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Join Jim and Greg as they welcome encouraging news about coronavirus testing, vaccines, and treatments that has Wall Street feeling bullish and suggesting that the Chinese communists were wrong again. They also hammer New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio for breaking up the well-attended funeral of a rabbi in Brooklyn and warning that if it happens again there will be summons or arrests. And they dig into a new poll suggesting a majority of Americans would be inclined to suspend the November elections if coronavirus is still a major concern.

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

Hot Take: Electoral Shock and Awe in Australia

 

G’day from your friendly neighborhood Yank Down Under.

Australia went to the polls yesterday, and the result has the pundits in shock this morning. A Labor Party victory was widely expected after polls had indicated for well over a year that the country had soured on the right-leaning Liberal Party (yes, we’re talking classical liberalism Down Under) coalition. Conventional wisdom seemed to have coalesced around the idea that this was a change election. Not so much, it turned out.

Incumbent Prime Minister Scott Morrison was also thought to be burdened by the collective disgust of voters tired of the constant drama of leadership “spills” which had produced six different prime ministers since 2007, and most recently last August when Morrison emerged from the Liberal tussle that saw previous PM Malcolm Turnbull pushed aside by a party nervous about this very election. While it is true most Australians are embarrassed about these palace coups, it is also true that once the deed was done, “ScoMo” pulled out the upset.

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Welcome to the new normal, America!  What’s it all about?  Well, it’s all part of the glorious “resistance” that began with the unexpected election of Donald Trump.  As you will recall, the election and subsequent coronation of Hillary Clinton was going to be little more than a formality for the leftward-marching nation, after which the […]

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This one’s for our legal guys. Leaving aside whether and how much 2018 election counts were corrupted, if we were to prosecute someone for voter fraud, what would the actual crime be called? Would it be state level or federal? What kind of sentencing would be possible? Would the perpetrator be punished differently if he […]

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5 Reasons Why Sinema Won Arizona

 

Outsiders think of Arizona as one of the reddest states. From Barry Goldwater to anti-immigration hawks like Sheriff Joe Arpaio, our most famous politicians tend to be Republicans. But traditionally, Arizona is rather purple and regularly features tight statewide elections.

In the past 45 years, Democrats have held the governorship as often as the Republicans. But in the last decade, the GOP consolidated their hold on power due to the unprecedented organization of the Tea Party and the Left’s hyperbolic anti-Arizona rhetoric in the wake of the illegal immigration debates. (“Vote for us, you dumb racists!” wasn’t the winning message Democrats expected.) Last Tuesday, the pendulum finally swung back to the center.

Many non-Arizonans wonder how decorated fighter pilot Martha McSally could have lost to a  progressive-turned-moderate like Kyrsten Sinema. Excuses like “Trump lost the suburbs” and “Democrats cheat” miss the point. Instead, here are five local reasons this race turned out as it did.

Welcome lil’ chil’ren to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for November 7, 2018, the day after the day (election day, that is)! We are bringing you episode number One-Nine-Nine of this venerable podcast. Who are we, you ask? We are East Coast radio guy Todd Feinburg and West Coast AI guy Mike Stopa. We are here every week and we hope you are too!

This week it is wall-to-wall elections! The Blue Wave! Was it transcendental? Was it a mere ripple of its promised self? Was it mitigated or enhanced by Le Grande Orange? We will discuss.

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In New Jersey’s 11th District incumbent Rodney Frelinghuysen is retiring from Congress and Democrats see that as an opportunity to pick up a seat that has long been held by Republicans. The race is between Republican Jay Webber and Democrat Mikie Sherrill. Webber is an actual conservative, which is not something you can assume about […]

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Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast number 196!!! for October 17, 2018 – it is the Snow Me State Podcast with your abominable snowmen hosts, radio guy Todd Feinburg and AI guy Mike Stopa.

