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The Bulwark: Walking it Back, Just a Little?

 

Our mutual friend @garyrobbins has called my attention to a change at The Bulwark, one that I think is positive, so I thought I’d give a little bit of credit where a little bit of credit is due. The Bulwark has changed its mission statement. Previously, its “About Us” page described its mission as follows:

Our mission will be to say [that the president of the United States is a serial liar, a narcissist and a bully, a con man who mocks the disabled and women, a man with no fixed principles who has the vocabulary of an emotionally insecure nine-year-old] out loud and encourage others to do so as well.

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The Mueller Report: A Damning Indictment… of Something

 

As we wait more or less breathlessly for the release of the Mueller Report, the assumption appears to be growing that it will be, in the eloquent words of Secretary Clinton, a nothing-burger.

But it will not be a nothing-burger, even if it reports no evidence of collusion. Because we’ve spent more than two years obsessing over this, driven by a press that pronounced almost daily the beginning of the end for the Trump administration. If there was no there there, then someone has some explaining to do. Because many of us thought this was pretty obviously cooked up from the start, to hide either Clinton campaign embarrassment or, worse, Clinton/Obama collusion to undermine the 2016 Trump campaign.

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Hoover Institution fellow and award-winning historian Victor Davis Hanson joins the Manhattan Institute’s Troy Senik to discuss the presidency of Donald Trump and Hanson’s new book, The Case for Trump.

Hanson argues that our 45th president alone has the instinct and energy to upset the balance of American politics. “We could not survive a series of presidencies as volatile as Trump’s,” he writes, “but after decades of drift, America needs the outsider Trump to do what normal politicians would not and could not do.”

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Species of Deception

 

I’ve been thinking about the nature of President Trump’s dishonesty, and about why it seems somehow more acceptable to a large number of people than one might expect.

We are resigned to the idea that politicians lie. We expect them to make promises during their campaigns that they have no intention of trying to keep once elected. We expect them to triangulate, to position themselves during the primaries and then reposition themselves for the general election. We expect them to propose ideas that we all suspect can’t work, and to paint a rosy future that none of us expects will ever materialize. To varying degrees, we see this kind of behavior as normal for politicians and candidates.

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Citizen Trump

 

This is a fascinating video of Donald Trump critiquing Citizen Kane – the iconic film on wealth and moral corruption. It’s a little surreal watching a much younger Trump wrestle with the meaning of the movie. Even his body language seems to pull the curtain back a little. “Perhaps I can understand that…” when talking about the distance growing between a husband and wife. Sad — and I mean that in the most sincere way.

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The Consent of the Governed

 

Once again I’m looking at the Declaration. In the PowerPoint version of the Declaration, this would be one of the bullet points on the “We hold these truths to be self-evident” slide:

That to secure these rights Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,

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Under The Radar Trump News

 

While the MSM, Never-Trumpers, and Trump deniers continue to dominate the news, little items like this manage to pop up from under the radar: https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/peter-navarro-president-trump-takes-bold-step-to-transition-veterans-into-us-merchant-marine More

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Daniel Foster of National Review Online and Greg Corombos of Radio America are pleased to see President Trump walk away with no deal with Kim Jong-Un rather than give in to Kim’s thoroughly unacceptable demands. They also slam Trump for taking Kim “at his word” that he knew nothing about the horrific treatment of American Otto Warmbier in a North Korean prison and that Trump made some nuclear concessions even before beginning talks. And they have fun with the news that media darling Beto O’Rourke is likely to run for president.

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Hello there, Lunchers one and all! Welcome again to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for February 28, 2019 it is the Dirty Rotten Scoundrels edition of the podcast with your honest and upstanding hosts, radio guy Todd Feinburg and AI guy Mike Stopa (the handsome one). We come to you every week to bring you thew’hbnia’enisn’iv42v….ooops, fell asleep there.

