Jon and Stephen didn’t agree with Tom Nichols’ strategy of voting D in the midterms to save the GOP — so we invited him on the show! Tom Nichols is a professor at the US Naval War College and the author of the best-selling book, The Death of Expertise: The Campaign against Established Knowledge and Why it Matters. We also discuss the midterms and what it means for both parties as they prepare for 2020.

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Like OJ looking for the real killer, Hillary Clinton’s still seeking the person who REALLY lost the 2016 election. Were you mocking the media coverage of Irma this weekend? So are we? Who is Donald Trump? An amazingly insightful look from the Newsweek reporter who wrote the first national magazine cover about The Donald back in the 1980s. Tom Nichols on the “Death of Expertise.” And some real weather science from Marc Morano of

This week, we mix up the line-up with Conservatarian guest hosts Jon Gabriel and Stephen Miller. They’re joined by author Tom Nichols (his new book The Death of Expertise: The Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why It Matters is a must read) and our old pal James Delingpole who lets loose about Milo and CPAC in the way only he can. Also, weird goings on in North Korea and next stop, Trappist-1.

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How is Donald Trump doing through his first 11 days? How about his choice for the Supreme Court? The immigration executive order and the media? Tom Nichols weighs in with Jay and Neal to talk about all of it. It’s been a whirlwind since Trump assumed office and now it’s time to see how things started.

Mona and Jay are joined by Tom Nichols – known on Twitter as RadioFreeTom – professor at the Naval War College, NeverTrumper extraordinaire, Jeopardy champion (though that didn’t come up), and author of the forthcoming book The Death of Expertise. If you think there might be a connection between the KXgUhEzsdeclining respect for expertise and authority in America and the rise of Trump, you’d be right. Can he pivot for the general election? Why do people even ask that?

Jay and Mona then mull why Trump’s attack on Judge Curiel had purchase when so many of this other offenses slipped by, and ask what will become of the Republican Party. They close with some praise: Jay lauds Bernard Lewis on his 100th birthday, and Mona raves about Jung Chang’s book, The Wild Swans, that she’s having trouble putting down.