Glenn Challenges Liberals to Hear His Response to Hollywood's Latest Video

It's amazing how the media are suddenly concerned with telling the truth and liberals are worried about executive power. A new video from Hollywood puts the hypocrisy of the left on full display.

After watching President Barack Obama sign executive order after executive order to bypass Congress the past eight years, they're now extremely concerned about the balance of powers created by America's Founders. Actors in the video demand that Congress stop President-elect Donald Trump from enacting policy that is racist, sexist, anti-immigrant, anti-worker, anti-Muslim, anti-Semitic and anti-environmental.

"I can't take it," Co-host Pat Gray said.

"It gets worse," Glenn added.

Gearing up for tomorrow's program in which he'll give a response to the video, Glenn issued a challenge.

"I urge members of the media to listen. I urge members of the left to listen tomorrow on this program to my response," Glenn said. "Oh, man. I have so much to say. I think this will be the entire show tomorrow."

Invite your liberal friends on Twitter and Facebook who are trying to understand the world. Glenn has a very special response planned.

"The left needs to hear it. The media needs to hear it. We're going to approach it in a very, very different way tomorrow," Glenn said.

Read below or listen to the full segment from Hour 3 for answers to these questions:

• Has Don Lemon lost his mind?

• What was Glenn's toughest job interview?

• Do liberals have any self-awareness at all?

Listen to this segment from The Glenn Beck Program:

 

Featured Image: Actress Sally Field urging Congress to stop President-elect Trump in Hollywood's latest political video.

Below is a rush transcript of this segment, it might contain errors:

GLENN: Hello, America. And welcome to the Glenn Beck Program. We -- got a little sidetracked on this Megyn Kelly conversation. Megyn Kelly has announced that she's leaving Fox to NBC. A lot of people are only saying that she's a traitor. I don't understand that kind of language. How -- how are we going to move forward if we can't even talk or work with one another?

Is it a bad thing now if you -- when did we take our allegiance to a network? When did leaving a network mean that you're a traitor? When is having a different idea mean that you're a traitor? And how do we move forward if you have a different idea or you want to stand with other people that don't necessarily agree with everything that you say if you're going to be a traitor?

How do we not end up locking each other up into camps? How do we not head into civil war? This is a conversation America needs to have. And we're going to have it, beginning right now.

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GLENN: So Megyn Kelly has said goodbye last night to her listeners at Fox. I believe she's going to be on the air until Friday. Then she's moving to NBC. Not MSNBC. But NBC.

There's some controversy online. She is -- she's taking a massive pay cut, according to some insiders. It's not about money. It doesn't seem to be about ideology. It seems to be about her children and wanting to spend more time with her children and being able to work at a place that she feels she can accomplish her personal and professional goals.

There's things I'm sure that I disagree with, on Megyn Kelly. A caller -- in fact, is he back on? Is Kevin back on?

JEFFY: No.

GLENN: He dropped off again. Okay. Kevin, when you're in a good cell area, call us.

PAT: He might be -- Kevin, are you there?

GLENN: Oh, he got him back. He got him back.

Okay. Kevin, this will be our last shot. So if you drop out, you got to move on. But you were pointing out that Megyn disagrees strongly on -- or seems to on things like non-gender bathrooms. And my retort is, "Well, that doesn't make her a traitor," and I think you agreed with that.

CALLER: Yeah.

GLENN: But you said to me, "I want to make one more point." What was that?

CALLER: Well, not a point, but a comment about reaching out to people outside your circle.

I'm a conservative Christian creationist, but a lot of the YouTubers that I listen to are what you would call more classical liberals, like, yeah, they believe in stuff like maybe something like gay marriage or abortion, but they're on point when it comes to fighting for like the First Amendment, about not demonizing conservatives, and I have no affiliation with a couple of these -- with any of these people, actually, but I'd like to just throw their names out there. I think they would be people that would be much better liberals to reach out to than let's say somebody like Samantha Bee, who I think is just a disingenuous liar.

GLENN: Okay. Who are the names?

By the way, I don't think that. I think she's -- I don't think she understands because she's never been pushed. Nobody on the left has ever been pushed. They're being pushed right now. And they're -- and they're examining. And they're doing self-exams, surrounded by people going, "Oh, well, it's not you. It's really them. They're the ones that are so misguided. You know, they just want to strip everything away from you."

If you're not in their circle going, "Wait. Wait. No, no. Don't listen to that. Don't listen to that. We are just like you. We happen to disagree with certain things." Now, you just excoriated me, you know, personally. She had me on her show, and she kept her word. She didn't excoriate me on-air. She did a remarkable job. But, you know, offline, we had a tough conversation.

My next conversation with her is, "Okay. I want to show you a couple of things that you're doing that feel to me like I must have felt to you when you were on the air." I can guarantee you she's never had that conversation with anyone ever before. Guarantee it.

So do we just dismiss them?

CALLER: Well, if she -- if she actually does this in good faith and, you know, stops demonizing conservatives, well, she'll probably be out of a job on Comedy Central, but at least it will be a good one for her character.

(laughter)

GLENN: Well, you know what, I will tell you -- Kevin, I will tell you that -- and I don't think I'm speaking out of school, she said to me, "I don't know how to do my job. I know what they expect of me. And I can't do that." And I said, "Samantha, you sound -- I hate to break it to you, but you sound exactly like me." And she said -- and she rolled her eyes, in a comedic way, "Oh, please, stop saying that."

And we laughed about it. But it is the same thing. I've been saying this on-air for I don't know how long. I don't know -- nobody in talk radio has ever tried to do what I'm trying to do. And that is, stick with my principles, even though either half of the country or maybe a third of the audience might disagree. But expect that the audience is smart enough and also decent enough and the American people are decent enough to say, "Look, I don't have to agree with everything. And I may not understand you, but I understand your basic guiding principles. And I've had enough of this. I want to be able to live next door to people and be friends with people and work with people that I don't -- don't agree with. But I want to be able to go bowling with them or go to a movie with them. I want to be able to have a relationship with them."

CALLER: Oh, I agree. I'm a young conservative in this day and age. And most people my age aren't conservative. So most of my friends particularly aren't conservative or less conservative than me. But they're still human beings, and I still want to have relationships with them. And I do. But in regards to people like --

GLENN: Hang on just a second. Wait a minute, Kevin. So you just said what you said, and I think that's really important. That you have an open and honest good conversation and relationships with people who strongly disagree with you politically, and you're open about it. It's not some hidden little secret. But you're open about it. And you're like, "Dude, I think you're nuts on that." But you're still good friends and you can still communicate. Do I have you right on that understanding?

CALLER: Yes, I have liberal friends who we talk frankly about politics with each other, and we're still friends after the conversations and during them.

GLENN: Good. Okay. Good. Now, what you've just said is vitally important and where I think everybody wants to be. However, most of the country will not allow that to happen with people who run in the media circles.

So, in other words, what you do in your personal life is you reach out to people who think differently than you do, and you have a good time with them. But Megyn Kelly moves from Fox to MSNBC -- she's got to have a job. And if she doesn't move to -- if she moves to a place where there's a bunch of people who don't like she does, she all of a sudden is somebody who is suspect.

Why can't I make you suspect, Kevin?

CALLER: Wait. Make me suspect? Suspect to who? You?

GLENN: Why aren't you suspect? Kevin, I've heard that you have -- do you now have or have you ever had friends that disagree with conservative principles?

CALLER: Of course.

