Tue, 31 May 2016
On today’s Kagro in the Morning show, Greg Dworkin joins us in returning from the Memorial Day break to round up the Republican news, which is of course all about falling in behind Hairspray von Clownstick, and Democratic news, which is still about the last days of our lingering contest.
On the Trump front: he’s at war with the judge in the Trump “University” case; he’s at war with investors in his “businesses;” and he’s even at war with the concept of a president who’s an American first, and mindful that he’s leading a democracy.
Oh, and Libertarians are still a thing.
Speaking of the destruction of everything else, there was a mass shooting spree—featuring a troubled veteran running amok with an assault rifle and making anti-gay and anti-Semitic comments, and even a good guy with a gun who tried to stop it but got shot anyway—all in the middle of Houston, TX. And we barely noticed.
And finally, some historical context for how Democratic nominating contests really end under the superdelegate system.
Mon, 30 May 2016
Well, we haven’t got a show to re-run from this day last year, because we were running a re-run. The primary season online political news cycle being what it is, though, a year ago might as well be ancient history. So we’ll jump back six months in time instead, to November 30, 2015:
A nice holiday weekend, for most people each day better than the last, is again marred by another mass shooting. David Waldman addresses the facts, opinions and complete BS about this case and other stories capping this month.
Greg Dworkin brings us the polls, which ready or not, are coming from online polling. What is the accuracy and usefulness of online polls?
Carson is falling, and maybe Trump is too, going into Iowa and New Hampshire. Voters are split (on party lines, natch) on the seriousness of climate change, but overall people are beginning to lead greener lives, and two-thirds of Americans want the U.S. to join the Climate Change Pact.
The media recently started catching on to Donald Trump, and may have a plan for how to deal with his constant lying. Trump, however has the fringe in his pocket, the loser class see him as a savior, and the rest of the pack just holds on, hoping for the best. Anyhow, his rallies are fun.
7 month old is this year’s new record holder for youngest gun fail victim.
Mississippi Waffle House waitress slain after asking a patron not to smoke.
A Muslim is questioned about his birthplace, religion, and opinions on ISIS, then shot.
A gun threat closes the University of Chicago.
Fri, 27 May 2016
David Waldman invites you to sip from the KITM Friday firehose of information today—remember it’s Memorial Day next Monday, so grill, shop and memorialize, and see us Tuesday for another live show! David will be out Monday being patriotic with the Boy Scouts. Muslim Scouts continue in the face of American fears. A Republican member of congress read from the Bible on homosexuality during a water and energy spending bill vote, embarrassing even other Republicans. Failure of the House energy & water measure puts Paul Ryan’s strategy in focus. Here’s what’s on the docket for 2017.
Greg Dworkin says it ain’t so bad, folks: Clinton is steady in the polls, Von Clownstick is maybe leveling off. The economy says Hillary will win. Is it time to change the way we think about political polling?
David looks into what some think would make everything fair and square and all participants satisfied regarding delegate and super delegate allocation. Some in Utah disagree.
If you want to see an 8 inch floppy, you might have the join the Army.
Thu, 26 May 2016
David Waldman says he’s open to debating Pepe the Frog, and goes about goading him in the only way possible, by voicing reasonable, rational thought.
Greg Dworkin helps make sense of it all. Other than to destroy Hillary Clinton, the Democratic Party, democracy, civilization, and make a lot of money, what would be the reasoning behind a Trump vs. Sanders debate? Did the Sanders campaign stave off a bigger threat to the Democratic Party? How does Reince Priebus look at himself in the mirror each morning? There are people happy to burn down the world for you, if it would make you happy, or sad or angry or scared.
Trump ousts the Clownstick Political Director, what does that mean for Clownstick ‘16? Donald Trump signed off deal designed to deprive US of tens of millions of dollars in tax revenue.
How did a conservative law firm convince a school system to gamble on an anti-transgender policy?
A police chief, a cop, and a shooting instructor went drinking, and then decided to shoot things. Not a problem, because after all, they had three gun experts right there.
Wed, 25 May 2016
David Waldman and the entire KITM staff here thank you for your ongoing monthly support of KITM. If you haven’t yet sent in your payment, we thank you in advance! Bills do come in every month, and David does have that little purchase he’s been eyeing.
Greg Dworkin rounds up punditry and polls. Greg believes the best polling question at this time is “Who do you think is going to win?” Gerald R. Ford lives on, at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.
Trump is fueling a surge of voters — for Clinton. Hillary Clinton thinks she knows what will take down Trump, but will voters care as little as Trump does? Trump will take out even Republican Governors if they don’t love Clownstick enough. Potential VP choice Bob Corker has the Fed’s attention.
Bernie Sanders wants Kentucky to pay for a recanvass, but he’d have to pay for a recount.
Turmoil and confusion with the Portland Police, because arresting the Chief is extra hard.
If you catch Donald Trump in a lie, you better plan to hold on tight, because he doesn’t tire easily.
