Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America review Jim’s trip to the Koch Seminar Network and how the billionaire brothers that Democrats and the media like to describe as evil are pouring money into charities so struggling Americans don’t have to depend solely on the government. They also sigh as reports make clear that Senate Republicans have no intention of allowing another government shutdown, meaning they aren’t prepared to play hardball over border wall funding. And they take aim at a Washington Post opinion column arguing that it’s somehow sexist to question whether Kamala Harris got help in launching her political career due to prominent appointments she received from a man she was having an affair with at the time.More
Okay, I hope that I didn’t give anyone cardiac arrest. But I think that Trump has made an offer that the Dems can’t refuse, DACA for a wall. Well, they can refuse the offer, but they will look unreasonable. The devil is in the details, but I think that this makes sense, as even a […]
Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America react to the Buzzfeed story alleging President Trump instructed Michael Cohen to lie under oath to Congress. It’s potentially very serious but more questions need to be answered before Buzzfeed can be trusted to have the story right. They also scratch their heads as Pennsylvania Rep. Tom Marino announces his resignation just two weeks into the new Congress to take a job in the private sector. And they discuss the theatrics of Speaker Pelosi and President Trump as they try to one-up each other in the stalemate over a partial government shutdown.More
While Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has come under deserved fire for defending Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are applauding Gabbard today for being the only Democrat willing to stand up to Senate Democrats who contend that being a member of the Knights of Columbus is disqualifying for service as a federal judge. They also brace for the imminent presidential campaign of California Sen. Kamala Harris, who is very liberal but is one of only a few Democrats with a legitimate shot at the nomination. And, as more stories emerge of the fiscal hardship of federal employees going without pay during the partial shutdown, they are staggered by statistics showing that nearly 80 percent of Americans live paycheck to paycheck and over 60 percent don’t have enough money saved to cover six months of expenses.More
Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political podcast number O.M.G. 207 it is the Wall Walkout edition of the show with your holdout hosts radio guy Todd Feinburg and AI guy Mike Stopa (the handsome one…if I haven’t said so yet).
This week, well, it is wall-to-wall (knew I was going to do that, didn’t you?) Wall and Shutdown and Trump and the Dems and the battle royale. And in spite of the utter predictability of our topic we are (if we do say so ourselves) scintillating! You will enjoy!More
Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are grateful to see House Democrats revealing their real goals right from the start – impeachment, huge tax increases, abolishing the electoral college – and hope Americans see what they’d be getting if Democrats also controlled the Senate and the White House. As the partial government shutdown creeps towards three weeks, some conservatives are concluding that because their lives haven’t changed much, the impacted agencies aren’t really needed. Jim explains why that conclusion is badly misguided. And they throw up their hands as the mainstream media concoct the narrative that Republicans condemned Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for dancing in a video, when only one anonymous Twitter user lashed out and any conservative who weighed in on the matter defended the congresswoman.More
Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for Yipes! January 2, 2019….yes, 2019! It is the Misguided Mitt edition of the show with your ever-on-target hosts, radio guy Todd Feinburg on the right coast and AI guy Mike Stopa (the handsome one) on the left coast.
This week, this very day, Mitt Romney, our former governor from Massachusetts and, did it really happen?!? candidate for president has decided to…to….to what exactly? to write an op ed in the Washington Post…to enter the fray…to slam the President….And, you may ask, to what end? Preparing for a run for President in 2020? Is that even allowed? Mitt’s a Mormon so he can’t have been drinking. We are not sure we can fathom what Mitt is thinking. But we can talk about it. And we do!More
Welcome Christmas celebrants to the Harvard Lunch Club Political podcast for Christmas Eve, 2018 it is number 205, the Shutdown Mad Dog edition of the show with your frothing at the mouth hosts Todd Feinburg, east coast WTIC radio guy and Mike Stopa, west coast AI guy. We come to you every week with the conversation, the chatter, the *philosophy* that you need to hear.
This week we discuss Mad Dog, aka James Mattis and his resignation. We discuss Syria (the proximal cause of Mad Dog’s departure) and whether the grand old F.P.E. (foreign policy establishment) will ever finish sitting in the corner, holding their breath and turning blue. We are skeptical.More
In a speech on the Senate floor, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer announced a deal on reopening the federal government. Sen. Mitch McConnell immediately introduced a cloture vote on the effort.
The measure would fund the government through Feb. 8. In return for Democratic support, McConnell has promised Schumer to “open a debate on immigration.”More
The government shutdown is the greatest thing that happened since yesterday. It will shut down some minute part of the federal government of no importance. But we all pretend it’s serious and we have to show how moral we are and how terrible are our adversaries. It’s just that most of us aren’t crazy. Rep. Steny Hoyer, the pride of Maryland, former Democrat Majority Leader, and current Minority Whip, had this to say: “I believe we should stay here and do our work, so I motion to adjourn!”
Dem shutdown messaging is so convoluted they're contradicting themselves in real-time:
Working late into the night, the US Senate has rejected advancing a bill that would fund the federal government for the next 30 days. That means the government will technically shut down at midnight Eastern Time.
Senate Democratic leadership opposed the bill in an attempt to force Republicans to accept their terms on DACA. Sixty votes were needed for passage, but 48 senators voted against it.More
Here is a link I hope works for all: http://enews.earthlink.net/article/top?guid=20180104/290a3bec-a062-4509-99c1-7866fcc4208e Essentially, if I understand it right, the liberal wing of the Democrat support wants to prod its portion of congress to insist on attaching a DACA solution onto the budget crisis situation, rather than accomplish that with a separate bill. Their internal debate of course is […]
I’m a supporter of the US National Parks. Looking back on the Obama Presidency most memorable for me was the episode of “Yes we can!” shut down the US National Parks – with brute force. Here’s what I remember. The Obama Admin spent more effort, money, and manpower shutting the parks down than was used in keeping them open. This was done to try to score political points during a hardball budget negotiation with Reps. It was a first for me to hear about park visitors being cited for “illegal recreation” and “trespassing on public lands” and stopped from unauthorized nature photography.
There was a standard sign that read “Because of the Federal Government SHUTDOWN, All National Parks are CLOSED” that government workers were ordered to put up along with the construction of barriers. This was to drive home the point. Even walking in open space in the Mall was verboten. War Veterans were told by bureaucrats following orders that they had no business visiting memorials honoring fallen servicemen. If not for veterans the memorials and the parks wouldn’t even be there, but that didn’t stop officials from trying to shoo them away like some varmint on your back porch. Meanwhile a place was reserved on the Mall for approved political partisan advocates, illegal immigrate right as I recall (or undocumented immigrants if you prefer).More
Obamacare is failing. Here’s the latest from The Wall Street Journal (behind pay wall):
The majority of ObamaCare’s insurance co-ops—12 of 23—have now folded, and their $1.24 billion in federal loans has all but vaporized. More will fail, nearly a million Americans may lose coverage, and now the contagion from their failures is spreading.
I wanted to do a post that builds on Larry Koler’s post regarding government shutdowns. My question is: Is there any way for Republicans to use a government shutdown to make a Democratic president yield to demands? More
I ask and I ask and no one wants to answer my simple question. Look at the control that the left-wing MSM has over our day to day disputes. More
Like many on this site I was exasperated and discouraged by the spectacle of the Republicans once again caving in to the Democrats on the DHS funding bill. Well folks, get used to it because there’s going to a lot more of that behavior until the Republican party suddenly discovers some vertebrae among their ranks. Failing […]