GLENN: Okay. So why can't -- and in my particular case, me reaching out to Samantha Bee is not because I need a new friend. It's because I believe that we need to change our behavior and we need to model really tough relationships. And Samantha Bee, up to this point, has shown me nothing but courteousness and good faith and honor. She has kept her word every step of the way with me, which I didn't expect. But I hoped for.

So my goal is to be able to make some progress, and perhaps I get a year down the road, and she's like, "You know what, Glenn, I not only still think you're wrong, I think you're wrong that I can't -- that what I'm saying on the air is offensive to people like you. I don't really care." Well, I get to that point, and I have nothing left.

But pursuing that, why does that make me suspect? Or why does it make Megyn Kelly suspect to go work for people who don't hold her same principle?

CALLER: I don't find you suspect because I've been listening to you since I was eleven and you have a consistent track record. And I don't think you're going to wake up one morning and suddenly decide, "Hmm, I'm going to be a liberal today and betray everything I've ever said." I don't know Megyn Kelly having a record of being a consistent conservative.

What I have seen in the recent past is that she seems to have more liberal leanings, which is why I'm suspect of her, as opposed to being suspect of you for reaching out to Samantha Bee.

GLENN: Okay.

CALLER: But if there is like liberals and stuff like that who I think you want to reach out to who have -- you know, have a media presence and stuff like that -- I mean, there is this one YouTuber that I watch -- I mean, most people my age consume most of our news through YouTube.

And that would be this one channel called Sargon of Akkad. His real name is Karl Benjamin. And he probably would think himself a pretty liberal guy. But he's one of those few liberals out there who is on point with the Second Amendment, on point with fighting against social justice warriors, and, you know --

GLENN: So then he's not a -- he's a classic liberal?

CALLER: Yes.

GLENN: Yeah. Those are the easy ones. And I'd love to talk to him. We will look him up. What's his name again?

CALLER: It's Karl Benjamin. He's a British gentleman. I believe his name is spelled with a K. K-A-R-L. And Benjamin. YouTube channel Sargon of Akkad. He's got over half a million subscribers. You can find him on YouTube.

GLENN: Sargon of a Cause?

JEFFY: Sargon of Akkad.

CALLER: Like A-K-K-A-D.

GLENN: My gosh, there are so many K's in there. It's one short from the Klan. I'm just saying.

(laughter)

CALLER: I'm sure he'll probably get a kick out of that. You should make that joke to him, if you get a hold of him.

GLENN: Thank you so much, Kevin. I really appreciate your phone call.

And this is the kind of phone call where we just disagreed with each other, but we disagreed with each other politely and we had a conversation.

PAT: Of course, we're having him killed later. But, I mean, that goes without saying.

GLENN: Yeah, the Dick Cheney people are already at the back door of his house. But it's interesting to me with the -- with the Megyn Kelly and who is going to replace -- it will say a lot. Because I think -- I do believe that there is a change at NBC. This is just my speculation, that they know that what they're doing at MSNBC is not working. And perhaps at NBC, they're thinking to themselves, "We need to have some credibility -- some real credibility with half of the country." And I think they're trying to move in that direction. I know for a fact the New York Times is trying to do that.

NBC I think is trying to do that. We should welcome anybody that is trying to reach out to the other side. And we should be reaching out to the other side.

With that being said, I don't think I've ever told you about my interview with Fox. Who do you know that could actually make it through this interview -- I mean, I want to go through the list. I want to tell you what happened in my interview and then go through the list of people and see -- and I don't know if interviews are still done this way. But I interviewed with Roger Ailes. I'm telling you, I lost 15 pounds in sweat on that interview. It was the most incredible, almost -- almost like a prank video was being done on me, it was so difficult.

We'll talk about that coming up in just a second. And the list of people to replace, two of them. In fact, one of the lead -- the number one lead on one poll is Dana Loesch. And I think 12 or three. Number two is Tomi Lahren. Both from the Blaze. So we'll talk about that coming up in just a second.

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GLENN: So Megan Fox is -- or Megan Fox -- Megyn Kelly. Megan Fox, she would be great, wouldn't she?

(laughter)

PAT: Well, yeah, if you're just going to put her on a stage somewhere just to look at her, yes.

GLENN: Honey, honey, don't speak. Okay? Just --

PAT: Words aren't necessary between us. They just aren't.

JEFFY: Is today the day Megyn Fox will speak?

GLENN: Just wink at the camera once in a while, and we'll play some clip from some politician saying something. Don't worry your head about it.

Okay. Just, shh. Just sit here.

Megyn Kelly said goodbye to her Fox audience yesterday. She is leaving. And she's leaving she said because of her children. She wants to spend more time with her children. It's fascinating to me that she spent so much time -- 17 years, I think at Fox, trying to get the prime time slot. They give her the prime time slot. She worked in day time. She finally gets the prime time slot. And it's not good for her family. And she leaves and takes a lot less money. They are offering her $20 million to stay at Fox. And I don't -- it could be anywhere from eight to $15 million that they offered her at NBC. So she's not leaving for the money.

PAT: Are we positive on that?

JEFFY: Yeah. I can't see her going --

PAT: It's hard to believe.

JEFFY: That sure is.

PAT: Yeah, that's hard to believe.

JEFFY: 15, maybe.

GLENN: I have no idea --

JEFFY: Maybe.

GLENN: The story that I read was for considerably less for those who were close to the deal. Now, thinking about that, I mean, how much does Chuck Todd make? 10 million? I mean, can you look that up?

PAT: I don't know.

GLENN: And he's Meet the Press. So, I mean, how much are they paying her?

JEFFY: Yeah.

PAT: Well, Chuck Todd is not going to make Megyn Kelly money though. I mean, right?

GLENN: But the job has to --

JEFFY: We know that. Come on, now.

GLENN: The job has to justify -- you can't just pay her $20 million or $18 million --

PAT: Yeah. You know this better than anybody. You always get your money coming in. You don't make it while you're there.

GLENN: No, I know that. But what is her job?

PAT: Chuck Todd's annual salary between 750,000 and 2 million.

GLENN: Oh, my gosh. Oh, my gosh.

PAT: No, his annual salary is 750,000, according to this.

JEFFY: Yeah.

PAT: And his net worth is 2 million. Wow.

GLENN: Oh, my gosh. Wow.

PAT: Wow.

GLENN: So what they paying Megyn to do an undescribed job at this point?

PAT: I don't know.

JEFFY: If she's working for that much, she must really do love her family.

GLENN: No, she's not doing that. But I could see her leaving for 10 million.

PAT: Yeah.

GLENN: You know, her husband is successful. She's been successful for a long time. You know, money is not necessarily your priority. You know, it's not like you're scraping the bottom of the barrel for $8 million a year. It's not like, "Oh, man. How am I going to make ends meet?"

JEFFY: Oh, no. But there's a big difference between 8 and 20.

GLENN: Oh, yeah, there's a huge difference. Huge difference.

But if it's not your priority -- I don't know what she's making. It was just considerably less.

PAT: She's not going to wonder where her next meal is going to come from.

GLENN: No, she's not.

PAT: Maybe it's not Fox money. It's hard to believe --

GLENN: Once again, income disparity.

PAT: Right. Right.

GLENN: Women not making as much.

JEFFY: Chuck Todd makes $750,000 a year. Peanuts.

GLENN: Wow. Wow. That's amazing is.

JEFFY: That sure is.

PAT: NBC Nightly News anchor, Lester Holt, 4 million. 4 million a year.

GLENN: She's not coming in making 15.

