Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review discuss Hillary’s tanking polls among women and the insulting response from Clinton surrogates Madeleine Albright and Gloria Steinem.

They also slam ABC’s Martha Raddatz for pestering candidates to commit to preemptive strikes against North Korea without full intelligence briefings.  And they’re disgusted at Republicans for suddenly embracing the idea of making women register for Selective Service and be eligible for the military draft if the draft is reinstated.

Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review are glad to see conservative Mary Katherine Ham added to the panel for Saturday night’s GOP debate.  They also discuss just how bad Rick Santorum is as a surrogate for Marco Rubio.  And they get a good laugh out of Hillary Clinton claiming she can’t be part of the establishment because she’s a woman.  All that plus our Superbowl picks.

Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review are glad to see Bernie Sanders considering a challenge of the results in Iowa since no one has seen any vote totals.  They’re sorry to see Rand Paul’s libertarian voice leave the campaign trail but they are happy he is now focusing on his effort to win re-election to the Senate.  And they rip Donald Trump for his Twitter rant accusing Ted Cruz of fraud in Iowa and demanding a redo or for all Cruz votes to be nullified.

Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review enjoy three good martinis.  They applaud voters for vaulting conservative Ted Cruz to victory in Iowa and Marco Rubio to a strong third place finish.  They enjoy the spectacle of a dead heat between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.  And Jim has some strong words for candidates who have no chance yet refuse to end their campaigns.

Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review welcome new, unimpressive poll numbers for Hillary Clinton.  They staggered as to why evangelicals are flocking to Donald Trump despite his life and political positions being a giant middle finger to traditional values.  They marvel at Trump’s ability to plan an event that may well eclipse the debate he’s skipping and the RNC’s inability to stop other networks from airing it.  And they mark 30 years since the horrific Space Shuttle Challenger disaster.

Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review explore the good, bad and crazy dimensions of Donald Trump’s decision to skip Thursday night’s debate.  They look forward to a debate without Trump.  They fear more candidates will follow Trump’s lead in future debates.  And they slam MSNBC’s Chris Matthews for saying Trump’s exit from the debate means people won’t want to watch “two Cubans” debate.

Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review enjoy watching Hillary Clinton claim people keep calling her untrustworthy because they are liars who want to stop her from bringing positive change to America.  They sigh as Italy covers up nude art and refuses to serve wine at a state dinner so as not to offend the Iranian president.  And they get a get a kick out of Hillary Clinton continuing to insist she did nothing wrong with her private server.

Greg Corombos of Radio America and Ian Tuttle of National Review discuss National Review devoting an entire issue and calling on 20 different conservatives in an effort to convince voters to reject Donald Trump.  They also salute the hundreds of thousands of pro-life activists descending on snowy Washington for the annual March for Life.  And they slam Secretary of State John Kerry for casually conceding that Iran will spend some of his billions in unfrozen assets on terrorism.

Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review love watching the Democrats quickly abandon their insistence on no more debates and hastily add one on Monday to help a stumbling Hillary Clinton.  They also roll their eyes as Bob Dole says he’d prefer Trump over Cruz.  And they separate fact from fiction and spread the blame over the Flint water crisis.

Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review discuss the implosion of Al Jazeera America.  They also slam Secretary of State John Kerry for thanking Iran for its treatment of 10 U.S. sailors after our women and women were humiliated on video.  They slam Chelsea Clinton for suggesting Bernie Sanders and Republicans have the same position on Obamacare.  And they pay tribute to the late actor Alan Rickman, villain from “Die Hard,” the official movie of the Three Martini Lunch.

Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review react to a Hillary Clinton email that seemingly tells an aide to strip the the secure markings off a report and send it non-securely.  Jim explains why he believes a convention of the states to amend the Constitution needs to wait until the nation is more constitutionally literate.  And they slam Sean Penn for meeting with El Chapo while the drug kingpin was on the run.

Confirmation Bias on My Side? I Certainly Don’t Recall Any!

 

shutterstock_146163434Thank goodness confirmation bias never strikes the purveyors of global warming panic. In the Washington Post, Chelsea Harvey reports on a study regarding the spread of misinformation online. She eagerly applies it to those who are skeptical of global warming claims and dives into a lesson on confirmation bias … which apparently only affects people she disagrees with.

It’s true: confirmation bias affects global warming skeptics; I’ve seen it myself. But I’ve also seen it in the warming-affirmers, both the moderates and the we’re-all-going-to-die panickers, for whom every warm spell is taken as proof of global warming, while every cold spell is dismissed as merely “weather” (this approach has its mirror image of the other side, of course). But now that the discussion is about “climate change,” the side of panic will often take both hot and cold spells as confirmation of their biases. For them, it’s a win-win.

But while the effects of confirmation bias are probably about equal on both sides of the lay public, I think the effect of confirmation bias among scientists is actually worse for the warming-affirmers. Their position has become dogma among climate researchers, which magnifies the effects of confirmation bias. Skeptical scientists know they’re challenging the dominant paradigm and are daily confronted with contrary opinions. For my own part, I’m kind of a lukewarmer: I believe there is some warming (especially early and late 20th century) and that some of it could be caused by humans, but that the amount and effects are exaggerated. I’m not doing any climate research, but I work with model-fitting in astronomy, and we have to deal with similar systematic errors and biases.

Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review close out their special year-in-review political awards by handing out the prestigious crystal martinis for person of the year and turncoat of the year.  They also share their political New Year’s resolutions.

Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review reveal their choices for most under-reported story, most over-reported story and the best story of 2015.

Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review hand out year-end political awards for best idea, worst idea and boldest tactic.

Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review present the second installment of their 2015 year-end political awards.  Today they discuss the political figure they were sorry to see pass away in 2015, their top rising political stars and who they see fading into oblivion.

Festival of Smugness

 

Antonin_Scalia_2010There are few more repugnant spectacles among the liberal elites of this country than the festivals of smugness that follow any comment by a conservative public figure that can be twisted into a racial slight.

This week it is Justice Antonin Scalia’s turn. In an oral argument over affirmative action, Scalia said:

There are those who contend that it does not benefit African-Americans to — to get them in the University of Texas where they do not do well, as opposed to having them go to a less advanced school, a less — a slower track school where they do well.

Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review note the liberal gun control narrative fell apart in San Bernardino fell apart as it became clear the shooters were operating an “IED factory” as well.  They also sigh as Democrats renew their demands for gun control legislation that wouldn’t have stopped this or any other mass shooting.  And they unload on liberals for viciously mocking conservatives for saying they are praying for victims and their families and the San Bernardino community.

Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review are glad to see some coverage returning to the issue of Hillary Clinton making decisions at the State Department that regularly favored huge donors to the Clinton Foundation.  They also shake their heads at Pres. Obama after he suggests holding a summit on climate change is the best possible rebuke towards ISIS.  And Jim unloads on liberal double standards over when political speech supposedly contributes to the motives of shooters and he also rails against the notion that we have to tone down the rhetoric in the hopes that crazy people might stop wanting to kill others.

Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review applaud Neil Cavuto’s dismantling of the free college arguments of the Million Student March.  They also sigh as some Republicans are still trying to find a path for Mitt Romney to join the race and save the party from the likes of Donald Trump and Ben Carson.  And they react to Donald Trump calling Iowans and other Americans “stupid” for believing Ben Carson’s personal story.