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Join Jim and Greg as they serve up three crazy martinis! First, they note New York City Mayor Eric Adams demanding that people remove their masks before entering stores. It’s an effort to identify shoplifters and looters, which is good, but it wasn’t long ago that that you couldn’t do much of anything in the Big Apple unless you were masked up. They also shake their heads as China makes another overt threat towards Taiwan, mentioning a blacklist of Taiwanese figures to kill during the coming invasion. Finally, there’s less than thrilled that the Republican who lost the Pennsylvania governor’s race last year is thinking about running for U.S. Senate next year.

A Democrat Governor Did a Good Thing


To be honest, I don’t follow the shenanigans of most US governors. Living in Washington state, I am sadly aware of the work of Gov. Jay Inslee to further and further restrict our freedom. And the MSM doesn’t let me forget the ongoing idiocy of the governors of California and New York and, for some inexplicable reason, Michigan. I do take pleasure in the adventures of the honorable governor of Florida and his never-ending battle with woke stupidity.

I am usually content to stay ignorant of what the other governors are up to — for good or ill. But I happened upon a piece of good news from the Keystone State. Democratic Pennsylvania Gov. Josh Shapiro, on his first full day in office, in his first executive order, removed the requirement of a four-year degree for tens of thousands of state government jobs. This is a good thing.

J.D. Vance: Don’t Blame Trump (Alone)


J.D. Vance owes his election to the US Senate from the Buckeye State to Donald Trump. Yes, of course, it was a majority of voters in Ohio who elected him. But the former president’s late endorsement in a crowded and competitive primary field that included 2018 GOP Senate nominee and former State Treasurer Josh Mandel was The Factor.

Vance, meanwhile, underperformed the rest of the statewide GOP ticket in Ohio. As previously reported, incumbent Gov. Mike DeWine won by 25 points over his Democratic challenger. The weakest of the three Republicans running for State Supreme Court won by 11 points. Vance won over US Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) by seven points.

The Media’s Fetterman Fail


Like most people, even Pennsylvanians, I didn’t watch Tuesday night’s lone debate between the Keystone State’s two major party nominees for US Senate. More important than the debates themselves is what people and the press say about them afterward – the “echo chamber.” That’s what people see and hear, and it drives polling numbers and final momentum.

And what’s being said about Tuesday’s debate is incredible. There’s never been a debate like this, at least in modern political history.

What is clear: John Fetterman, his campaign, and his political party covered up – lied – about the true nature of his mental, if not his physical, condition after a debilitating stroke on May 13, just days before the Democratic primary. Here’s what his campaign said two days after his stroke:

Join Jim and Greg as they discuss John Fetterman’s painful performance in the Pennsylvania U.S. Senate debate and how Fetterman’s wife and state Democrats failed to protect a man who clearly needs much more time to recover. They also cheer Lee Zeldin for eviscerating New York Gov. Kathy Hochul on crime, the economy, freedom, and the nursing home scandal which still demands accountability. Finally, they applaud the New York Supreme Court for striking down New York City’s policy of firing city employees who did not get a COVID shot and ordering those employees reinstated and given back pay.

My “Early Election Returns” Scorecard, Part II


This is Part 2 of the series of my election-night scorecard of races to watch to see how big the tide will be that may sweep Republicans into control of the US House, Senate, and state and local offices. You can find Part 1 here. If you missed it, it sets the stage. Let’s continue where we left off.

New Jersey’s 7th District, Tom Kean Jr. versus incumbent Tom Malinowski

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Join Jim and Greg as they wince over the larger-than-expected jump in the Producer Price Index in September and brace for the consumer inflation numbers tomorrow. They also discuss Jim’s in-depth reporting on Pennsylvania Senate candidate John Fetterman and the media that have coddled him for many years. And they shake their heads as the Quinnipiac Poll, which was spectacularly wrong at times in 2020, shows not only Sen. Warnock growing his lead over Herschel Walker but Brian Kemp and Stacey Abrams in an alleged dead heat in the governor’s race.

Jim is back! Join Jim and Greg as they welcome the Axios assessment that Republicans seem to have momentum in the battle for the U.S. Senate thanks to shifts in a couple key races. They’re also concerned as the U.S. Army reports it fell 15,000 soldiers short of it’s recruiting goal in Fiscal Year 2022. That’s 25 percent below the target and the other branches posted disappointing numbers too. And they shudder as more and more signs point to gas prices rising again soon, including OPEC threatening significant production cuts.

Jim and Greg also reflect back to the D.C. snipers, whose killing spree began 20 years ago today and claimed the lives of 10 innocent people in the area.

