Backbone Radio with Matt Dunn - Jan 31, 2016 - Hr 3

January 31, 2016
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What is the “conservative movement" attempting to “conserve” these days? If it’s not America itself, what might it be? We discuss Trump’s pro-American conservatism through the lens of Conrad Black’s latest essay in National Review. As an entrenched and ineffective conservative establishment finds itself besieged by fresh “outsider” voices — should it blame itself for its long-standing narrowing of the movement? Why do Republican insiders seem to fixate on reasons for inaction? Good reasons — or mere excuses? Plus, further notes on the current state of the seemingly pro-amnesty, pro-Rubio Fox News. Is Ann Coulter right to suggest it should be referred to as “Coyote News”? With music, listener calls and first-hand reports from an excellent Colorado ski season.

Backbone Radio with Matt Dunn - Jan 31, 2016 - Hr 2

January 31, 2016
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We visit with a Ted Cruz volunteer in Iowa, and offer our best overall primary predictions with Jennifer Kerns, Beltway Correspondent. While Donald Trump has masterfully pulled ahead in the polls, can he convert passionate supporters into actual voters? Can Ted Cruz recover from a difficult month of tangling with Trump? How much of a question mark is his Canadian birth? Plus, we discuss the recent spate of controversies around Fox News. Is an establishment-oriented Fox losing touch with its viewers? Has Megyn Kelly become a divisive figurehead for Fox? Is it relevant to note that Bill Sammon, a Fox News vice president, has family ties to the Rubio campaign? With music and listener calls.

Backbone Radio with Matt Dunn - Jan 31, 2016 - Hr 1

January 31, 2016
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The Republican Primary — aka The Greatest Show on Earth — finally actualizes in Iowa. Neck and neck between Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, with Marco Rubio still in the running. How will Trump’s rebellion against the Fox News Debate affect voters? Why did Fox taunt Trump with its infamous “Ayatollah and Putin" memo? Is Trump cracking the Fox News Establishment? And what should we make of Ted Cruz’ explicitly Christian language on the campaign trail? Has Cruz been wise to raise Iowa expectations with talk of his vaunted “ground game"? If Rubio finishes third in Iowa, will a bronze medal allow him to claim victory? Meanwhile, Trump picks Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos in next week’s Super Bowl. With listener calls and musical tributes to recently departed rock stars.

Backbone Radio with Matt Dunn - Jan 24, 2016 - Hr 3

January 24, 2016
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Is today's "conservative establishment" becoming irrelevant? Although Trump dominates the polling data, could Rubio finally "surge" if more candidates drop out? We discuss with Jennifer Kerns, Beltway Correspondent. Should Megyn Kelly recuse herself from the next GOP Debate? Why does Fox News commentator Jessie Watters say Trump is "the most conservative guy" in the race? We listen to Patrick Buchanan's thoughts on preserving "the country we grew up in." Meanwhile, from our "Conservative Pundit Graveyard" we listen to a stricken George Will say it's "too late" to stop Trump, and a quivering David Brooks advise the Establishment not to "panic." Also, we review the impressive "total competence" of the Trump campaign -- seemingly the best energy, crowds, branding, strategy and connection with voters. Not bad for a political novice. Will all of such translate into landslide Trump victories? If Trump takes Iowa, does anything stop him? With sacred music and listener calls.      

Backbone Radio with Matt Dunn - Jan 24, 2016 - Hr 2

January 24, 2016
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Is Trump a conservative? What is "conservatism"? We listen to pro-populism commentary from William F. Buckley -- conservative icon and founder of National Review. Why did WFB trust the voice of "the people" over the "intellectuals" of America? If today's "conservatism" allegedly entails an open borders Davos-style globalist agenda, might "populism" actually be preferable? Also, we further review "race relations" in America. Have they worsened under President Obama? Might Donald Trump -- who seems to enjoy surprisingly strong support from African Americans -- actually improve the situation? Callers weigh in. Plus, we discuss the pros & cons of Ted Cruz, and review the current conflagration between Trump and Cruz. How perilous? And Go Broncos! With music and listener calls.      

