The Hinderaker Ward Experience (HWX) returns for a very special Christmas Eve podcast. John Hinderaker of Powerline and Brian Ward of Fraters Libertas conspire as they dream by the fire at the nexus of Christmas and politics.

They begin with a review of HGTV’s White House Christmas 2012. Yes, we may be $16 trillion in debt, but at least we get to enjoy scale model White House Gingerbread houses with digital photographs etched into the windows, life sized topiary models of the First Dog, and a small forest of 54 live Christmas trees and gold leaf bunting installed inside the President’s house. The official White House chosen theme of this year’s Christmas is “Joy to All”. The unspoken subtext may be “Après moi, le deluge”.

Next they cover the latest depressing developments in in the fiscal cliff negotiations. Seven days out and the President is in Hawaii, while Republicans are alternately whining and cutting their own throats. Is there any hope? We’re holding out for a Christmas miracle.

The current, resurgent gun control debate is also touched upon, including John’s newly acquired membership in the National Rifle Association.

We wrap up with a double shot of Loon of the Week (why Lincoln is no Obama, and the Kwanzaa related consequences of the fiscal cliff) and This Week in Gatekeeping (Essss-wonderful!)

A very Merry Christmas to all HWX listeners, and comments are always most welcome.

Note: Listener of the week honors (and an appearance on the next HWX episode) goes to the first person to name the 3 gifts John is expecting to receive this Christmas from his son. Good luck!

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