Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for August 1, 2017 it’s the Summer’s Almost Ov…. oops, I mean it’s the Scaramucci Does the Fandango edition of the podcast with your hosts Todd Feinburg and Mike Stopa.

Our topics today range from absurdity to armageddon, from Springtime for Kelly to Nuclear Winter for Kim.

First, the Mooch is out after 11 days. Twitter is in riotous full bloom as a result. Here is just a taste:

We will talk about the yuk-yuks and also the serious aspects of what happens next in the White House harlequinade.

Next, the obvious news for the past six months is the obvious news today: does anyone else out there think that we are on a course to bomb North Korea in the next, oh, six months or so if not sooner? Is there a non-military solution or are we in a “Peace in our time” moment in history again? We will analyze.

We will, of course, have our shower thoughts and our hidden gem for the week is a soulful little piece by Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa called Your Heart Is as Black as Night.

Ciao!

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Members have made 11 comments.

  1. Profile photo of Mike LaRoche Thatcher

    Kris Kobach would be an excellent replacement for John Kelly at DHS. But I’m sure Juan McLame and Lindsey Grahamnesty would do everything to try and stop that from happening.

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    • August 1, 2017 at 1:07 am
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  2. Profile photo of Mike LaRoche Thatcher

    By the way, I won’t be getting that sausage and leather pants story out of my mind anytime soon.

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    • August 1, 2017 at 1:08 am
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    Mike LaRoche (View Comment):
    Kris Kobach would be an excellent replacement for John Kelly at DHS. But I’m sure Juan McLame and Lindsey Grahamnesty would do everything to try and stop that from happening.

    Senator McCain, according to the doctors, may die soon. Do you really think it is decent to speak of him in this manner? No matter his vote.

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    • August 1, 2017 at 5:26 am
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  4. Profile photo of Eugene Kriegsmann Member

    Excellent Hidden Gem choice, Michael.. I have another Bonamassa album, a concert one, but I am going to have to find this one and add it to my iTunes library, Thanks. I am withholding any opinions on the event of the last few days until things have worked themselves out. Scaramucci was obviously a bad person for the job he was placed in officially. His removal from it was totally appropriate. If nothing else, it gives a good deal of credibility to General Kelly. Whether Trump will send out a tweet that damages these gains is yet to be seen. It would be in character. Let’s hope it doesn’t happen.

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    • August 1, 2017 at 8:32 am
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    Eugene Kriegsmann (View Comment):
    Excellent Hidden Gem choice, Michael.. I have another Bonamassa album, a concert one, but I am going to have to find this one and add it to my iTunes library, Thanks. I am withholding any opinions on the event of the last few days until things have worked themselves out. Scaramucci was obviously a bad person for the job he was placed in officially. His removal from it was totally appropriate. If nothing else, it gives a good deal of credibility to General Kelly. Whether Trump will send out a tweet that damages these gains is yet to be seen. It would be in character. Let’s hope it doesn’t happen.

    Thanks, Eugene. I pretty much stumbled on the Hart & Bonamassa recording. Really in love with it recently. I too will be looking for more.

    As for Kelly and the Mooch…who knows?!?!

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    • August 1, 2017 at 9:25 am
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  6. Profile photo of Quake Voter Thatcher

    Amazing how often the cheerleading for Trump stops on this series and we get some pretty hard hitting criticism, isn’t it?

    Can’t agree with Todd and the “one more vote” meme, however. One more vote from what? An anorexic repeal that represented maybe 10% of repeal promised to the voters (I know, a very naive metric) at a budget busting cost?

    There are at least 15 GOP senators who simply don’t want to do anything fundamental to Obamacare or Medicaid.

    McConnell did a fine job of giving these senators — especially Flake and Heller — some fig leaf votes.

    Great show guys.

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    • August 1, 2017 at 11:54 am
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  7. Profile photo of Quake Voter Thatcher

    Is there a better metaphor for McConnell and Ryan’s charade on the ACA repeal than that sausage taped to thigh inside the leather pants?

    I mean, which is the more ridiculous and phony and impotent act of sausage making?

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    • August 1, 2017 at 12:17 pm
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    Quake Voter (View Comment):
    Is there a better metaphor for McConnell and Ryan’s charade on the ACA repeal than that sausage taped to thigh inside the leather pants?

    I mean, which is the more ridiculous and phony and impotent act of sausage making?

    didn’t think of that Q.V. Brilliant idea!

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    • August 1, 2017 at 12:53 pm
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  9. Profile photo of Max Ledoux Admin

    The light bulb thing was a law passed in 2006/2007 and signed by Bush, wasn’t it? In which case, not as easy to undo.

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    • August 2, 2017 at 10:38 am
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  10. Profile photo of Scott Wilmot Member

    Things got pretty morose when Michael was going on about Korean armageddon and a stock market crash – c’mon man you are usually the cheerful one.

    And Todd lost me on his lament that “even Boston doesn’t have a paper”. No one cares Todd. The internet and my once a week Buffalo, TX (population ~1900) newspaper published by my rancher neighbor give me all I need. The east and west coast hold no interest for me at all.

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    • August 2, 2017 at 2:11 pm
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  11. Profile photo of ToryWarWriter Member

    I just like the criticism of Trump and his administration didnt come off as smarmy and whiny as so many of the critics are about it.

    I just believe that Trump wasnt pushed around but in the same way that W and Reagan he filled his cabinet and close positions to appease various parts of the party or as patronage payoffs. And in the same way that Haig came to bite into Reagans derrier did Reince fail to deliver.

    Trump I think does a good job of rewarding those who deliver and punishing those who fail. Reince couldnt control leaks in the white house. I dont think he was the leaker but he couldnt manage things, so hes gone. Replaced by the person who has shut down the border. Someone who delivered.

    Trump scolds Sessions publicly. Doesnt mean he wants him fired, just wants him to shape up. Now I am hearing Sessions doing things that will improve his job. Going after the Schools for being racist against Asians.

    The old DC game doesnt work and Trump is trying different things.

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    • August 3, 2017 at 3:52 am
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