Backbone Radio with Matt Dunn - Jan 24, 2016 - Hr 1

January 24, 2016
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Donald Trump retakes the lead in Iowa, with a mere seven days to go. Two pianos drop on Ted Cruz this week, with Sarah Palin endorsing Trump and Iowa Governor Branstad slamming Cruz. How will Cruz supporters take these new developments? Will Glenn Beck's endorsement help or hurt the Cruz campaign? Meanwhile, National Review devotes a full issue to blasting Trump as an unmoored "populist." Would NR founder William F. Buckley agree? Is Trump a conservative or not? We argue "yes" he is -- as we review the history of "conservatism" itself. Might National Review's attempted purge of Trump backfire? How have conservative intellectuals managed to lose touch with their base? We suggest that uncontrolled immigration is an "existential" threat to America, and that Establishment inaction on the issue has become the "deal-breaker" for voters in 2016. Plus, we consider the possibility that Trump could be a "race healer" in America, as he is endorsed this week by both Willie Robertson of Duck Dynasty and Chingy -- the hip/hop rapper. Also, we celebrate today's Denver Broncos' victory and get worked up about the upcoming Super Bowl. Go Peyton!! With raucous music and listener calls.        

Backbone Radio with Matt Dunn - Jan 17, 2016 - Hr 3

January 17, 2016
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The feud between Trump and Cruz turns "nasty" on matters of "New York values" and "natural born" citizenship. What might be the fallout within the GOP? We explore with Jennifer Kerns, Beltway Correspondent. Will Iowans care about Ted Cruz' Canadian birth? And as issues of New York & 9/11 & Rudy Giuliani, along with loans from Goldman Sachs & Citibank enter the fray, has Cruz bitten off more than he intended? Textbook hardball politics, these days. Meanwhile, Hillary takes questions on the new Benghazi movie "13 Hours" and gets aggressive with Bernie Sanders on his health records. Desperation? In Colorado, Governor Hickenlooper gives his "State of the State" address as the legislature gets back to work. Will there be a TABOR battle in 2016? Also, we take a stroll through the "Graveyard of Fallen Conservative Pundits" with George Will, Stephen Hayes and David Brooks. These commentators have been wrong on Trump for seven months -- but will they be wrong for eight? Plus, we celebrate the Denver Broncos' victory by "yodeling" with Roy Rogers. With music and listener calls. 

Backbone Radio with Matt Dunn - Jan 17, 2016 - Hr 2

January 17, 2016
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A debate on "free trade" with guest Michael Williams of the Defenders of Capitalism Project. Should America consider trade retaliation against China and Japan and other currency manipulators? We review trade-related audio from the last GOP Debate from candidates Trump, Rubio and Bush. Would "tariffs" start a trade war? Might we already be in a trade war -- and losing it? What can America do to reduce its brobdingnagian trade deficits? We survey the historical views of Alexander Hamilton, Abraham Lincoln, Adam Smith and David Ricardo. How did the American economy perform so well under its early "protectionist" conditions? Could increased income inequality in America pave the way for socialism? Should "borders" even exist -- or are they economically inefficient and hindrances to liberty? Plus, Loretta Lynn endorses Trump. With music and listener calls.      

Backbone Radio with Matt Dunn - Jan 17, 2016 - Hr 1

January 17, 2016
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Is Donald Trump a conservative? We make the Burkean case in the affirmative, as Trump seems intent upon "conserving" America as a sovereign nation. Secure borders, fair trade, respect for the incrementalized traditions and "habits" of society. As conservative philosopher Edmund Burke has noted, "a society is better off if it can absorb novelty in small and manageable amounts." If the charges of the GOP Establishment are true to the contrary, why are conservative icons Phyllis Schlafly, Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity generally supportive of Trump? Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton responds to the new Benghazi movie "13 Hours" by saying she's testified for "11 Hours" before a congressional committee. Moral equivalence? Victim? And as Bernie Sanders pulls ahead of Hillary in Iowa and New Hampshire, is the Hillary campaign in trouble? Also, we look at the increasingly tense dispute between Trump and Ted Cruz on "natural born" citizenship and "New York Values." As Rudy Giuliani demands an apology, we ask whether or not Cruz has committed an "unforced error" in this case. And we ponder Iowa Governor Terry Branstad's hintings at support for Trump. With music and listener calls.     

Backbone Radio with Matt Dunn - Jan 10, 2016 - Hr 3

January 10, 2016
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Interview with John Andrews, former Nixon speechwriter and President of the Colorado Senate. We discuss Andrews' new book: "Backbone Colorado USA: Dispatches From the Divide." What does it mean to be a conservative today? How concerning are present-day divides within the Republican Party? Will the GOP manage to hold together through a time of strife? Is Ted Cruz truly the "thoroughbred conservative" in the GOP field? Is Donald Trump worthy of the "strange new respect" he seems to be earning? Regarding Trump's proposal to temporarily limit Muslim immigration into America, we review issues of compatibility between Islam and Western Civilization. Forebodings for the future? With music and listener calls.