Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review conclude their award series by naming the person of the year and turncoat of the year. They also offer their resolutions for 2013.
Archives for December 2012
Three Martini Lunch Awards Part 5
Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review continue their end-of-year awards. This time they give honors for under-reported story, over-reported story and the best story of 2012.
Three Martini Lunch Awards Part 4
Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review hand out more of their political awards for 2012. In this installment, they recognize the best political idea, worst political idea and boldest political tactic.
Three Martini Lunch Awards Part 3
Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review continue their 2012 awards. In this edition, they give out honors for worst scandal, best political theater and worst political theater.
Three Martini Lunch Awards Part 2
Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review hand out their 2012 awards for rising political star, political figure fading into oblivion and prominent figure we were sad to see pass away this year.
The Cliff, Kerry and the NRA
John Gizzi of Human Events reflects upon a very busy week in politics. Gizzi takes us inside the failed House GOP effort to avert the fiscal cliff and whether John Boehner will survive as speaker. Gizzi also reacts to President Obama and the National Rifle Association and gives us a sense what changes in gun laws might happen in Congress. And he explains why John Kerry is a decent pick to replace Hillary Clinton as secretary of state and what political scramble will commence over Kerry’s U.S. Senate seat.
2012 Passings – Part 2
Greg Corombos remembers more of the prominent names who passed away in 2012. From Dick Clark to Andy Griffith to Whitney Houston, Corombos reflects on the incredible performers we lost in film, television, music and beyond.
2012 Passings – Part 1
Greg Corombos reflects upon the prominent figures who passed away in 2012 – from the first man on the moon to a conservative firebrand to a pair of college football coaching legends. In this segment, Corombos remembers those we lost in the arenas politics, media, business and sports.
‘Get in the Ring’
Plenty of people have experience in politics, but few in politics have much experience in the business world. That’s why entrepreneur Pete Snyder is running to be the next lieutenant governor in Virginia.
Virginia’s statewide offices are on the ballot every four years in odd numbered years and all three of Virginia’s statewide offices are up for grans next year.
Snyder has long been active in Republican politics but never sought office himself. Instead, he spent the past 13 years starting and growing New Media Strategies, the first social media marketing company.
He also had no plans to join this race until he saw the election results in November and his wife actually planted the idea in his head.
“I went into a deep depression for about a week (after the election),” said Snyder. “My wife kicked me after a couple of days and said, ‘Hey honey. What the heck are you doing? If you really firmly believe that we need more private sector people involved in governing and more people that actually signed the front of a paycheck, you need to get in the ring.’ And that was really it.”
Snyder says he had no intention of running for governor against his good friend Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, so running for lieutenant governor was the logical choice. He is one of seven Republicans in the field, but Snyder says a career in business rather than a lifetime in politics separates him from most of his GOP rivals.
“The entire field is made up of career politicians, current officeholders or those who have sought office before and I’m the only private sector person in the mix,” said Snyder, who pointed out he thinks highly of many of the other Republicans in the field. “I’m the only person who’s been an innovator and a job creator and that’s really what I’m going to be bringing to the table. My focus is going to be one of big ideas. While the stakes have only gotten higher in politics in Washington and in Richmond, it seems that the politics have only gotten smaller. The ideas have only gotten smaller. So we have a campaign based on big ideas.”
Education reform is at the top of Snyder’s priority list. He says union power has allowed some terrible policies to remain on the books.
“If you look at Virginia’s education laws, you would think they were written by the teacher unions themselves, which is preposterous because in Virginia we don’t even negotiate against teachers unions,” said Snyder. “Things like teacher tenure still exist. Last in, first out still exists. We have some of the worst grades on charter schools.”
Snyder says the private market should be allowed to flourish in the education arena. He says the model should be Louisiana, where Hurricane Katrina wiped out so many schools the government couldn’t get enough open and the private sector came to the rescue.
“Since then, kids are being educated, test scores are going through the roof and more kids are going to college than ever,” said Snyder. “We need more of that in Virginia. We need to take down the teachers’ unions and their influence and add many more free market elements to reward our best and most innovative teachers and to actually have our kids be learning.”
On the economy, Snyder says some areas of Virginia are doing well but others are not – like southwestern Virginia which is facing double-digit unemployment. Snyder wants to spur greater investment and encourage small and large-scale entrepreneurs to do business in the commonwealth. One way Snyder says that can be spurred is to eliminate the state corporate income tax.
Vice President Joe Biden has provided a wealth of material to comedians, so the Capitol Steps use a bunch of Biden missteps as the focus of their new Christmas parody “Muzzle Joe”. Our guest is Capitol Steps star and co-founder Elaina Newport.