Mon, 31 October 2016
Greg Dworkin steps forward to congratulate the winner, no matter who it might be. So far the polls aren’t being swayed, although pundits will have their theories, analysts their analysis and bird watchers their black swans. Fox Democrats quit Clinton, but they like quitting.
You can tell Trump’s lying when his lips move, but can he? Trump flunky Chris Christie was Trump’s VP pick, then Donald ditched him for Pence. Donald Trump’s companies destroyed emails in defiance of court orders. Donald Trump, who lies about golf, and skiing, claims to be the best baseball player in New York. And, of course, there is Trump and charities.
Taylor Swift has something that most victims of sexual misconduct never get: Photographic evidence.
Josie Duffy Rice brings her Friday visit to Monday to talk judicial elections and misconduct. Arizona prosecutor with more death sentences than 99.5 percent of counties is up for re-election. He also wants to preserve racially-biased marijuana prohibition. A Houston DA jailed a rape victim, covered up the destruction of 21,000 pieces of evidence—and now wants your vote. A Phoenix prosecutor’s office stands to lose millions of dollars if marijuana's legal, so he is against legalizing it.
Fri, 28 October 2016
Thu, 27 October 2016
Greg Dworkin shakes us awake with that USC Dornsife / LA Times poll, reminding us to get out and vote, then get out the vote. Hillary Clinton, Democrats, the nation need our help right now, although, you know, she’s doing OK. Millennials are on board finally, Clinton has doubled her lead on CNBC’s latest survey. She’s making Trump voters anxious with her 6 point lead in the ABC poll. She’s ahead by 7 points in crucial Pennsylvania, and she’s up by a couple in the IBD/TIPP Presidential Election Tracking Poll, the poll that eventually ends up right. The Yale Record does NOT endorse Hillary Clinton, and they have several good reasons for not doing so.
This is all great news for Donald Trump. It is hard for them to imagine it being more wonderful. But what is really going on behind the scenes at Trump/Bannon Inc.? A look inside the Trump Bunker with 12 days to go.
Greg and David also discuss how Obamacare has played politically, and ask whatever happened to the conservative intellectual?
Three great reasons to GOTV: The Trump campaign’s three major voter suppression operations.
And yes... we talked about the FIFA scandals & Chuck Blazer back in June of 2015. This is just one of four shows during which it was discussed!
Good news if you know someone on your Christmas shopping list that enjoys holding automatic weapons and testicles! (No word yet on the AR-15 Rusty Trombone attachment.)
Wed, 26 October 2016
David Waldman has voted! If you can vote early too, that could be a good thing. Once you bank your vote, then maybe on election day you can volunteer to drive voters to polling places!
All of us will have voted two weeks from now. Greg Dworkin still won’t let us turn away from the Right’s horrific final weeks. An assembly of idiots fell in with the strategic genius to make 2016 into a referendum on the question, “Are women human beings”? Newt Gingrich wonders why everyone is so obsessed with petty sensationalistic sex when we could be talking about Bill Clinton. Roger Stone already made fake badges for his poll busters, but they got caught before the fun could start. Everyone is getting in line to drain the right-wing swamp. Has Trump initiated Idiocracy, or just eliminated scandal as a measure of a candidate? Here are a bunch of graphics to help you understand.
Of course, a lot of other people are running for election, also with two weeks to go. Clinton’s 12 point lead is helping down ballot, but it is still a dead heat for Congress. President Obama is unleashed and unmuzzled. Hillary’s secret weapon in Florida is no secret to Armando. Millennials have many good reasons to vote Clinton.
Joan McCarter brings all the insight you expect her to bring to the down ticket races, and helps throw a few tires on the Trump fire as well. The Russians are trying to throw shade on our election ... wonder where they got that idea? Harry Reid has laid the groundwork to nuke the filibuster of Supreme Court nominees, will Chuck Schumer deliver? Bill Clinton explains the whole Obamacare story you're not getting from the traditional media. Marco Rubio thinks his last name is enough to make other Latinos forget that he's backing Donald Trump in this election. It's not. Mitch McConnell tosses his oath of office onto the ash heap.
Don’t tell Newt, but here are some new Trump sex scandals: When Kelly Preston and John Travolta's son died, Donald consoled Kelly by reminding her that she is so hot. Donald let his tongue do the talking with Paula Patrice.
