Another wild day in a very busy week! So grab a stool and join Jim and Greg as they break down the latest headlines. First, they get a kick out of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell immediately following up the impeachment trial by filing cloture on five more judicial nominees. They also feel like wretching as mainstream media figures who savaged Mitt Romney during the 2012 campaign suddenly extol him as a man of faith and principle because he voted the way they wanted him to. But they also spend time highlighting figures on the right who were way over the top in their condemnation of Romney. And they try to make sense out of the latest scraps of conflicting information coming from Democrats in Iowa while also looking ahead to New Hampshire.
Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America praise the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold an Ohio law that cuts inactive voters from the rolls if they haven’t voted in the past six years or asked the state to keep them on. They also blast a self-described intersectional, Muslim feminist, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for Keith Ellison’s Minnesota congressional seat, over her ugly tweet about Israel. And they unload on the New York Times for their sudden embrace of Mitt Romney.
Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America welcome the retirement of Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch and give him credit for the things he’s done well, and while they like Mitt Romney, they wonder if Utah is missing out on a younger and more conservative replacement for Hatch. They also slam President Trump for his childish tweet about having a bigger nuclear button than Kim Jong-Un. And they react to Steve Bannon unloading on his former White House rivals and accusing Donald Trump, Jr., Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort of treason.
Update: Since this recording, Trump has responded to Bannon. “Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my Presidency. When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind,” reads part of the statement. Trump also accuses Bannon of leaking extensively during his time in office.
Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America enjoy watching the Russians get barred from competing in the 2018 Winter Olympics because of an ongoing doping scandal, and they also get a kick out of the International Olympic Committee suddenly caring about corruption. They also shake their heads as Steve Bannon tries to discredit Mitt Romney’s denunciation of Roy Moore by saying Moore served in Vietnam and Romney avoided it by “hiding behind his religion.” And they scold Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, who not only condemns Roy Moore but is contributing to liberal Democrat Doug Jones.
The 2012 presidential election is quickly approaching, but the women’s vote is still unpredictable. President Obama and Mitt Romney have been battling for the allegiance of American women and phrases like the “war on women” have made headlines around the country. Radio America’s Vanessa Oblinger talked with Young America’s Foundation Vice President Kate Obenshain, Regnery Publishing President Marji Ross, Executive Director of the National Council of Negro Women Dr. Avis Jones Deweever and Chair Woman of the National Council of Women’s Organizations and President of the Women’s Institute of Research and Education about the different aspects and components of the alleged war on women. Obamacare, religious freedom, global women’s rights, family dynamics, equality in the workplace and the equal rights amendment are all different aspects of the war the women covered along with debating who the best presidential candidate is in this year’s race.
Ron Paul has stopped actively campaigning and Governor Romney has secured enough GOP delegates to win the Republican nomination. Radio America’s Vanessa Oblinger discusses the challenges and opportunities Romney faces to win over Paul supporters. Brian Doherty, the senior editor at Reason Magazine and author of “Ron Paul’s Revolution” explains why Romney may have a very difficult time winning over those voters. Gus Portela of the College Republican National Committee tells us why he thinks libertarians will naturally gravitate to the GOP nominee.