PAT: Not that that's terrible. But that's not great for what we're talking about here, the kinds of jobs we're discussing.

GLENN: How much is what's his name that's been at The Today Show for a million years -- what's he making?

PAT: Oh, Matt Lauer?

JEFFY: Matt Lauer.

GLENN: Yeah, what's he making?

PAT: Oh, he's got to be around 20. Right?

JEFFY: Has to be. Right?

GLENN: Yeah, so he's been there for 20 years, 25 years, and he's making 20.

PAT: According to this, 28 million. 28 million a year.

JEFFY: Yeah.

GLENN: Right. So there's no way a newcomer for an unspecified job -- unless it is something like The Today Show or something like that, that they haven't announced yet. For an unspecified -- and, oh, yeah, I'm going to be helping out on the political stuff too. You're not coming in for $15 million. You're just not.

JEFFY: She's not a beginner though.

GLENN: What is she doing? It's the job.

PAT: I don't know. I don't know.

GLENN: It's the job.

PAT: But Savannah Guthrie, right? Isn't she the co-host with Matt Lauer?

GLENN: Yeah. Yeah.

PAT: Out this week. Is she on maternity leave now? They've got Katie Couric filling in for her.

GLENN: Holy cow. Can you imagine that?

PAT: I wonder if the daytime she's doing is The Today Show. Now, in that eventuality, she's probably making 20 million, if that's what it is.

JEFFY: Oh. Yeah.

GLENN: And having Megyn Kelly as the co-anchor of The Today Show. Huge.

PAT: Matt Lauer, Megyn Kelly.

JEFFY: That knocks that time slot out of the park.

PAT: That's gigantic. That's gigantic, if that's what this is.

GLENN: Don't know if she would do that -- if she would do that, then I don't believe necessarily the thing about the children. Because you're at work at 2:00 a.m.

PAT: Pretty early, yeah.

JEFFY: But you're home -- yeah, you're home a lot sooner.

GLENN: Yeah, and you don't get to see your kids at school plays and everything else because you're at work at 2:00 a.m.

PAT: Yeah. Right.

GLENN: Back in just a second.

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GLENN: We have something that will absolutely blow your mind that I want to talk to you about briefly. Tomorrow, I've got -- today is a day to step back and go, "Take a deep breath." And then tomorrow I'm going to present my response to something that will make blood shoot right out of your eyes. We'll touch on that coming up in just a second.

We've been talking about a few things today. One of them -- kind of got sidetracked on this Megyn Kelly thing, on a bigger topic. And that is, what should the media be doing? And where is everyone in the media headed? And are you a traitor for, you know, moving to NBC? That's what a lot of people online are saying about Megyn Kelly, that she's a traitor. We had a couple of really great phone calls on this from reasoned audience members who can see both sides of it.

I don't see the traitor thing. And I think that's frightening, that we are pledging our allegiance now to networks, as opposed to principles or even the Constitution. But wait until you hear what the other side has just pledged their life and their loyalty to in just a second.

I want to just touch on this. I don't know if I've ever shared. When I had my first meeting -- I'm sorry. My third meeting. My actual real interview with Roger Ailes, it was the toughest interview process I could imagine.

Pat, were you there afterwards? Were we up in New York, and were you staying at the hotel or something?

PAT: No, I wasn't in New York yet.

GLENN: I walked out of this interview, and I think I lost 15 pounds in sweat. I've never experienced anything like it.

Roger Ailes and I had met for dinner just casually a couple of times, once at his house and once someplace else. And we just talked about the world and ideas and things like that.

But we never really got down to really talking about things. They offered me a job. And I said no. And then I said no again. And then they -- Roger said, "I want to have dinner with you." And he didn't offer me a job there. He was doing more of like an in-depth interview.

And he started out with -- he started out with, "What did you think of the 1972 treaty between China and Nixon? Where do you stand on that?" And I looked at him and I said, "Wow, okay. Wow. 1972 Chinese treaty with Nixon. That's going back a ways for me, but think on the whole, it's kind of worked out well, maybe."

And he just kind of looked at me. And I said, "I'm not really versed on the 1972 treaty, but okay." And he didn't say anything. He just said, "Oh." And then he went and he ordered and then I think was halfway through his salad before he said another word to me.

Bill Shine was there. And Joel Cheatwood were there, the two senior vice presidents of Fox. Roger didn't even look at me. And I'm like, "Wow, this interview is over."

The next question out of his mouth was, "What do you think about the Eisenhower administration?"

Now, I had luckily been doing some reading about the Eisenhower administration, and I was able to take it to some places where I was kind of good with. But I knew it wasn't answering his question. And I stopped and I said, "You know, Roger, I have one of two ways to go here." And he said, "And what's that?" And I said, "I could either continue to bluff my way through this answer, but you're smart enough to know that I'm bluffing and I don't really know all that much about the Eisenhower administration, or I could tell you the truth and say, I don't really know that much about the Eisenhower administration or the '72 Beijing treaty. Either way, I think I blow this interview. But I'm just going to go with the, I don't know that much about China or Eisenhower on those questions."

He said, "Huh." Then he didn't talk to me again until he had about. Half of the steak that he was eating. And my third was, "So you used to be a Catholic."

Yes.

"What the hell is wrong with the Catholic church that you felt you had to run from it?"

I was like -- and that one was just, "I'm going to push your button."

PAT: I'm not even sure that question is legal.

GLENN: Oh, no, no, no. All he was doing at that point was trying to piss me off.

PAT: Yeah.

GLENN: That's all he was -- to fluster me, to see how quickly I would jump out of my seat. Is Glenn Beck a lunatic?

And so he was trying to find that third one. The first two I think were Willie (phonetic) bluff. And I had no idea what he was -- and so I answered the question calmly and rationally about the Catholic church, knowing that he's a big Catholic. And was like, "Okay. Well, that's a booby trap." And then it was just a constant barrage of those kinds of questions, either deep, deep questions about the founding -- he at some point said, "So what is it that -- you're, you know, a so-called expert." And I'm like, "I'm not an expert on anything. I'm not. None of them."

"Well, you talk a lot about the Founding Fathers," knowing that Roger Ailes has a bigger library than most institutions on the Founding Fathers. He started engaging me on that and going deep into the Founding Fathers. Thank God I had spent time with David Barton.

I thought for sure there was no way that he would even say -- that he would even shake my hand at the end of that interview.

And he said -- he stood up, and everybody was polite. And he looked at me and he said, "Well, young man, it is rare and refreshing to meet someone who knows what they know, knows why they know it, and is willing to say, I have no idea. Good job." That was the end of the interview.

I don't know if that's the way they do interviews at Fox anymore. I don't know if I'm the only one that got an interview at Fox like that, but that was the toughest damn interview I've ever had in my life.

What are these people facing to get Megyn Kelly's job? Because to replace Megyn Kelly is not -- there's no on-the-job training for that one

JEFFY: No. That's a big job.

PAT: I wonder what Katrina Pierson would say about the Chinese treaty that they signed with Nixon in 1972. What are her deep thoughts on that?

She --

GLENN: Well, but I didn't even have deep thoughts on that.

JEFFY: No.

PAT: But she would try to fake her way through it, I would assume, at least. Because she fakes her way through every question that she's asked. I don't even know who Brianna Keilar is. Do you?

GLENN: I don't know. No, I don't know here. There are the people on the list, apparently.

PAT: These are the people -- some of the people on one of the lists that I'm looking at. Maria Bartiromo, she'd probably --

GLENN: She'd pass. She'd know all --

PAT: Billy Bush. I don't think so. And I don't think Fox would be interested.

