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Impeachment and 2020

Impeachment and 2020

Update: 2019-06-082
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Will and Alexandra begin today’s show by discussing the state of impeachment talks. Will argues that impeachment at this moment would do nothing by divide Democrats and solidify Trump support. With the DCC publicly split already, it would just draw focus off of 2020 and risk alienating potential moderate voters. Alexandra, on the other hand, has shifted her views since the Barr performance and lack of willingness of Trump to cooperate. While she believes winning in 2020 is crucial for Democrats, she believes this is about protecting institutions and democracy more largely.

Next, they turn to a general discussion of the 2020 election. Will continues to argue that 20 candidates in a debate is going to fracture the party more than help. Moreover, he points to the potential for donor fatigue based on debate performances and the general election. The September debates will produce more substance and nuance, but what damage will occur before then? Alexandra points to concerns about Democrats only participating when they are energized by a candidate and the impact octogenarian candidates may have here. She draws out comparisons between current female candidates and the flaws of Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Perhaps most importantly, she points out that the presence of Bernie Sanders on stage—who she identifies as not being a Democrat—as damaging the ability for other candidates to shine.

Lastly, Alexandra and Will discuss topics of interest this week. Will chooses to discuss regulation and sport. After yet another small child was hit by a foul ball at a baseball game, there are increasing calls for enhanced safety measures. Will understands the wish to regulate for the name of safety but also posits that parents have a role to play here when deciding to sit with small children. Alexandra shared about her research describes a lot of what is occurring in American politics before our eyes today by focusing on how dissent against leaders by group members is viewed—both by leaders and those who dissent. This is relevant for framing discussions within both the Republican and Democratic parties today.

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Odin

Sounds like it was recorded underwater with a potato

Jun 14th
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Odin

Michael Baranowski Haha, thanks for the reply. I'll be sure to check out some more episodes.

Jun 14th
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Michael Baranowski

Odin Sorry about that - a one-time glitch that we've fixed. (But I loved your description!)

Jun 14th
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Brian Brussard

I was really struck by Alexandra's comment(and I agree that it is truthful)"Leaders encapsulate the identity of the party." In relation to her attack of the vapors, and her apocalyptic pearl clutching, by AG Barr deciding to stand by his CIC..... ...one can only wonder how she remains oblivious to the Trump Executive merely being the continuation of the equally(I generously give the benefit of the doubt here) lawless Obama Executive? If she wishes to seem anything other than the uber partisan hypocrite her screed shows her to be.....she can post links to show her taking the Obama Executive to task for destroying our democratic norms when Obama refused to obey laws and took extra constitutional actions as she has done here with Trump. Just to get started.. here are some actions she can address..... https://www.politico.com/blogs/politico44/2013/04/eric-holder-im-still-the-presidents-wingman-160861 "I’m still the President’s wing-man, so I’m there with my boy." https://www.politico.com/story/2012/06/holder-held-in-contempt-of-congress-077988 "The House has voted to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress over his failure to turn over documents related to the Fast and Furious scandal, the first time Congress has taken such a dramatic move against a sitting Cabinet official. The vote was 255-67, with 17 Democrats voting in support of a criminal contempt resolution, which authorizes Republicans leaders to seek criminal charges against Holder. This Democratic support came despite a round of behind-the-scenes lobbying by senior White House and Justice officials - as well as pressure from party leaders - to support Holder." In the likely event that she in particular, and the program in general, fails to offer any such links....we will have no choice but to see her as she portrays herself here...as an uber partisan hypocrite. OTOH.....Please, please, please prove me wrong, and address this glaringly obvious dichotomy!

Jun 10th
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