Things are a bit more subdued Tuesday after Monday’s Wall Street carnage. So join Jim and Greg as they get a kick out experts having to spend time telling people not to snort cocaine or drink bleach to prevent coronavirus, no matter what they see on social media. As for the actual martinis, they actually applaud California Gov. Gavin Newsom for being one of the few Democratic governors to discuss the extensive cooperation he’s getting from the Trump administration and refusing to entertain media efforts to get him to slam Trump. Jim and Greg also assess Joe Biden’s dust up with an auto worker over the second amendment – from the facts to his verbal flubs to his insults. And they marvel that less than two weeks after Joe Biden was a political afterthought, few people are glued to today’s six presidential contests because a Biden nomination is a foregone conclusion.
It’s a wild Wednesday Three Martini Lunch as we recap the events of Super Tuesday. Join Jim and Greg as they relish the very expensive implosion of Michael Bloomberg, who spent hundreds of millions of dollars for one win in American Samoa while getting creamed in all 14 states before dropping out of the race on Wednesday. While they have plenty of concerns about Joe Biden, they are glad to see socialism take one on the chin Tuesday, as Bernie Sanders fell far below expectations and won just four states. They also detail how the past week and a half proves Sanders is actually a really bad politician. And they cringe as President Trump trolls former Attorney General Jeff Sessions upon the news Sessions is headed to a runoff for the nomination.
There are no good martinis but it’s still a Super Tuesday on the Three Martini Lunch! Join Jim and Greg as they discuss Joe Biden vowing that he wants Beto O’Rourke to be leading the charge on the gun issue – meaning Biden appears on board with Beto’s gun confiscation agenda. They also walk through the sudden departure of longtime MSNBC host Chris Matthews and how his “retirement” is part #MeToo and partly because of his politics. And they remind former DNC Chairwoman Donna Brazile of some very inconvenient facts after Brazile angrily told RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel to “go to hell” for suggesting the Democratic nominating process was rigged against Bernie Sanders.
It’s a day of fast-moving headlines! Amy Klobuchar dropped out after we recorded but it’s just the latest move to rally the non-Bernie Dems around Joe Biden. And we talk about that a lot! Join Jim and Greg as they chronicle the curiously hasty exit of Pete Buttigieg from the Democratic race and they also have some choice thoughts as Tom Steyer hits the bricks too. Then, they marvel at how the Democratic establishment, the media (but we repeat ourselves), and Never Trumpers sound the clarion call to support Joe Biden because he won one state. And they step away from politics to discuss the resumption of violence in Afghanistan just days after the U.S. signed a deal with the Taliban, reminding us that region may never be stable. But will it pose another major national security threat to the U.S. sometime soon?
Happy Friday! We’ve all earned three martinis after this crazy week. Join Jim and Greg as they applaud Attorney General Bill Barr for noting in clear language how liberals have given way to progressives and how the militant drive for a dependency society is a serious threat to our nation. They also welcome opinion columns from non-conservatives like Fareed Zakaria and David Brooks who are both unloading on Bernie Sanders and his socialist agenda, but they also assess whether the media freakout over Bernie is because they’re scared of his agenda or they’re just scared he would lose to President Trump. In addition, they get a lot of laughs over country music star Garth Brooks wearing the jersey of NFL legend Barry Sanders at a concert in Detroit (where Sanders played) and getting online hate because his fans thought it meant he supported Bernie Sanders. Finally, Jim and Greg welcome Hillary Clinton to the podcasting world.
It’s an all-crazy Thursday on the Three Martini Lunch! Join Jim and Greg as they get a kick out of Democratic presidential hopefuls already explaining why they’re going to keep running regardless of how badly they do in South Carolina and on Super Tuesday. They also shake their heads as the mainstream media all suddenly make the coronavirus a political issue to hammer the Trump administration. And they wince as the Trump campaign urges South Carolina Republicans to cross over and support Bernie Sanders in Saturday’s Democratic primary.
Pull up a stool! There’s lots to discuss following Tuesday’s poorly run debate in South Carolina. First, Jim and Greg discuss how CBS allowed the debate to descend into an incoherent mess with multiple candidates talking over one another on multiple occasions, but they also highlight Elizabeth Warren’s latest howitzer aimed at Mike Bloomberg, Joe Biden’s latest statistical fiction, and Pete Buttigieg’s attempt to claim the anti-socialist high ground. In addition, they slam the Charleston Democratic Party for charging outrageous prices for tickets to the debate. And they analyze Sanders’ decision to leave South Carolina early in order to campaign for two days in Elizabeth Warren’s home state of Massachusetts, which votes on Super Tuesday.
Join Jim and Greg as they tackle a wide variety of martinis today. First, they are gratified to see a sexual predator like Harvey Weinstein headed to prison for rape and sexual assault although they’re disappointed to see him acquitted on the most serious charges. They also cringe as the spread of coronavirus in South Korea, China, and Italy send global markets sharply lower. And they shake their heads as they walk through all the massive tax hikes Bernie Sanders wants to inflict in order to pay for has laundry list of new entitlement programs. And they preview what should be a feisty debate among the Democrats in South Carolina tonight.
Start your week with the Three Martini Lunch as we dissect the good, the bad, and the crazy concerning the Nevada Democratic Caucuses. Join Jim and Greg as they experience more than a little bit of schadenfreude as Democrats thoroughly freak out over Bernie Sanders dominating the vote on Saturday. But they get more serious as ’60 Minutes’ and even CNN remind everyone how radical Sanders is and how he praised Fidel Castro and Marxists in Nicaragua and the Soviet Union. And they unload on Nevada Democrats for running terrible caucuses plagued by having too few officials to run some precincts effectively and still not finishing the vote totals by Monday morning.
As the Democratic presidential race looks ahead to the Nevada caucuses on Saturday, the South Carolina primary a week after that, and Super Tuesday just three days later, the fight for the nomination is quickly picking up momentum and rank and file Democrats are increasingly concerned that avowed socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders is on track to become the party’s standard bearer against President Trump.
Sanders narrowly won the popular vote in Iowa and New Hampshire and is a close second to Pete Buttigieg in the delegate race. But with several Democrats crowded in the non-Bernie lane, Sanders appears well positioned to pick up a lot of delegates over the next couple of weeks and beyond.
Democrats are very worried that a Sanders nomination would all but guarantee another four years for President Trump.
“Alarm bells are going off in Democratic circles. There’s no question about it,” said Larry Haas, who served as spokesman for the Office of Management and Budget under President Clinton and as communications director for Vice President Al Gore.
“And after last night and the view that Michael Bloomberg did not do as well as expected and that Bernie Sanders seemed to have a pretty clear field last night, other than some minor critiques of him, has only raised the alarm bells even more,” said Haas.
Listen to the full podcast to hear why Haas and many other Democrats believe Sanders is incapable of defeating President Trump, what Democrats think of Bloomberg and his big spending in this campaign, where the party lines up on the question of capitalism vs. socialism, and whether he believes the non-Bernie vote can consolidate around a single alternative.