Ostensible conservative David Brooks pens another misguided column for the New York Times, shallowly misappropriating the legacies of Hamilton, Lincoln and Reagan. Brooks offers yet another Establishment plea for open borders in America -- but is anyone listening? The uber-sophisticated George Will calls Trump a "whiner" and a "crybaby." Meanwhile, Trump offers a strong critique of America's present "free trade" policies, in the context of Ford announcing plans to build a $2.5 billion plant in Mexico. With regard to illegal immigration, Trump says he plans to "close up our borders" during his "first day as President." Willie Robertson of Duck Dynasty joins Trump onstage in Oklahoma, and Ivana Trump offers her flattering take on how her ex-husband would serve as a potential chief executive. With live updates on tonight's "Blood Moon" and music and listener calls.
Speaker Boehner heads off into the sunset. Were his reasons unselfish -- or possibly the opposite? We discuss with Jennifer Kerns, Beltway Correspondent. Could Boehner's departure mark an indirect scalp for the outsider Trump Phenomenon? Scott Walker drops out of the race, and reveals his Establishment bona fides. Meanwhile, National Review editor Rich Lowry offers a below-the-belt surgical anatomical interpretation of Fiorina v. Trump in the last debate. Were Lowry's comments undignified? Mark Steyn thinks they missed the mark. In a speech in Oklahoma City, Trump asks the cameras to "pan" around the large crowd, to forestall the inevitable media minimization. Plus, we review the ongoing battle between FoxNews and Donald Trump. Who shall prevail? With music and listener calls.
Memo to the GOP Ruling Class: If you want to stay on top, would you consider securing the American border as a prerequisite? If the answer is "no" -- which of course it is -- how far do you believe you can manipulate GOP voters in this cycle? Might there already be some sense of waning elite hubris? Notes on the "Papercut Strategy" being wielded by DC insiders against Donald Trump. Was Ronald Reagan really as "optimistic" as they say? Were they booing Trump, or actually Rubio? Speaker John Boehner departs, and it's now "make it or break it time" for the languishing Jeb Bush. A discussion with Professor Vince McGuire on Madison, Reagan and Boehner. Aphoristic tributes to the beloved Yogi Berra. With music and listener calls.
Fox News' Megyn Kelly rushes to Obama's defense regarding a townhall questioner of Donald Trump. Did Trump do anything wrong here? Is this a faux "scandal"? Does Ben Carson need to apologize for saying he would not support a Muslim running for President? Lindsey Graham says he should, as we offer our update on Graham's poll numbers, which are still hibernating at zero. Neoconservative Bill Kristol says he would not support Trump if he were to win the primary. Might that actually be a good thing for the GOP Brand? Plus, we take another stroll through the "Graveyard of Obsolete Conservative Pundits" with Michael Gerson, establishment mouthpiece of the Washington Post. With special mention to Karl Rove. Is Trump getting as "boring" as they say? With music and listener calls.
Joined in studio by Jennifer Kerns, Beltway Correspondent. Further discussion of Carly Fiorina's controversial business record with Lucent and Hewlett-Packard. Is Fiorina really an "outsider" candidate? We review the latest poll data and speculate on Trump's current electoral prospects. Plus, the Pope comes to Cuba. Is Obama politicizing the visit? Notes on the Immigration issues facing America and Europe. Does the European refugee crisis play into Trump's hands? Would mass-deportations actually save money for American taxpayers? Might Joe Biden "literally" run for President? Should Kaitlyn Jenner go on the $10 Bill? With music and listener calls.
Have Media Elites officially lost their minds over the Trump Phenomenon? How else to explain the odd thin gruel attacks against Trump all week long? Notes on the cynical "chess game" being played by the Establishment in the GOP primary, moving candidates as chess pieces, as they pull out all the stops to check-mate Trump. Commentary on the recent CNN Debate. A musical tribute to Jeb Bush strangely standing on his "tippy toes" for official debate photos. Discussion of the current Carly Fiorina "love fest" going on in the media. Is Fiorina really all that great? With music and listener calls.
A critique of David Brooks' ostensibly conservative commentary in the New York Times. A prime specimen of the "solipsistic bubble" now inhabited by the American Ruling Class. Are Establishment pundits like Brooks lashing out more than usual as they lose their standing? Are certain GOP commentators now becoming irrelevant? Also, we explore the apparent collapse of the Scott Walker campaign. Perhaps related to behind-the-scenes manipulations from billionaires? Meanwhile, Trump reiterates his plans to build a "wall" and states it will take about "18 months" to get illegal immigrants to leave the country. Plus, we offer further review of the European "refugee" crisis. Should America and Europe be obligated to take in large amounts of Middle Eastern and African refugees? Is "liberalism" in some ways the ideology of "suicide" for Western Civilization? With music and listener calls.
Interview with Jennifer Kerns, Beltway Correspondent. Audio and review of Trump's highly-rated appearance on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Bobby Jindal offers a severe attack on Trump, but could there be any "hair hypocrisy" going on? How can Trump possibly be leading in the polls with Republican women? And could Trump's astonishingly high support among black voters spell the end of the Obama Coalition? Is the sudden rise of Ben Carson for real? Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton plans the details of forthcoming "spontaneous" political events. Was Hillary's email server "wiped" or not? Are there any concerns about Hillary's health at the present time? With music and listener calls.
It's been a "Week of Insults" in the GOP field... Carly Fiorina's "face" and Donald Trump's "hair" and everyone's "faith." Squirrels and sexism? What should be fair game these days? Is the media playing Politically Correct Games while America slides into the abyss? Meanwhile, the Rick Perry campaign goes "poof" and Scott Walker tanks in Iowa. What happened? GOP elites attack Trump for supposedly not having an "issues" campaign -- but is that really actually true? If we're watching a "reality show" right now, are the elites missing the "reality" of the present moment? Should Trump use words like "liberty" and "freedom" more? Notes on Hedge Funds, CEO pay and the European refugee crisis. With music and listener calls.
Interview with Jennifer Kerns, Beltway Correspondent. Trump continues to amaze, still rising in all latest polls. What to make of the recent rise of Dr. Ben Carson? Is Carly Fiorina more of an "establishment" figure than she lets on? Was Jeb wise to attack Trump in Spanish? More detailed notes on the present "refugee" crisis in Europe. Is this actually an invasion, a "Camp of the Saints" moment for Western Civilization? British Shakespearean actress Emma Thompson makes a plea for open borders in Europe. But could even Shakespeare survive the potentially dramatic cultural changes to England? Hungarian leader Victor Orban attempts to close the door to Muslim immigrants, and the New York Times bashes Australia's "no entry" policies. Thoughts on Jorge Ramos and "the wall" with reflections on Dante, the Pope and St. Benedict. Plus, callers respond to the Hugh Hewitt interview with Donald Trump. With music and listener calls.