Today, Larry Kudlow and Tim Pawlenty have a very candid conversation about how the Trump campaign should get back on track. Also, is the media making his gaffes a mountain out of a mole hill? Moving to the world at large, did Obama paid $400 million to Iran for hostages? Also, a little economics discussion: the GDP is perilously close to recession. Stock markets vulnerable. Profits still falling. What should the next President do to prevent it? Finally, the Kudlow take on the TPP.

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  1. Peter Robinson Contributor
    Peter Robinson
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    Good people of Ricochet, this podcast is really astonishing. Two knowledgeable political figures, both close to the Trump campaign, both of whom still want Trump to win–and both of whom are just beside themselves. I’ve never heard anything quite like it. Thank you, Larry and Tim. A remarkable piece of journalism.

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  2. James Of England Moderator
    James Of England
    @JamesOfEngland

    I agree. Hopefully, their access to the guy will help the message get through.

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  3. MarciN Member
    MarciN
    @MarciN

    His off-the-cuff emotional speaking style is what has enabled him to succeed so far. In his mind, it gets him free publicity (which he needs because his campaign funds are not as high as they could be) and people love him for it and jump to his defense. Who would blame him for not listening now to people who tell him he has to change?

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  4. James Of England Moderator
    James Of England
    @JamesOfEngland

    MarciN:His off-the-cuff emotional speaking style is what has enabled him to succeed so far. In his mind, it gets him free publicity (which he needs because his campaign funds are not as high as they could be) and people love him for it and jump to his defense. Who would blame him for not listening now to people who tell him he has to change?

    I agree with this, and think that the proposed change of firing Manafort is probably not a sound plan, but he does need someone who will tell him when to stop. Or, probably, to listen to Manafort. It’s not as if there’s a consultant in the country who would tell him to go after babies and gold star mothers. The fact that everyone knows that babies and mothers are popular is the basis for many political jokes. There are young children who know that much about politics.

    That said, there was a shift of something like 30% in the Clinton-Trump gap in the 538 predictions; maybe I’m no good at this stuff, but I didn’t anticipate that people would be that upset by it. Maybe Manafort pandered to his candidate poorly and, like me, failed to appreciate the scale of the awful.

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  5. MarciN Member
    MarciN
    @MarciN

    I’m still listening to the conversation. It is stunning and fascinating.

    My fear with Trump all along is the aging brain problem. Several studies have shown that as people get older, their inhibition lowers and they are apt to say blunt things without thinking. I always thought that’s what happened to McCain’s mom during McCain’s campaign, when she insulted Romney’s faith. I think it happened to McCain, with the “bomb, bomb, bomb” thing.

    Around the late seventies and early eighties, something biochemical happens and people lose some of their ability to stop themselves from saying tactless and blunt things. This has concerned me about Trump from the beginning. I’ve seen it in my own relatives.

    I would never put someone over the age of 78 in sensitive positions. And Trump already has a problem with this.

    Sigh.

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  6. MarciN Member
    MarciN
    @MarciN

    “corporate tax reform”–like Larry Kudlow, that’s what I want to hear Trump talk about.

    Soon.

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  7. MarciN Member
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    @MarciN

    Yay Larry Kudlow on the drawbacks to our belonging to “international commissions.” Music to my ears.

    Completely agree with him.

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  8. MarciN Member
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    @MarciN

    What a great ending for interview.

    What has just been done by the Obama administration to send Iran $400 million in exchange for the hostage release is just plain illegal.

    Again, Mr. Trump, this is a get-Hillary issue on a silver platter. It is so damning.

    Fantastic discussion.

    Thank you, Peter Robinson, for dropping by the Member Feed to alert us to this great conversation.

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  9. DocJay Inactive
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    @DocJay

    If Donald Trump is not going to run a serious campaign he needs to go away.   The consequences to him and his entire extended family are substantial far beyond his limited understanding.  His inherent narcissistic personality  will have a tough time giving up but if he does not he will be like the Far Side deer with  bullseye target on him,”Bummer of a birth mark Hal”.

    Donald needs to lead or get out of the way.  I suspect get out of the way will be best for the country despite a crooked and pathetic GOP that has failed America greatly.

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  10. MarciN Member
    MarciN
    @MarciN

    DocJay:If Donald Trump is not going to run a serious campaign he needs to go away. The consequences to him and his entire extended family are substantial far beyond his limited understanding. His inherent narcissistic personality will have a tough time giving up but if he does not he will be like the Far Side deer with bull’s-eye target on him,”Bummer of a birth mark Hal.”

    Donald needs to lead or get out of the way. I suspect get out of the way will be best for the country despite a crooked and pathetic GOP that has failed America greatly.

    I agree. I see a tremendous risk to his family, his employees, his brand, and the country.

    I wonder if he’d listen to GW. Bush won two elections.

    I just can’t think of anyone else that would have credibility with Trump. In his mind, this stuff has worked for him so far.

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  11. Joe P Member
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    MarciN:

    DocJay:If Donald Trump is not going to run a serious campaign he needs to go away. The consequences to him and his entire extended family are substantial far beyond his limited understanding. His inherent narcissistic personality will have a tough time giving up but if he does not he will be like the Far Side deer with bull’s-eye target on him,”Bummer of a birth mark Hal.”

    Donald needs to lead or get out of the way. I suspect get out of the way will be best for the country despite a crooked and pathetic GOP that has failed America greatly.

    I agree. I see a tremendous risk to his family, his employees, his brand, and the country.

    I wonder if he’d listen to GW. Bush won two elections.

    I just can’t think of anyone else that would have credibility with Trump. In his mind, this stuff has worked for him so far.

    The same GW Bush that Trump said lied us into Iraq? Not likely.

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  12. Bkelley14 Inactive
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    Larry went to Princeton, I believe. I went to State U. I knew during the primaries that Trump was a jerk who threatened the future of the Republican Party. I knew that Trump was inarticulate, over-reactive, ignorant on policy, an insult-artist, a blowhard. Larry didn’t see any of it. Hmm. Maybe Larry should ask for his money back from Princeton.

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  13. EB Thatcher
    EB
    @EB

    MarciN:

    Around the late seventies and early eighties, something biochemical happens and people lose some of their ability to stop themselves from saying tactless and blunt things. This has concerned me about Trump from the beginning. I’ve seen it in my own relatives.

    Trump has never had the ability to stop himself from saying tactless and blunt things. The past 40 years are rife with examples of his doing the exact things he has been doing in this campaign.

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  14. Herbert Inactive
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    EB:

    MarciN:

    Around the late seventies and early eighties, something biochemical happens and people lose some of their ability to stop themselves from saying tactless and blunt things. This has concerned me about Trump from the beginning. I’ve seen it in my own relatives.

    Trump has never had the ability to stop himself from saying tactless and blunt things. The past 40 years are rife with examples of his doing the exact things he has been doing in this campaign.

    yep… if ivanka weren’t my daughter i’d be dating her…. i don’t care about what the media says about me as long as i have a nice piece of ass…

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