Mark Halperin, author of How to Beat Trump: America’s Top Political Strategists on What it Will Take, stops in to discuss the pool of Democratic candidates running for President and whether any of them have what it takes to beat Trump in November. He and Bridget discuss how the media bias against Trump will help him win, what makes Trump so compelling, and why he’s great business for the liberal media outlets who revile him. They cover the tactics that the Democratic candidates should be deploying but aren’t, the deafening silence of the Obamas when it comes to endorsing a candidate, who Bridget thinks could win against Trump, and the difficulty of appealing to both the center and the far left in an increasingly polarized political climate. They discuss anger, resentment, acceptance, humility, redemption, forgiveness, and Mark’s concern about the mental health of a lot of people in this country if Trump is reelected.

Full transcript available here: WiW70-MarkHalperin-Transcript

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  1. Jeff Hawkins Coolidge

    So Ricochet is now somewhat complicit in helping Mark Halperin redeem his image so he can come right back and trash people who think like us?

    Fantastic.

     

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    • March 5, 2020, at 7:34 AM PST
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  2. Biden Pure Demagogue Coolidge
    Biden Pure DemagogueJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Jeff Hawkins (View Comment):

    So Ricochet is now somewhat complicit in helping Mark Halperin redeem his image so he can come right back and trash people who think like us?

    Fantastic.

     

    He’s part of the same Zombie Brigade that keeps resurrecting Hillary from the Crypt.

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    • March 5, 2020, at 10:12 AM PST
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  3. Bryan McAllister Lincoln

    Jeff Hawkins (View Comment):

    So Ricochet is now somewhat complicit in helping Mark Halperin redeem his image so he can come right back and trash people who think like us?

    Fantastic.

     

    Did you listen to the podcast?

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    • March 5, 2020, at 4:18 PM PST
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  4. Bryan McAllister Lincoln

    Great to have a diversity of perspectives. I found value in the conversation between Ms Phetasy and Mr Halperin. I also appreciate how Ms Phetasy allowed him to talk and share his perspectives and insights. He seems to approach the topic of the upcoming election from a relatively sterile and objective perspective, and to show candor and forthrightness without ideological spin.

    The conversation followed a path which led to a discussion of his past sins, and an effort to seek redemption. He spoke frankly and apologetically of the regretful impact he had on others. He also spoke to some of the efforts he has undertaken to correct the behavior and drivers of the behavior, including many years of therapy.

    This concept of redemption is compelling and timely. We watch the singularity of the woke crowd eating their own, as they find ideological impurity in various constituents of their tribes. They demonstrate the tenuousness of not judiciously extending forgiveness. We will all make mistakes, but some are able to change. And, in fact, what if you and I were demonstrating a greater willingness to forgive, or have openness to consider that change is possible? Might that not help to persuade the sinner to seek redemption and forgiveness – to make the change?

    I’m not naively suggesting that everyone gets a ‘free pass’ and is freed from accountability. However, I submit for consideration that perhaps there is room to consider the possibility of change and transformation, in each other, more so than you and I have, thus far. For some, the idea of balancing justice with mercy might resonate and sound familiar. 

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    • March 5, 2020, at 4:41 PM PST
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  5. Leslie Watkins Inactive
    Leslie WatkinsJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Bryan McAllister (View Comment):

    Great to have a diversity of perspectives. I found value in the conversation between Ms Phetasy and Mr Halperin. I also appreciate how Ms Phetasy allowed him to talk and share his perspectives and insights. He seems to approach the topic of the upcoming election from a relatively sterile and objective perspective, and to show candor and forthrightness without ideological spin.

    The conversation followed a path which led to a discussion of his past sins, and an effort to seek redemption. He spoke frankly and apologetically of the regretful impact he had on others. He also spoke to some of the efforts he has undertaken to correct the behavior and drivers of the behavior, including many years of therapy.

    This concept of redemption is compelling and timely. We watch the singularity of the woke crowd eating their own, as they find ideological impurity in various constituents of their tribes. They demonstrate the tenuousness of not judiciously extending forgiveness. We will all make mistakes, but some are able to change. And, in fact, what if you and I were demonstrating a greater willingness to forgive, or have openness to consider that change is possible? Might that not help to persuade the sinner to seek redemption and forgiveness – to make the change?

    I’m not naively suggesting that everyone gets a ‘free pass’ and is freed from accountability. However, I submit for consideration that perhaps there is room to consider the possibility of change and transformation, in each other, more so than you and I have, thus far. For some, the idea of balancing justice with mercy might resonate and sound familiar.

    FWIW, I haven’t yet listened to the podcast, but whatever I think of it when I do listen, I like your POV.