Riochet.com Editor-in-Chief Jon Gabriel is in for Jim today. Join Jon and Greg as they are pleased to see Dr. Oz and the GOP exposing John Fetterman’s radical record of coddling violent criminals. They also shudder as the government confirms a recession as the negative economic growth in the second quarter of this year becomes official, and they nod glumly as former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers ties the inflation mess back to a spending binge that started 18 months ago. And they sigh as White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre says it is not at all odd that President Biden would ask if a deceased congresswoman was in the audience because she was “top of mind.”

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Join Jim and Greg as they welcome the news that Democrat John Fetterman will take part in a U.S. Senate debate after the media started questioning his fitness as a candidate and a possible senator. But will the late date of the debate help to protect Fetterman from a rough performance?  They also hammer President Biden over his false promise to do everything possible to bring down gas prices, after the Wall Street Journal reports this administration approved the fewest acres for drilling in almost 80 years and 97 percent less land than almost every president since the end of World War II. And they discuss the disturbingly hateful reactions to Queen Elizabeth II’s death, including a Carnegie Mellon professor who wished her “excruciating pain.”

Jim and Greg continue their week of special podcasts by focusing on the critical 2022 midterm elections.  They start by looking at the most competitive U.S. Senate races and come to different conclusions about which party is likely to be in control of the Senate next year. They also look at the race for the House, which is likely to swing back to GOP control, but is it a lock and how big of a GOP majority is reasonable to expect?  Finally, they examine the highest profile governor races, which may produce presidential contenders before too long.

Join Jim and Greg as they find a glimmer of hope in Sen. Sinema’s silence thus far on the Manchin-Schumer bill. They also wince as another reports high inflation is here for at least several more months. And they shake their heads as Dr. Oz is polling at just 36 percent in Pennsylvania and is badly trailing an opponent who hasn’t campaigned in more than two months.


SCOTUS: The Next Big Case


Unless you’re a long-time legislative redistricting activist or watcher, you’d be forgiven for not knowing who the late U.S. Rep. Phil Burton (D-CA) was.

Burton, a hard lefty and an intensely partisan Democrat, enjoyed encyclopedic knowledge of California geography and demographics. Elected to the California legislature in 1956, he was in charge of redistricting right after the 1960 census. In 1964, he was elected to the U.S. House from San Francisco. Along with this brother and fellow U.S. Rep. John Burton, he engineered subsequent drawings of California’s congressional lines to ensure our largest state’s delegation was solidly Democratic, at least until he passed away in 1983.

Emily Jashinsky of The Federalist is in for Jim Geraghty. Join Emily and Greg as they recoil at the radical pro-abortion group Jane’s Revenge taking responsibility for many violent attacks on pregnancy centers in recent weeks and vowing to be even more aggressive. They also sigh as new polls show Dr. Oz deeply unpopular among Pennsylvania voters – just as some of us warned. And they hammer the Biden administration’s latest lame narrative for high gas prices – the oil companies just aren’t patriotic enough to lower prices.


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Join Jim and Greg as they’re glad to see Americans overwhelmingly worried about inflation and gas prices and planning to vote based on those issues. They also react to Rachel Wolfe’s nightmare journey from New Orleans to Chicago and back in an electric vehicle and what it tells us about how Dems are trying to reorganize our lives. And they discuss the Pennsylvania Senate race, as Dr. Oz officially wins the primary and John Fetterman gets caught downplaying the seriousness of his heart condition.


‘Embrace the Suck’: It’s Time to Bridge What Divides the GOP


There’s nothing more zealous than a convert, goes the old saying. Conversions are deeply transformative. Converts more deeply embrace and evangelize their new faith, whether in religion or politics.

It doesn’t just happen with party switchers. Sometimes, someone wakes up and is politically charged when teacher unions keep schools shut down, or they read the homework assignments their kids bring home in utter horror. Or being unable to find infant formula at the grocery store for a newborn. Paying $5 per gallon of gas might do it, too.

Join Jim and Greg as they welcome 2022 midterm assessments from two Democrats that this year is going to be very rough for their party. They also groan as Homeland Security keeps its “Disinformation Governance Board” and taps former Bush Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff as a key adviser. And they preview today’s key primaries before diving into the sheer chaos of the Pennsylvania race, where we still don’t have a GOP primary winner but we do have lawsuits. Meanwhile, medical experts are warning that the Democrat in the race had a more severe stroke than we were told in recent days and is “at risk for sudden cardiac death.”