JEFFY: No.

GLENN: Billy Bush. No, Fox is not going to be interested in Billy Bush.

JEFFY: No.

PAT: Laura Ingraham is the lead candidate -- she's the lead vote getter on the Mediaite poll.

GLENN: She'd do well. She wouldn't have that interview because they know her. They've worked with her for a long time. So there is no interview for Laura Ingraham I don't think.

PAT: Number two in this poll: Tomi Lahren. I don't know how deep she -- she's only 24 years old. I don't know how deep she goes on history.

JEFFY: Yeah, history.

GLENN: That would be a tough interview. It was a hard interview for me at -- what was I? Forty? Forty-five? That was a tough interview for me, and that's the time where I'm reading, what? Three books a week. That was a tough interview.

PAT: Now, former White House press secretary Dana Perino would know.

GLENN: I think -- she would know. But I will tell you that I think Dana -- I mean, I think that Tomi would get that interview. I think they would want to know --

PAT: Yeah, what she knows.

GLENN: -- how deep do you go? What do you know? And they would push every button in her to see if she is a flamethrower or if that's -- if that's who she is or if that's how she does her job.

PAT: Dana Loesch, on the other poll, who leads the other poll, I think Dana knows a lot of things about history, current events. She wouldn't be intimidated.

GLENN: Yeah. Dana -- Dana -- and I think Tomi. I don't know Tomi that well, but I think Tomi. But I know Dana would not bluff. Dana would just be like, "I don't know. I don't know. You got me."

PAT: Kimberly Guilfoyle. They probably wouldn't put her through that because, again, they know her.

GLENN: They know her. They know her.

JEFFY: Yeah.

PAT: Eric Bolling, maybe the same thing there. Tucker Carlson is also with Fox already.

GLENN: He's already working. They're not going to move him. They just put him on at 7:00.

JEFFY: Right.

PAT: Don Lemon. I don't think they even call Don Lemon.

GLENN: They would never even -- they would be handed Don Lemon's phone number and then immediately put it in a drawer in some other network's desk.

JEFFY: Call to see if he were sober.

GLENN: Oh, my gosh. You know -- you know, I really like Don as a person. I don't know him all that well. But he's a really nice guy.

PAT: Yeah, he's a really nice guy.

GLENN: I don't know what the hell CNN thinks they're doing every -- it's like -- it's honestly like the management goes home and they say to the floor crew, "Hey, guys, set these guys up to make them look like idiots. I mean, I know you've been taking crap from them all year. Go ahead. Just keep pouring alcohol down their throats."

PAT: See if they'll risk their careers on this.

GLENN: See if they'll risk their career.

PAT: Yeah, it's weird.

GLENN: Anderson Cooper pairing with Kathy Griffith every year. I don't know a liberal friend who thinks that's funny. I don't know a liberal friend who thinks that's any good. And to me, it undermines Anderson's credibility so much. But with Don Lemon, it was sad. It was sad. He was on talking about personal stuff -- he was so hammered, he was talking about personal stuff. You know, I'm -- look I'm not --

PAT: I'm open to a relationship.

GLENN: -- that good for a relationship. I mean, it was sad.

JEFFY: It was a tough year, but I'm open to a relationship now.

GLENN: And can you imagine -- I mean, here's the duplicity of the press: Because Don is a likable guy and accepted in everybody's circle in New York, nobody will say anything.

Can you imagine if I would have, not being an alcoholic, but can you imagine if I would have gotten on the air drunk, on even New Year's Eve when it's acceptable supposedly to be drunk and said those things? My career would have been over. Anyone on the right's career would have been over.

That's the only thing you would ever know them for. I mean, it's crazy. They just -- it's why I said earlier what I did about Samantha Bee where they're never pushed. They don't know necessarily what they don't know because nobody ever pushes them. There's no real repercussion, real repercussion for Don Lemon, in comparison to what would have happened to his career if he would have been on the right. It's astounding and tragic. Tragic. Because I don't know what they think they're doing on CNN, besides destroying their anchor's -- who do we have that has any credibility around here?

Yeah, just pour a fifth of alcohol down his throat and leave him live for four hours. What -- I mean, that is insane. That's insane to do.

PAT: And let's put some disgusting, vile woman next to him and let her make sexual innuendo to him all night. It's --

GLENN: No, you're talking about Anderson, not Brooke.

PAT: I know. But both situations are bizarre. Yeah, Brooke was fine.

GLENN: Brooke was trying to save him.

PAT: Yeah. She tried to throw him a rope every single time he started to go down those roads.

JEFFY: Yeah, she was.

PAT: And Lemon wouldn't take it.

GLENN: And every time he fashioned it into a noose. Every time.

PAT: Yes, he did.

GLENN: He was like, you could throw a piece of string, rope -- you could throw a piece of rope from a ship, that you don't even think I can lift one end, and I will fashion this it into a noose. It was crazy.

Do we have time real quick to play this for a tease for tomorrow? You do not want to miss my response on this message from Hollywood. Listen.

VOICE: Dear members of Congress.

VOICE: Dear members of Congress.

VOICE: Dear members of Congress.

VOICE: I'm mad.

VOICE: Flabbergasted.

VOICE: Furious.

VOICE: Concerned for my children.

VOICE: I'm worried for everyone.

VOICE: The majority of Americans, regardless of who they voted for.

VOICE: Did not vote for racism.

VOICE: For sexism or for xenophobia.

VOICE: And yet Donald Trump won.

VOICE: And since he won.

VOICE: Hate crimes are rising.

VOICE: Women have been attacked in his name.

VOICE: People of color, attacked in his name.

VOICE: You represent us in Congress.

VOICE: You are our last line of defense.

VOICE: So here's what we ask of our elected officials.

VOICE: No, here's what we demand.

JEFFY: No.

VOICE: To the extent that Trump pursues racist.

VOICE: Sexist. Anti-immigrant.

VOICE: Anti-worker, anti-Muslim, anti-Semitic.

PAT: Oh, my gosh.

JEFFY: What?

VOICE: Anti-environmental policies.

VOICE: We demand that you vigorously oppose him.

PAT: Oh. I can't take it.

GLENN: It gets worse.

PAT: Yeah, it is worse.

GLENN: And my full response on this is tomorrow. And I urge members of the media to listen. I urge members of the left to listen, tomorrow on this program, my response.

I'm out today. I'm actually at home broadcasting because I threw my back out yesterday. And I think one of the reasons -- the doctor asked me, "What's happened to you?" And I said, about two weeks ago, I slipped and fell on the ice really badly. Other than that, nothing. And then I started thinking about it, except I was away from my Casper Mattress after that. And I think the mattress makes a huge difference to my back. Pat does too. Casper Mattress will show you improvements in your sleep and the way you feel every morning. Get up and feel good. Casper Mattress, invented with two high-tech foams that give you the support that you need. And it will guarantee that you'll get the best night's sleep ever. Try it for 100 nights risk-free. They come to your house and pick it up, if you don't love it as much as I love mine. Start having a great night's sleep and a great day the next day. Get a Casper Mattress. Go to Casper.com. Use the promo code Beck and get $50 off the purchase of your mattress. Fifty dollars may not sound like a lot if you bought a mattress at a mattress store. But when you see the price of a Casper Mattress, it will blow you away. Save $50 off your purchase of a Casper mattress right now. Casper.com. Terms and conditions do apply. Casper.com. Promo code Beck.

