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Every leader, like every human, is flawed. While I’m a Trump supporter, he’s a flawed leader. Every leader has been. And there is no better example of a major Trump flaw than Alabama’s GOP nomination election today, won by neophyte and ex-Auburn football coach, Tommy Tuberville. Preview Open

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In law a frequent aphorism is that when you have the law on your side you pound the law, and when you have the facts on your side, you pound the facts, and when you have neither, you pound the table. So, it’s no surprise that former Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions is busy pounding the […]

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Driving around Anchorage with no particular destination in mind – or if I had one, I rejected it once I perceived I had missed it – I consoled myself with the idea that I was at least getting used both to the rental car and the city. I thought of the time I’d rented a […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Alabama versus the Swamp

 

Consider this very instructive side-by-side, two weeks apart:

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Rob Long takes over Jim’s stool for the day to discuss a big day in political announcements. First, they size of former Attorney General Jeff Sessions running for his old U.S. Senate seat and starting his campaign by praising the president who fired him, a move Rob describes as brilliant. They also watch Virginia Democrats talking about gun confiscation and Bernie Sanders proposing the end of illegal immigrant deportations and the abolition of agencies like ICE and Customs and Border Protection, and marvel at how the left just can’t help embracing extreme positions when it seems to have some momentum. And they dissect former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s decision to begin filing paperwork to seek the Democratic nomination in 2020, with Rob wondering how Bloomberg thought his record in the Big Apple could be attractive to rank and file Democrats.

Another day with two good martinis! Join Jim and Greg as they celebrate U.S. forces killing another top ISIS official who may have been the successor to al-Baghdadi. They’re also pleasantly surprised to see Arizona Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema frustrating party leaders for taking a moderate approach on several issues and opposing an end to the legislative filibuster no matter which party is in control. And while Jeff Sessions was a solid senator, they’re not too excited to hear Sessions is seriously considering joining a crowded field to win the seat again.

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Truly, Trump’s vanity knows no bounds. It’s simply not possible for him to admit a mistake, no matter how inconsequential. Our toddler president claimed on Twitter earlier this week that Dorian was predicted to hit Alabama.  Preview Open

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are glad to see Roy Moore a distant third in the GOP race for U.S. Senate in Alabama.. They also cover the National Rifle Association’s decision to shut down NRATV. And they discuss Pete Buttigieg facing new criticism for his handling of police and race issues as mayor of South Bend.

Rob Long of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are pleasantly surprised to see actual consequences for former Democratic staffer Jackson Cosko over his doxing of Republican senators during the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings. In addition, Cosko’s alleged collaborator is now facing charges as well. They also react to Iran shooting down a U.S. drone and the escalating tensions between the two countries. And they discuss Roy Moore’s expected announcement that he is once again running for the U.S. Senate in Alabama.

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Sen. Doug Jones (D., AL) tweeted in response to anti-abortion legislation passed by the Alabama legislature: “I refuse to believe that these Republican men represent the views of most Alabamians. Their action is both unconstitutional and shameful. The people of Alabama deserve to be on the #rightsideofhistory – not the side of extremists. Women deserve better.”

It seems much more likely that Senator Jones is the one who is out of step. A 2014 Pew poll found that Alabama is among the most pro-life states in the country, with 58 percent saying the procedure should be illegal in “all or most cases.” It’s possible that among the 58 percent who oppose abortion in Alabama, some will find the legislation passed this week to be too extreme, but don’t count on it. Just last year, voters approved a state constitutional amendment declaring that it is “the public policy of this state to recognize and support the sanctity of unborn life and the rights of unborn children.” Fifty-nine percent of voters voted in favor.

Since the vote making abortion illegal in Alabama, Republican members of the Alabama senate have been targets of accusations — mostly that they are male and white. A number of outlets pointed to the fact that all 25 votes in favor of legislation were white, male Republicans. Ok. But the Alabama house has lots of Republican women. The bill’s sponsor in the lower chamber was a woman, as was the governor who signed the bill.

