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Episode 85 – In with Petraeus, Out with McChrystal and Crisis Management for Your Next Vacation


The PoliTalk team survives a Tornado; General McChrystal is taken out by Rolling Stone. Will Tony Hayward and Barack Obama survive an Oil Spill?  What lies ahead for the War in Iraq? Glenn and Guest Blogger Jeff analyze and critique the decision making process that led to replacing McChrystal with Petraeus. Was Obama worried about a coup? Was he just thin skinned? Did Joe Biden actually end up biting anyone?  Later the team discusses the pros and cons of leaders taking vacations, as well the incompetence of the PR people who manage them.  And finally, as if you have not heard enough about the growing national debt, we decide whether Republicans are truly evil for denying the extension of unemployment insurance to out-of-work folks. Is this the beginning of politicians being straight with us about the fact that there is just no more money left, or do Republicans want people to hurt even more going into the mid-terms? PoliTalk – Refreshing political discussion…without the fighting…and with a few laughs. Hosted by Glenn Gaudet and Jeff Kimball.

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Episode 84 – Midterm Elections, Women & Communication


Political convention gets turned on its head in this episode. Guest Blogger Jeff, a frequent contributor and friend to PoliTalk, joins Jeff and Glenn to discuss the sensitive issues of racism and women in politics in light of the recent primary elections. Was Matt Drudge being racist in saying that Obama was going “street” in using an expletive to talk about the BP oil spill? Are white male incumbent politicians the new “establishment” that needs to be voted out? Will the debt and deficit rule the next election, or will we find ourselves going to the lowest common denominator and just stoke voter anger to divide, rather than seek to substantively and honestly talk to voters about the serious problems we face? Always engaging and informative, it’s PoliTalk, your weekly political podcast. Best Friends. Vast Experience. Engaging political discussion without the fighting…and with a few laughs!

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Brilliant Commentary, Speaks for Itself


Friend of the Show, Ben Davol, just wrote  a brilliant commentary for the New London Day. Check it out here.  Just goes to show you that the smartest political minds are outside of Washington and New York. Ben is, what they call in the business, a “seasoned” campaign veteran, working with the likes of John McCain. What I really admire about Ben is his independence — he works for people who are leaders, who have bold ideas and the courage of their convictions (McCain in 2000, Democrats at times as well). I write this so that you understand my bias — I’m inclined to like what Ben writes, because I see him as a man of wisdom and character — something lacking in politics today. But read it for yourself. My Progressive friends, who knock me for talking with and exchanging views and ideas with so-called conservatives or Independents, should take note from Ben’s article. We face enormous problems in this country — they aren’t Progressive, Liberal, Conservative or Independent. Some in politics take the think tank approach — and it’s good to have a great intellectual discussion about ideas, but at some point we need a leader who can help us deal with these problems and bring people together to get it done. As a Progressive, I was not happy with the way President Obama led us through health care reform, or Wall St. reform…or the BP oil spill. I sometimes feel like I’m watching a Mensa meeting, when what I want is to see someone like NJ Gov Chris Christie sweating it out and going door to door, even if I don’t agree with everything he might be doing (in this case I do). — Jeff Kimball

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Episode 80 – Group Think, Kagan, BP and Far Right Radio


Ever wonder why it seems like nobody talks to each other anymore? Why nobody really engages or learns? Thanks to the Cato Institute’s Podcast on Epistemic Closure, the PoliTalk guys explain why Far Right Radio’s closed network means that public policy problems can never really be discussed…without shows like PolitTalk. Glenn and Jeff talk about the future of PoliTalk, and why you won’t be hearing the show on mainstream AM Talk Radio, but why we need more shows like this to populate the mainstream and change the nature of discourse in America. Jeff, who worked on the Senate Judiciary Committee and also worked on Supreme Court Nominations, explains why Kagan may be a less than inspired choice. Switching gears to BP, Glenn explains why this is a more spectacular failure than any of us recognize, not just because of lives lost, major environmental changes, but also because of the failure of the US to wean itself off foreign oil. Always entertaining and informative, it’s PoliTalk. Best Friends. Vast Experience. Informative political discussion…without the fighting…and with some laughs.

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Episode 79 – BP: Beyond Paying for the Oil Spill



Here we are, in the midst of the biggest oil spill in the history of the United States, and according to federal law, BP is only on the hook for the first $75 million for what could cost more than $14 billion to remediate. From the 1:50 mark to 20:21, Jeff and Glenn talk about Arizona’s new immigration law and explain the politics of the issue as it unfolds and how one clause in the bill encourages racial profiling that one might expect to see in Nazi Germany more than in the United States of America. After a brief discussion of Glenn’s trip to Las Vegas and Sen. Reid’s campaign, the boys dive into the oil spill at the 26:12.  They discuss the economic impact and political ramifications, especially for those who were once for drilling who are now thinking it’s a not so great idea. Glenn reminds us that we’re focusing on the wrong issue here in seeking additional oil production to ease the reliance on “foreign oil”: the need for alternative sources of energy. PoliTalk: Best Friends. Vast Political Experience. Refreshing Political Discussion…without the fighting…and with a few laughs. Hosted by Glenn Gaudet and Jeff Kimball.

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BP Oil Spill: Facts Speak For Themselves


Thanks to The Week for compiling the following list:

There are over 5,000 barrels of oil spilling into the ocean per day,

President Obama visited Louisiana yesterday and called this a “potentially unprecedented environmental disaster.”

11 million Size in gallons of the Exxon Valdez oil spill — until now, the worst in U.S. history

12.2 million Size, in gallons, of the BP spill as of May 1, according to an oceanography professor at Florida State University

90 Days it will likely take to cap the leak according to industry estimates

1 million Gallons per day of oil currently leaking from the sunken BP rig

94 million Ultimate size of spill, in gallons, if that rate continues for 90 days

6.8 million Gallons per day BP predicts could begin gushing out of the well in the “worst-case scenario” of a complete “blowout” at the sunken rig

378 million Total spill size, in gallons, if this “worst case scenario” leak-rate were to continue for 90 days — or 34 times the size of the Valdez spill

400 Species of animals at risk for being harmed by the spill

1,050 Estimated size of the oil slick, in square miles, on April 29th

3,850 Estimated size of the oil slick, in square miles, on April 30th (the latest such estimate)

7,000 Square miles of federal fishing areas in the Gulf that are closed due to the slick

75 Percentage of U.S. shrimp production that comes from the Gulf Coast

$7 billion Cost of the Exxon Valdez spill

$14 billion Current estimated cost of the BP spill

$20 billion BP’s loss in market value, following to a 13 percent plunge in its stock price

$163 billion BP’s total profits between 2001 and 2009

$6 million Amount BP has been spending per day on the spill

2,000 Number of people directly involved in the effort to stop the leak and contain the damage, as of April 30

79 Number of ships and other seafaring vessels involved

5,000 Depth, in feet, of the wellhead and the sunken rig

18,000 Depth, in feet, of the oil resevoir

30,000 The number of other oil wells in the Gulf, according to the Department of the Interior

– Jeff Kimball