Why can’t the Democratic Party let go of the past?

Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D-Mass.) was chosen to give the Democrats’ response to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address on Tuesday night, a puzzling decision that shows a toxic attachment to political dynasties.


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“If you’re going after white, wealthy and privilege, you don’t pick a Kennedy to deliver the message,” Glenn said on today’s show. “Democrats continue to claim that they are the party of diversity and the poor, but last night, the grandson of Robert Kennedy was hand-picked of course by Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi.”

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GLENN: So I just — I — we assigned this out. We assigned this out.

STU: Full disclosure here.

GLENN: To watch Kennedy last night.

Did you notice, there was something wrong with — maybe it was just the way the lights were on him, I don’t know.

So Joe Kennedy last night delivered the address. And, you know, it — I don’t think anybody was watching by that time. And here to talk about it, the man we assigned is Jeff Fisher. Hello, Jeffy, how are you?

JEFFY: I’m fine. Thank you. And, you know, hey, this country from textiles to robots is a place that knows how to make great things. I mean, he told us that.

GLENN: Yeah.

JEFFY: And, you know, we believe that.

STU: It’s amazing to have someone actually watch the — the — to watch this and not have to actually deal with viewing it myself. Because I did not — I did not want to hear any of the content of it. I kind of figured it would be, oh, textiles.

GLENN: I’m kind of disappointed because — you know, because it was Kennedy. It was — at least was he any good at it, Jeffy?

JEFFY: Look, it would be easy to dismiss the past year as chaos, Glenn. Partisan politics. But for them, dignity isn’t something you’re born with, but something you measure by your net worth, your celebrity, your headlines, your crowd size.

GLENN: Wow.

STU: Because the Democrats have not played any identity politics when it comes to celebrity. They didn’t have the first celebrity president or anything.

That’s not how they promoted Barack Obama with his giant rallies or anything like that. No, this is all new. This is only — only Donald Trump, a brand-new for Republicans.

GLENN: Right. So what else did he talk about?

JEFFY: Look, they’re turning American life into a zero sum game, Glenn, where in order to win, another must lose. Where we can guarantee America’s safety, if we slash our safety net. Coal miners, our single moms —

GLENN: Uh-huh. You know, can I just ask a question? Is it like Jeffy even watched this, or is he just quoting everything?

STU: It does sort of feel like potentially Jeffy — well, he certainly is — he definitely — he definitely — I could say this —

GLENN: Yeah.

STU: He definitely saw the video of it. I’m sensing from — as we talk to him, I’m getting — he definitely saw the video.

GLENN: I didn’t see the video.

JEFFY: Well, look, we choose an economy strong enough to boast record stock prices and brave enough to admit the top CEO is making 300 times the average worker is not right, Glenn. You know that.

GLENN: Right. Right.

JEFFY: And I would just like to say to all the dreamers, let me be clear —

GLENN: Look in the camera when you say that, will you? This camera over here.

JEFFY: This camera here?

GLENN: Yeah. Yeah.

JEFFY: I’d like to just say to all the Dreamers, (foreign language).

GLENN: Oh, he did not.

STU: No, he did not.

GLENN: No, he did not. No, he did not.

STU: Oh, you want to talk about pandering.

GLENN: No! He did not.

STU: He actually went to — so you’re saying he — this is amazing, he actually broke into the Spanish to pander even more to the Dreamers. Which, again, we already found out in the Trump part of the speech, that saying that Americans can be dreamers too is incredibly offensive. And now apparently so offensive, that they had to double pander to the Hispanic audience by actually breaking into — I just —

GLENN: I do have to — I do have to point out. I do have to point out that last night — I mean, I — I saw a little bit of it this morning. I didn’t watch the whole thing. But it was like — it was like Joe Kennedy had a Chapstick accident.

STU: It did —

GLENN: Did you notice that, Jeffy? Do you think people —

JEFFY: I don’t think anybody noticed. I think everybody heard the words that he said about proudly marching together.

GLENN: Uh-huh.

JEFFY: Thousands deep in the streets of Vegas, Philadelphia, Nashville. I think they all heard that. They paid — I mean, looks, you’re not supposed to pay attention to that.