Alexandra DeSanctis of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America applaud Alabama legislators for passing a sweeping abortion ban but Alexandra wonders how well it will stand up to legal challenges. They also shake their heads as Beto O’Rourke relaunches his presidential campaign by apologizing for his privilege, calling Stacey Abrams his hero, and vowing to choose a female running mate if he’s the nominee. And they’re underwhelmed as Sen. Elizabeth Warren supposedly takes a principled stand by refusing to take part in a Fox News town hall, calling Fox News “hate-for-profit racket that gives a megaphone to racists and conspiracists.”

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America applaud the Trump Administration for finally designating the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps a “foreign terrorist organization” after the group has for years sponsored and participated in terrorism throughout the Middle East. They also worry that the revolving door of cabinet officials in the Trump administration is causing too much instability as Kirstjen Nielsen resigns as secretary of the Department Homeland Security. And they wonder if former Auburn football coach Tommy Tuberville has a chance to overcome one of the nation’s fiercest college football rivalries and win the GOP nomination for the U.S. Senate race in Alabama.

Yes, we’re talking about Trump’s immigration comments but no, you don’t have to worry about your kids hearing bad language. Today, Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America cheer great news in the automotive industry as Fiat Chrysler announces it is investing a billion dollars in Michigan and planning to add 2,500 jobs to build Ram pickup trucks again. This follows earlier news that Toyota and Mazda will team to build a $1.6 billion plant in Alabama and employ up to 4,000 people. They also recoil at President Trump’s attitude towards people in deeply troubled nations, noting that it’s fair to point out there are many horribly corrupt and crime-ridden nations in various parts of the world and re-evaluate immigration policy but deeply wrong to suggest those people have no value. At the same time, many Trump critics suggest that diversity is what makes America great, and Greg and Jim set them straight. And they shake their heads as Nancy Pelosi dismisses congressional immigration negotiators as “five white guys” – including her top deputy among House Democrats – as she called for more diversity in the group.

Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for December 13, 2017, it’s the She’ll Do Anything for Moore edition of the show with your hosts radio guy Todd Feinburg and nanophysicist Mike Stopa.

This week, as we broadcast in real time the results of an election whose results are already known to all, we talk about whether the left is going to succeed by sacrificing Franken and Conyers and any and all other signs of impurity to go after Trump. Will Conyers succeed in holding his seat through nepotism? Will the people of his district in Michigan give a damn about a few pats on the ass here and there? And what of Franken? Who read him the riot act?

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America react to liberal Democrat Doug Jones winning a Senate seat over Republican Roy Moore in Alabama but see a silver lining in that it will be tougher for Democrats to link Moore to every GOP candidate in 2018. They also see some troubling parallels between 2017 election results and the ones in 2009 and 2010, suggesting Republicans may be on the brink of a Democratic tide similar to the Tea Party wave of 2010. They roll their eyes as Roy Moore refuses to concede the Senate race despite trailing by more than 20,000 votes, but Greg and Jim also get an idea from the Alabama Senate race that could boost the Senate GOP and solve Jim’s NFL woes at the same time.

It’s the “No-Gloating, Good News From Alabama” edition of the podcast.

Legendary political pundit Michael Barone explains what happened in the Alabama special election last night.

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Anyone else see this hilarious footage of Herm Edwards not knowing who the mascot of his new college football team was? https://soundcloud.com/filler-words/ep4-the-power-of-storytelling-in-videos-told-by-dan-hayes#t=25:35 Preview Open

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Bill shares his thoughts on today’s Senate election in Alabama. Ed Rollins, Ronald Reagan’s former campaign manager, joins Bill to make his predictions and analyze what a Roy Moore win or loss means for the future of American politics. Then, Steve Wynn, the Chairman and CEO of Wynn Resorts and the Finance Chair of the RNC, explains why American business and the stock market love Pres. Trump’s economic policies and why he thinks Republicans will be able to unite and get tax reform across the finish line.

Alabama’s leading political columnist is picking Roy Moore to win today’s senate race, and you’ll hear why;

The Weekly Standard’s Chris Deaton reports in from Birmingham;

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Update: I should have had more faith in Alabamans! The GOP dodged a bullet with this election. Doug Jones is a temporary set-back. We will take back the seat in ~4 years. Roy Moore would have been a long-term problem for the GOP, a Democrat rallying cry which proves their moralizing right. Good riddance to […]

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