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    • March 5, 2020, at 6:50 PM PST
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  6. Gary Robbins Reagan

    Jeff Hawkins (View Comment):

    So Ricochet is now somewhat complicit in helping Mark Halperin redeem his image so he can come right back and trash people who think like us?

    Fantastic.

    No, no, no, no. Four no’s. First, you are supporting the Cancel Culture to exile someone for what he did eight years ago, for which he has fully repented unlike Trump.

    Second, I find Halperin to be highly nonjudgmental of Trump voters such as my sainted mother.

    Third, I remember in the Fall of 2016 that Mark Halperin almost alone on MSNBC’s Morning Joe insisted that Trump did have a path to winning. Part of this was how he was able to listen to and talk to Trump voters without a touch of snark.

    Fourth, I am moved to question if you listened to the podcast, or am attacking Mark Halperin based on second-hand information.

    • #6
    • March 6, 2020, at 3:17 AM PST
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  7. Gary Robbins Reagan

    Bryan McAllister (View Comment):

    Great to have a diversity of perspectives. I found value in the conversation between Ms Phetasy and Mr Halperin. I also appreciate how Ms Phetasy allowed him to talk and share his perspectives and insights. He seems to approach the topic of the upcoming election from a relatively sterile and objective perspective, and to show candor and forthrightness without ideological spin.

    The conversation followed a path which led to a discussion of his past sins, and an effort to seek redemption. He spoke frankly and apologetically of the regretful impact he had on others. He also spoke to some of the efforts he has undertaken to correct the behavior and drivers of the behavior, including many years of therapy.

    This concept of redemption is compelling and timely. We watch the singularity of the woke crowd eating their own, as they find ideological impurity in various constituents of their tribes. They demonstrate the tenuousness of not judiciously extending forgiveness. We will all make mistakes, but some are able to change. And, in fact, what if you and I were demonstrating a greater willingness to forgive, or have openness to consider that change is possible? Might that not help to persuade the sinner to seek redemption and forgiveness – to make the change?

    I’m not naively suggesting that everyone gets a ‘free pass’ and is freed from accountability. However, I submit for consideration that perhaps there is room to consider the possibility of change and transformation, in each other, more so than you and I have, thus far. For some, the idea of balancing justice with mercy might resonate and sound familiar.

    This is so better stated than my quick reaction in Comment 6.

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    • March 6, 2020, at 3:18 AM PST
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  8. Bryan McAllister Lincoln

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):
    This is so better stated than my quick reaction in Comment 6.

    Thank you, but I disagree. I like how you framed your comments and offered helpful historical context. Nicely written.

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    • March 6, 2020, at 4:14 AM PST
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  9. Jeff Hawkins Coolidge

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    Fourth, I am moved to question if you listened to the podcast, or am attacking Mark Halperin based on second-hand information.

    I admittedly wrote it prior to listening 

    I’m a little hesitant to get in on the “good points” train given it’s a dozen women and also my rampant cynicism that that all this guy wants his his position of prominence back.

    but it’s also the power dynamic thing and who he harassed

    His statement at the time wasn’t the usual drivel. Points for that, seriously. I’m just not there in terms of him having time to really go after a thorough change. It looks like it was right back to work on a book when he’s made enough to go away for a bit and come back with some stronger words of apology

     

     

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    • March 6, 2020, at 6:28 PM PST
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  10. Gary Robbins Reagan

    Jeff Hawkins (View Comment):

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    Fourth, I am moved to question if you listened to the podcast, or am attacking Mark Halperin based on second-hand information.

    I admittedly wrote it prior to listening

    I’m a little hesitant to get in on the “good points” train given it’s a dozen women and also my rampant cynicism that that all this guy wants his his position of prominence back.

    but it’s also the power dynamic thing and who he harassed

    His statement at the time wasn’t the usual drivel. Points for that, seriously. I’m just not there in terms of him having time to really go after a thorough change. It looks like it was right back to work on a book when he’s made enough to go away for a bit and come back with some stronger words of apology

    Thanks Jeff for listening. I was really surprised at the level of contrition that Mark Halperin showed.

    During the 2016 cycle he was half of the best political show at the time, “With All Due Respect” with John Heilemann, who he had authored two great books. He lost all of the in the “Me Too” upheaval.

    I am troubled that Chris Matthews was forced to retire. It looks like all offenses these days are hanging offenses. Mika Brzezinski on Morning Joe tried to rehabilitate Mark Halperin but was shot down.

    I don’t have an answer to this issue.

    • #10
    • March 6, 2020, at 6:52 PM PST
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