Tue, 25 October 2016
Mon, 24 October 2016
There’s a light at the end of the tunnel, but we’re taking it one day at a time. The race remains, as Greg Dworkin reminds us, stable as always. The latest polls are rolling in. If the election were held today, you’d be able to vote today. You should look into it. This year has produced another right wing King of Crazy.
It’s said that Donald Trump cheats at golf. And we know he’s at least a bit of a braggart about it. Thanks to his latest accuser, as well as a related story from last week, we now have some real data against which to judge his claims. No, golf isn’t important. But then, I don’t think I’ve ever heard of anyone cheating quite like The Donald. With the possible exception of Kim Jong Il.
After a little more chatter about the antics of the deplorables, Armando visited to raise the issue of third parties and alternative voting methods. No experts, we. But here are some people who know the mechanics of how it would work. Though we still have our doubts about how much changes in terms of policy-making.
Fri, 21 October 2016
It’s not Halloween for 10 days, and Donald Trump is already horrifying millions. KITM is your Trump Terror headquarters going into the weekend, and today, David Waldman delivers the latest shocks. Jaws dropped in horror at an Al Smith dinner no one will ever forget as Donald Trump delivers his campaign eulogy. And, no one has recovered from Donald’s frightening and stupid refusal to endorse the election, except the elites on Morning Joe.
Greg Dworkin brings us more scary news for the Gop: Trump’s electoral map is getting tinier and tinier, because no one likes a loser. Donald self immolated at the last debate, but Hillary handed him the matches. Clinton probably finished off Trump, no not probably, it’s over. And not just for Trump. Kelly Ayotte is down 8 points now.
Josie Duffy Rice makes her Friday KITM visit to remind us to always scrutinize the down ticket races, and to check with her if there is a DA race. Joe Arpaio isn’t the only bad public servant in AZ, they also have a really bad prosecutor, Bill Montgomery.
Russia has been preparing a vast, covert, and unprecedented campaign of political sabotage against the United States and its allies for more than a year. John Podesta and Colin Powell’s accounts were hacked when they clicked that e-mail link they shouldn’t have.
So, on to next week’s Trump scandals: A Russian-born, mafia-Trump-Putin-linked businessman came over to Trump tower for some undisclosed stuff, and dropped off 5 grand. The Trump Foundation moved 10 grand over to James O’Keefe. And, the Financial Times finds links between Trump and an international money laundering network. Meanwhile Trump’s kid steals lemonade at the In-N-Out.
Thu, 20 October 2016
Greg Dworkin looks at all the data, to better tell you who might win November 8, or he might feel like keeping you in suspense. Who knows, but Hillary Clinton did win the final debate. Viewers haven’t quite had time to fully absorb last night, but that isn’t keeping battleground states from flipping to blue. Now that Donald’s got no strings to hold him down, it’s time for revenge. That, whining, and incredible denial should keep Trump’s days filled for the next couple of weeks. Pity his minions. Then there is Ann Coulter.
Weaning us from Trump, David determines how the “Advise and Consent” clause could, and could not, be used to appoint Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland.
Wed, 19 October 2016
Let’s all join David Waldman in singing danke schoën that the last presidential debate will soon be in the past. Donald Trump weirdly snubs Barack Obama’s brothers Mark, Bernard, George and David while adding Malik to the debate guest list.
Greg Dworkin says all bets are off for this presidential race. Really—they’re already paying out. If you can still get in, the over/under is 400 electoral votes. Some think something’s rigged. Trump followers think everything is rigged. Democrats move to rig the election with votes. Trump surrogates desperately bet on Trump, while continuing to lose. Even then, there are still a couple left that think he’ll win. Those people are wrong, crazy, or both. Republicans certainly look at things differently. Meanwhile, Donald Trump goes on a presidential death march we’ve never seen before. After the debate it will be about 19 more days until the first woman president is elected, and the roaches will scurry away.
Joan McCarter visits with election news of her own. Time is running out for President Obama’s nominations requiring senate confirmation. A new Democratic Senate could fix that. If a Republican Senate stays, they will be united against Clinton also.
Marco Rubio says please come to the polls, they aren’t so rigged, as opponent Democrat Rep. Patrick Murphy picks up endorsements from the four big newspapers in Florida.
David plays headline lightning round: Donald Trump asks for witnesses to his groping, 6 people say OK. CBS orders Candy Crush reality series, Julian Assange can no longer play Candy Crush, Ecuador cut his internet. Police van rams, parks on protesters in the Philippines. Hillary really should’ve invited David Fahrenthold to the debate. Russian hacker, hoodie optional, picked up the Czech police and the FBI.