This week we feature two starlets of the Democrat Party who are making a name for themselves and their party today: Claire (Annie Oakley) McCaskill and Liz (Angry Bear) Warren. Yep, it’s our cowgirl and indian pair.

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Since electoral analysis is now going to be on the rise with the primary season over and the elections approaching I think it is a good time for establishing some expectations and definitions of what constitutes victory or defeat for either party in the upcoming election. Especially since Midterm elections lack the focal point of […]

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In basketball parlance, the fourth and decisive quarter of this year’s election doesn’t commence until after Labor Day. But that doesn’t mean important trends haven’t developed. Hoover senior fellow and renowned pollster Doug Rivers explains what current survey data suggests about the political fortunes of President Trump, Republicans and Democrats.

Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Podcast for April 25, 2018. It’s the White Social Status edition of the program, with nano-physicist Mike Stopa coming to us from his new home in California (is he shifting yet on immigration?) and Todd connecting from Connecticut, where he hosts a daily talk show on WTIC in Hartford.

Our two topics this week:

The coming midterm election is more than a litmus test of the Trump presidency. It’s also a continuation of a fourth cycle of political polarization dating back to the Civil War. David Brady, the Hoover Institution’s Davies Family Senior Fellow, explains the sorting-out in the election – a possible surge in women voters, Trump loyalists’ enthusiasm, and the two parties dealing with their respective ideological differences in elections nationwide.

Where Were You When the Political World Changed?

 

In today’s podcast I talk about my experience watching the 2016 election returns roll into the newsroom of the Washington Examiner. The Examiner’s crew was a good mix of conservative Republican views, from angry anti-Trump libertarians to happy pro-Trump populists. And none of us could get our minds around what was happening.

Throughout the evening, smart reporters kept making comments about “we haven’t heard from…” or “wait until the numbers come in from…” The exit polls had set everyone up for a solid Clinton win, and when the real numbers hit, the cognitive dissonance was almost audible. Or rather, inaudible. Newsrooms aren’t normally quiet places. This one was.

Even the die-hard Trump fans were reluctant to believe what they were seeing. There was a lot of shrugging and looking around at each other with a “what the heck?!” message. The moment I remember most:

Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for November 7, 2017, it’s number 147, the Happy Trump Year edition of the show with your hosts Hartford radio guy Todd Feinburg and nanophysicist Mike Stopa. One day short of the anniversary of napalm in the morning…or evening…or whenever. It was victory when it happened. And it smelled great!

But first, a word from our sponsors! Don’t forget, this Saturday in Burlington MA at the Tavern in the Square, 100 District Ave. come join founder Rob Long and Michael in the Morning host Michael Graham along with us guys, the HLC podcasters Todd and Mike for an evening of comradery, argument and great fun at the Boston area Ricochet meetup.

Welcome to another special European edition – this is getting to be habit-forming, isn’t it? – of the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast. It’s the “Plot to Scapegoat Trump” edition of the show with our European Co-host (complete with Irish accent) William Campbell.

On William’s forthcoming “Challenging Opinions” podcast he interviews writer Daniel Kovalik whose recent book “The Plot to Scapegoat Putin” is gathering notice (and whose title we ignominiously purloined for this podcast). Kovalik’s thesis is that American’s are fixating on Putin as an all-powerful demon when in fact he is just an oligarchic dictator of a broken country with the GDP of Spain.  Mike (that’s me) argues that the American left’s obsession with Russia has, in fact, little or nothing to do with Russia. That obsession has of course uncovered actual facts about Putin and Russia and cybercrime, etc. But the whole motive to start that investigation is based in an effort to salve the wounds of electoral defeat to Donald Trump.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America have a field day as government contractor Reality Winner is arrested for leaking classified information to the media. They also unload on Virginia Senator Tim Kaine, who tries to leave the impression that Russia manipulated the actual vote tallies in 2016 while also admitting that there is no evidence for it. And they discuss the Trump administration’s failed attempts to assemble a war room to push back against former FBI Director James Comey’s upcoming testimony.