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GLENN: Oh, man. I have so much to say. I think this will be the entire show tomorrow. And I invite your liberal friends -- please do me a favor. Tweet and Facebook your friends -- your liberal friends who -- who are -- who are trying to understand the world. I don't -- you know, don't invite Media Matters. But anybody who is trying -- anybody in the press. Make sure they're listening tomorrow. You're going to -- you're going to like my monologue tomorrow, I think. But it's not aimed at you. Because I know how you feel, after hearing what we just played from Hollywood. But the left needs to hear it.

The media needs to hear it. And we're going to approach it in a very, very different way tomorrow.

I'm not going to continue to make the same mistakes over and over again. We're going to try something new, tomorrow.

As we move along this endless primary season, we implement our first major adjustments to our power rankings model. Because of all the changes on the model itself, we'll keep the write ups short this week so that we can get an update posted before we hit the second round of debates.

There are now 40 separate measures of candidate performance which are summarized by the 0-100 score that helps us makes sense out of this chaos.We also have a new style of graphs, where the section highlighted in blue will show the progress (or lack thereof) made by each candidate over the life of their campaign.

In this update, we have our first campaign obituary, a couple of brand new candidates (when will it ever stop) and plenty of movement up top.

Let's get to it.

In case you're new here, read our explainer about how all of this works:

The 2020 Democratic primary power rankings are an attempt to make sense out of the chaos of the largest field of candidates in global history. Each candidate gets a unique score in at least thirty categories, measuring data like polling, prediction markets, fundraising, fundamentals, media coverage, and more. The result is a candidate score between 0-100. These numbers will change from week to week as the race changes. The power rankings are less a prediction on who will win the nomination, and more a snapshot of the state of the race at any given time. However, early on, the model gives more weight to fundamentals and potentials, and later will begin to prioritize polling and realities on the ground. If you're like me, when you read power rankings about sports, you've already skipped ahead to the list. So, here we go.

See previous editions here.

Campaign Obituary #1

The Eric Swalwell Campaign

California State Congressman

April 8, 2019 - July 8, 2019

Lifetime high: 20.2

Lifetime low: 19.5

I ended my initial profile on Eric Swalwell with this:

"There's a certain brand of presidential candidate that isn't really running for president. That's Eric Swalwell."

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It's now more true than ever that Swalwell isn't running for president, because he has officially dropped out of the race.

To any sane observer, Swalwell never had a chance to win the nomination. This was always about raising his profile with little downside to deter him from taking money and building a list of future donors.

In one of many depressing moments in his FiveThirtyEight exit interview, he noted that one of his supporters told him he definitely thought he'd eventually be president, but it wasn't going to happen this time. (This supporter was not identified, but we can logically assume they also have the last name Swalwell.)

Swalwell did outline a series of reasons he thought his ridiculous campaign might have a chance.

  1. He was born in Iowa. After all, people from Iowa will surely vote for someone born in Iowa, even if they escaped as soon as possible.
  2. He had what he believed was a signature issue: pretending there was no such amendment as the second amendment.)
  3. He's not old.

It was on point number three where Swalwell made his last stand. In an uncomfortably obvious attempt to capture a viral moment that would launch his fundraising and polling status, Swalwell went after Joe Biden directly.

"I was 6 years old when a presidential candidate came to the California Democratic Convention and said it's time to pass the torch to a new generation of Americans. That candidate was then-Senator Joe Biden." This pre-meditated and under-medicated attack, along with Swalwell's entire campaign future, was disassembled by a facial gesture.

Biden's response wasn't an intimidation, anger, or a laugh. It was a giant smile that somehow successfully communicated a grandfathery dismissal of "isn't that just adorable."

Of course, headlines like this didn't help either:

Eric Swalwell is going to keep comparing the Democratic field to 'The Avengers' until someone claps

The campaign of Eric Swalwell was pronounced dead at the age of 91 days.

Other headlines:

Eric Swalwell ends White House bid, citing low polling, fundraising

Republicans troll Swalwell for ending presidential campaign

Eric Swalwell Latest 'Cringe' Video Brags About Omar Holding his 'White' Baby

Eric Swalwell's message to actor Danny Glover is 'the cringiest thing I've ever seen in a hearing'

Eric Swalwell's 'I Will Be Bold Without The Bull' Bombs

25. Joe Sestak 11.0 (Debut) Former Pennsylvania State Congressman

Joe Sestak is a former three-star admiral who served in Congress for a couple of years in the late 2000s. Besides his military service, his most notable achievement is figuring out a way to get Pat Toomey elected in a purple state.

With Arlen Specter finally formalizing his flip from Republican to Democrat in 2009, he was expected to cruise to reelection. However, Sestak went after him in the primary, and was able to knock him off in the by eight points. Sestak then advanced to face Republican Pat Toomey in the general election. He lost by two points during the Tea Party wave election of 2010.

Needless to say, losing to the former president of the fiscally conservative Club For Growth isn't exactly an accomplishment that is going to help Sestak in the Democratic presidential primary.

Unfortunately, with the current state of the party— his distinguished service in the Navy probably isn't helpful either.

Other headlines:

Joe Sestak on the issues, in under 500 words

Joe Sestak, latest 2020 candidate, says it's not too late for him to gain traction

Sestak aims to 'heal the soul of America' with presidential bid

Joe Sestak Would Move the US Embassy 'Back Out of Jerusalem'

24. Mike Gravel: 12.5 (Previous: 24th / 15.3) Former US Senator from Alaska

CANDIDATE PROFILE

Gravel was able to get celebrities and other candidates to send out pleas to raise funds in effort to get above 65,000 donations and qualify for the second debate.

We may never know if it was grift or incompetence, but Gravel probably should have known that crossing this line made no difference. He'll still be yelling at the TV when the debate starts.

Other headlines:

Gravel meets donor threshold to qualify for Democratic primary debate

Gravel spends a bit of cash to run an ad against Joe Biden in Iowa

Mike Gravel: Why the American People Need Their Own Legislature

Mike Gravel Is the Anti–Joe Biden

23. Wayne Messam: 12.7 (Previous: 23rd / 15.8) Mayor of Miramar, FL

CANDIDATE PROFILE

Messam has made no impact in this race so far, and has fundraising numbers that don't even get into the six digits, let alone seven. He's not really running a campaign at this point, so there's no real downside in staying in for now.

Other headlines:

Wayne Messam: Money Kept Me Out of the First Democratic Debate. Will It Keep Me Out of the Second?

22. Seth Moulton 17.2 (Previous 20th / 21.5) US Rep. from Massachusetts 

CANDIDATE PROFILE

Seth Moulton is the invisible man on the campaign trail. Most people don't even know who he is when they're talking to him. His appeal to the Democratic party is heavily flavored with his military service and appeal to patriotism.

Good luck with that Seth.

Other headlines:

Moulton: Buttigieg Was a Nerd at Harvard

Moulton: Democrats shouldn't go on 'moral crusade' against Trump

Moulton talks reclaiming patriotism from Trump, Republicans

Moulton: 'Trump is going to be harder to beat than many Democrats like to believe'

Presidential candidates hear challengers' footsteps at home

21. Tim Ryan 18.4 (Previous: 18th / 24.3) US Rep. from Ohio

CANDIDATE PROFILE

Tim Ryan's first debate performance was so bad he lost about a quarter of his score with this update. He's not without a plan to get that support back though. He wants to bring hot yoga to the people.