More often, people have been crowdsourcing gun violence research, which David has been doing for a while. A.V. Club has noted David’s bolstering prowess with KITM’s recent Very Special Episode. Aren’t you glad that you gave us/will give us some money now?
Tue, 18 October 2016
Today David Waldman lights the fuse on the KITM mind cannon. Just try not to give into astonishment when countless basketballs of insight dribble themselves into your brain!
As Greg Dworkin has told you so many times, (and now Chuck Todd backs him up!) the presidential race has been amazingly stable. Which means Hillary Clinton continues her lead, and Donald Trump continues his leadership fail. So, Hillary Clinton’s lead over Donald Trump widens… and Donald Trump’s failure to lead also widens. Therefore, as even white suburbanites flee “idiot” Trump, Clinton forces move into Arizona. Hillary Clinton has even captured the coveted K-12 demographic. And, it doesn’t look like much will be squeezed out of the Clinton e-mail story, either.
Republicans only can hope that Republicans not voting for Trump will remember to vote the ticket for someone. Meanwhile, the votes are already coming in and are being counted in Iowa, and North Carolina. Steve Bannon tries to harness the power of crazy people.
Speaking of the crazy, David delves into the mystic, machine elf, psychonautic, glossolalia-spouting voting bloc. Sit down with a heaping bowl of your favorite entheogen and take the trip with him. BTW, what was Emily Weeks smoking when she implied the NC GOP firebombing was covering up illegal activity?
Some Republican senators’ fundraising was hacked and sent money to Russia for months. Thanks Putin!
Mon, 17 October 2016
Those claiming that one just can’t degallimaufry a farrago clearly haven’t met the likes of David Waldman! Listen and Learn on today’s KITM:
We all know that Donald Trump is a tremendous, huge loser. He is also not going to be president. Greg Dworkin is here to tell you how, and why. First, Greg will walk you through the George Washington Battleground Poll. Then the Washington Post-ABC News poll, followed by detailed analysis of the brand-new national NBC/WSJ poll. Greg describes how, when one poll has Hillary up by 4, and another up by 11, Hillary Clinton is going to win the election. But what about voter intensity? Actually, intensity looks about the same for Clinton and Trump. But what about that 19 year old black guy screwing up the polls? No, he probably isn’t. But what about women propelling Hillary to victory? Oh yes, they are. But what about the rigged election? No! No! What are you, some kind of idiot?
Speaking of idiots, some of them firebombed a North Carolina Republican Headquarters building. Hillary and Donald got to show what they are made of. Donald Trump insults everyone’s intelligence with his choice of sexual assault witness.
There are still smart people left in the world, and David rounds up a few:
Armando calls in to KITM to call the bluff of an “insider” claiming James Comey perjured himself in testimony to congress.
Brian Munroe reports that It doesn’t matter who won the debate: America has already lost.
John R. asks, why have Texas prisons banned thousands of books?
And Rosalyn MacGregor reports on the Michigan gubernatorial race of 2018!
Fri, 14 October 2016
David Waldman brings us another highly informative, precisely pronounced KITM for Friday. Now you don’t need to read, hear or even think about Donald Trump until Monday morning! Just grab your gun and stare at a door this weekend.
But first, follow Greg Dworkin deep down into the most fascinating niches of the latest polling. For instance, values voters are finally giving up on Trump, as church goers shift from Trump to Clinton. The rise in anti-Semitism should scare away any remaining humanity. Big Donors urge the RNC to cut ties to Donald.
To create a landslide, first the losing party has to lose support. Donald Trump is making that happen for mainstream Republicans as well as a lot of the base, which is being compacted into a tiny, hard, angry diamond. Is Donald Trump destroying our democracy? Or has that always been the Gop goal? Or is America just losing it’s f**king mind?
Josie Duffy Rice takes a break from Daily Kos’ law beat to give her perspective on some things that aren’t Donald Trump. US prison incarceration takes the harshest toll from its citizens, both in raw numbers and per capita. What can we do about it? How do we address the issue of those convicted of violent offenses? David and Josie review California Prop. 62 and 66. Josie examines the actions around the police union contract negotiations in Portland. Social media companies secretly provided data to law enforcement surveillance programs during protests in Ferguson and Baltimore. The death of Ken Thompson is a blow to the cause of progressive prosecutorial reform.
