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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 111 – Obama Surges in Polls, Moves to the Middle, Where Will Republicans Go?

President Obama, through his response to the Tuscon Tragedy, the management of the Lame Duck Session of Congress and improving economic indicators, is moving to the political center and surging in the polls. The latest NBC News Wall Street Journal Poll shows a 15 point differential in his approval ratings, with most people seeing him as a moderate trying to work with Republicans. The poll also shows Republicans as being too inflexible right now, and with pushing things like the repeal of Health Care Reform and possibly anti-abortion matters, are they cow-towing too much to the base and losing the middle? And just who is running the once lockstep and disciplined Republican legislative and message machine? Could it be that winning just one House of Congress is the worst of all possible worlds for Republicans? What will happen at the State of the Union speech, and how will the President and Republicans handle it?

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Put This in Your Pipe… (Or How America Really Doesn’t Need The Political Grandstanding)

An open letter to our politicians:

Dear Republicans,

While you are screaming and digging your heals into the ground because you claim businesses are frozen (because of your claim that they are unsure of what their taxes will be), be advised.

Dear Democrats,

While you believe it in your heart of hearts that government can save this economy , pay attention.

While you both fight over who gets tax cuts and who can pander to their base more,  let’s just remember that it is not about you. No really, it isn’t.

This economy is not the shining star we want it to be, but there is some good news. Sadly, neither one of you seem to want to focus on anything good. Well, here is some good news that you can put in your collective pipes and smoke.

A Chicago-based company started in 2008 called Groupon is doing quite well thank you very much. With all the uncertainty, with all the grandstanding from both parties, Groupon is doing really well. In fact, Google can’t even buy them for $6 billion.

According to Mashable,

Groupon has reportedly rejected Google’s massive $6 billion acquisition offer and intends to stay independent.

The group-buying giant has been the center of the tech world this week after it was reported that Google had offered it $5.3 billion with a $700 million earnout. According to Chicago Breaking Business and Bloomberg, Groupon has decided that it is better off on its own.

To say this news comes as a bit of a shock would be an understatement. Many in the technology world believed that Groupon would accept Google’s offer, making its three co-founders (CEO Andrew Mason, Eric Lefkofsky and Brad Keywell) billionaires. Groupon’s board of directors met on Wednesday to decide the company’s fate.

So, maybe, just maybe, you can both see that while both of you continue to embarrass and frustrate those of us who are not in your collective bases, America is finding ways to have major success stories… without you! Just so you know, Groupon is hiring. Maybe now is the time for you to consider another career.



P.S. to Present Obama… Good news, Chicago company started in 2008 that is now worth over $6 billion… hello… Bueller… Bueller

Joe Scarborough on Sarah Palin

Joe Scarborough in what should be the norm for other Republicans, said what has been on the minds of many:

It’s time that Republicans Leaders started standing up and speaking truth to Palin.

One word Joe… BRAVO!

— Glenn

Republican Hypocrisy

The more things change, the more they stay the same. Sen. John Kyl, Republican of Arizona, was for earmarks, then after the election he was against earmarks, but now it looks like he’s for them again, requesting and earning a $200 million earmark for a specific interest in his home state, stuck into a larger bill (definition of an earmark). Check out this story.


Republicans haven’t been for much of anything over the last couple of years. In fact, it seems they have enjoyed using their filibuster power at record levels, simply delaying or denying things based on arcane procedure, and not letting a simple majority rule. Okay, it’s their right…But after leading us into The Great Recession through their own fiscal irresponsibility when they were in control of the White House and Congress, they now return to their well-worn, tired ideas to offer up the one thing they are for: more tax cuts. Hey, that’s great — let’s cut everyone’s taxes, hand out sugar plumbs and go live on La La Land, where the air is sweet and the people are grand. Back in the world I live in, these same Republicans were against renewing unemployment benefits, against most of the things Democrats have been trying to do, because of the negative impact the policies would have on the deficit. Their mantra? If you want it, find a way to pay for it. So now, in a campaign season, they make an issue out of extending the Bush tax cuts, but do they offer up a way to pay for them? No. They pay for themselves, their argument goes. I’m willing to take an unpopular position: while tax cuts are great ideas when running for office, we can’t afford them right now. Pandering will get you everywhere politically, but it will run the country into a deeper hole. I know people don’t want to hear it, but if you eat cake and ice cream all day long, it sure does taste good, but it’s going to make you fat. Period. And the only way to work it off is discipline, hard work and cutting the fat.

How stupid do they think we are? Fool us once, shame on you. Fool us twice, shame on us.  We need to hold everyone to the same standard. These cowardly hypocrites need to be held accountable. This is complete and total hypocricy that should not be tolerated during serious times. Where’s the outrage from the Tea Party now? Where are the fiscal conservatives calling this irresponsible?  I applaud David Stockman, the architect of Ronald Reagan’s fiscal policies, for calling this proposal absurd, but are there any prominent Republicans from, say, the last 20 years who have the guts to call the Republicans on this? How about you, Glenn Beck?  John McCain? Sarah Palin, do you have the cajones to speak out, or does your half-term as Governor not give you the requisite experience to speak intelligently on such matters without someone whispering in your ear or writing on your hand?

The Republicans are a mockery to the very notion of an opposition party. You get what you deserve, America.

– Jeff Kimball


Episode 86 – Tea Party Politics, Republican Stances & Term Limits

In this very special episode, the PoliTalk boys bring on Guest Blogger Jeff and Contributing Editor to the Washington Monthly Zachary Roth. PoliTalk takes on the issues that others just skim over. In this episode, Jeff & Glenn get great perspective from Zachary on the Tea Party and its roots. They then delve into the role of the Tea Party in elections and specifically discuss the recent Nevada Republican Senate Candidate Sharron Angle. Guest Blogger Jeff makes a passionate plea for term limits as the only way to get out of the mess we are in. Zachary and Co-host Jeff beg to differ saying that term limits only places the power with non-elected staffers. The show then pivots into Republican stances on unemployment benefits and Wall Street Reform. Finishing up the show, Host Jeff calls an audible on Supreme Court Justice Nominee Elena Kagan.

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