Is the Republican Party cracking up? And if so, should it? A mutinous George Will says a Trump victory would spell the end of a "conservative party" in America. To which we ask: When was the last time the GOP did something that seemed "conservative"? Speaker Ryan's Omnibus Bill perhaps? Meanwhile, Patrick Buchanan speculates on Trump's ability to bring Union Democrats into the GOP, along with higher percentages of African-American voters. Could it happen? And with neoconservative Bill Kristol threatening to leave the GOP, it appears a party realignment could be at hand. Also, we review President Obama's charge that the Trump campaign is "exploiting the resentment and anxieties of working-class men." Is Obama playing the race card? Plus we offer our thoughts on Ted Cruz, free trade, eminent domain and ethanol. With plenty of Auld Lang Syne and listener calls.
Interview with Jennifer Kerns, Beltway Correspondent. Who were the "Winners and Losers" of 2015? We offer our unorthodox notions. Relatedly, is it wise for Trump to debate Hillary on matters of "sexism"? Potential for backfire? We listen to DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz attempt to describe the Clintons as leaders we would "want our children to emulate." Is it gonna work this time around? Does Hillary have the "strength and stamina" to lead America? Also, we review a recent analysis which suggests frontrunner Trump's status might actually be "underestimated" in the polls -- a possible "Trump Effect." Meanwhile, conservative icon Phyllis Schlafly says Trump is "the last hope for America" and conservative writer Diana West says "it's time to rally around Donald Trump" because he "would make America possible again." With music and listener calls.
Hillary Clinton accuses Donald Trump of having a "penchant for sexism." Trump promptly responds by advising the spouse of former President Bill Clinton to "be careful" if she plans to go down that road. So we ask: Will Hillary be able to play the "war on women" card against Republicans in 2016? Will Bill Clinton's questionable track record with women undermine Hillary's credibility? Should Trump be fighting back or not? Meanwhile, Rep. Trey Gowdy pledges support for Marco "Gang of Eight" Rubio in the GOP primary. Good move for Gowdy? And is Trump thus in-bounds to criticize Gowdy's botched Benghazi Hearings? Also, we review the media double-down on demonizing Trump supporters and explore why evangelical leader Franklin Graham decided to leave the GOP after passage of Speaker Ryan's disastrous Omnibus Spending Bill. With music and listener calls.
Will the GOP Establishment go Third Party to thwart an "outsider" GOP nominee? Would they throw the election to Hillary? We explore the one-way street entitled attitudes of GOP insiders, who have long-instructed the GOP base on matters of party loyalty. But are they now prepared to bolt if -- just this once -- they don't get their way? We speculate on the altered status of certain anti-Trump Fox News commentators -- George Will, Megyn Kelly and former Mondale speechwriter Charles Krauthammer. Will they be able to recover credibility after such non-nuanced exposure in the 2016 election cycle? Also, we discuss the recent media promotion of Chris Christie and his harsh take on Putin's Russia. We listen to Donald Trump debate Clinton-supporter George Stephanopoulos on the subject of Putin and political correctness. Also, we review the new Star Wars installment, discuss Michel Houellebecq's new novel on the fate of Europe, and offer lines from Shakespeare on the Christmas season. With Christmas music and listener calls.
Interview with Tom Tancredo on the topic of Speaker Ryan's new Omnibus Spending Bill. How bad is it? Pretty seriously bad, says the former congressman. President Obama's agenda has sailed through without resistance. Is Rush Limbaugh right to discuss "disbanding" the GOP at this point? And what should we make of the current dust-up on immigration between Senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio? Also, we review the consequences of the Omnibus Bill with Jennifer Kerns, Beltway Correspondent. We supplement our discussion on Hillary's strange temporary absence from the Democrat Debate with breaking news and updates. Loo-Gate? With Christmas music and listener calls.
Has Christmas arrived early for Donald Trump? With a still-growing lead in the polls and an apparent victory in the most recent GOP debate, Speaker Paul Ryan drops his boondoggle Omnibus Bill -- which confirms the worst instincts of the GOP Establishment -- right into Trump's outsider lap. And while Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz battle over border issues, and as mega-donor Sheldon Adelson offers praise for Trump, we wonder if anything is missing here but the gift-wrapping and the bow under the tree. Meanwhile, Jeb Bush attempts to insult his way to the presidency by calling Trump "a jerk." Will it work for the hapless Jeb? Also, Hillary Clinton goes missing temporarily from the Democrat Debate, and then the former Secretary of State assigns blame to another video for causing terrorist activity -- not of Benghazi this time, but of Trump. With Christmas music and listener calls.
Secretary of State Kerry criticizes Trump and reassures Americans that "we know who is coming into our country for the most part." But does Kerry's "for the most part" disclaimer convey doubts about his own argument? Does it inadvertently support Trump's concerns? Callers weigh in on the compatibility of Islam and American culture. Is immigration into America some kind of a "civil right"? Is "multiculturalism" the most important thing about America? We review the emerging polarities in the discourse between "nationalism v. globalism" as contrasted with the former standard of "liberalism v. conservatism." Are we entering a new political era? Might Trump be more trustworthy on foreign policy due to his independence from billionaire donors? Plus, we offer a tribute to Frank Sinatra on the 100th anniversary of his birth. With Christmas music and listener calls.
Interview with Jennifer Kerns, Beltway Correspondent. An ACLU Board Member in Colorado Springs says "Trump is a hate-speech felon who should be in prison" while advocating the use of "force" and violence against Trump supporters "before election day." We review the concepts of "hate" and "hate-speech" in modern political discourse. Do the powers behind "political correctness" in America offer substantive arguments against Trump? Or do they reveal a preference for name-calling and irrational exaggeration? Who are the real "bullies" and "haters" in American culture today? Plus, we take a look at the possible rise of Ted Cruz in Iowa, the new Establishment push for Chris Christie, and the pale attempts of Jeb Bush to emulate Donald Trump. With music and listener calls.
Has Trump gone too far this time? The Media and Democrats and Establishment Republicans are all asking the question -- yet again. But the American people seem to be liking what Trump is saying, if big crowds and positive poll data are any indication. So maybe the question could be rephrased: Has Trump gone too far UP this time in the polls? Frank Luntz continues to be stunned by the pro-Trump behavior of his focus groups. Is Trump playing the media "like a Stradivarius" -- or is he just offering heartfelt sentiments stemming from his love of America? Meanwhile, Ben Carson threatens to leave the GOP if the Establishment pulls any stunts around a "brokered convention," and Ted Cruz moves up in Iowa. All in all, a continuing nightmare for the Ruling Classes. Plus, we offer a tribute to John Lennon with a brief posthumous interview. With music and listener calls.
Guest Host, Randy Corporon fills in for Matt. Randy has the new director of the Centennial Institute, Jeff Hunt on to discuss the changing of the guard at the Centennial Institute. Also they discuss Obama's speech and conservativism. With listener calls and feed back.