Double Down author Mark Halperin reveals secrets of the 2012 election

Mark Halperin, co-author of Double Down, joined Glenn on radio this morning to discuss some of the behind-the-scenes insight his book provides into the 2012 presidential election.

“One of the guys who I think tries to tell the truth and that is very rare. I have no time, nor will we give any time on this program to anybody who… [has] an agenda and [is] not at least trying to be honest,” Glenn said. “Mark Halperin is a guy who wrote the book Double Down, Game Change 2012, and it has raised some eyebrows because he let's the axe fall where the axe falls and is not trying to cut it one way or another. And he can tell us exactly what happened in the election of 2012 in some of the really important moments that we all watched, but we didn't know what was going on behind the scenes.”

In the book, Mark explains the President has not left himself many allies. But, as Glenn pointed out, President Obama enjoys a very favorable press. “So what’s the secret sauce here?”

“I have said throughout my career, particularly when the President was running in 2008, but beyond that there's a obvious slant in much media towards Democrats,” Mark admitted. “And even as I tell liberals who balk when I said that, even if you don't believe that, recognize that half the country or so feels alienated from a lot of press because they perceive that kind of lies and bias. It's not good for the country. It's not good for democracies to have people feeling like the press is slanted in one direction.”

Double Down explores the inner workers of the 2012 election, including the fact that First Lady Michelle Obama really didn’t want her husband to run for reelection, but she ultimately decided that it was important for him to be a two-term president so that people wouldn’t dismiss his time in office as some sort of ahistorical aberration. To that end, the First Lady was able to use her popularity, which in many cases was higher than her husband’s, to his advantage. One particular instance – the aftermath of the disastrous first debate in Denver.

“I mean it was a major performance failure,” Mark said of President Obama’s debate performance. “In part because there's this myth, Barack Obama is a great debater. He's never done good at debates. Look at his debates with Alan Keys in the Senate race in Illinois. He's not a great debater. In addition, he had in his head a lot of no-contest towards Mitt Romney and a lack of respect. And his aids were just really beside themselves leading up to that debate saying, ‘You don't want to show how much you disdain the guy.’ And they kind of told him just lay low.”

Why did President Obama have so much animosity toward his Republican opponent?

“He thought Mitt Romney was a phony. And that Mitt Romney was running for all the wrong reasons – was disavowing his record in Massachusetts as governor,” Mark said. “You saw just a ridiculously bad performance by the President that led them to feel like he could lose election and while they were publically saying everything is fine, privately, as the President rehearsed for the second debate, they got really worried he might lose the second debate and they thought if that happened, the election could swing the other way.”

“I'm sorry, it's like you hit me in the head with a frying pan or a telephone pole,” Glenn said exasperatedly. “The President thought someone else was a phony? Wow. That is saying something. I mean [he is] the king of phonies.”

Another one of the big revelations in the book is the vetting process the Romney campaign used to find its vice presidential candidate. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was once believed to be the front runner, but, according to Mark, Romney was not comfortable with Christie’s style.

“Well, Governor Romney at first though, ‘Maybe I'll pick Chris Christie,’” Mark explained. “Then he looked at some of his things in his background – little scandals, little controversies, some of them, if you Google, you'd see them but weren't known nationally. He thought that it was a little too much… to take on that potential controversy.”

“Then one of his advisors said, ‘Look, we're getting killed every day in the media. Barack Obama is, is dominating this race. We need a street fighter because we're in a street fight.’ And so he urged him to reconsider Christie,” he continued. “They looked at his background closer, and they found a bunch of stuff. Chris Christie used to be a lobbyist and one of his clients was an organization at the time was headed by Bernie Madoff. That's a 30 second ad that writes itself. He also, when he was a U.S. attorney in Jersey, the inspector general was looking at his spending habits when he went on the road for business. All of this stuff is nothing like a huge smoking gun. But Mitt Romney thought this stuff was a little controversial in the glare of a national campaign.”

The now infamous bear hug on the beach between President Obama and Gov. Christie in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy was the icing on the cake for the Romney campaign.

“They were crazy. One of Romney’s advisors was telling people, you know, people talked about it as a bear hug. You saw it more as a French kiss,” Mark said. “You know look when a governor has a disaster, they tend to look for help anywhere they can get it. It's often from presidents. Romney thought, ‘I understand Chris Christie is a governor. But he's being a little exuberant.’ Why does he need to go as far as he did?”

“The name of the book is Double Down by Mark Halperin,” Glenn said. “And Mark, we appreciate the fact that you're coming on the program. We appreciate the fact that you do let the chips fall where they may. And we wish you the best.”