Tue, 24 May 2016
David Waldman presents a very different KITM today! It’s “My Dinner With Andre” with somewhat less Wallace Shawn, but much more about the state and process of politics today. Armando sits across the virtual candlelit table as the two discuss the primaries to this point, and what got Trump, Clinton and Sanders in front of us. Bernie Sanders has fought all this way for something. Is a say in the Democratic platform worth it? In case you don’t remember the 2012 Democratic National Platform, here it is.
How is everything rigged? Is everything rigged? What is “rigged”? How is race in issue? How is the media an issue? What is fair representation? What would the dream candidate be? What would the dream platform be? The dream voting structure? The dream democracy?
And by the way, is anybody perfect enough to serve on the purity committee? Do we allow passes for progressive heroes who cast the occasional odd vote? Might those situations be useful markers for examination of other votes by other people that we’re pretty sure just really sucked?
Then, some Clownstick for dessert:
Who holds leverage over Trump? You will never know if you can’t follow the money. Trump loves the Wall Street people, but they know he isn’t one of them. Clownstick understands climate change, when it helps him in court. He understands gun-free zones when they are on his property.
Mon, 23 May 2016
David Waldman tries to pull our gaze away from the Trump train wreck and on to more reasonable concerns, but you know us.
Wait, Donald Trump is winning? Greg Dworkin explains how the Republicans are getting in line, but Democrats know that coalescing is boring, which is one explanation for the “lead narrowing” stories. Trump is rising, but so was McCain. Could the bruising of the primary fight hurt Clinton in the general? The Democrats are considering new rules to avoid “convention chaos”. Does Trump really believe the crazy stuff he says? Reddit's biggest Trump community fractures over right-wing extremism. Is the friction in both parties a sign of the future of the political parties relationship with voters? It won’t be the first break up in the Gop. Greg explains how voters and policies are converging, and why.
Not everyone is going insane. Some catch on to the danger of accepting Donald Trump. Suburban swing-state white women don’t trust Trump. The NRA shoots itself in the foot, as the backlash is felt from its Trump endorsement. Overseas, immigration backlash is at the heart of the British push to leave the E.U. In Austria’s election, the far-right candidate and his rival are tied at 50%.
Fri, 20 May 2016
David Waldman, begins his Nevada recovery phase, and invites you to join him. The Senate Democrats plan to deal with Sanders and his folks. The DNC will offer Sanders a convention concession. Remember how you felt 8 years ago? Time to step back and take a breath.
Greg Dworkin brings a lot of interesting polls, along with a bunch of responsible speculation: Trump and Clinton voters just don’t get why the other one is so crazy. It will all go to the one that gets the votes—Angry votes go to Trump, Frustrated votes go to Clinton. Trump is not Hitler, but kinda is. Former Sec. of Defense Bob Gates wouldn’t trust Donald Trump with nukes. Those that remember Ted Cruz might guess that he won’t endorse Trump. Trump won’t even let his own people vet him. Weird: Trump makes money by running for president.
Republicans show their true values by fighting Zika funding. Meanwhile, the number of pregnant women with the Zika virus in the U.S. triples.
Thu, 19 May 2016
David Waldman hopes to make all of this Nevada Convention controversy into a learning experience for both him and KITM listeners. Today KITM takes its usual ultra-detailed look into the allegations and counter-allegations being thrown around like chairs recently.
Greg Dworkin calls in to find answers to how each side sees the role of delegates, super delegates, and themselves in the selection process. What is fair and what is rigged? Is wherever there are rules there is rigging? Does where you stand depend on where you sit? How do the Bernie Fans that threatened the Nevada Dem State Chair see themselves, and the conflict? Are Bernie Bros Bernie Sanders biggest threat? How does the present direction of the Bernie Sanders vs. Hillary Clinton race fall into the history of women in politics?
How does procedure determine outcome? And, how will all of this effect the outcome of the nominations and the election?
Wed, 18 May 2016
David Waldman presents KITM with as little evil corporative cahootage as possible today. Most of the show will be devoted to an airing and study of just about every detail and point of view of that hullabaloo at the Nevada State Party Convention you all have been talking about.
Here is a report from the Clark County convention back in April. Here is the NV State Convention, moment by moment through a delegate’s eyes. Here are more witness accounts, and a collection of the fallout since.
Greg Dworkin is also free from cahoots, though not from opinions: Whose fault is the Nevada brouhaha? Some think it’s this guy, or maybe this guy. Is Sanders getting framed? Or is it Sanders supporters sour grapes? Bernie is not reigning in his supporters. Will Sanders staying in the race hurt Clinton? There are still more primaries—and an election— to think about.
Joan McCarter eases the tension by changing the subject to those dopes in DC: It’s almost 100 days since we have had a Supreme Court vacancy. The deadlocked Supreme Court punts on the Obamacare contraceptive mandate. A “diminished” Supreme Court is still a broken one. Elizabeth Warren simply does not understand the Republicans.
To close with good news: Thanks Obama!