The Phony Czar Attack (VIDEO)

11/18/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

So now President Obama's critics are all "wee-weed up" over czars in the White House, as if it's something new -- which it's not. In this CQ Politics video I explore the history of czarism in America, with special emphasis on FDR's Rubber Czar -- "Battling Bill" Jeffers, the man who saved America by providing plenty of tires for WWII (and check out his hat, now that's a czar hat!)

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(with Lawrence O'Donnell on MSNBC).