Thu, 31 March 2016
David Waldman, as always, looks into process questions today, but first the Alabama Governor sex scandal, because the process there is pretty simple.
Greg Dworkin makes an irate phone call to KITM, still sticking in plenty of useful information:
John Kasich will never earn Greg’s vote this way. Nobody likes Donald Trump, not even white men. Donald Trump, Womb Raider, does all he can to gain hatred. Trump rips the veneer off the political process, and the Gop will probably not get the veneer glued back on for a long time to come. Trump still has some good cons going.
David dives back into the political process. Do you want representation? Fairness? Judgement? There is a process in place to attain that, all it takes is effort and time.
Wed, 30 March 2016
David Waldman reminds us that you can be a fan, and still disagree!
Barack Obama: “Do you miss me yet?”
Everyone is so tired of the primaries, but Greg Dworkin is still is out there finding interesting things to look into:
Any government policy creates winners and losers, but outside of anecdotes, what is the big picture?
Joan McCarter shows up to talk with David about ballots, black boxes, the butterfly effect, and yes Donald Trump. His lawsuit probably isn’t one, but he’s still fighting.
The Idaho governor does not want to expand Medicaid, because people with insurance “still die”. The 8 member Supreme Court is deadlocked on Zubik v. Burwell, and seems more confused about it as well. Chuck Grassley hides from Iowans, perhaps because he senses the danger his job is in.
Tue, 29 March 2016
David Waldman doesn’t want to talk too much about Susan Sarandon. Neither does Greg Dworkin, so Greg quickly changes the subject: Donald Trump supporters really support Donald Trump, but Hillary Clinton supporters really like her too.
Bernie Sanders has had lots of good news lately, but that may not be enough, so his team has a long shot plan to flip super-delegates and “hijack” the nomination. Sanders’ election team has a hard time explaining this to the press.
Monte Frank returns to talk about Team 26 and this year's Sandy Hook Ride on Washington, and gives us the inside, local look at legislation to prevent gun violence, as well as the Campaign to Keep Guns Off Campus. How do Americans poll on guns?
There will be no charges in the #GunFAIL at the OK Corral incident.
South Carolina wants entire faith groups to be held liable if a refugee they support commits a crime. Meanwhile in the state, Cruz and Kasich anti-Trump double agents fan out.
Freedumb’s not free, as militia leader with ties to Bundy stand-offs in Oregon and Nevada seeks bankruptcy protection for the third time.
A man who accidentally shot and killed a pregnant woman while twirling a revolver feels he’s been punished enough for that, will now get punished for drunkenly shooting a shotgun on his birthday.
Mon, 28 March 2016
David Waldman returns from his three day weekend, and hopes you had as nice as one as Bernie.
Greg Dworkin backs up his big truck o’facts:
Attacks like the ones in Brussels and Pakistan may be on the increase because Da’ish are losing on their battlefields.
Big weekend for Bernie! Bernie Sanders continues to dominate caucuses, but he’s about to run out of them. Sander’s big hope is California, where Democrats and even some Republicans brace for California nightmare Trump.
Over half of Sanders’ supporters believe Hillary Clinton will win. Reluctant votes count just as much as enthusiastic ones. Bernie or bust voters may not move a lot of votes away from Hillary Clinton, but Donald Trump might be moving a bunch towards her. Reagan Democrats became Republican 30 years ago, so Donald Trump can’t mine many of those.
David sings another verse of Don’t Fear the Superdelegates. If you feel that you aren’t represented by the government, put some time and effort into becoming the government.
Fri, 25 March 2016
Back in time three years, to a newly-relevant episode, in which we read Peter Manseau’s New Yorker piece, “Melancholy Accidents,” an article partially inspired by #GunFAIL, now expanded into a brand new book.
Plenty of #GunFAIL and gun-related discussion today. Greg Dworkin updated us on his extensive interview with Australian 60 Minutes on the events in Newtown, and on the pace of legislative responses on gun policy. Among the latest to take note of the #GunFAIL phenomenon is The New Yorker, wherein we learn the historical lesson that "melancholy accident" was the original hashtag used by newspapers of the colonial era and early 19th century. We also read Mark Sumner's Sunday Kos piece, "Congratulations on your new gun laws." Switching gears for some economic analysis, we read Salon's "How rich 'moochers' hurt America," and then four entries from "The 5 Shadiest Crimes Ever Pulled Off by Famous Corporations," from Cracked magazine, of all places! Humor and entertainment outlets have a better read on the news these days than most newsrooms do, it seems. Sigh.
