Tag: Elections

Jim and Greg are back for the third round of their prestigious Three Martini Lunch Awards. Today, they discuss the biggest lies of 2022, with Jim focusing on our economy and Greg opting for an infuriating falsehood connected to our elections. Then, they reveal their choices for the best and worst political theater of 2022.

Join Jim and Greg as they serve up three crazy martinis today. First, they roll their eyes as the Never Trump crowd who turned our to be never conservative feverishly insists other Republicans like Ron DeSantis must be opposed just as vigorously. Jim also walks through Sam Bankman-Fried’s thoroughly unbelievable explanation for the collapse of FTX. And they have no idea why Cochise County, Arizona, is refusing to submit election results when there is no controversy over the voting in that county and the holdout will potentially harm other GOP candidates.

 

Quote of the Day: On Voting

 

“The most interesting incident Tuesday morning was my walking to a building on Thirty-fourth Street to enter a booth and push levers on a voting machine. I have never understood why anybody passes up that bargain. It doesn’t cost a cent, and for that couple of minutes, you’re the star of the show, with top billing. It’s the only way that really counts for you to say I’m it, I’m the one that decides what’s going to happen and who’s going to make it happen. It’s the only time I really feel important and know I have a right to.” — Rex Stout, A Family Affair

Do I have to remind anyone that Tuesday is election day, and it is (as it always seems to be lately) the most important vote of our lifetimes? On Ricochet, probably not.

Join Jim and Greg as they welcome more polling indicators of a good midterm election night for Republicans – including dismal numbers on the state of the nation and a huge shift towards the GOP among suburban women in just the past couple of months. They also applaud New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu for calling out “Meet the Press” moderator Chuck Todd for living in a bubble after Todd was incredulous that election denial was not the top concern for voters this year. And they tee off on the suggestion in “The Atlantic” that we should just grant each other amnesty over our differences on COVID policy and just move on.

Walmart Shopper: “May God Bless You”

 

We ran into our local Walmart for a few items.  Every aisle I went down, I encountered a younger, overweight fellow riding on one of those driving carts. He seemed to always be in front of me.  Sometimes things happen for a reason.

In Walmart, as in every grocery store these days, most including me are fixated on prices.  There are things I can’t find anymore like frozen pineapple juice concentrate – or any pineapple juice.  Sometimes common items are almost empty or stock is very low.  I see carts with not much in them.

Today there was a young guy on the vitamin aisle. He asked the clerk for help.  He said he just had leg surgery and was told he needed to boost up his immune system.  Don’t we all?  He scanned the immune boosters as I scanned his leg. Massive stitches in his calf, swollen foot, he shook a bit as he stood.  It looked like a shark or alligator bite or a bad accident.  I thought he needed one of those driving carts – how did he even make it into the store?

Join Jim and Greg as they welcome good poll numbers for Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin and strong support for much of his agenda. They also shudder as Sen. Chuck Grassley unveils more evidence that the FBI actively covered up allegations against Hunter Biden during the 2020 campaign. And they point out the insanity of Maryland election law allowing mail-in ballots to arrive 10 days after election day – and fear this could create tremendous controversy if it happens in key races around the country this year.

 

Join Jim and Greg as they serve up three bad martinis but still manage to have fun with them. First, they discuss the resignation of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, what he did and did not accomplish while in office, and where he stacks up on the list of recent prime ministers. They also fume over reports that President Biden shipped five million barrels from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to countries in Europe and Asia. And they break down reports that China is already taking steps to invade Taiwan and meddle in U.S. elections.

 

Join Jim and Greg as they welcome an even brighter forecast for Republicans in the 2022 midterms. They also strongly reject President Biden’s suggestion that 9mm handguns ought to be banned. And they react to Biden reportedly being frustrated that his staff keeps telling reporters that he meant something other than what he said.

 

Join Jim and Greg as they are encouraged that early voting numbers are up but mail-in ballots are down, meaning election results are likely to be more secure. They also discuss the horrific, racially-motivated mass shooting in Buffalo, how the shooter had once again been on the radar, and how the effort to turn the tragedy into political advantage was immediate once again. And they have fun with Vice President Kamala Harris once again getting stuck on a talking point she struggled to get out of.

 

Join Jim and Greg as they welcome Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin making sure there is enough police present to protect Supreme Court justices and the Senate funding more security for the family members. They also walk through the multiple factors leading to severe shortage of baby formula in the U.S. And they react to tweets showing the incoming White House Press Secretary publicly called the 2016 presidential race and the 2018 Georgia governor’s race to be stolen elections.

 

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As America pauses for Presidents Day – or at least the federal government does – Jim and Greg take some time to evaluate a few recent presidents who deserve a closer look at their legacies.  They’re presidents many of you remember well but for some reason are rarely mentioned as leaders Americans remember most fondly. Enjoy this encore presentation from Presidents Day 2020.

Hubwonk host Joe Selvaggi talks with constitutional scholar Thomas Berry about the process for electing U.S. presidents and the efforts underway to modernize the Electoral Count Act of 1887 to forestall frivolous challenges in the future.

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Join Jim and Greg as they recap the saving of the filibuster by Sens. Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema. They recoil as the president suggests minor Russian incursions might not merit a strong response. And they fire back as Biden suggests this year’s midterm elections might not be legitimate unless his legislation passes.

Join Jim and Greg as they welcome the news that Senate Dems have virtually no hope of advancing their bill to federalize elections and BBB isn’t faring any better. They wince as the December jobs report once again comes in way below expectations. And they throw up their hands as Connecticut orders COVID-positive patients into nursing homes.

 

Happy New Year! Join Jim and Greg as they are pleasantly stunned to see the European Union embracing natural gas and nuclear power as their wind and solar energy efforts fall far short of producing the amount of energy needed. They also slam Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s latest effort to skirt the filibuster to pass Dem legislation on elections. And they hammer teachers unions for once again leading the charge to return to distance learning or just “pause” schools for two weeks to weather the Omicron cases of COVID.

Happy New Year! Jim and Greg conclude the Three Martini Lunch Award season by announcing their choices for person of the year and turncoat of the year. They also make some rather sobering predictions about 2022.

 

Join Jim and Greg as they offer the second installment of their highly coveted year-end awards. Today they remark on the people connected to politics that they’re most sorry to see pass away in 2021. They also share their choices for rising political stars and the political figures who appear to be fading into oblivion – rarely to be heard from again. Or, in Greg’s case, maybe they just really, really want them to go away forever.