OK, back to Donald Trump. Did you know he may have lied about donating to 9/11 charities?
Thu, 13 October 2016
Good thing Greg Dworkin is available to lend a hand, although he first wants to make sure no one is going to get sued. (Don’t worry) Check out the testimony of women caught too close to Donald’s fingers, tongue, leer, in the Abbreviated Pundit Roundup, then move on to Twitter where there will be more shortly. Are you still at the non-acceptance stage on the Donald Trump assault news? Or you might even be at the Kellyanne Conway or uncontrollable rage monster stage. If so here is an acceptance guide.
“The Tape” trebucheted the Clinton campaign last weekend. There’s lots of polls at APR. Listen to Greg to learn how to savor the fine nuances! For polling and psychology, Pennsylvania is a state to watch, as Hillary dominates the Philly suburbs.
As Trump accusations flood in, Trump troops fight on, and lose, in skirmishes. Donald Trump invests in 10 year olds with potential, checks in on the progress of 15 year olds, until he finds the right moment to strike. Donald has a certain preference, and certain preferences. Assaulting a journalist was a big mistake.
Wed, 12 October 2016
Why would Donald Trump invest in beauty pageants and modeling agencies? Yes, that answer seems simple, but once you look beneath the obvious Trumpian layer of wanton, remorseless sleaze it all just becomes more dirty, sordid, cruel, misogynistic, and illegal. Today is the day David Waldman starts to peel away layers of that very rotten onion.
The bulk of this KITM is devoted to David’s annotated recitation of “We All Knew About the Trafficking.” The Untold Story of Trump Model Management (Part 1) by SwedishJewfish. This is a great introduction to the author’s other thoughts and narratives, as well the beginning of our deep dive into Trump’s golden cesspool to discover these Trumpettes: Chester the Molester, John Casablancas, Jeffrey Epstein, Eliot Spitzer, Roger Stone, and their many, many victims.
Tue, 11 October 2016
Coming tomorrow, the story David Waldman has been promoting his entire life! Not really, but he did spend some time recording a KITM to play tomorrow while he is busy. Find out all about Trump’s Model Management Madness! (Part 1) Wednesday!
Greg Dworkin is interrupted by his doorbell, until he lets her outside to hunt chipmunks and deer. Now if we can only figure out what that dump truck beep is all about...
Is Donald Trump Big League Toast? Yep. But let’s not say that out loud until the post debate polls are out at the end of the week. Trump has vanquished his rivals for the GOP's soul. The Gop is taking all this locker room and lock her up talk as well as could be expected. Alex Jones has decided Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are literally demons from hell.
Meanwhile, it is pretty nice on the other side of the aisle, where they are making room for 10 to 20 house seats. And another historical first endorsement for Hillary Clinton, this time from the Cuban-American Latin Builders Association.
Was Trump Billy Bush-Whacked?
Mon, 10 October 2016
Greg Dworkin calls in to help tackle the debate that wasn’t a debate. Greg sees pundits missing the point again. Still, the judges did go with Clinton, and for-real polls after the debate also went for Hillary. John Harwood discusses the debate with Stan Greenberg. David Frum reminisces about Clinton 90's experience and how it plays today. Donald did what he was hired to do: shake the Alt-Right fist at Hillary, Bill and Barack, but failed at his biggest stunt, so some still aren’t pleased. Did Donald do well enough to stop all the rats from jumping? Yes, Trump did well enough to keep the rats on the ship as it sinks, although a Gop chairman became unsure of his vote when Trump was so bad he made his dog throw up. As for the rest of us, Donald Trump is pretty scary, as he promises to rip up the foundations of liberal democracy and manipulate any genitalia because he can. Remember when Donald Trump took Billy Bush back to “a beautiful place”, but really couldn’t find it? The Trump video is having a hard time taking Donald lower than the basement he’s already in, but it is boosting Hillary.
Fri, 7 October 2016
It was a dark and stormy night.
Last night, Armando and Vanilla Ice were in Florida riding out Hurricane Mathew. Today, David Waldman transmits KITM from an undisclosed kitchen near Washington DC, as deplorables think their deplorable thoughts, which is probably worse than not thinking thoughts at all. Republicans seek shelter way deep inside their bubble.