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Terry Trobiani owns Gianelli's Drive Thru in Prairie Grove, Illinois, where he put up a row of American flags for the Fourth of July. But the city claimed he was displaying two of them improperly and issued him a $100 ticket for each flag.

Terry joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to explain what he believes really happened. He told Glenn that, according to city ordinance, the American flag is considered "ornamental" and should therefore have been permitted on a federal holiday. But the city has now classified the flag as a "sign."

"Apparently, the village of Prairie Grove has classified the American flag as a sign and they've taken away the symbol of the American flag," Terry said. "So, as a sign, it falls under their temporary sign ordinance, which prohibits any flying, or any positioning of signs on your property — and now this includes the American flag. [...] The only way I could fly the American flag on my property is if I put it on a permanent 20 to 30-foot flagpole, which they have to permit."

Terry went on to explain how the city is now demanding an apology for his actions, and all after more than a year of small-business crushing COVID restrictions and government mandates.

"COVID was tough," Terry stated. "You know, we're in the restaurant business. COVID was tough on us. We succeeded. We made it through. We cut a lot of things, but we never cut an employee. We paid all our employees. I didn't take a paycheck for a year just to keep our employees on, because it was that important to me to keep things going. And, you know, you fight for a year, and you beat a pandemic, and then you have this little municipality with five trustees and a president, who just have no respect for small businesses. And right now, what I see is they have no respect for the republic and the United States ... I think it's terrible. The direction that government, at all levels, have taken us to this point, it's despicable."

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The Biden administration is now doing everything it can to censor what it has decided is COVID-19 "misinformation." But Glenn Beck isn't confident that the silencing of voices will stop there.

Yeonmi Park grew up in North Korea, where there is no freedom of speech, and she joined Glenn to warn that America must not let this freedom go.

"Whenever authoritarianism rises, the first thing they go after is freedom of speech," she said.

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Most self-proclaimed Marxists know very little about Marxism. Some of them have all the buzzwords memorized. They talk about the exploits of labor. They talk about the slavery of capitalist society and the alienation caused by capital. They talk about the evils of power and domination.

But they don't actually believe what they say. Or else they wouldn't be such violent hypocrites. And we're not being dramatic when we say "violent."

For them, Marxism is a political tool that they use to degrade and annoy their political enemies.

They don't actually care about the working class.

Another important thing to remember about Marxists is that they talk about how they want to defend the working class, but they don't actually understand the working class. They definitely don't realize that the working class is composed mostly of so many of the people they hate. Because, here's the thing, they don't actually care about the working class. Or the middle class. They wouldn't have the slightest clue how to actually work, not the way we do. For them, work involves ranting about how work and labor are evil.

Ironically, if their communist utopia actually arrived, they would be the first ones against the wall. Because they have nothing to offer except dissent. They have no practical use and no real connection to reality.

Again ironically, they are the ultimate proof of the success of capitalism. The fact that they can freely call for its demise, in tweets that they send from their capitalistic iPhones, is proof that capitalism affords them tremendous luxuries.

Their specialty is complaining. They are fanatics of a religion that is endlessly cynical.

They sneer at Christianity for promising Heaven in exchange for good deeds on earth — which is a terrible description of Christianity, but it's what they actually believe — and at the same time they criticize Christianity for promising a utopia, they give their unconditional devotion to a religion that promises a utopia.

They are fanatics of a religion that is endlessly cynical.

They think capitalism has turned us into machines. Which is a bad interpretation of Marx's concept of the General Intellect, the idea that humans are the ones who create machines, so humans, not God, are the creators.

They think that the only way to achieve the perfect society is by radically changing and even destroying the current society. It's what they mean when they say things about the "status quo" and "hegemony" and the "established order." They believe that the system is broken and the way to fix it is to destroy, destroy, destroy.

Critical race theory actually takes it a step farther. It tells us that the racist system can never be changed. That racism is the original sin that white people can never overcome. Of course, critical race theorists suggest "alternative institutions," but these "alternative institutions" are basically the same as the ones we have now, only less effective and actually racist.

Marx's violent revolution never happened. Or at least it never succeeded. Marx's followers have had to take a different approach. And now, we are living through the Revolution of Constant Whining.

This post is part of a series on critical race theory. Read the full series here.

Americans are losing faith in our justice system and the idea that legal consequences are applied equally — even to powerful elites in office.

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to detail what he believes will come next with the Durham investigation, which hopefully will provide answers to the Obama FBI's alleged attempts to sabotage former President Donald Trump and his campaign years ago.

Rep. Nunes and Glenn assert that we know Trump did NOT collude with Russia, and that several members of the FBI possibly committed huge abuses of power. So, when will we see justice?

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