After last night’s State Of The Union stand-in, the anchors on CNN got into a little discussion of the hip-hop horseraces of 18 months ago, and how they paralleled the bickering between the Democrats and the Republicans over Barack Obama‘s various initiatives. Yes, that’s right: The 50 Cent/Kanye West beef made it to Anderson Cooper 360, with Kanye taking on the role of Barack Obama and 50 Cent serving as a stand-in for the Republicans. While Curtis has claimed allegiance with the GOP in the past, he may not be too happy with the reason Cooper gave for lumping the two parties together. (Hint: It’s not because of their shared affinity for Vitamin Water and/or unfettered capitalism.) The excerpted transcript after the jump.
ROLAND MARTIN, CNN CONTRIBUTOR: Look, what he’s doing, he’s laying down: Here are the markers in terms of my presidency.
I guess, if I had to use an example, sort of when like (INAUDIBLE) Kanye West had his new album, and he said, I want to make it as bad as Stevie Wonder’s…
MARTIN: He said, if it doesn’t get to that, it’s still a great album.
This is a guy who is saying, a president who’s saying: Look, I want to raise the stakes. And, so, isn’t it amazing that we’re sitting here, saying, wow, an ambitious president?
Well, shouldn’t we have an ambitious president? Shouldn’t we have a president saying, we can do more? He said during the campaign: I can do more things at one time.
And, so, look, if he’s able to achieve even half of what he said, frankly, a lot of folks will be pleased because of the last eight years.
COOPER: In your Kanye West analogy, I guess the Republicans, then, are 50 Cent?
MARTIN: Yes, because…
COOPER: Because they lost…
I’d ask how Rick Ross fits into that analogy, but that would imply that I care about that rancid little slice of beef beyond it being a source for a throwaway joke.