH

CAROLINA, BUT IF YOU RULE OUT

GAYS AND UNWED MOTHERS FROM

TEACHING YOU DOWN THERE, YOU'RE

REALLY ONLY LEFT WITH CREEPY

OUT-OF-TOUCH BASEMENT DWELLERS

WHO SEEM A LITTLE OFF, YOU KNOW,

DeMINT'S OPPONENT.

[LAUGHTER]

40 POINTS BEHIND.

IN THIS CLIMATE, IS THERE ANY

EXTREME A REPUBLICAN CAN GO TO

THAT WILL HURT THEIR CHANCES IN

NOVEMBER?

>> I'M NOT A WITCH.

[LAUGHTER]

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

>> Jon: I KNOW THIS GAME.

I KNOW THIS GAME.

I AM NOT A CENATUR.

YOUR TURN.

>> I'M IN THE A WITCH.

I'M NOTHING YOU'VE HEARD.

I'M YOU.

[LAUGHTER]

>> Jon: YOU'RE ME?

BECAUSE I DON'T RECALL THE LAST

TIME I HAD TO DENY I WAS A

WITCH.

[LAUGHTER]

THAT'S CHRISTIE O'DONNELL, THE

REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE FOR SENATOR

IN DELAWARE.

SHE'S CURRENTLY ABOUT 16 POINTS

DOWN IN THE POLLS, PROBABLY

BECAUSE SHE EXHIBITS THE TYPE OF

JUDGMENT THAT HAS HER DENYING

SHE IS A WITCH WHILE STANDING IN

FRONT OF WHAT APPEARS TO BE

STEAM FROM A BUBBLING CAULDRON.

[LAUGHTER]

HEY, WHERE WE GOING TO SHOOT

CHRISTINE O'DONNELL'S COMMERCIAL

WHERE SHE DENIES A WITCH?

HEY, ELVIRA'S SET IS AVAILABLE.

[LAUGHTER]

IT'S A ME -- PECULIAR ELECTION

SEASON WHERE ONCE AGAIN

AMERICANS ARE BEING TOLD JUST

HOW DIVIDED WE ARE FROM A

NATION, AND HOW WAS MUST PICK

FROM ONE OF TWO DOCTRINE

CHOICES.

ASHJIAN EXPLORES THE O'DONNELL

RACE WHICH EPITOMIZES THE

CONFLICT.

>> MORE THAN ANY STATE DELAWARE

HAS BECOME A MICROCOSM OF THE

WAY WE ARE POLITICALLY.

>> CHRISTINE O'DONNELL, IS SHE A

WITCH?

>> DEMOCRATS ARE COMING OUT OF

THE WOODWORK TO SUPPORT

DELAWARE'S MARXIST.

>> SHE ONCE SAID SHE DABBLED IN

WITCHCRAFT.

>> HOW DID WE REACH A POINT

WHERE EVERYTHING IS REDUCED TO A

POLITICAL CARICATURE?

IN DELAWARE, IT'S ALWAYS BEEN

THAT WAY, ACCORDING TO

UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR JASON

MIKEOFF.

>> CHRISTINE O'DONNELL WON THE

REPUBLICAN PRIMARY PRIMARILY

BECAUSE OF THE SOUTH.

VOTERS IN THE SOUTH ARE MUCH

MORE CONSERVATIVE, AGRARIAN.

THEY TEND TO BE MORE RELIGIOUS.

THEY TEND TO BE WHITE.

>> THE SOUTH.

YOU MEAN PEOPLE COMING UP FROM

GEORGIA AND SOUTH CAROLINA TO

VOTE?

>> NO, THE SOUTH IS DELAWARE.

>> WHEN YOU SAY THERE'S A SOUTH

IN DELAWARE...

>> YEAH?

>> DELAWARE?

>> DELAWARE.

>> IS IT REALLY CALLED SOUTH, OR

IS IT JUST CALLED LIKE OVER

THERE?

WAS THE NORTH REALLY FILLED WITH

MONEYED LIBERAL ELITISTS AND THE

SOUTH WITH GOD-FEARING PATRIOTS?

I'D SOMEHOW HAVE TO TRAVEL THE

LENGTH OF THE STATE AND... WHOA,

WHOA, WHOA, TOO FAR.

LOOP BACK AROUND.

YEAH, THERE YOU GO.

>> WE HAVE THE UNIVERSITY, AND

WE HAVE BIG INDUSTRIAL PLACES.

>> WHAT DO YOU THINK OF PEOPLE

FROM DOWN SOUTH?

>> I THINK OF THE SOUTH, I THINK

OF HILLBILLY, REDNECK, IF YOU

WILL.

