Bill is joined by Brian Kennedy, president of the American Strategy Group, and the two discuss the latest news regarding the GOP’s attempt to repeal Obamacare. They also debate whether or not Attorney General Jeff Sessions should resign and if Pres. Trump is handling the situation properly. Then Steve Wynn, the Finance Chair of the RNC, joins Bill to discuss the RNC’s record fundraising haul and how the party plans to build on its majorities in Congress.

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  1. Lois Lane Coolidge
    Lois Lane
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    Is that first guy advocating a purely political AG?

    That’s wrong and ultimately extremely destructive for the country.  That approach to the DOJ is why people have been losing faith in the rule of law for years.    

    Exhibit A: Eric Holder.  (He was a good consigliere.)

    Furthermore, if President Trump doesn’t want Jeff Sessions to continue as AG, then he should just man up and fire Jeff Sessions.

    Putting the country into a position of “permanent chaos” that resembles a Godfather movie is not all the Democrats’ doing at this point, and it’s amazing that more of that is what a political analyst is advocating.

    So after listening to this Podcast, I would like to nominate Warren G. Harding’s ghost to return to the Republican Party a.s.a.p. so we can “return to normalcy,” which includes Mr. Bennett discussing the importance of ethics, before someone seriously breaks something.

    And this is from someone who thinks the Russia investigation is overblown!

     

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  2. katy Inactive
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    Kennedy: “He’s not doing this…in any kind of disrespectful way to Jeff Sessions, although a lot of people in the media say that. I think he’s doing it out of respect for the attention these kinds of issues deserve in American discourse.”

    That is some faith in Trump’s genius strategical abilities. And some serious excuse making for behavior in a president that wouldn’t be condoned in any other position of authority. Seems most likely to me that he’s just a jerk. Otherwise, in his brilliance, he could find respectful ways to draw attention to issues he thinks important to American discourse.

    Sessions was my senator, and I was disappointed when he endorsed Trump when there were other candidates. But my respect for him has risen since Trump began attacking him. The contrast between their characters is stark – one honorable, and the other who doesn’t seem to understand the meaning of the word.

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  3. Lois Lane Coolidge
    Lois Lane
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    katy (View Comment):
    And some serious excuse making for behavior in a president that wouldn’t be condoned in any other position of authority. Seems most likely to me that he’s just a jerk.

    Right?  At least he has Americans “talking.”  The rationalizations are crazy.  

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  4. George Townsend Inactive
    George Townsend
    @GeorgeTownsend

    Lois Lane (View Comment):
    Is that first guy advocating a purely political AG?

    That’s wrong and ultimately extremely destructive for the country. That approach to the DOJ is why people have been losing faith in the rule of law for years.

    Exhibit A: Eric Holder. (He was a good consigliere.)

    Furthermore, if President Trump doesn’t want Jeff Sessions to continue as AG, then he should just man up and fire Jeff Sessions.

    Putting the country into a position of “permanent chaos” that resembles a Godfather movie is not all the Democrats’ doing at this point, and it’s amazing that more of that is what a political analyst is advocating.

    So after listening to this Podcast, I would like to nominate Warren G. Harding’s ghost to return to the Republican Party a.s.a.p. so we can “return to normalcy,” which includes Mr. Bennett discussing the importance of ethics, before someone seriously breaks something.

    And this is from someone who thinks the Russia investigation is overblown!

    Very good, Lois, per usual.

    I do not know all that much about Brian Kennedy. But Bill has talked to him before. I believe he even worked for him, although I might be a bit hazy on that (I am getting too old to remember everything. :-) )  I do believe he is quite an intelligent guy. He once headed up another group, which publishes pieces on pubic issues.

    But now, he has become this person who is so in the tank for Trump that she sounds like any investigation is, by its very nature, absurd. While Bill is still much too Trumpian for my taste, he sounds like he is willing to give a decent hearing to legitimate arguments, and let the chips fall for they  may. Kennedy just wants to Trump to be declared just the most wonderful President. Take down Lincoln from Mount Rushmore, why don’t we? And put up Trump! It truly does boggle the mind.

     

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  5. Lois Lane Coolidge
    Lois Lane
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    George Townsend (View Comment):
    While Bill is still much too Trumpian for my taste, he sounds like he is willing to give a decent hearing to legitimate arguments, and let the chips fall for they may.

    I found Bill’s pushback in this particular podcast weak, but it did push me to read more about general American expectations for any AG.

    From the John Marshall Law Review:

    “What sets [the AG] apart from other executive department heads is that along with attending to vast administrative burdens, the Attorney General must perform as a lawyer with the special professional obligations that attach.  He must act consistently with the President’s policies but not let political considerations or ‘inappropriate and improper, though not necessarily illegal’ influences sway his legal judgment.”

    The thing is that whether or not he’s a fan of Trump, Bennett knows full well that it’s not okay to throw out ethics in the DOJ for political reasons.  I wish he would have pushed a little harder against the suggestion that politics is ethics.

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  6. George Townsend Inactive
    George Townsend
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    Lois Lane (View Comment):
    The thing is that whether or not he’s a fan of Trump, Bennett knows full well that it’s not okay to throw out ethics in the DOJ for political reasons. I wish he would have pushed a little harder against the suggestion that politics is ethics.

     While I certainly agree with this, who knows what is in somebody’s mind? Friendship? A past working arrangement? There is no doubt that I am disappointed in Bill, but I am frankly interested why a guy like Brian Kennedy would have anything to with Trump?

    You know who else interests me, Lois? Do you know anything about Hillsdale College? It is in Michigan, and dates back to the Civil War. The current President, Larry Arn, does Hugh Hewitt’s show a lot. He is always defending Trump. Arn is a smart guy. He has courses on the Constitution, and so many other things at Hillsdale. Yet, he thinks this man is qualified to follow people like Lincoln and Reagan?! People are so puzzling, don’t you think?

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  7. Lois Lane Coolidge
    Lois Lane
    @LoisLane

    Yes.  They puzzle me now because it’s no longer a “binary question.”  I don’t get it either.

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  8. Max Ledoux Admin
    Max Ledoux
    @Max

    It’s very puzzling when people don’t agree with oneself. ?

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