Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America evaluate the third presidential debate. They give Donald Trump credit for his best performance on the issues and putting Hillary Clinton on the defensive but allowed the takeaway to be his refusal to accept the election results. They also hammer Hillary Clinton for her pure fiction that the landmark Heller decision was about toddlers getting access to guns, her dodging on open borders and the Clinton Foundation and letting the world know how soon we can launch nuclear weapons. And we applaud moderator Chris Wallace for picking good topics, asking tough questions of both candidates and keeping everyone in line.
Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are pleased to see millennials far less excited about Hillary Clinton than they were about Barack Obama. They also shudder as many states reveal the massive Obamacare premium hikes in store for the coming year. They react to a DNC bus pouring human waste into a Georgia storm sewer. And they mark six years of the Three Martini Lunch with a look back at two of this year’s funniest moments.
Much attention is given to the Republican figures publicly turning their back on Donald Trump but there is also an active movement of Democrats enthusiastically backing the GOP nominee because they are convinced nothing will change if Hillary Clinton becomes president.
It’s called the Trumpcrats PAC. Executive Director Christian Rickers was a strong Bernie Sanders supporter during the Democratic primaries and determined that he would abandon the Democrats this year if his candidate did not prevail.
“Early on I decided if he was not going to win the primary, that I was not going to support Hillary Clinton. She is a career politician,” said Rickers.
Rickers says just seeing the economic decline in his own community convinced him that Hillary Clinton was the wrong choice to lead our country for the next four years.
“I came from a town with 25 manufacturing facilities 20 years ago and now it has one. Nobody is more responsible for that than the Clintons and the trade policies they’ve advocated over the years. We’ve just learned that Ford is leaving town and going to Mexico and taking all the jobs there, Carrier air conditioning and Maytag. When is this going to stop?” said Rickers.
He says the Clintons are responsible for pushing American companies to set up shop in other countries.
“We have policies in our country that incentivize our American corporations to take jobs overseas. That makes absolutely no sense to me. Why in the world would we incentivize American businesses to go overseas? Hillary Clinton’s going to do more of the same,” said Rickers.
“Donald Trump is going to reverse those policies, renegotiate the trade policies that are killing jobs in the country. I think that’s the most important thing we could do,” said Rickers.
Rickers applauds Trump for not only taking those positions but for making them a focal point of the campaign.
“Donald Trump has said he’s going to do something to bring the jobs back. That’s what most people care about. They want to be able to provide for their families,” said Rickers.
The Trumpocrats PAC is busy convincing voters in blue collar swing states like Pennsylvania and Ohio to ditch their instinct to vote for Democrats.
“We’re going through the Rust Belt, Pennsylvania all through Ohio. We’ve had millions of voters who have signed up and said they are Democrats who are supporting Donald Trump. It’s going to make the difference in the election,” said Rickers.
And who are the people making this switch?
“These are blue collar people who don’t have the benefits they used to have. They don’t have the health care they used to have, no pensions anymore, no security for their families. They’re fed up with it and Washington’s not going to fix it with Hillary Clinton. Everybody knows that if she’s elected, we’re going to get more of the same. That’s why we’re having so many Democrats who are now Trumpocrats,” said Rickers.
Rickers is encouraged that more than 100,000 Pennsylvania Democrats have switched their registration to Republican, compared to about 20,000 who flipped the other way. He says the numbers are even bigger in Ohio and the movement is huge around the nation but the mainstream media doesn’t want to acknowledge it.
“I’ve been on Fox News and Fox Business a couple dozen times. We’ve gotten a lot of good feedback from that but no invitation from MSNBC or CNN or major network shows because they don’t want to report about it,” said Rickers.
It’s not just the media who don’t like the Trumpocrats movement. Loyal Democrats are not at all pleased with efforts to siphon votes away from Clinton.
“If you think the Trump supporters are nasty and they call them deplorable, you ought to see the Clinton supporters. We had a tomato thrown at us the other day at the rally near Pittsburgh,” said Rickers.
“They’re really nasty people, man. The Clintons have been doing this for years. They take a hatchet job on anybody who’s their opponent. It’s gutter politics. They’re experts at it and we need to fight back,” said Rickers.
While some of the national and battleground state polls show Trump losing ground in recent days, Rickers fully expects the race to ebb and flow all the way to November 8.
“I don’t think anybody really knows how this thing is going to shake out. That’s why people need to stay tuned, hang in there, support what we’re doing at the Trumpocrats PAC, support all the candidates that are up and down the ballot,” said Rickers.
Rickers says the Trumpocrats PAC is focused almost entirely on the presidential race but also encourages voters to support other candidates on the ballot who will advance their ideals.
Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America point out Republicans should be making the Obamacare disaster into a huge political issue but so far they aren’t. They also discuss President Obama’s lofty approval numbers and note how they started to go up as Americans realized who the 2016 nominees were likely to be. And they slam Shep Smith of Fox News for telling Floridians to get away from Hurricane Matthew or they would all die, along with their children and everyone they know.
Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America cheer Mike Pence for consistently articulating conservative principles in Tuesday’s vice presidential debate. They’re unimpressed with moderator Elaine Quijano for failing to stop Tim Kaine’s incessant interruptions and tons of cross talk. And they slam Kaine’s overall performance and question the Democrats’ strategy in the debate.
Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America react to hacked audio from February, in which Hillary Clinton says Sanders supporters are living in their parents’ basements buying into a false promise of a political revolution. They also slam Rudy Giuliani for saying we’ve all had infidelities. And we disagree that Donald Trump is a genius for using massive losses in 1995 to legally avoid federal income taxes for almost 20 years, but also slam critics who say he should have paid anyway and that paying taxes is some form of patriotism.
Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America get a kick out of Hillary Clinton claiming that her massive wealth does not hinder her understanding of what working Americans go through but Donald Trump’s does. They also wonder why the media are so stunned to see former Virginia Republican Sen. John Warner endorsing Hillary Clinton. And they have fun with Howard Dean’s speculation that Donald Trump may be using cocaine.
Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America shake their heads at the pre-debate circus, including the Clinton campaign demanding that Lester Holt play fact checker. They also slam Ted Cruz for endorsing Trump after saying in July he would not be a “servile puppy” to someone who attacked his wife and father. And they laugh as Bernie Sanders, who ran a campaign calling for a political revolution, tells his supporters not to cast protest votes for third party candidates.