Other headlines:

Tim Ryan on CNN: Trump 'clearly has it out for immigrants'

Ryan Falls Way Behind in Q2 Fundraising Race, New Poll

20. Marianne Williamson 20.7 (Previous: 21st / 20.6) Author, Lecturer, Activist

CANDIDATE PROFILE

Williamson is not going to be the nominee for the Democrats, but if you throw a debate watch party, she might supply the most entertainment. So much so, Republicans have started to donate to her campaign to keep her in future debates.

Other headlines:

"I call her a modern-day prophet": Marianne Williamson's followers want you to give her a chance

Williamson Uses Anime to Explain 2020 Candidate's Holistic Politics

What Marianne Williamson and Donald Trump have in common

Marianne Williamson's Iowa director joins John Delaney's 2020 campaign

19. John Hickenlooper 22.5  (Previous: 11th / 32.0) Former Gov. of Colorado 

CANDIDATE PROFILE

Hickenlooper has been shedding campaign advisors at a relatively furious pace as he admits "there's just a bunch of skills that don't come naturally to me" when it comes to campaigning.

Probably best to pick another line of work.

Other headlines:

Hickenlooper defends campaign fundraising to The Onion: 'The race is wide open'

WP: 'You are who?' The lonely presidential campaign of John Hickenlooper

Gary Hart Warns John Hickenlooper Against Campaigning On Bipartisanship Message

Hickenlooper refuses to condemn protesters who hoisted Mexican flag at ICE facility


18. Michael Bennet 27.4 (Previous: 14th / 28.8) US Senator from Colorado

CANDIDATE PROFILE

Michael Bennet is a bit of a boring no name, but give him credit for actually trying to differentiate himself from the field. He's one of the only candidates willing to criticize his socialist opponents from the center, calling out the open borders crowd and student debt. Obviously this has no chance of success in the democratic party, but at least he's trying.

Other headlines:

George Will touts Bennet to beat Trump in 2020

Bennet: America doesn't know what the Democratic Party stands for

17. Steve Bullock 28.3 (Previous: 16th / 27.7) Gov. of  Montana 

CANDIDATE PROFILE

Bullock's biggest moment of his campaign, and quite possibly his only important moment , will come in this round of debates. He missed the first round, but squeaks in for round two after Eric Swalwell decided to take his zero percent and go home.

Bullock has a theoretical argument that doesn't look half bad on paper, but it seems impossible for another "moderate*" to make noise with Biden still hanging around.

(*-None of these moderates are actually moderate.)

Other headlines:

For Democratic presidential hopeful Steve Bullock, it's all about the 'dark money'

Steve Bullock hates 'dark money.' But a lobbyist for 'dark money' donors is helping his campaign.

Steve Bullock looking to introduce himself as someone who won in Trump country

Bullock said he's not one to eliminate all student-loan debt

Steve Bullock raises $2 million for 2020 bid in second quarter, campaign says

Lowering of state flag at capitol draws criticism

15. John Delaney 29.5 (Previous 19th / 20.3) Former US Rep. from Maryland 

CANDIDATE PROFILE

The power ranking model likes Delaney more than voters seem to like him. He continues to pour his own money into the race and at some point you have to believe someone in his life stops him from setting his cash on fire.

He did steal a key advisor from Marianne Williamson's campaign, which doesn't seem like a path to success.

Other headlines:

Delaney: "Non-Citizens Are Not Covered By My 'Better Care' Plan, But…"

Delaney says he opposes decriminalizing border crossings

Undaunted by low polling, John Delaney keeps his show on the road

Delaney presidential campaign theme: fix what's broken, keep what works

14. Andrew Yang 30.0 (Previous: 15th / 28.3) Attorney and Entrepreneur 

CANDIDATE PROFILE

Before the campaign started, if you would have said Yang would be in the middle of the pack at this point, he probably would be happy with that result. His embrace of quirky issues like banning robocalls, giving everyone free cash, and spending $6 billion to fix the nations malls is enough to keep him in the news.

His fundraising was decent, and he remains an interesting and thoughtful candidate. But, Yang has a better chance of dropping out and running on a third party ticket than winning in this Democratic Party.

You do have to wonder how long it will be before the word "Math" moves from his campaign slogan to the reason he needs to drop out.

Other headlines:

Andrew Yang Is Targeting The 'Politically Disengaged' To 'Win The Whole Election'

You can't turn truck drivers into coders, Andrew Yang says of job retraining

Yang's plan to give $1000 a month to everyone is popular with young, poor Democrats

13. Jay Inslee 31.4 (Previous: 12th / 30.4) Gov. of Washington state

CANDIDATE PROFILEf

Expect Inslee to capture the king-czar-chancellor role of the new climate police or whatever draconian nightmare the actual Democratic nominee creates if they win.

In the meantime, he should try to avoid cringe inducing nonsense like this.

Other headlines:

Presidential hopeful Jay Inslee says Trump's immigration policies will 'end his presidency'

Crowd roars for Elizabeth Warren, Jay Inslee follows to tepid applause

Inslee on listening to Carole King, wanting an anchor tattoo

Inslee Says He Tried to Arrest Fleeing Republicans


12. Tulsi Gabbard 33.4 (Previous: 13th / 28.8) US Rep. for Hawaii 

CANDIDATE PROFILE

Tulsi Gabbard really wants to be Joe Biden's vice president. Or, at least, she wants to hold an important role in his cabinet, like Secretary of Defense.

Gabbard has been running interference for Biden, aggressively going after Kamala Harris for her very successful but substance free bussing attack, while hammering Harris as not qualified to be President. These have been among the harshest criticisms levied by any candidate in the race so far, and there is definitely a purpose to all of it. Her presence in the same debate as Biden and Harris should be something Harris prepares herself for. Expect incoming fire.

Along with Yang, Gabbard remains among the most interesting Democratic candidates to Republicans and Libertarians, which is not helpful to her chances of actually winning the Democratic party nod.

Other headlines:

Gabbard says Harris used "political ploy" to "smear" Biden on raced

Which U.S. Wars Were Justifiable? Tulsi Gabbard Names Only World War II

Tulsi Gabbard Says It's A 'Good Thing' Trump Met With Kim Jong Un

Gabbard Sympathizes With Amash, Says the Two-Party System Sucks

Tulsi Gabbard Files Bill To Study Hemp's Uses For Just About Everything

Gabbard: '14-year-old girl hacked into a replica of Florida's election system'

11. Tom Steyer 33.5 (Debut) Billionaire hedge fund manager

Tom Steyer is a Democratic billionaire that has spent millions plastering his face all over MSNBC for the past two years begging people to consider impeaching Donald Trump.

The campaign power ranking model loves Steyer's potential because of his unlimited money and theoretical ability to put together a serious campaign team.

All of this is theory at this point though, as the millions spent so far has lead to a giant pile of zilch. If he's serious enough, he should be able to buy his way into the low single digits, and squeak his way into a debate or two.

Steyer's billionaire status isn't an obvious fit as the party of inequality attempts to take down Donald Trump. But, he does have legitimate movement credibility, tons of cash to buy support, and a long developed immunity to embarrassment—so the sky is the limit.

Other headlines:

Tom Steyer on the issues, in under 500 words

Tom Steyer announces 2020 bid, reversing course

Why We're Not Treating Tom Steyer As A 'Major' Candidate (Yet)

Steyer banks on South Carolina in 1st presidential bid stop

10. Kirsten Gillibrand 37.1 (Previous: 9th / 36.7) US Senator from New York

CANDIDATE PROFILE

There is probably no candidate that enters the second round of debates more clearly in do-or-die mode than Gillibrand. With headlines like "The Ignoring of Kirsten Gillibrand" lighting up her feed, she needs something big to happen, and fast. Her performance in the first debate wasn't actually horrible, but still went unnoticed.

