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  1. JuliaBlaschke Coolidge

    So true, that if Cummings had said something nice about Trump. Trump would be praising his good friend from Baltimore and all the hard work he is doing. It is always about Trump. Only Trump. 

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    • July 29, 2019, at 1:26 PM PDT
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  2. The Cloaked Gaijin Member

    Yeah, there’s a conservative urban policy for cities. Move!

    That was the Kevin Williamson line regarding small city and rural America.  Why should there be a different policy for urban America?

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    • July 29, 2019, at 5:58 PM PDT
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  3. Jon1979 Lincoln

    Trump’s already moved on from Cummings to Sharpton, apparently based on the idea of “Who or what can I attack in a tweet that the Democrats will not reflexively defend?” Trump’s obsessive need to be in the spotlight and get adulation from his supporters has now been combined with the left’s Pavlovian response to support anything Trump attacks, without even thinking about whether they were against the same thing Trump was against, before Trump was against it.

    It may not be some type of well-thought-out, long-planned strategy — Trump may be doing it just for the sheer fun of the media coverage. But he’s managed to grab control of moving the Overton Window to the left away from Nancy Pelosi and other establishment Democrats, who want the political agenda to move left incrementally, and has thrown the Overton Window into the Millennium Falcon and put the ship into hyperspace left, by attacking the party’s furthest left people and issues and then forcing the rest of the party to defend them.

    Pelosi wants the party to go into stealth mode as in 2007-08, where Obama could run as something of a cypher to moderates, and the House and Senate members kept up their moderate image until there was a president in the White House who could sign things like Obamacare into law. Trump’s tweeting isn’t going to allow that because too many Democrats are obsessed with opposing Trump on everything. It’s actually a smart plan, with the two caveats that he may be doing it too early in the election cycle, and he’s perfectly capable of deciding to go off his own message of the moment and let the Democrats off the hook by going in a totally different direction or committing an unforced error.

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    • July 29, 2019, at 6:47 PM PDT
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  4. FredGoodhue Coolidge

    Jon1979 (View Comment):

    Trump’s already moved on from Cummings to Sharpton, apparently based on the idea of “Who or what can I attack in a tweet that the Democrats will not reflexively defend?” Trump’s obsessive need to be in the spotlight and get adulation from his supporters has now been combined with the left’s Pavlovian response to support anything Trump attacks, without even thinking about whether they were against the same thing Trump was against, before Trump was against it.

    It may not be some type of well-thought-out, long-planned strategy — Trump may be doing it just for the sheer fun of the media coverage. But he’s managed to grab control of moving the Overton Window to the left away from Nancy Pelosi and other establishment Democrats, who want the political agenda to move left incrementally, and has thrown the Overton Window into the Millennium Falcon and put the ship into hyperspace left, by attacking the party’s furthest left people and issues and then forcing the rest of the party to defend them.

    Pelosi wants the party to go into stealth mode as in 2007-08, where Obama could run as something of a cypher to moderates, and the House and Senate members kept up their moderate image until there was a president in the White House who could sign things like Obamacare into law. Trump’s tweeting isn’t going to allow that because too many Democrats are obsessed with opposing Trump on everything. It’s actually a smart plan, with the two caveats that he may be doing it too early in the election cycle, and he’s perfectly capable of deciding to go off his own message of the moment and let the Democrats off the hook by going in a totally different direction or committing an unforced error.

    Next President Trump should attack Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe. Then the Democrats will defend him.

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    • July 29, 2019, at 7:49 PM PDT
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  5. rdowhower Coolidge

    Someone apart from Julia please tell me if this podcast is worth my limited time? I’m assuming from her comment that it’s more of the usual tired old themes.

    • #5
    • July 30, 2019, at 6:27 AM PDT
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  6. GeezerBob Coolidge

    This is just one more in an endless series of “what Trump did/said” items. Will the pundits ever look deeper into the issues? What did Cummmings say about Trump? What about the endless derogation of Trump? Victor Hanson mkaes the point that Trump reacts more than provokes but regardless, every discussion that follows always starts out “Did you hear wht Trump said?”

    Nor does it help to hear endless analysis that relies on somehow knowing the mind of Trump. Really? We know what he is thinking? We are certain of his motives? Try harder… 

    • #6
    • July 30, 2019, at 8:20 AM PDT
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  7. Jeff Hawkins Coolidge

    rdowhower (View Comment):

    Someone apart from Julia please tell me if this podcast is worth my limited time? I’m assuming from her comment that it’s more of the usual tired old themes.

    Abe and Christine agreeing with some tepid take by John of Trump being mean spirited, Noah needling John on minutiae about a point he’s trying to make and throwing off John’s train of thought and John just wanting to get politics over with so he can get to his first love, pop culture?

    That? :)

    • #7
    • July 30, 2019, at 10:38 AM PDT
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  8. JesseMcVay Listener

    Great podcast today. Especially loved John’s discussion about Trump and identity politics at about the 17 minute mark. “You wanna call me a racist because I don’t believe in affirmative action and …Fine!! I’m a racist!! Now what are you gonna do?” 

     

    It’s the boy who cried wolf. It’s been an effective tool of the left for years. Trump has drawn so much fire that the Liberals have abused the franchise. The sting is gone. The stigma is gone. Same thing with climate change. You want to label me a denier? Fine!! I’m a climate denier! Now what are you gonna do?

    • #8
    • July 30, 2019, at 1:46 PM PDT
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