Tag: Debate

Vice Presidential Debate Wrap-up

 

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All the networks took a break from their wall-to-wall dance and/or singing competitions last night to cover the only thing more boring than a television dance and/or singing competition: a vice-presidential debate. That’s right, Sen. Tim Kaine and Gov. Mike Pence met Tuesday night at Longwood University in the town of Farmville, VA. The moderator was Elaine Quijano of CBS News.

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Hillary Heads for Home

 

Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for Tuesday, October 4, 2016. It’s the Hillary Heads for Home edition. We are former congressional candidate and nano-physicist Mike Stopa and radio talk host and newspaper editor Todd Feinburg, and this week we analyze

  1. the disastrous week that Donald Trump has inflicted on his campaign since the debate of last Monday night.
  2. Then we interview John Derbyshire, a longtime conservative writer whose hardline work currently appears at alt-right site VDare.com. We talk to John about the Trump candidacy. He explains why he’s voting for Trump even though he doesn’t necessarily support Trump.

We’ll also have our Shower Thoughts, and our Hidden Gem comes from folk-singer Stan Rogers and his song about (what else) a boat called The MaryEllen Carter.

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Still Stunned

 

I hoped taking a day’s break from the debate would provide some much needed impetus for creative writing. It hasn’t. I’m disgusted, had enough and tired of it all. The debate offended everyone’s intellect, especially those who actually know things. Both candidates made profoundly idiotic and patently false statements. While each raced toward the bottom they jettisoned whatever dignity was left of the American electoral process. Furthermore, their sycophants continue to insult our intelligence by proclaiming what our lying ears and eyes didn’t hear and see.

Note to the travel weary, fast-food inhaling surrogates who have sold their souls to the devil who pays most: Who the hell do you think you are? Your candidate dishonored themselves and their party and appears to be preaching to their lowest hanging pliable demographics.

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Trump Threatens Clinton Over Lewinsky? Really?

 

CtUykGZUIAA4rx8Donald Trump, always the hero of his own tales, closed out the first presidential debate with a tribute to his own courtesy and high-mindedness: “I was going to say something extremely rough to Hillary, to her family,” he said. “And I said to myself, I can’t do it. I just can’t do it. It’s inappropriate, it’s not nice. But she’s spent hundreds of millions of dollars on negative ads on me.”

Later, the candidate’s son, Eric Trump, offered that it required not just magnanimity for Trump to avoid mentioning the topic, but “a lot of courage.”

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The Smirking Face of Big Government

 

Armed with a glass of red, I watched the debate alone at my little summer cottage in northern Michigan, and within minutes of its ending, the power went out and the room was plunged into darkness. Having assumed immediately after the debate that Hillary “won”, the metaphor was not lost on me. So, sitting by candlelight in a log cabin by the lake, listening to the rain and wind outside, I contemplated what had just happened.

-In seeming coordination with the media, Hillary had canned answers for everything. Her oily grin was inappropriate, and her mocking condescension was on full display. A lot of voters are aware that she and her staff got away with stuff we’d be in jail for.

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Trump Rocked the Debate

 

Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club podcast for September 27, 2016! It’s the Trump Rocked It, But the Media Won’t Say It! edition, brought to you by SimpliSafe!

The morning after the Thrilla in Hampstead, nanophysicist Mike Stopa and radio talk host Todd Feinburg tell you who won the debate and how. Then we’ll share our prerecorded predictions (just to make ourselves look dumber than usual), followed by our shower thoughts and our Hidden Gem from the band XTC.

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Clinton/Trump Debate Wrap Up

 

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In case you live under a rock or something, on Monday night Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton met for the first of three presidential debates. Beforehand, those in the know estimated 100 million people would watch. If you were not one of them, you are to be congratulated. To call it awful would be an exercise in hyperbolic understatement. It was utterly soul sucking. If for some reason (like, you hate yourself) you want to read a transcript, it can be found here.

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The Spectator, a weekly British publication, sponsored a debate on Brexit last week, hosted by the always-interesting Andrew Neil. The Leave side was represented by Daniel Hannan, Nigel Farage, and Kate Hoey, and the “Remainians,” as Farage quipped, were represented by the always-oily Nick Clegg, Chuka Umunna, and Liz Kendall. Spoiler: the Leave side won. More

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Ok, everybody get their April Fools Day jokes out of their system now, but then resolve to watch the debate! More

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I am not a lawyer. So perhaps it is only apocryphal wisdom that says a strong contract is a concise one. But the principle is sound in regard to political arguments. The more passionately opposed to your position your audience is, the less likely that person is to consider everything you say in fairness and […]

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Aha, made ya click! (rubs hands together with evil grin…) Waaaa, I can’t watch the debate tonight! I’m thinking this one might worth seeing—no Carson, Super Tuesday done, HRC’s IT guy given immunity, the KKK, Trump releasing his bealthcare ins.details—the possibilities! The mind boggles… More

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In October of 2000, the Vice-President of the United States and the Governor of Texas met three times to debate the future of the United States. Over the course of these joint press conferences (they’re really not “debates” in any sense of the word), here are the combined mentions of Osama bin Laden and radical […]

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I sincerely apologize to the hard-working and steadfast citizens of New York, for the incompleteness of my remark. When I made that unfortunate reference to “New York values” you have to know what I was picturing in my mind: I was picturing a certain former senator of New York. A senator who belittles the women […]

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The long, long wait is nearly over. Yes, we’re talking about the next Democratic presidential debate which has been curiously scheduled for Saturday night. More

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Make the Argument

 

shutterstock_210347026Most people in the country are at their limit, emotionally. It can be seen in the comments section here at Ricochet, on TV news, on campuses, and even among friends and family. The emotions include anger, fear, disgust, distrust, and doubt. These aren’t exactly the best emotions for this time of year. The Christmas season is supposed to be a time of hope and expectation, so I’d like to share a recent experience that buoys my spirit.

I’m in graduate school in DC receiving a Masters Degree in Physiology before beginning medical school next year. Occasionally, we will have speakers who discuss relevant issues in medicine, followed by small group discussions. During a discussion of end-of-life care, one student in my group of 20 made an argument in favor of physician-assisted suicide. He said that he would happily assist a patient end his own life, if he wanted to end it. The room fell silent and awkward silences make me uncomfortable, so I decided to offer a retort.

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In a mere two hours at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa the top contenders to witness Mrs. Clinton’s assumption of the nomination as the DNC’s preferred candidate will have their debate. So place your bets now. Place your bets, what shall it be? Will the mealy-mouthed response to yesterday’s massacre be: A.) Pleas to […]

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I’ve refrained from saying too much about the recent debate since I hadn’t seen it. Now that I’ve completed watching it, I want to get some feedback from the Ricochetti on a most pressing issue: Which candidate on the stage had the best hair? Let’s start on the left with John Kasich. His hair at […]

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On Ben Carson and Taxes

 

Ben CarsonI am in Boulder for the CNBC-hosted Republican presidential debate, on which I will be offering insights in my role as an on-air contributor.

I have written quite a bit about Donald Trump, Marco Rubio, and Jeb Bush. But not so much about Ben Carson, who leads in Iowa and in one national poll. Not so bad for the good doctor. But where is he policy-wise?

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I’m sure CNN staffers are very busy even now, sorting through the questions that Clinton staffers gave them. I’m not telling you how I got a hold of them, but I have some of those questions right here.  More

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