STU: When people quote Joe Kennedy’s words, they tend to have — they tend to have a little bit of a — I don’t know if I would call it an accident. But they seem to have an issue with Chapstick when they quote his —

GLENN: Jeffy, did you see any of that?

JEFFY: I did not. Look, politicians can be cheered for the promises they make. Our country will be judged by the promises we keep.

GLENN: All right. Jeffy, thank you so much. It’s been —

JEFFY: You build a wall. We’ll tear it down.

GLENN: All right. Thank you.

STU: I will say this, I wouldn’t normally recommend people view a Jeffy segment, instead of just listening. But —
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GLENN: But this is — yeah, thank you for the update. I appreciate it.

JEFFY: You’re welcome. I’m happy to do it. I’m happy to do it.

STU: Joe Kennedy.

GLENN: If you think you may have missed some of that, we just gave you the information, so we’ve fulfilled our obligation here.

But there might have been a little mocking going on visually.

STU: Possibly.

GLENN: Visually, a little bit of mocking.

STU: You look great though, Jeffy. You look great.

GLENN: So seriously, the Chapstick thing, what happened? It just started spreading all over his face. Almost like in clumps.

STU: It made it actually worse in a way.

GLENN: It did. It did.

First, I thought, is he drooling? Is it spital? No.

JEFFY: No one heard a word he said. The entire country just —

STU: That is what happened. Because this happened once to Ted Cruz.

You remember this? During one of the debates, he had a little bit of spittle on his lips. And he was having a great debate at the time —

GLENN: He had that little white spittle. And you remember, what was his name?

STU: And that was it.

JEFFY: Bobby Jindal.

GLENN: Bobby Jindal, he had a drink of water.

JEFFY: He was sweating and stumbling. And, oh, man.

GLENN: Yeah. That’s right. I minimized the Bobby Jindal.
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Thank you, Jeffy. I appreciate it.

Hey, by the way, what did you think of this — did you watch the speech?

JEFFY: I did.

GLENN: What did you think?

JEFFY: I thought it was pretty darn good. He pulled it off. He stayed strong. Focused through it. You know, he slowed down a little bit.

GLENN: I thought that was the best speech I’ve ever heard him give.

JEFFY: You know, one person called last night. We were broadcasting it on TheBlaze radio network. And they reminded us that it was, you know, pretty humble for Trump. There wasn’t a lot of eyes. It was all about the country. It was all about us. It was pretty strong.

STU: Yeah.

GLENN: He hit exactly the right tone.

JEFFY: Look, if you’re for a job, the African caucus, the African-American caucus gave him no credit. Nothing.

GLENN: Oh, my gosh. They looked like radicals.

JEFFY: No credit. Nothing. The other Democrats of the other caucuses gave him nothing. It was terrible.

GLENN: Yeah.

STU: I’m not saying I’m having a difficult time taking it seriously right now. But there’s a little — there’s a small part of me that’s having —

GLENN: That’s funny. I could talk to him like this. I’ve never taken him seriously. So it doesn’t change.

JEFFY: Wait.

GLENN: Thanks, Jeffy. I appreciate it.

STU: That was awesome.
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STU: Sorry.
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GLENN: Yeah. There was —

STU: Jeffy is just like — he goes all in on that stuff, man. Jeffy is the man.

GLENN: He has about 6 inches of Vaseline on his face now.

STU: Very similar to Joe Kennedy.

GLENN: Yeah.

Oil prices are going up from the amount of Vaseline used in the last few minutes.

STU: We have to put that on Facebook and Twitter today. You’ll need to see that one. We also have a bunch of audio that we need to get to at some point, from the actual speech.

GLENN: Let’s go through it now. Tonight at 5 o’clock, we’ll go through a few things. One, were you — am I alone in the way I felt — I mean, don’t get me wrong. I loved the speech.

I was — I was blown away by it. I thought it was the best speech he’s ever given.

I think it’s one of the best speeches politically I’ve heard in a long time.

He hit Barack Obama — I think Barack Obama will feel like he hit him in the face for 45 minutes. But I don’t — that wasn’t his intent.

It was just the opposite of Barack Obama.