She has zero percent in lots of polls, and that includes all of the benefits she says she's received from white privilege. Imagine if she didn't have that going for her.

Other headlines:

Gillibrand: I'd Tell Concerned Coal Miner the Green New Deal Is 'Just Some Bipartisan Ideas'

Struggling in White House bid, Democrat Gillibrand seeks bump in Trump country

Gillibrand Annoyed by Question About Immigration 'Reversal'

9. Robert Francis O’Rourke 40.7 (Previous: 6th / 52.8) Former state Rep. from Texas

CANDIDATE PROFILE

The free fall continues for Betomania.

When campaigns show signs of death, reporters start to write long profiles that aim to tell the story of the demise, or launch the amazing comeback.

Politico's headline (What Beto O'Rourke's Dad Taught Him About Losing) probably wasn't all that helpful.

Beto did secure Willie Nelson's vote though, meaning he can now count on 2 votes, assuming his "Republican" mother votes for him.

Other headlines:

Welcome to America—It's a Hell Hole!

A desperate Beto O'Rourke goes for broke, claims America was founded on white supremacy

Beto O'Rourke finds 'personal connection' to slavery, argues for reparations to unite 'two Americas'

Beto boldly vows not to prosecute people for 'being a human being'Rebooto O'Rourke

Fact Checker: Has Beto O'Rourke visited the most Iowa counties? No.


Beto O'Rourke: Let's Forgive All Student Loan Debt For Teachers

8. Amy Klobuchar 42.9 (Previous: 8th / 41.9) US Senator from Minnesota 

CANDIDATE PROFILE

Klobuchar has been a massive underachiever so far, but is still sticking around in that third tier of candidates. Along with Beto, Booker, and maybe Castro— they aren't exactly eliminated, but can't seem to catch fire. Or even get warm.

Klobuchar would serve herself well to focus on the fundamentals and avoiding desperate pleas for attention if she wants to remain in the Biden VP sweepstakes. Or she could totally shake things up by throwing binders at her opponents in the debate.

Other headlines:

Klobuchar: I Don't Support Open Borders Like Warren, Castro

Deportation raids are about distracting from issues: Amy Klobuchar

Klobuchar hoping 'nice' finishes first

Sports bookmakers put Klobuchar as "heavy underdog" in presidential race

7. Julian Castro 43.2 (Previous: 10th / 34.5) Former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

CANDIDATE PROFILE

Castro is a good example of how overblown debates can be. His first debate performance was quite solid, but did more to sink Robert Francis O'Rourke than actually help his own candidacy.

One more good debate performance should be enough to get him into the next round of debates, as he has already passed the donor threshold. Polling, however, has been elusive. Perhaps there is a swath of America that is uncomfortable voting for a Castro for president, like say, all of south Florida?

Still, in a field of a zillion candidates that have shown no potential, he stands out as a long shot with a punchers chance to make some noise. This is reflected with a nice bump in his score for this update.

Other headlines:

Julián Castro Doubles Down On Decriminalizing Migration: Repeal Felony For Reentry, Too

Julian Castro: 'Instead of breaking up families, we should break up ICE'

Bill Maher rips Julián Castro for remark about abortion for trans women

Julián Castro declines to hold baby

Julián Castro can't speak Spanish

Julian Castro wants to solve homelessness by 2028

A consulting firm made specifically to prevent sexual harassment is providing Castro and other 2020 campaigns advice and training

5. Pete Buttigieg 65.8 (Previous: 2nd / 68.8) Mayor of South Bend, IN

CANDIDATE PROFILE

There probably isn't a campaign that has been more bizarre than Mayor Pete. He was a complete nobody to the public, though as we initially noted, he had support from a bunch of Obama era celebrinerds.

This helped him rise to a top tier candidate with all the money and momentum to make a run at the nomination. Since then we've seen a complete fizzle. He is using the cash to build the infrastructure to make himself a serious candidate, and he should last a while, but he probably must win Iowa to have a chance at the nomination.

Also, finding one African American who will vote for him would be nice.

Other headlines:

Pete Buttigieg goes on hiring spree after top fundraising quarter.

Buttigieg, Struggling With Black Voters, Releases Plan to Address Racial Inequities

South Bend police call out Buttigieg for sending pizza rather than apology after race comments

CNN's Axelrod Rips Buttigieg: Blacks Doing Worse Under His Leadership

Only Pete Buttigieg gets standing ovation from Corn Feed audience

New Republic Drops Out Of Climate Forum Over Backlash To Pete Buttigieg Op-Ed

Pete Buttigieg says it's "almost certain" we've had gay presidents

Pete Buttigieg Sets Hollywood Fundraisers With Ellen DeGeneres, Chelsea Handler and More

4. Elizabeth Warren 70.4 (Previous: 5th / 53.4) US Senator from Massachusetts 

CANDIDATE PROFILE

Looking back at my initial analysis of this field, I'd say it's played out pretty closely to what I expected. Warren has surprised me though.

In an election where beating Trump is the most important characteristic for democratic voters, she seems to be grown in a lab to lose to him. She comes across as a stern elementary school principal who would make kids terrified to be called into her office, because she'd bore them to death by reading them the handbook.

Her DNA kit roll out was so catastrophic, I assumed democrats would see that her political instincts are awful. When put under the intense pressure Trump is sure to bring, she's going to collapse, and I figured democrats would recognize that.

Instead, she's in the top tier. This rise has been legitimately impressive for Warren.

It's also a dream come true for Donald Trump.

Other headlines:

The Activist Left Already Knows Who It Wants for President

Netroots Nation was the day Elizabeth Warren became president of the American left

Elizabeth Warren pledges to decriminalize border crossings

Warren plans to increase annual refugee admissions nearly 800 percent from FY2018

Warren, Biden Campaigns Appear to Find Loophole Around Paid Internships

Warren says she'll push to end Israel's 'occupation'

Warren staffer: 'I would totally be friends with Hamas'

Elizabeth Warren reintroduces legislation requiring corporations to disclose climate risk exposure

Elizabeth Warren Wants Reparations For Same-Sex Couples

Elizabeth Warren proposes executive orders to address race and gender pay gap

This is how Elizabeth Warren plans to close the pay gap for women of color

How much would a wealth tax really raise? Dueling economists reflect new split in Democratic Party

Elizabeth Warren Brings Ad Buying In-House

Elizabeth Warren says she raised $19 million in the second quarter of the year

3. Bernie Sanders 71.1 (Previous: 3rd / 67.2) US Senator from Vermont

CANDIDATE PROFILE

Sanders has fallen slowly but steadily in the polls the past couple of months, and while not every metric yet reflects it, the socialist wing seems more likely represented by Warren.

That being said, Bernie holds her off for third place. Warren and Bernie have reportedly struck a truce to not attack each other, an arrangement which benefits Warren far more than Sanders.

Bernie's machine and name recognition continues to keep him near the top of the heap, but one wonders how long that lasts as name recognition for other candidates get higher, and Iowa gets closer.

No matter if he wins or loses, he's moved the Overton window of the party in a dramatic way. And don't underestimate the appeal of his Medicare-for-all-humankind dream. Bernie may be too old and cranky to see socialized health care into the end zone, but he has advanced that ball much further than he had any right to.

