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Alexandra DeSanctis of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America give a quick preview of what they look forward to at the spectacle known as State of the Union before dishing out martinis. Then, they shake their heads as New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand first demands that President Trump resign over sexual harassment allegations and then immediately starts waffling when Meghan McCain brings up the Clintons. They also express disgust at Hillary Clinton after Clinton’s 2008 campaign manager reveals that she recommended that Clinton fire her faith adviser following credible accusations of harassment in 2007, only to have Hillary reject that idea and give the adviser a slap on the wrist. And they point out that stories of President Trump’s pettiness are driving away people who might otherwise be inclined to support him, the latest example being an ugly and pointless exchange between Trump and the recently ousted Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe.
Monday night Fox News reporter Sara Carter said that the sudden departure of Andrew McCabe as the Number Two G-Man is related to charges being investigated by the Justice Department’s Inspector General that he ordered agents investigating Affaire d’EMail to alter their post-interview filings (Form 302) to conform to the outcome of the case that […]
Notes from an alternate timeline: Hillary Clinton is set to delivery her first State of the Union speech tomorrow night before a joint session of Congress, though there is still some controversy over whether the Texas or Hawaii delegations will show, given Texas’s November referendum to petition for independence, and the nuclear fallout quarantine still […]
Alexandra DeSanctis of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are deeply disappointed that the Senate is unlikely to pass a bill banning the vast majority of abortion past 20 weeks of pregnancy, but are heartened that most Americans support the restrictions, including a majority of Democrats and a majority of women. They also hammer “Fire and Fury” author Michael Wolff for his sleazy efforts to suggest that U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley is having an affair with President Trump and they praise Haley for her clear and dignified denials. And they roll their eyes as the Grammy Awards telecast shoehorns Hillary Clinton reading an excerpt from “Fire and Fury” into the show, a move made even more baffling in this #MeToo environment by recent reports that the 2008 Clinton campaign took no action against Hillary’s faith adviser for sexual harassment.
Dan Henninger of the Wall Street Journal opinion page joins Michael Graham to wrap up the year in Trump, Democrats and politics in general.
It’s a light week of “Michael In The Morning” podcasts, but we’ll be at it again full-speed starting on the Tuesday after New Years, with some fun additions to the show! So now is the time to subscribe on iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher so you never miss an episode.
No, “Die Hard” Is NOT A Christmas movie, no matter how many trolls at the Weekly Standard and elsewhere take to Twitter to make the (bogus) case.
Foreign policy wonk Omri Ceren and I celebrate Trump’s strategy on the UN and Jerusalem, including Nikki Haley’s wonderful speech at the United Nations described as “bullying” by gutless Euroweenies.
Juanita Broaddrick joins Dave at Whiskey Politics for an in-depth, transparent and honest discussion about her experience in 1978 that many had discounted for decades, but now with the #MeToo movement, even the liberal media are coming around including the New York Times which recently stated “We should look clearly at the credible evidence that Juanita Broaddrick told the truth when she accused Clinton of raping her.”
I hope not! Wait… Do I have that backward? Would Hillary 2020 be good for Republicans? Do general election losers fare well when they run again? Preview Open
Jim Geraghty of National Review and Chad Benson of Radio America reflect on the progress we have made since the Manson era. How will Democrats respond now that a second accuser has come out against Al Franken? Hillary Clinton has not made progress in her decades-old complaint about the “partisan advocacy” bias of Fox News.
It’s the “Weekend Wrap” of the Michael in the Morning podcast–two terrific conversations to keep you company this weekend as you travel, shop, work or play:
Kurt Schlichter of Townhall.com on whether “values voters” can afford to vote their values in the era of Trump, Moore and Clinton;
Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are glad to see many liberals suddenly coming to the realization that Bill Clinton’s behavior towards women was inexcusable and his accusers were treated badly when they came forward during his presidency, but they also note that this epiphany comes when Democrats want the moral high ground in the Roy Moore saga and when the Clintons are of no use to them anymore. They also welcome the idea of a special counsel to investigate Hillary Clinton, the Clinton Foundation, and Uranium One. And they note Rand Paul has hired a personal injury lawyer as the legal process unfolds against the neighbor who assaulted him, even as Sen. Paul asserts the two of them haven’t spoken in years.
A cast of thousands (well, several) from Bill Kristol to Monica Crowley to Caitlin Huey-Burns of Real Clear Politics contribute to a symposium on whether the Trump presidency will have the same impact on the Republican Party at the congressional/state/local level as Obama.
AKA “utter devastation.”
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:
David French of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America discuss former Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Donna Brazile’s revelations that Hillary Clinton funded and controlled virtually every aspect of the 2016 Democratic primaries, concluding that the system was rigged against Bernie Sanders. They also pop some popcorn after Virginia election filings show the Ralph Northam campaign considered media work from the Latino Victory Fund an in-kind contribution, which seems to include the horrific ad showing a supporter of Ed Gillespie trying to murder dark-skinned children. And they are stunned and a bit amused as a departing Twitter employee briefly shuts down President Trump’s Twitter account.
Donna Brazile is obviously trying to position herself as The Only Honest Wo(man) In Washington with this tell-all article in Politico which reveals just how unethical, immoral and quite possibly illegal the 2016 Clinton campaign really was.
“Officials from Hillary’s campaign had taken a look at the DNC’s books. Obama left the party $24 million in debt—$15 million in bank debt and more than $8 million owed to vendors after the 2012 campaign and had been paying that off very slowly. Obama’s campaign was not scheduled to pay it off until 2016. Hillary for America (the campaign) and the Hillary Victory Fund (its joint fundraising vehicle with the DNC) had taken care of 80 percent of the remaining debt in 2016, about $10 million, and had placed the party on an allowance.”
However, Donna’s chances of becoming the straight-talking, trustworthy soul who tells it like it is are somewhat hampered by the fact that she leaked town hall questions to Hillary when she was a “journalist” for ABC News.