Thu, 24 March 2016
David Waldman is not here tomorrow. Join him in turning off all of your devices to emerge blinking into the sunlight with your family and then go have some fun!
You could shop for a new home on Non-Trump Isle.
You could start your own mom & pop weed shop. (Whites only.)
You could dirty-talk your staffer/mistress on a recorded phone.
Greg Dworkin rounds up the polls and punditry, tossing in his thoughtful two cents: Donald Trump has plenty enough support going into the nomination, but voters will need to hold their nose tighter than ever if they want him elected president. Or Lindsey Graham’s 15th choice, Ted Cruz. It would be hard to choose.
Hillary Clinton is completely out-classed by Donald Trump’s Huge & Bigly negatives. Not even congress or the Gop can be less popular than Trump. As for Clinton vs. Sanders, Democrats are evenly split in their opinions, but their delegate count is not, although Bernie Sanders did great recently.
North Carolina enacts a law to allow LGBT discrimination in a very efficient 10 hours, even taking the time to throw in blocks to minimum wage, leave, benefits and child labor! You can’t get results that quick unless you reach across the aisle.
Blackwater’s Founder is under investigation for money laundering, ties to Chinese Intel, and brokering mercenary services. Isn’t that all on his business cards?
Wed, 23 March 2016
David Waldman goes it alone today. Greg Dworkin couldn’t make it, but if you prefer your punditry rounded up and abbreviated you know where to go. AZ has Donald Trump and Hillary winning and extending their leads. Absentee voting has people voting for absent contenders. Trump engages in some lighthearted sexual harassment, other vulgar talking yam stuff. Trump and Cruz figure out what to do abut Brussels, ISIS, Muslims, whatever. Trump has some beans he may spill on his way to a mathematically impossible goal.
David revisits and further scrutinizes how John Kasich could rock our world like Rutherford B. Hayes vs. Samuel J. Tilden. Who knows what back room deals could be born this time? Silicon Valley and Uber do not see a difference between people having their needs met, and them getting paid for what they do and supply. Eh, they’ll replace them all with robots soon, anyway.
Tue, 22 March 2016
David Waldman still welcomes telephone interviews:
Greg Dworkin tells us the primaries and caucuses set for today are still going on. The big story is in Arizona — 75 delegates for Democrats, probably most to Clinton. Idaho & Utah combined 56, probably most to Sanders. Greg looks into today’s contests and what is at stake in the future. The “Establishment” Republicans game out their Trumpless future, but have a hard time finding team players for their fantasy league. Donald Trump charms the audience at AIPAC from suspicion over to enthusiasm. How can Trump be Hitler if he’s cheered by Jews? A Holocaust survivor tells his son. Will American police serve as Donald Trump's stormtroopers?
Today’s conspiracy theories: Is the War on Drugs just a war on political enemies? Is Silicon Valley’s future destroying everyone’s future? How about this one: A 130 year old law could let John Kasich pick the next president.
Bernie Sanders thinks the concept of superdelegates is problematic. David thinks this is an opportunity for us to write the code of the government app. No. Do not let the Republicans win to teach anybody a lesson. No one ever learns the lesson.
Mon, 21 March 2016
Greg Dworkin has eliminated the beep that sounded as if he called in while operating a forklift, and also dispels some myths about the November Presidential election. The Cato Institute has found that old turnips still have some more blood. Old folks are not just good for the labor they provide, they vote too. Non-voters could have stopped Trump if they were less apathetic, more enthusiastic. There are not enough white voters to vote in Trump. David Brooks peers from his ivory tower, and has a hunch he may be disconnected from Trump voters. The Gop establishment has to make a big decision about Trump. By the way, there is no Gop establishment, or their candidate would have been the candidate. Meanwhile, Arizona’s tomorrow. Trump still has one big move to make. Why is this man smiling?