Greg Dworkin brings the sunshine: The polls are looking strong for Hillary Clinton, especially with Latinos, and the unemployment rate is the lowest in over a decade. Ah, but there are clouds: Antisemitism is the in-thing with the cool Trumpsters. Women remain scary and motivating to Trump voters as well. Somali immigrants give them jitters too. Katrina Pierson sums it all up for those that didn’t hear the dog-whistles. Michael Moore is so scared of Trump that he seems to have fallen in love. Bill O’Reilly did not sense enough Asian fear and hate, and sent Jessie Watters to Chinatown. New York responded. A man shot and killed his wife, and blames it on his fear of Black Lives Matter.
Maybe Sunday’s town hall debate will turn it all around.
You heard it here first, now read Part One of the untold story of Trump model management (and trafficking).
Thu, 6 October 2016
Donald Trump is still running for president! David Waldman’s KITM is 2 hours long and he can only barely keep ahead of this mudslide.
Mike Pence showed he was good at being unsoiled by Trump mud at the debate. Actually, few saw the VP debate. As a result, the whole concept of Mike Pence smooth talking his way to a win is fading away. Greg Dworkin reveals the strategy Tim Kaine used to win in the real world.
Yeah, yeah, the youth know about the election, when is that deadline again?
Donald Trump used this one weird trick, and absolutely no scruples, to turn a 916 million dollar loss into a profit! David looks into Donald’s Art of the Steal, and the several theories on what he was up to, especially this one.
A Kentucky man and his AR-15 stop the tide of evil clowns. Actually he shot at a woman walking her dog.
Wed, 5 October 2016
David Waldman wants you to say things on KITM. It can be about politics, or the show, or pineapple. (David likes pineapple.) It can be 5 minutes to 25 minutes and range from sycophancy through calumny, he doesn’t care, he just wants audio files, soon!
David really needed some more pineapple last night, so he missed the Vice Presidential Debate. By tomorrow analysts will have untangled what they were saying, where they were looking, etc. and it still won’t matter. It’s Trump vs Clinton on Sunday!
Greg Dworkin felt it was an annoying debate with a moderator that lost control early, but Tim Kaine did one important thing: he showed beyond doubt that Mike Pence cannot defend Donald Trump. Pence’s head shaking will be fact checked to death today. Here are 6 things Trump definitely said, that Pence claimed he did not say. Bears have a rich pedigree in Russian narratives, but Mike Pence had to make up a Russian Bear proverb for the debate. Mike Pence brought Bill Clinton’s statements on Obamacare to the debate. Did Bill Clinton mess up? What did Bill actually say? Donald Trump calls tax avoidance “smart”, most Americans call it “unpatriotic”.
You know that Joan McCarter saw the VP debate. She came to KITM to give further analysis, including how nobody likes it when Mike Pence whips out that Mexican thing. Others treading water, hoping not to get too close to the Trumptanic undertow: Kelly Ayotte thought Trump was absolutely a role model for children, but reconsiders. And, Paul Ryan, a martyr for Trump.
Tue, 4 October 2016
Greg Dworkin promised us an avalanche of post-debate polling, today he delivers. You will hear “Hillary Leads” so often your head will spin, believe me. As a matter of fact, Hillary has always led. But... what about Ohio? As the Clinton electorate flees the rustbelt, leaving deploration in its wake, the electoral map shuffles. The service industry expands as manufacturing shrinks, but politicians lag. Young voters have always wanted the third choice.
Mon, 3 October 2016
Greg Dworkin calls in with a list of topics and opinions that he hopes are wide ranging enough to get everyone annoyed with him. Pragmatists for Clinton! Maybe Hillary is likable, after all. You can't pay people to like Carly Fiorina, so she doesn't bother. Greg looks at the polls heading into IA and NH: Biden not much of an issue. Bush and Rubio close as Trump drops. Kevin McCarthy doesn't speak well at all, so he may not get the Speaker position. MARS attacks! David and Greg talk about the range of populists and the spectrum of populism in politics, which all share in common a tendency of losing in elections - so far. Guns, Campuses and Madness as it is reported Mom of Oregon shooter bragged about weapons she stockpiled. Now 4chan is threatening violence, putting colleges on alert. Sheriffs demand even more military weapons. And, an 11 year old shoots and kills an 8 year old because she would not show him her puppy. House Republicans, already fighting over the candidates for speaker, majority leader and whip, find themselves fighting over when to even hold the elections.