STU: Yeah. So much more effective than, you know, calling Barack Obama a name or saying he was a disaster.

GLENN: Yeah, there was nothing of that. It was just a repudiation of everything he did.

STU: Of everything he did.

GLENN: And it was amazingly satisfying. He got into spending which is, you know, over $2 trillion of spending. Which I am absolutely not for.

However, what was amazing to me was the Democrats. They were given everything they say they want. I mean, the only thing he didn’t say was, and, you know what, free universal education.

STU: And they wouldn’t have clapped for that either.

GLENN: And they wouldn’t have clapped.

It made them look so radical, I think to the average person. 46 percent of Democrats thought this was a really good speech. Approved of it.

STU: Yeah, 43, I believe it was. But that’s incredibly high for something like this. For Trump especially.

GLENN: For him. For Trump, oh, my gosh, yes.

STU: Ninety-seven percent of Republicans. But overall, was 75 percent approval for a speech like that is incredibly high.

GLENN: That’s big. That’s big. For this guy, that’s huge.

STU: It’s really big for anybody though.

GLENN: Yes.

STU: I mean, even the highly praised by the media Barack Obama speeches didn’t have 75 percent approval ratings, typically.

GLENN: So I really liked the speech all the way through. I liked the way he handled it. And I can praise him, not for the policies, but for what he was trying to do in reaching out to the left.

But they wanted no part of it. It was remarkable. But am I the only one — because I haven’t heard anybody say this today. I was really freaked out by the war thing.

STU: Yeah, you brought that up. I know you wanted to go over this today at 5:00 p.m., really dissecting it.

GLENN: Yeah. It’s kind of like new war and classic war. You don’t want classic war coming back.

STU: No. No.

GLENN: Like New Coke, Classic Coke. Yeah, yeah. Let’s say with the new war. And I’m going to compare. Because this is not the same.

This is not what people my age have lived through. If we go to war with North Korea, it will probably be much more like World War II. Don’t want to do it.

And it’s really concerning. You didn’t pick up that vibe?

STU: You know, I was not surprised to see him hit North Korea. Obviously, it’s been a big topic. And it was right after the ISIS section. So it felt like there was a natural flow to it.

You know, if you think about it, I didn’t pick it up at the time. As you laid out the case, and I know you’ll do it again tonight at 5:00 on TheBlaze. Not only did he focus on it, he used very I think precise language.

GLENN: Precise.

STU: And then he illustrated it emotionally with multiple guests to show you how bad North Korea really is.

GLENN: Yep. Yep. It’s one thing to do the — the guy on the crutches. Because that was — that was emotional. And it was really powerful. And if you’re my age, it reminds you of the Cold War. And he was sending a message to the people who lived through the Cold War, this hasn’t stopped. This evil is still here.

And then with the — the family of — you know, the Warmbier family, whose son went over, was arrested on a stupid charge of taking something off of a bulletin board that he wanted to keep as a souvenir, they charged him as an enemy of the state. They tortured him for a year. Dumped his body over here in the United States. And he died a few days later.

That one — quite honestly, that is act of war stuff.

STU: Yeah.

GLENN: And the way it was presented last night was, look, here’s the evil. And here’s what they did to us.

It was — I’m hoping that —

STU: Powerful.

GLENN: — it is posturing for North Korea, but it is also historically speaking, that feels like laying the foundation of, we’re going for these guys. We’re going for war.

STU: You felt like it was an axis of evil type of case, right? He’s laying out exactly —

GLENN: Yeah, not even an axis of evil. This was, this is an evil empire. It was Reagan’s evil empire speech. Which I support. And I support what Donald Trump did.

You know, I’ve always said I want a president with a twitchy eye. Which means I want somebody that the foes don’t know. This guy could do it. The problem is that Donald Trump has like two twitchy eyes and like a — and a twitchy leg. I think he has restless leg syndrome too. So nobody knows exactly what he’s going to do. So it makes me a little nervous.

If he’s just doing this to scare North Korea — which is the case I’m going to lay out tonight, that’s good. And he’s — he does that really well.

But there is also a chance that we are preparing for war. And I’m also going to lay out the case tonight, that is an entirely different thing than the wars we have seen in the last 30 or 40 years.