David looks at the Republican party’s array of desperation measures, including a delegate by delegate lobbying effort to deny Donald Trump the nomination. That doesn’t sound very fair — hey wait, look at what Bernie Sanders has got going. People have worked long and hard to create this system, and will decide how to use it.
Fri, 18 March 2016
David Waldman recommends that you catch the next episode of Hopping Mad with Will McLeod and Arliss Bunny. This week’s special guest is Alexis Goldstein, writer, activist, and Senior Policy Analyst at Americans for Financial Reform. Get up-to-date instantly by listening to the live broadcast at 8AM Eastern on Netroots Radio, or check out their archive of podcasts!
Donald Trump’s son receives a letter containing white powder. The letter is deemed “Suspicious”.
Armando calls in to describe in detail his visit to a recent Trump rally, at which he saw a crowd eager to become a mob. Look for his article on the event coming soon to Daily Kos. Donald Trump suggests that he and his followers could become the greatest, hugest, sore losers ever if the convention in Cleveland doesn’t go their way. As many in the Republican establishment labor to steal the nomination from Donald Trump (who just might have something up his sleeve, too) David combs over the rules and reminds us Rules Matter, especially if you own a DIY rulebook. Also — how do we get to the “people’s choice” in this country? Think a ‘brokered’ convention is undemocratic? Think again.
Thu, 17 March 2016
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David Waldman is joined by Greg Dworkin, who reminds us “It’s the Supreme Court, Stupid.” President Obama chose “a serious man and exemplary judge”, D.C. Circuit Judge Merrick Garland. Why Garland? Why now? Republicans were really hoping they could Bork someone.
PBS runs a story about how Donald Trump has helped create a Republican big tent that appeals even to white supremacists who don’t normally vote in elections. Trump heads to Cleveland, the place in the nation to go to for the latest in riot equipment and accessories. Five sheriff’s deputies suspended following the violent Trump rally in North Carolina. Doomed oh so many times previously, is Trump now finally heading to his yuge November doom?
Gun News Today: Good guy with a gun temporarily misidentified as bad, police funeral to follow. Yes, she can bring her concealed carry weapon with her on a playdate, but what idiot would make a playdate with her? Officer mansplains weapon safety too effectively for his colleague.
Wed, 16 March 2016
Joan McCarter brings the morning’s breaking news: Along with other decisions made today, President Obama nominated Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court. Joan talks to David about who Garland is, and why is he the nominee at this time.
The New York Times comes close to writing a positive Bernie Sanders article, but reconsiders.
Real Trump supporters show up, drip diamonds everywhere.
Florida poll workers meet everyone’s expectations.
Gun News: Drunken man’s scrotum not bullet-proof, and "I figured I'd just shoot at random because I had all these guns.”
Tue, 15 March 2016
Are the end times near? They could be, at least as far as primary delegate math goes. Many voters go to the polls in big states today. Many knew who they were going to vote for long ago, and many have voted earlier too.
Armando is in transit today, so Greg Dworkin is forced to pick a fight with David Waldman: Will the #NeverTrump movement never make a difference? Or can it still effect the Republican convention, or maybe the election?
Greg looks at the Republican race today. Kasich may hold off Trump in Ohio. Here’s the recent polling, and here is what 2012 looked like. In Florida however, voters care less and less about Rubio and are going Trump. Here are their recent polls, and their 2012 results. Also, here are North Carolina’s polls and results from 2008, and Illinois polls, and 2012 results. In Missouri, The Show Me State would rather not show you much up-to-date polling, but here’s where they were in ‘08.
Congratulations to Bernie Sanders for living a long life, sensibly building his retirement account.
Mon, 14 March 2016
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David Waldman returns from a weekend of teaching his kids the value of Scouting and repeatedly lifting heavy things.
Tomorrow will be perhaps known as the superest Tuesday of all time. With The Northern Mariana Islands in play, as well as Florida, Illinois, Missouri, North Carolina and Ohio, Greg Dworkin steps up with a depth of insight and analysis you will not find anywhere else. In fact, he didn’t even really get to the Republicans, you’ll have check back tomorrow for that. Meanwhile, open up some tabs and read along as Greg tackles the Ohio, and Illinois primaries, and what they were in 2008, Missouri, and their ‘08, North Carolina, and their ‘08, and Florida!
