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HWX, with Steven Hayward: Cheerleading!

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It’s a Saturday special edition of the Hinderaker-Ward Experience podcast. John Hinderaker of Power Line and me, Brian Ward of Fraters Libertas, joined by our special guest, the great Steven Hayward. 

It’s a lively discussion on the state of the Presidential race, including the characteristic optimism of John Hinderaker. He doesn’t buy into the doom and gloom so many Republicans are feeling with regard to Mitt Romney’s chances in November, and he tells us to grab our pom-poms and not to believe the hype. 

We also get into the issues surrounding recent political polls and alleged bias with regard to over-representation of Democrats, and we preview the Presidential debate coming up on Wednesday.   Finally, we wrap things up with Steve by putting our professional prognostication reputations on the line and predicting what will actually happen on November 6.

Then it’s “Loon of the Week”, courtesy of the fine folks at the Media Research Center. And “This Week in Gatekeeping” (with an international flavor), as the editors and fact checkers in Iran  prove to be every bit as effective as their American counterparts. 

We hope you enjoy. Feedback in the comments section is most welcome.

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  1. Blue Yeti
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    CJRun: No direct link, so it can only be listened to here. · 1 hour ago

    Fixed. 

  2. Chris Johnson

    Thank you, Michelin Man!

  3. Charles Breiling

    Interesting podcast. Especially Ward @ 9:15  ”…ace or rage or gender…” ;-)

  4. Indaba

    Good analysis of polling. Interesting that the traffic to the Powerline website dropped off so much. Shows how much political manipulation of polls works. No one wants to say they are backing a losing team.

    on the Member feed, there is an excellent post on the website where you can buy shares on which candidate will win. Elizabeth Warren is way up vs Scott Brown. Obama is at 75%. The discussion wondered if George Soros moved this market.

  5. Albert Arthur

    Good! No doom and gloom!

  6. Chris Johnson

    No direct link, so it can only be listened to here.

  7. Freesmith

    Guest Steve Hayward talks to the think-tank community and finds despair. The hosts worry about the Romney campaign. But does anyone say what Romney is doing wrong?

    What would be instructive is if our pundits would say what issues Mitt has not pushed, issues which would play to the support he needs – white Christian voters, who hold the key to Republican chances in every national election.

    Has Romney said anything about affirmative action, gay marriage, Voter ID, immigration or bringing jobs back to America? Or does he think that the national debt and the middling economy were the best ways to capture indecisive swing voters?

    Oh, and let’s support Israel if it decides on a preemptive strike on Iran. Yeah, that’ll work.

    Hinderaker raises the prospect of appealing to whites in a white-majority state like Minnesota, but then slides away from the subject without ever saying what the best issues would be to accomplish that appeal. Minnesota is liberal, he concedes – and the implication is that it always will be.

    Kind of like Washington DC?

    Clip and Save: Hinderaker 52 – 48, Mitt; Hayward 51 – 49, Mitt; Ward 51 – 49, Obama.