Tag Archives: CNN

Alvin Greene Interview with CNN

This has to be the strangest candidate interview I have ever seen. South Carolina Senate candidate Alvin Greene does a phone interview with CNN anchor Don Lemon. It is uncomfortable to watch.

However, it begs the question about what is going on here.  How does an unemployed person with no money, no communication skills, no campaign staff and no name recognition win a Senate primary?



Liberal Republicans?

They are tough to find, but at one time, Liberal Republicans had a strong hold in the Northeastern States. What happened? CNN‘s Alan Silverleib has an interesting take on this… read it.

Here is an excerpt of the article:

In short, notes CNN Polling Director Keating Holland, there has been a slow but steady Northern backlash to the GOP’s four-decade-old “Southern strategy.” Race and religion brought Southern whites into the Republican Party but also began pushing out a lot of affluent Northern suburbanites. Those socially moderate voters formed the core of the Rockefeller Republican constituency.

Major political realignments don’t happen overnight, however. A lot of disaffected Dixiecrats continued voting Democratic in state and local elections for a long time, even after being wooed by Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan.

Old habits die hard, and Southern Democratic parties slowed their decline by continuing to nominate candidates more in step with voters in their states.

The same story, only in reverse, held true in the Northeast. Thirty years ago, after Nixon but before the Reagan Revolution, the 11 Northeastern states stretching from Maryland to Maine still sent 37 Republicans to the House of Representatives and another 10 to the Senate. Today, those same states have 18 Republican representatives in the House and three in the Senate.

The numbers are more stark in New England and New York. New England no longer has a single GOP representative in the House. The 29-member New York House delegation has only three Republicans.

Republicans have driven their own litmus test on social issues to an extreme that is separating them from a majority of voters nationally. No longer are the social issues connecting with voters beyond certain districts. Economic woes and health care are major concerns on the minds of voters and the Republican idea well has dried up. It is hard to rally people around an anti-abortion or anti-gay marriage strategy when people are more concerned about losing their jobs and their standard of living.

The electorate can be fickle. When the economic crisis is over, will social issues once again be galvanizing? It’s hard to tell. However, until then, gay marriage has momentum and now has been made legal in five states. Will the triumphant return of Republicans be predicated on fighting that trend or will they focus on the core economic challenges that the country needs ideas and leadership on? Time will tell. – Glenn

Fareed Zakaria Slams Sarah Palin

Fareed Zakaria, Editor of Newsweek International slams Sarah Palin. He appeared on CNN today following his commentary in Newsweek. In his article, he quotes one of the most reveling answers that Sarah Palin made in her recent interview with Katie Couric:

COURIC: Why isn’t it better, Governor Palin, to spend $700 billion helping middle-class families who are struggling with health care, housing, gas and groceries; allow them to spend more and put more money into the economy instead of helping these big financial institutions that played a role in creating this mess?

PALIN: That’s why I say I, like every American I’m speaking with, were ill about this position that we have been put in where it is the taxpayers looking to bail out. But ultimately, what the bailout does is help those who are concerned about the health-care reform that is needed to help shore up our economy, helping the—it’s got to be all about job creation, too, shoring up our economy and putting it back on the right track. So health-care reform and reducing taxes and reining in spending has got to accompany tax reductions and tax relief for Americans. And trade, we’ve got to see trade as opportunity, not as a competitive, scary thing. But one in five jobs being created in the trade sector today, we’ve got to look at that as more opportunity. All those things under the umbrella of job creation. This bailout is a part of that.

Enough said.

Episode 7: Please Pass the $700 Billion

If only it were just Grey Poupon, but no, the US Government wants to spend $700 billion to prop up the economy. In this episode, you’ll (finally) get a plain English description of the enormously confusing, and enormously important, proposed bailout package. And in their review of the debate they explain why John McCain won’t be invited to play in Barack Obama’s sandbox anymore. We end on our take on the latest adventure in the world of Sarah Palin. The latest episode of Politalk is up! Give it a listen — you won’t be disappointed.

You can get the PoliTalk Podcast from Podcast.com and iTunes.

Last Shot Questions – at the end of every episode, we end with a couple of questions for our listeners to ponder and give us their thoughts. This week:

Jeff asks – “Do you think there is a free market for healthcare?”

Glenn asks – “Do you think we will have any money left over to do anything after this bailout bill?”

Please add your answers and comments on the show below.

If you want to send us a private email, send it to politalk@turnitonprod.com.

Jack Cafferty on Sarah Palin

This is truly one of the scariest things I have EVER heard a  politician say, only because it shows she knows ABSOLUTELY NOTHING  about policy. She answered a question about the bailout by talking
about health care and trade. Also, listen to Cafferty RIP into her. — Jeff

Could it be possible that I am dreaming all of this? We are dealing with the largest financial crisis in human history and John McCain gives the VP nod to someone who is this clueless on the issues. I’m going back to bed! Maybe, and just maybe, I will wake up to find Colin Powell as McCain’s running mate. — Glenn