Hey, look at all the Republicans turning out for the primaries! Is that something?
Fri, 11 March 2016
David Waldman’s flu already giving up and going away once he gave it the nickname “Lil’ Cold”.
Greg Dworkin interrupts, politely, to air his Twitter rant on the essence of the election and Donald Trump’s appeal. David Frum smells a similar essence. Last night’s debate was substance-full and fact-free. You know the general election is approaching when Presidential Trump shows up. But what about support from those that like his dis-likability? He still has some dis-likable competition. Some are surprised that GOP voters have not voted because of the idealized BS shoveled by their leaders, but for maybe more self-centered reasons.
David updates some stories: Gun loving mom shot, but vows to not learn anything new. Trump supporter says “Next time, we might have to kill him” about protester he punched, because the protester could have been ISIS.
Thu, 10 March 2016
David Waldman is sick and tired of the debates, plus he’s sick and tired. He talks a lot about the former and a little bit about the latter today.
Greg Dworkin takes a look back today, in preparation for the wave of stuff coming soon. Should ad makers producing ads against Trump look back to 1964? Time to look forward to a Rubio-free election. Looking forward to the Gop convention, a Trump protester gets sucker-punched.
Is Bernie Sanders or Bust a stance based on privilege? Are Clinton supporters being honest with themselves? David talks about how we could, and should move past this soon. We are not 'Confederates.' We are Democrats.
Wed, 9 March 2016
Greg Dworkin is happy for Bernie Sanders’ win in Michigan and Hillary Clinton’s win of the most delegates last night. It’s always great to see us win. So, what happened in Michigan last night? What lessons are to be learned? Meanwhile, all of the Stop Trump stuff didn’t stop Trump last night. The Gop continues building the long con for the biggest grift of all time: everybody.
It’s Joan McCarter Day! She just survived her state’s primary. Senate Republicans join Paul Ryan's House in failing on budget process. In the Senate, Mitch McConnell's strategy of a total blockade of any nominee to the Supreme Court from President Obama ends up not being popular with voters. Are Republican senators putting aside their loathing for Ted Cruz to beat Donald Trump? No. Kelly Ayotte's primary challenger attacks her from the right on Supreme Court nominee. Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe has faced an extremely nasty, partisan Republican legislature in Virginia, and now they've taken it to a new level.
Tue, 8 March 2016
David Waldman is stricken with the flu, but doesn’t let that stop KITM, with the help of his friends Armando, and Greg Dworkin.
Greg Dworkin brings the polls, but also a sober look at the delegate math. No presidential candidate has lost a delegate lead this late since at least 2000, but Super-Duper Tuesday, March 15 with Florida, Ohio and the Northern Mariana Islands still has the potential to be a game-changer. Today is Michigan with Trump and Clinton holding big leads.
Donald Trump is still winning his delegate vote, btw. He is a little weaker, but the Gop establishment is going to have to do better than that to take him out. The front lines move to Florida, where Trump has already lit the dumpster. The Sun Sentinel takes the stand of standing for none of the Republicans. It turns out that Florida knew Rubio was that callow before anyone else. So, is it all up to Kasich?
Armando and David look into Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton’s record on TARP, Gun manufacturer liability, as well as the importance of voting coalitions and why explaining is important, even if “explaining is losing”.
Bristol Palin sees the bright side of leaving guns out with kids.
Mon, 7 March 2016
Get David Waldman undiluted and uncensored with today’s KITM:
Greg Dworkin admits that sure, there was some grouching at the Democratic debate, but we’re all friends here right? You still can’t confuse a Democrat with a Republican debate. Hillary Clinton has a big lead in Michigan. So does Trump. Why is Bernie Sanders having such a hard time there? How is everyone doing, meeting their delegate targets?
Is the only way to damage Trump through suicide attacks? Ted Cruz believes the media is sitting on Trump bombshells. Here are a few they aren’t sitting on: Trump-branded tower funded by Chinese seeking Visas. Trump has connections to stereotypical gangsters. Trump is a big cheater that says neener-neener at the debates.
