Larry Kudlow and Tim Pawlenty have plenty to talk about this week as they analyze last night’s debate, Super Tuesday’s results, the recent news that the man who rant Hillary’s email server was given immunity from prosecution, strong jobs numbers and the Fed, and Larry responds to rumors that he may be Secretary of Commerce in the Trump administration.

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There are 13 comments.

  1. Richard Fulmer Member

    Mr. Kudlow,
    What is it that you respect most about what Trump is doing on the campaign trail? Is it is insistence that he will order our troops to commit war crimes? Perhaps his brilliant defense of the size of his manhood?

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    • March 4, 2016, at 6:57 PM PST
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  2. Adriana Harris Member

    Larry, your bias is showing. Actually it’s been showing for a long time. The idea that you could criticize Rubio for acting like Trump without criticizing Trump is astounding. Your praise of Trump boarders on sycophancy. You are willing to nominate a blustering, narcissistic, bully on one issue, his tax plan. The man’s character is unacceptable. With all that money and the benefit of an ivy league education Trump still sounds like an ignorant buffoon.

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    • March 5, 2016, at 6:11 AM PST
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  3. Richard Fulmer Member

    Mr. Kudlow,
    You describe Trump as “strong,” but when I look at him, I don’t see strength. His constant tweet wars (see Kelly, Megyn), his refusal to admit mistakes, his obvious lack of self-control, his susceptibility to flattery (see Putin, Vladimir), his constant threats to sic his lawyers on people who disagree with him, and his bullying all suggest profound weakness.

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    • March 5, 2016, at 7:05 AM PST
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  4. Josh F. Inactive

    Mr. Kudlow,

    Do you agree with Mr. Trump that China “nearly blew it” by not massacaring its own citizens in Tianemen Square? Do you agree with Mr. Trump’s opposition to free speech, free religion, free press, and private property rights being secure from private takings? Do you approve of Mr. Trump providing credentials to a white supremacist blogger and kicking out over a dozen black students protesting in Valdosta at his rally? If you do not agree with Trump on these issues or approve of his coddling of white supremacists, then why in the world are you associating yourself with his campaign?

    Conservatives of America deserve answers from conservatives in media in politics who are sympathetic to or supporting Donald Trump. Why are conservatives abandoning their principles and beliefs to support a man who does not share the American commitment to liberty and opportunity for all? Conservatives on Ricochet eagerly await your response, Mr. Kudlow.

    And if you respond, please don’t tell me that I just don’t understand the nature of Trump’s support. Please respond substantitvely to the issues I have raised, or explain why these issues are not important to you.

    Thank you.

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    • March 5, 2016, at 7:45 AM PST
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  5. Bkelley14 Inactive

    For years, YEARS! Larry Kudlow has been an enthusiastic supporter of “immigration”. He insisted America needed the best of the best from everywhere in the world and that we were hurting ourselves by not allowing the brightest to come here and work some of the most prestigious jobs (tech) in the country. I never heard him express concern about Americans (mostly middle class, way down the ladder from his rarified Connecticut manse) who were exposed daily to the downside of illegal immigration — to the crime, the overcrowded schools, the loss of a common culture, the high taxes, the flooding of emergency rooms and closing of hospitals, etc.

    Now he’s willing to jump on Trump’s train but overlooks the concerns of millions that:

    a) Trump is a crude vulgarian, temperamentally not suited for the presidency — a poor representative for families trying to teach their children to grow into responsible adults;

    b) that he has alienated enough Americans, Democrat, Republican and Independent, that Hillary will clean his clock in November.

    I can no longer trust the judgement of Larry Kudlow.

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    • March 5, 2016, at 8:19 AM PST
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  6. Josh F. Inactive

    Kudlow is very unlikely to respond to conservative criticism of his willingness to participate in the Trump experiment. If he does, we would all welcome his explanation as to why he can support someone with so little experience and so much potential to destroy the fabric of this great nation.

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    • March 5, 2016, at 8:44 AM PST
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  7. Bkelley14 Inactive

    I would like to see a debate/discussion between Larry K and Ian Tuttle of National Review who was subbing Friday on the Three Martini Lunch podcast and sounds to be passionately against Trump. The different opinions on the election and Trump are head spinning.

