Welcome to this special edition of the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast – because, well, because, …, because, because, because, because, becaaaauuuuse – because we wanted to do more to fill the world with silly podcasts.

In this special edition we talk about three topics. First, what happened in Virginia? Was it the repudiation of Trumpism? Was it rather the repudiation of NeverTrumpism? Is there any meaningful justification for the continued existence in the pundit sphere of Evan McMullin, Bill Kristol, Jennifer Rubin, Bret Stephens, etc, etc, etc??? Mike tries his hardest to advance the “dignity in the White House”/”the (Grand Old) Party is better off out of power than being trodden upon by Trump” arguments of the McMullin holdouts amongst our listeners. We know you are out there. I won’t go as far as to say that we feel your pain.

Topic 2, voter suppression. The left, in this case represented by Missouri Democrat and podcaster Jason Kantor, thinks that voter ID laws are a solution in search of a problem. Actually, what they think is that voter ID laws are simply a brazen attempt at suppressing the votes of poor people and minorities and especially Democrats. Where are they going wrong?

Finally, wither Roy Moore from here? Can he stave off electoral collapse by claiming that the accusations of sexual misconduct 30+ years ago are nothing more than a big lie?

We have shower thoughts! We have a hidden gem…and this one is pretty well hidden. The Mills Brothers singing “Paper Doll.”

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There are 8 comments.

  1. Coolidge

    Couldn’t electrify his wife? Dude! another low blow!

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    • November 9, 2017 at 11:01 pm
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  2. Thatcher

    OccupantCDN (View Comment):
    Couldn’t electrify his wife? Dude! another low blow!

    Low, but accurate.

    • #2
    • November 9, 2017 at 11:20 pm
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  3. Coolidge

    Mike LaRoche (View Comment):

    OccupantCDN (View Comment):
    Couldn’t electrify his wife? Dude! another low blow!

    Low, but accurate.

    The guy lost the election, there really isnt much point in piling on at this point.

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    • November 9, 2017 at 11:35 pm
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  4. Inactive
    BD1

    “In Bernie Sanders’ best areas, turnout was up from 2013 by as much as 30 percent. In pro-Trump areas, it was up from 2013, but only by a little.”

    I wonder what politician could have helped Gillespie get the vote up in “pro-Trump areas”? If he had been asked to campaign in those places, that is.

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    • November 10, 2017 at 7:16 am
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  5. Member

    Hey Gents…love the show…even if (because, according to a Scott Adams’ view) you sometimes frustrate me with some rat holes you go down — when it seems to me your facts are off or your VERY wordy analyses (probably jet lag) could be boiled down to a one or two sentence truism.

    anyway. your lightning death estimate seemed low, so i googled:

    “Lightning Facts. NOAA says that during the 10-year period of 2004-2013, 33 peoplewere killed and 234 were injured by lightning strikes annually. On average, lightningstrikes are fatal to about 10 percent of people who are struck.Jul 16, 2015″

    3 per years is more like the number of kids that drown in buckets. that’s usually on the order of 5-10, from what i recall.

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    • November 10, 2017 at 8:06 am
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  6. Member

    I worked at a polling place in last year’s November election and everything Todd said was absolutely spot on. I think I was the lone Republican worker. There were election watchers all day to make sure no one was denied a vote or rather to prevent any voter suppression. (But still they scream voter suppression?!) This person’s politics were displayed when a person had to show a passport ID (the only ID they had) and I was sure I was seeing her eyes hemorrhage. I saw a sad display of a woman who brought in an obviously mentally disabled person and all but filled in the ballot for him but by golly she got her vote.

    As a poll worker my signature was one of the ones needed to validate that polling place’s result so I knew at precinct went approximately 2/3 Democrat, with a little extra help from their friends.

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    • November 10, 2017 at 12:11 pm
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  7. Member

    I like the new crisp pace.

    • #7
    • November 11, 2017 at 3:37 pm
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  8. Coolidge

    I wonder how much of the Republican criticism of Moore is because of Mark Foley. With Foley, many suspected, but could not prove, that he was up to no good. The leadership did not follow up, and it ended up blowing up into a big scandal. Republican leadership don’t want to be seen again as ignoring bad behavior.

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    • November 13, 2017 at 4:52 pm
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