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Join Jim and Greg as they serve up two good martinis and a crazy one. First, they find some optimism in the ongoing debt ceiling fight as Republicans find a few Democratic allies on issues ranging from energy permitting to fighting Biden’s student debt redistribution plan. Then they applaud the U.S. Supreme Court after all nine justice sign a letter rejecting Senate Democrats for demanding new recusal and ethics policies and strongly rejecting the notion of reduced funding for security for the justices. Finally, they react to both President Biden and President Trump not wanting to engage in presidential primary debates. They also call out CNN for routinely calling Trump the world’s greatest threat to democracy but now giving him a town hall event because they want the ratings and for Trump to be the GOP.
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Does that mean Burisma Joe and Trump will skip the head on debate if both win their primaries? (I know Biden will skip it unless he gets the questions ahead of time)
We can point to this episode to show why Jim gets everything wrong with Trump. At around 28:15, Jim says that he can see arguments as to why Trump is a threat to democracy. That is so far from reality you shouldn’t be considered a political pundit.
The precise phrase you’re looking for is, “Jim Geraghty is always wrong.”
In the 19th century, the Democratic Party was sometimes called “The Democracy”. In that sense Trump, the only Republican to win the Presidency since 2004, and who came within 40,000 votes of winning reelection, is a threat to “The Democracy”.
Another thing Geraghty and other pundits are getting wrong is failing to pay attention to the ads the Trump campaign is running. In a mild foretaste of what the Democrats’ scorched earth campaign against DeSantis would look like, he’s being hammered for votes to cut Social Security and Medicare while he was in Congress. His own ads make no response.
Could be a case of “if you’re explaining, you’re losing.”
Remember that to Dimocrats, an increase of 8% when they wanted an increase of 10%, is a “cut.”