A family whose kids have always grown-up around guns and learned to always assume a gun was loaded have now lost two to accidental shootings. The second while joking about Russian roulette.
An instructor tactically responded a bullet past his students into a truck, and is getting negative Yelp reviews.
Fri, 4 March 2016
David Waldman is laser focused on today’s political scene, except for those rare moments preocupied by Webelos knots.
Greg Dworkin drops by to bring you the news that everyone not listening to KITM will think is the news months from now. For instance, the rise of Donald “The Big D” Trump can be connected to the rise in American authoritarianism. Trump’s Republican rivals think he would make an awful, dangerous president, and support him for president. Mitt Romney is really against Trump now, really liked him before, and doesn’t really see what the problem with that is.
The second hour of KITM goes to an interview with musician/producer/podcaster/agitator Travis Rosen, Daily Kos contributor and podcaster of Irreverent Testimony. Has Colorado outgrown the caucus system? Travis gives a first-hand inside account of the Colorado caucuses.
Thu, 3 March 2016
On today’s Kagro in the Morning show, Greg Dworkin’s Abbreviated Pundit Roundup has it all on the Trumpster fire: the delegate math, how Stop Trump theorists are turning from unifying behind one candidate to distributing the responsibilities (which isn’t likely to work either), the cratering of Christie, and more.
Will upcoming, closed Gop contests go differently for Trump? Or the same?
What are the prospects for a fight in Cleveland? Who’ll show up for one? And what if the answer to that is: the Ku Klux Klan?
A top Trump adviser in Iowa laments Trump’s autocratic waving-off of his surely crucial advice. No one could have predicted that.
A Texas Gop county chair is f-ing crazy. But not Donald Trump crazy. Unless by that you mean that he’s exactly Donald Trump crazy. Gawker reports, you decide.
Secret Donald Trump voters speak out. And they’re just as impossible to understand as you thought.
Congressional Republicans are angry, in one narrow instance, about the federal government’s inability to register, track, and control the flow of guns. It’s not rocket science, though, which makes it all the more understandable how Renee Ellmers lost track of her AR-15.
Wed, 2 March 2016
We’re still trying to find an appropriate label for the Wednesday after a Super Tuesday. But at least we have some results to examine now that the day is done. Greg Dworkin rounded up the relevant headlines and commentary on Republican Trumpmatic Stress Disorder, Chris Christie’s Stockholm Syndrome, and other related maladies.
Joan McCarter gave us her take on the day’s events, and the various bits of fallout arising from them. Well-known civil rights hero Donald Trump seems ready to try to steamroller Speaker Ryan, while other Republicans (and maybe even Ryan) are ready to just roll over. Perhaps that character trait is what’s making it so hard for Ryan to get his troops in line on the budget. And Apple wins an opening round in its fight with the National Security State.
We also ask Joan if Dick Cheney is terrible, and she says yes.
Sorry. Didn’t mean to take the suspense out of that for you.
Tue, 1 March 2016
David Waldman brings the super to Tuesday with today’s KITM:
Does Trump have the nomination sewed up? The election? Or will it be #NeverTrump? Seriously, will there be enough anti-Trump voters that will stick to their principals to not vote anti-Clinton to matter? And say they they do “come apart”, how will that keep the Gop from still winning the election? An imploded party will certainly eventually win if they are the ones that are going out to vote. There are definitely enough morons around ready to vote Trump in, you know. Why isn’t Bernie Sanders expanding the electorate? Why don’t black voters Feel the Bern? Do Democrats even care about big ideas anymore...
But really, isn’t a lot of this mess some of you dumbasses’ fault?
Melissa Harris-Perry would have been helpful right about now.
A woman is in critical condition after a swimming pool hurtles 1500 feet and is lodged in her neck. Correction: not a swimming pool, a bullet. Another guy is “self-inflicted”, by an “unintentional discharge” that accidentally got him shot, “apparently”.
Did you know Dick Cheney may have been an authoritarian sociopath?
Good luck to David Waldman, going off to vote now, a right not necessarily guaranteed.