This week we bring you two topics, but they’re not quite what we intended. We thought to wax eloquent about the Trump-Kim summit but we were – by news breaking in our faces – sidetracked by the Cohen testimony….so we talk about that.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America recoil at the Trump world sleaze revealed by former Trump attorney Michael Cohen in his testimony to Congress, but also realize he’s the least credible witness Congress could have called on the subject. They also worry about escalating tension between nuclear powers India and Pakistan after Pakistan claims to shoot down two Indian military planes. And they get a kick out of the House Democrats having to adjourn their own hearing on climate change denial because not enough of them attended.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America applaud President Trump for demanding that California return the $2.5 billion it received from the federal government for its high-speed railway after the project was dramatically scaled back. They also raise their eyebrows at Arizona’s plans to collect the DNA of state residents and charge them a fee to do so. And they explain that while our society is very forgiving, it might be asking a bit much to welcome back an ISIS propagandist with open arms. 

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America criticize President Trump’s unusual press conference decision to declare a national emergency to work around Congress and free up $8 billion for a border wall – although they appreciate his desire to confront illegal immigration and smuggling. They also react to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez cheering Amazon’s decision to scrap plans for a new headquarters in New York, agreeing that crony capitalism is bad but marveling at how little she seems to understand about basic economics. And they yawn and laugh as former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld launches a GOP primary challenge to President Trump.

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Cocaine Mitch Lets Down the Side

 

As a skeptic of President Trump, this doesn’t surprise me:

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday that President Trump will sign the homeland-security-spending bill pending before Congress while simultaneously declaring a national emergency in order to fund his long-promised border wall.

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Welcome caffeine-addicts to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast number 212 (!!) with your frazzled hosts radio guy Todd Feinburg or the right coast and AI guy Mike Stopa of the left coast. We are here every week to bring you the action, bring you the news, we got the mojo, ain’t got no blues!

This week our topics are: 1. Gallup (yes, that Gallup) has noted a 7% bump in the President’s approval rating in one month. Holy Homecoming Queen, Batman! What popularity! What for? We explore.

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I am still not on the Trump Train

 

I am still not on the Trump Train. Why not? First, the positives about Trump. I love the Judges, and like the reduced taxes and reduced regulations, while I have major objections about Trump with Trade, Russia and North Korea. A net positive. More

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What Negative Spin is being put on the SOTU?

 

By all accounts the SOTU last night was a slam dunk with high %70s approval from news outlets like CBS. So it’s clear that the leftists in the media have to go in to full spin mode. What have you seen so far? More

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America see a teachable moment as New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo blames President Trump and the GOP tax reform for many wealthy people leaving his state over high taxes, but the solution would seem to be pretty simple. They’re also surprised to see 50 percent of Democratic voters in Virginia approving of Ralph Northam as governor – even after the yearbook controversy. And they react to the accuser of Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax hiring Christine Blasey Ford’s legal team.

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Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for February 4, 2019 – it’s the *we win the Superbowl again, ed….* uh, oops, no. It’s the Red Faced Racist edition of the show, number 211, with your pale faced hosts, radio guy Todd Feinburg and AI guy Mike Stopa. This week we bring to you the unyielding Governor of Virginia, Ralph Northam, he the new posterboy for harmless hilarity in the Al Jolson spirit. Will he resign? Why *should* he resign? If you are a Republican who loves to see the Democrats smolder with, er, egg (or something) on their faces then you want Ralph to stay! The new face of the #Resistance! Gotta love it!

Then, Gladys Knight sang the National Anthem at the Superbowl (did I mention that the New England Patriots won the Superbowl? their third in five years? their dynasty-continuing 6th??? Well, I did now!!!)…where was I? oh, yes, Gladys Knight – she of the Foundations of Motown fame, was interviewed by Don Lemon and Don seemed to suggest that Gladys’s career was going to take a beating (cf. Chrisette Michele) because she was (in the words of Colin Kaepernick lawyer Mark Gerigos) crossing a picket line…by going to the Superbowl…and by singing the National Anthem…she’s crossing a Picket Line. She is betraying the #Resistance.

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Corey Booker (aka “Spartacus”) Fighting the Modern Scourge of . . . Guess What?

 

Question: Has there ever been a bigger drama queen in modern American politics than U.S. Senator Cory Booker? This guy is a piece of work. Under normal circumstances you’d expect to see a guy like him maybe standing on a street corner, spewing gibberish to passersby, or just to the thin air. Instead, he’s a […]

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