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Episode 122 – Obama Up Medicare In GOP Out

The Democrats turn the tables on Republicans and use health care to their advantage in winning a long-held Republican Congressional seat in New York. Why did things change? What does this mean for the 2012 elections? Are Republicans worried so much about singing to the choir that they’re missing the tone of the electorate? As President Obama continues to climb in the polls, will Republican pot shots continue to pay-off, or will they backfire? With so many candidates leaving the race, what are the Republican prospects in 2012? Always entertaining and informative, it’s Political — the political podcast. Best Friends. Vast Experience. Engaging political talk…without the fighting.

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Episode 112 – State of the Union: What’s Next? Politics, Budget and Bachman

Now that we’re on the other side of the State of the Union, what’s really going to happen, and what will the Republicans and Democrats do next? What are President Obama’s next steps? Did Rep. Paul Ryan offer an appropriate response? Why did Rep. Michelle Bachman offer a speech on the same night as Paul Ryan, and what did the Republican Leadership think about it? What message did she deliver? Was it obscured by her wildly inaccurate and off-base comments about the Founding Father’s ending slavery? Is it okay for a United States Congressperson to be so misinformed when it comes to matters of US History and the constitution? Now that the speeches are over, what will happen with the budget negotiations and the debt ceiling? Oh, and by the way, the US Senate Filibuster Reforms? They went away quietly in the middle of the night just after the State of the Union. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

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Cowards and Frauds – Debt Commission Fails to Achieve 14 Votes

I don’t really mean that, but that’s how I feel.  The people on the commission should be applauded for a tough job.  They started a good dialogue.

But I am particularly disappointed since after seeing the statements these folks made when they handed in the final proposal, I saw a glimmer of hope that 14 would vote yes.  I am most disappointed in the weak Republican support.

Not getting 14 does not mean that something won’t be done.  This is still a good template.  But 14 votes would have sent a strong message to Congress.

I hope that the members of this commission continue this work.

Just a side note – President Obama continues to be evasive and out of touch relative to this discussion.  Immediately following his “shellacking” in the mid-terms – he decided to spend 2 weeks in India.

On the day called – “The Moment of Truth” by the members of the Presidents own debt commission – the day they voted on their report – the President is in Afghanistan.

Not that he shouldn’t be in Afghanistan, it just seems he is flailing and simply can’t figure out that America wants nothing to do with his agenda, and wants focus on their agenda – getting the fiscal house in order.

  • The Dream Act?
  • FDA Act?
  • DADT?


If he were to pivot to the center, toward the rest of America, he could accomplish one of the following no matter the outcome.

  1. Actually get something done about the deficit
  2. Claim he tried harder and was more serious than Republicans when Congress shows their lack of courage and does nothing.

There does not seem to be any downside for Obama to dive into this issue and drive it.  So why isn’t he?

Its like they all just don’t think their jobs have anything to do with us, and have everything to do with serving the special interest du jour.

What do you think?

Guest Blogger Jeff


Surely, We Are Better Than This…

Everyone is covering the House’s passage of the historic health care reform. We have communicated our thoughts in this blog and on our show. We respect you all have your own opinions, and we look forward to sharing them with you and learning from you.

Near the end of this process, a member of the Tea Party movement called legendary Civil Rights Activist and current Congressman James Clyburn of South Carolina a “nigg—“. Another Democratic Congressman was spat on, and Rep. Barney Frank was called a “faggot” as he walked through the halls of Congress.

This in a year where Rep. Joe Wilson had his own moment of history, shouting “you lie” in the House Chamber, interrupting the President of the United States while he was speaking.

Following the health care vote, a Republican Member of Congress shouted “baby killer” on the floor of the House while Rep. Bart Stupak, a champion of the pro-life movement, was speaking.

We love a good argument. But this is getting out of hand. On every side. The ends don’t justify the means – if the goal is to pass a bill or to sink it – whether it’s health care, cap and trade, the jobs bill – there are ways to do this without escalating rhetoric to the point where we stand on the brink of violence. The Rhetoric of Division makes good politics, but it’s bad for our country; in fact, it is an insidious form of cancer. There is a difference between hateful, destructive rhetoric (there are reasons you’re not allowed to yell “fire” in a theater) and the coveted right to free speech.  We don’t have to get into a Constitutional argument in defense of those who would seek to bring us down if our political leaders could some how find a better way to lift us up.

— Jeff Kimball


Episode 39 – GM, Lies and Audiotape


Glenn, who has been calling for GM to go into bankruptcy since December 2008, and Jeff de-bunk the spin surrounding GM’s bankruptcy during Episode 39. They explain what this really means for consumers, why you shouldn’t be worried about buying a GM car, and why you should be worried now that the federal government owns 60% of the “new” GM.  Even as a progressive Democrat, Jeff worries about the federal government over-reaching in trying to protect GM, and wonders if thee company is too big to fail. Listen as the wheels come off Illinois Sen. Burris’ lame defense of his indefensible claims under oath regarding his appointment to President Obama’s Senate Seat. Glenn and Jeff peel back the ugly truth behind fundraising and lobbying, and offer a new context to understand the Burris situation. Ending with passion, they both enthusiastically endorse Congressman Sestak’s bid for the Democratic Senate nomination in Pennsylvania, taking on flip-flopping Sen. Arlen Specter. They probe Pennsylvania Gov. Rendell’s harsh comments towards Sestak made on MSNBC’s Ed Shultz Show in which he boasted that Sestak would get “killed” in a primary and would end up in political oblivion for challenging Specter, and that he best just keep his Congressional seat. Jeff reminds listeners that President Obama was in the same exact situation when he took on then Sen. Hillary Clinton, and wonders why Senate Democrats and the people of Pennsylvania wouldn’t want a member of the Democratic caucus who is loyal and dependable, unlike Specter. So much intrigue to read through, so many lies and distortions to unfold. It’s another great episode of PoliTalk — always informative and entertaining — it’s your weekly political podcast.

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President Obama Notre Dame Commencement Speech Video

President Obama gave the Notre Dame Commencement Speech on Sunday, March 17, 2009. His speech tackled the abortion debate by calling for civility in debate. Referring specifically to the divisiveness that has come from both sides, he said,

Each side will continue to make its case to the public with passion and conviction, but surely we can do so without reducing those with differing views to caricature.

Later in the speech he asked,

As citizens of a vibrant and varied democracy, how do we engage in vigorous debate? How does each of us remain firm in our principles, and fight for what we consider right, without demonizing those with just as strongly held convictions on the other side?

The speech ran about 30 minutes. It is worth the investment to watch.


It’s a good sign when any of us can take time to make fun of ourselves and poke fun at others. President Obama did his share and pulled it off well the most recent White House Correspondence Dinner. And he did it solo.

However, I still think the best appearance at the White House Correspondence Dinner to date is President Bush with special Bush impressionist Steve Berry. Granted, President Bush needed a side-kick to make this work, but it is priceless.