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    • March 5, 2016, at 11:08 AM PST
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  8. Bkelley14 Inactive

    And another thing — Larry and Tim were going on and on about the benefits of a tax plan of a candidate who will not release his tax returns and appears to be lying about them being audited for the past, what five or 10 years! What about that?!

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    • March 5, 2016, at 11:14 AM PST
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  9. Brian McMenomy Inactive

    I think what we have here is fairly simple; at a really bad time in Larry’s life, Donald showed him some significant kindness. I can’t reconcile Larry’s embrace on policy grounds, I can only think this is an attempt at a gracious personal gesture. Doesn’t make it less harmful, just trying to find an explanation. I have great admiration for Larry Kudlow, and understand him to be a really good guy, so I’d like to reserve some judgment on motive.

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    • March 5, 2016, at 1:07 PM PST
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  10. Hoyacon Member

    Brian McMenomy:I think what we have here is fairly simple; at a really bad time in Larry’s life, Donald showed him some significant kindness. I can’t reconcile Larry’s embrace on policy grounds, I can only think this is an attempt at a gracious personal gesture. Doesn’t make it less harmful, just trying to find an explanation. I have great admiration for Larry Kudlow, and understand him to be a really good guy, so I’d like to reserve some judgment on motive.

    Yes. I don’t agree with Larry, but I think that I understand where’s he’s coming from. A friend is a friend.

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    • March 5, 2016, at 1:18 PM PST
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  11. listeningin Inactive

    I think the comments above illustrate why Mitt Romney decided to speak up. For the past six months, Trump and his supporters have been absolutely destructive in the manner in which they have engaged politics. As much as I usually like Kudlow, any assessment of Trump doesn’t acknowledge that at the outset is a little disgusting. A certain percentage of Trump supporters and Trump himself have been totally obnoxious, narcissistic bullies, defying any sense of common decency. Normal people don’t like to demean themselves by engaging that kind of trash, which explains why someone like Romney didn’t step in the game until we have all started to realize that we are actually in real danger of having that revolting creep as our candidate. Romney wasn’t stepping in and messing with a normal, healthy electoral process, he was standing up for well over 50% of the party who are totally dismayed by what is happening…I am profoundly grateful to him. Our voices aren’t being heard. I WILL NOT VOTE FOR TRUMP, and I don’t know anyone, as a member of a large evangelical community, who plans to. To the person. I will also not be listening to this podcast again until the election is over because I don’t want to stop liking Kudlow, which would be the inevitable outcome if I had to listen to him minimize the offenses of a man who is having such a horrible influence.

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    • March 5, 2016, at 2:36 PM PST
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  12. Bkelley14 Inactive

    listeningin:I think the comments above illustrate why Mitt Romney decided to speak up. For the past six months, Trump and his supporters have been absolutely destructive in the manner in which they have engaged politics. As much as I usually like Kudlow, any assessment of Trump doesn’t acknowledge that at the outset is a little disgusting. A certain percentage of Trump supporters and Trump himself have been totally obnoxious, narcissistic bullies, defying any sense of common decency. Normal people don’t like to demean themselves by engaging that kind of trash, which explains why someone like Romney didn’t step in the game until we have all started to realize that we are actually in real danger of having that revolting creep as our candidate. Romney wasn’t stepping in and messing with a normal, healthy electoral process, he was standing up for well over 50% of the party who are totally dismayed by what is happening…I am profoundly grateful to him. Our voices aren’t being heard. I WILL NOT VOTE FOR TRUMP, and I don’t know anyone, as a member of a large evangelical community, who plans to. To the person. I will also not be listening to this podcast again until the election is over because I don’t want to stop liking Kudlow, which would be the inevitable outcome if I had to listen to him minimize the offenses of a man who is having such a horrible influence.

    This!!! Totally agree.

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    • March 6, 2016, at 1:05 PM PST
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  13. The Crooked Timber Inactive

    I believe Larry is overly confident in the virtue of the democratic process. Between liberty and democracy, I will choose liberty every day.

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    • March 7, 2016, at 7:41 AM PST
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