Backbone Radio with Matt Dunn - May 8, 2016 - Hr 2

May 8, 2016
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Can the "Never Trump" crowd be rehabilitated? We discuss this potential with paterfamilias John Andrews, former Nixon speechwriter and founder of the tongue-in-cheek "Eat Crow Club." Andrews reviews his recent personal evolution from the "anti-" unto the "pro-Trump" category. How did it happen and why? Could Speaker Paul Ryan someday do the same? Or has the youthful Paul Ryan already become something of a political dinosaur? Meanwhile, we discuss the politics of "coal country" as we listen to a massive crowd sing John Denver's "Country Roads, Take Me Home" at a Trump Rally in West Virginia. Has America ever seen anything like this? Also, we marvel at leftist commentator Van Jones' recent statements sounding the alarums about Trump. Why does Van Jones think Trump "probably will win the presidency" and will earn surprisingly solid support from "the African-American community"? Might he be right? And are the Teamsters also breaking towards Trump? And would Newt Gingrich make a good GOP running mate? With music and listener calls.     

Backbone Radio with Matt Dunn - May 8, 2016 - Hr 1

May 8, 2016
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The last of the 17 still standing, Donald Trump has won the Republican presidential nomination. We take a modest victory lap -- and start looking at what's next. How much "unity" does the GOP really need moving forward? Would a certain amount of "purging" be acceptable? Is there any appetite for casting aside Establishment remnants like Jeb Bush and Lindsey Graham? We review Trump's signals on the subject, which suggest there may be some surprises ahead. Speaker Paul Ryan appears reluctant to get on the Trump Train, even as Sarah Palin endorses Ryan's primary opponent. Could Ryan be the next Eric Cantor? Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton's capacity to unify the GOP appears all-encompassing, but with a few stray exceptions. And so we ask: Are the "Never Trump" fringes really ready to support Hillary -- and face all of the consequences? Also, we initiate speculation on Trump's potential running mate. With music and listener calls.          

Backbone Radio with Matt Dunn - May 1, 2016 - Hr 3

May 1, 2016
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We review Donald Trump's "America First" approach to foreign policy. Might his proposals mark an improvement upon the chronic "America Last" concepts of our bipartisan political elites? Or is Trump merely advocating "isolationism" -- as some have alleged? We survey contrasting viewpoints from Judge Jeanine Pirro and the omnipresent Senator Lindsey Graham. Also, we review the "crumbling confidence" of staffers on the Ted Cruz campaign, as we ask: Is Tuesday's Indiana Primary poised to become "The Alamo" for Cruz? We ponder the implications with a ballad by Marty Robbins. Plus, we take another stroll through Dante's Inferno as we pass near the "Conservative Pundit Graveyard." Who is still above ground -- and who is below? Are the commentariat classes about to undergo a much-needed upheaval? And why is there now a bit of California controversy about John Wayne? We take a patriotic look at John Wayne's America. With music and listener calls.    

Backbone Radio with Matt Dunn - May 1, 2016 - Hr 2

May 1, 2016
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A conversation with Jennifer Kerns, Executive Editor of the Colorado Statesman. How to explain Indana Gov. Mike Pence's strange "straddle" endorsement of Ted Cruz? What shall be the fate of the "Never Trump" fringes moving forward after Indiana? Will they ever come around? If not, then what? As Trump hits "quadruple digits" in delegate count and breaks the record for the most votes ever earned by a Republican candidate in a primary -- we ask how this has happened against the determined "Will of the Establishment." Can the "Will of the People" continue to prevail through the arcana of the GOP's obtuse delegate system? What would happen if delegates end up voting against the directives of the voters that selected them? Could that be called simple "corruption" -- or might it somehow be classified a "constitutional principle"? With music and listener calls.   

Backbone Radio with Matt Dunn - May 1, 2016 - Hr 1

May 1, 2016
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The end times of the GOP Primary appear to be upon us, with a marked shift in momentum towards Donald Trump. A new blowout poll from Indiana may signal the last straw for the Ted Cruz campaign. If Cruz loses Indiana, should he drop out of the race? Has his sudden inclusion of potential VP Carly Fiorina been helpful to his prospects? And why was she singing lullabies? Meanwhile, Heidi Cruz says "Ted is an immigrant" and enduringly hostile former Speaker Boehner says Cruz is "Lucifer in the flesh." Plus, Trump outsmarts protesters in California by walking "through a fence" to give a planned speech. Resembling a scene from the film Reservoir Dogs, Trump noted he felt like he and his team of suits were "crossing the border" to gain entry into the California GOP Convention. Has anything NOT happened in this amazing primary? With music and listener calls.