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Episode 69 – Omission of Commissions

In this episode, Jeff and Glenn don’t kick their responsibilities to the curb — they dive right into controversial issues, like the formation of a deficit reduction commission, the far-right primaries against center-right candidates: Rubio vs. Crist in Florida, Hayworth vs. McCain in Arizona. They explain how all this ties together with Sen. Bayh’s retirement, and what it means to the respective parties. They also dive into the emergence of Las Vegas as the political epicenter of the 2010 elections. Other shows boost their ratings by tearing people down, they consider divisive inflamatory rants a placeholder for discussion.  We seek to inspire and inform. At PoliTalk you get a refreshingly fun, informative look at issues, not the usual polarizing political rhetoric.

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Sadly, This is Why We Exist…

The following words speak for themselves. So that you can understand my bias, I am a so-called Progressive, and I don’t enjoy Rush Limbaugh and Pat Robertson.  Two of my closest friends are conservative Republicans — one worked for Cheney, the other Dole. I believe with every fiber of my being in the power of ideas, an no one person or party has a monopoly on the best ones.  Let us present our ideas, have a constructive, respectful argument, and let the best ideas win. The reason I’m close to my friends is because we’re people first — albeit our love of politics and policy is an important part of us — but there is so much more that I like about my Republican friends than their misguided politics! (and vice versa I’m sure). The sewer of hate that follows literally made me feel sick, especially in light of the unyielding pain and suffering that is going on now in Haiti. Glenn and I do our show, in the vein of The Great Guys from Car Talk, because we believe there’s a way for all of us to become more informed and engaged while also having a good laugh — at ourselves, and pretty much everyone else. I’d like nothing more than for political discussion to evolve so much that it puts me out of business. I look forward to that day. Until then, right now, Rush Limbaugh should be fired.  — Jeff Kimball

Rush Limbaugh on Haiti Earthquake

Pat Robertson on Haiti’s Deal with the Devil


Episode 47 – Senate Ethics Cools Down, Health Care Hyperbole Heats Up


Dodd Cleared by Senators, in Political Peril with Public; Health Care Hyperbole: While Limbaugh & Palin Engage, We Talk Policy…

Glenn and Jeff take measure of the 2010 campaign (itâs not too soon) and try to ascertain its character while discussing Rep. Sestak’s race against Sen. Specter and Sen. Dodd’s political problems with his Countrywide mortgage and backroom deals made during the Stimulus negotiations. They also rail against the hyperbole in what is now the health “insurance” reform debate (guess we’re not reforming health care anymore) and actually complain that they don’t have legislation to read. Wow, these guys need a summer vacation. Thankfully for you, you can enjoy yours while they distill what’s really going on in Washington. Take PoliTalk to the beach with you on iTunes. Always entertaining and informative, it’s PoliTalk, your weekly political podcast.

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Cheney Takes Limbaugh Over Powell

There use to be a time where top political officials took the “elder statesman” approach to interviews. Not so with former VP Dick Cheney. There are few subtlties in his interviews when it comes to allegiances. When asked about the statements Rush Limbaugh made regarding former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs and Secretary of State Colin Powell, Cheney did not mince words.

Has Rush Limbaugh Jumped the Shark?

Rush Limbaugh is easily one of the founding fathers of conservative talk radio. He is also a brilliant self-promoter and builder of his own nationally syndicated radio talk show. He is arguably the most quoted and most influential commentator among the conservative masses. That said, has he jumped the shark? Has he started the Obama attack too soon? Has he shown that there is no aisle crossing to be done if he were a politician?

You be the judge. Listen to his recent radio commentary from January 16, 2009 (four days before the Inauguration). and review the transcript below from his website:

I got a request here from a major American print publication.  “Dear Rush:  For the Obama [Immaculate] Inauguration we are asking a handful of very prominent politicians, statesmen, scholars, businessmen, commentators, and economists to write 400 words on their hope for the Obama presidency.  We would love to include you.  If you could send us 400 words on your hope for the Obama presidency, we need it by Monday night, that would be ideal.”  Now, we’re caught in this trap again.  The premise is, what is your “hope.”  My hope, and please understand me when I say this.  I disagree fervently with the people on our side of the aisle who have caved and who say, “Well, I hope he succeeds.  We’ve got to give him a chance.”  Why?  They didn’t give Bush a chance in 2000.  Before he was inaugurated the search-and-destroy mission had begun.  I’m not talking about search-and-destroy, but I’ve been listening to Barack Obama for a year-and-a-half.  I know what his politics are.  I know what his plans are, as he has stated them.  I don’t want them to succeed.

If I wanted Obama to succeed, I’d be happy the Republicans have laid down.  And I would be encouraging Republicans to lay down and support him.  Look, what he’s talking about is the absorption of as much of the private sector by the US government as possible, from the banking business, to the mortgage industry, the automobile business, to health care.  I do not want the government in charge of all of these things. I don’t want this to work.  So I’m thinking of replying to the guy, “Okay, I’ll send you a response, but I don’t need 400 words, I need four: I hope he fails.” (interruption) What are you laughing at?  See, here’s the point.  Everybody thinks it’s outrageous to say.  Look, even my staff, “Oh, you can’t do that.”  Why not?  Why is it any different, what’s new, what is unfair about my saying I hope liberalism fails?  Liberalism is our problem.  Liberalism is what’s gotten us dangerously close to the precipice here.  Why do I want more of it?  I don’t care what the Drive-By story is.  I would be honored if the Drive-By Media headlined me all day long: “Limbaugh: I Hope Obama Fails.”  Somebody’s gotta say it.

What do you think? Has he jumped the shark or is he brilliant at staying relevant and being part of the national dialogue?