>> AND WHAT ARE YOU?

>> I CONSIDER MYSELF A CIVILIZED

HUMAN BEING.

>> REALLY?

>> YEAH.

>> WAS SOUTHERN DELAWARE REALLY

SUCH A BACKWATER?

THERE WAS ONLY ONE WAY TO FIND

OUT, SO I HEADED DOWN TO DIXIE

TO --

>> YOU'VE ARRIVED AT YOUR

DESTINATION.

>> ARE YOU KIDDING ME?

WE JUST WENT LIKE FIVE FEET.

>> OUR VALUES ARE DEFINITELY

MORE CONSERVATIVE THAN THEY ARE

UP NORTH.

>> THEY DON'T LIKE NORTHERNERS

DOWN HERE DOWN HERE SO MUCH.

>> NO?

>> NO, NO, THEY THINK THEY'RE

INVADING THEIR SACRED LAND DOWN

HERE.

>> IT'S ONLY 40 MINUTES AWAY,

BUT YOU'D THINK YOU WENT TO

ARKANSAS OR ALABAMA.

>> IT'S A DIFFERENT BREED OF

PEOPLE UP THERE.

>> DOWN SOUTH THEY DON'T HAVE

UNIVERSITIES OR THEATERS OR

PLAYHOUSES.

>> NO, THEY DON'T.

WHILE THE SOUTH HAS ONLY TWO

MUSEUMS AND A SATELLITE CAMPUS

OF THE UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE,

THE NORTH BOASTS THREE MUSEUMS

AND THE MAIN CAMPUS OF THE

UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE.

IT'S AS IF THEY'RE TWO

COMPLETELY SEPARATE STATES.

>> DOWN HERE WE GO TO THE FLEA

MARKETS.

>> WHAT DO THEY DO?

>> THEY GO TO THE FLEA MALLS.

>> THE FLEA MALLS?

>> THE FLEA MALLS.

>> DOWN HERE IT'S THE FLEA

MARKET.

>> THE FLEA MARKET.

>> AND AS I DISCOVERED, THAT'S

NOT THE ONLY RADICAL DIFFERENCE.

I'M GOING TO GET A CHEF SALAD.

>> OKAY.

>> WHAT DO YOU CALL A

CHEESESTEAK DOWN HERE?

>> CHEESESTEAK.

>> OH, YOU CALL IT WHAT?

>> CHEESESTEAK.

>> A CHEESESTEAK?

BECAUSE UP NORTH THEY CALL IT A

CHEESESTEAK.

>> OH.

OKAY.

WE CALL IT A CHEESESTEAK.

>> A CHEESESTEAK.

A CHEESESTEAK.

>> YES.

>> BECAUSE WE CALL IT A

CHEESESTEAK.

WE DON'T CALL IT A CHEEEEZ

STEAK.

WE CALL IT A CHEESE STEAK.

>> WHAT DO YOU CALL IT?

>> CHEEESE STEAK.

>> WE CALL IT A CHEESESTEAK.

>> OKAY.

>> CLEARLY THE BATTLELINES IN

THE STATE OF DELAWARE HAVE BEEN

DRAWN, YET AS OFTEN THE CASE,

THE PEOPLE WHO SUFFER THE MOST

AREN'T THOSE IN THE NORTH OR THE

SOUTH, BUT THOSE ON THE BORDER.

>> I TRY NOT TO, YOU KNOW, GET

IN THE BATTLE OF NORTH AND

SOUTH, BUT I GOT SOME FAMILY

THAT LIVES UP NORTH HERE, AND

IT'S A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT PACE

DOWN HERE.

>> YOU LIVE ON THE BORDER, BUT

IT SOUNDS LIKE YOU KIND OF

IDENTIFY WITH THE SOUTH?

>> YEAH, YEAH, I WOULD SAY SO.

>> LOOKING AT YOU, YOU LOOK LIKE

YOU COULD BE REDNECK, BE A

REDNECK, AND IF YOU STAND OVER

HERE, NOW YOU'RE A DOUCHEBAG

HIPSTER.

SEE WHAT I'M SAYING?

>> FROM THE NORTH.

>> FROM THE NORTH, RIGHT?

IT'S UNCLEAR IF EITHER CANDIDATE

CAN UNITE THIS WAR-TORN STATE,

AND CERTAINLY THERE'S ONE THING

THAT WILL NEVER BE RESOLVED.

A CHEESE STEAK?

>> YEAH.

>> SO YOU DON'T CALL IT A

CHEESESTEAK?

>> IT'S A CHEESESTEAK.

>> YOU CALL IT A CHEESESTEAK?

>> YES.

>> BECAUSE WE CALL IT A CHEESE

STEAK.

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