Other headlines:

Bernie Sanders has 'deep sense of satisfaction' his positions are now 'centrist' among Dems

Bernie Sanders: I Will Cancel All $1.6 Trillion Of Your Student Loan Debt

Sanders hits back at Biden over criticism of 'Medicare for All'

Bernie Sanders: Nancy Pelosi shouldn't 'alienate' freshmen House Democrats

Why Sanders Wanted His Meeting With a Rabbi Kept Secret

Bernie Sanders Says Being the First Jewish President Would Be 'Another Barrier Broken Down'

Liberal billionaire calls Bernie Sanders a 'Communist' and 'a disaster zone'

Blackstone's Byron Wien: Markets are terrified of far-left Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren

Antiwar candidate Bernie Sanders faces backlash over the $1.2 trillion war machine he brought to Vermont

The time Bernie Sanders ranted about baseball in a low-budget film

Bernie Sanders shows off sword Ross Perot gave him

Bernie Sanders Raises $18 Million in 3 Months, Trailing Buttigieg

2. Kamala Harris 79.2 (Previous: 4th / 65.9) US Senator from California 

CANDIDATE PROFILE

Harris has given back a good chunk of her post debate bounce, which is to be expected. While she rockets to number two in the power rankings, there are a few things to worry about.

The difference between Warren and Harris is notable. The candidates are nearly tied in most polls, but much of the strength of Harris is based on one spectacular moment. Warren alternatively seems to have a lower ceiling, but a stronger foundation.

The good news for Harris is she does incredibly well among voters that are actually paying attention, while her weakness lies with those who haven't really tuned in yet.

At some point, Harris has to clean up her mess of a policy package, which includes supporting a Bernie style Medicare for All without the Bernie style middle class tax hikes-- a combination that even the left admits makes no sense.

Quotes like this still feel way too accurate, "She's the easy-to-listen-to, poorly defined identity candidate." This needs to be sorted out eventually if she's actually going to win.

Other headlines:

It's Hard To Have A Conversation With Kamala Harris When She Doesn't Even Know What She's Talking About

Kamala Harris: Immigration Raids Are 'A Crime Against Humanity', there are 'babies in cages'

Harris doubles down on criticism of Biden's busing comments on The View

Mother Jones: Kamala Harris Wants to Bring Back Busing? Really?

Kamala Harris's Call for a Return to Busing Is Bold and Politically Risky

Race is 'America's Achilles' heel,' Harris tells African-American group

Kamala Harris claims her campaign is being targeted by Russian bots, also says she's not a plan factory

Harris proposes $100 billion plan to increase minority homeownership

What's Kamala Harris's record on Israel?

Kamala Harris Called Young People "Stupid" in 2015

Kamala Harris lags behind top-tier candidates in Q2 fundraising

Utah man arrested after alleged scheme to plan fake Kamala Harris fundraiser

1. Joe Biden 80.8 (Previous: 1st / 82.3) Former US Senator from Delaware and Former Vice President

CANDIDATE PROFILE

Biden's polling has mostly rebounded to his pre-debate status and he remains the favorite to be the nominee.

He can't survive too many more performances like his first debate however, and he needs to show voters that he can stand up to the heat President Trump is going to bring. In other words, don't get smoked again, fall over on your walker, or look like your dentures are going to fall out in the middle of a debate.

This is a real test for Biden's candidacy. He's had time to prepare, and he's had time to stretch the old muscles. No more excuses.

If Joe can get spry, he probably wins the nomination. But, that is far from a sure thing.

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No, stealth Obamacare won’t fix the failed status-quo

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Another day, another proposed fix to a pressing national problem by a Democratic presidential hopeful. Former Vice President Joe Biden has positioned himself as the "moderate" leader of the Democratic Party, putting pressure on him to come up with a "sensible" alternative to Sen. Sanders' (I-Vt.) Medicare for All plan. But Biden's healthcare proposal, released July 15, doubles down on flawed, top-down solutions without offering any new ideas. Presidential hopefuls should instead pledge to unleash market innovation and lower healthcare prices for all.

Of course, a former vice president will inevitably find it difficult to make a clean policy break from the administration he has repeatedly hailed and defended. Biden's tenure as vice president made him into a second-tier political rockstar, and it makes sense that he's reluctant to separate himself from former President Obama's Affordable Care Act (aka "Obamacare"). It's also no surprise that "Bidencare" preserves Obamacare's disastrous expansion of Medicaid, the federal government's insurance program for low-income Americans. His plan even provides a public option for residents of states that have not expanded Medicaid. Perhaps more surprising, or just disappointing, is how thoroughly the Democratic orthodoxy has embraced government medical insurance even at gargantuan cost, despite little evidence that it'll work.

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Back when he was a heartbeat away from the presidency, Biden vigorously defended Obamacare, criticizing Republican governors for failing to expand Medicaid and predicting that all states would eventually see the light. That never quite happened (as of now, 17 states wisely refuse to expand health insurance targeted at low-income Americans). But the Obama administration tried to cajole red and purple states into expanding the Medicaid eligibility threshold "up to 138 percent of the poverty level." Nevertheless, states such as Texas, Florida, and North Carolina wisely considered the evidence that Medicaid was breaking the bank — without helping the poor get access to the care they needed.

This evidence isn't just based on one or two stray studies produced by the "right" think-tank. In June 2018, Health Affairs published a blockbuster analysis of 77 studies on Medicaid's effectiveness, and the results may be disappointing for fans of government-provided insurance. Around 60 percent of the studies included in the meta-analysis found that health status and quality of care failed to improve for low-income patients after Medicaid expansion. The analysis also finds that a majority (56 percent of studies) found no improvement in the financial performance of hospitals post-Medicaid expansion. This finding contradicts claims by Obama, Biden and co. that Medicaid expansion would shift patients from the emergency room to doctor's offices, lowering system-wide costs.

These findings are scandalous for an expansion program that costs federal taxpayers at least $70 billion per year. How could all of this money be failing to improve outcomes? Plausibly, the types of institutions that accept Medicaid are larger facilities that aren't as great at delivering quality health-care as smaller offices? The copious paperwork and documentation required by the program don't really allow smaller facilities the bandwidth to deal with Medicaid in an efficient manner. Yet this documentation is necessary to curb rampant fraud in the program that costs taxpayers tens of billions of dollars each year.

Greater Medicaid funding and corresponding anti-waste measures fail to address the cancer undermining the healthcare system: sky-high drug prices and expensive medical equipment.

Greater Medicaid funding and corresponding anti-waste measures fail to address the cancer undermining the healthcare system: sky-high drug prices and expensive medical equipment. Instead of pushing for ever-higher government spending, a President Biden could push for a streamlined Food and Drug Administration approval process for drugs and medical devices, which would keep medical costs down and give a green light to innovators everywhere. The cost to develop a single medication is now more than $2 billion, and an onerous FDA approval process costs lives by being too risk-averse.

Presidential hopefuls such as Biden should also pledge to work with states to roll-back "certificate of need" laws, which force medical institutions to jump through countless barriers to expand their facilities and invest in new services. It's not just hospitals and their patients that suffer from these needless laws; Harvard medical scholar David Grabowski sums up the evidence that these laws make nursing homes far worse and costlier than they need to be. Getting rid of these laws nationwide would give patients and consumers far more options when shopping around for the care and facilities they need.

The price problem gripping the American healthcare system simply won't go away while regulatory barriers and onerous approval processes continue to stifle the sector. Presidential hopefuls such as Biden can make a dent in this problem by supporting market reforms, instead of doubling-down on failed government healthcare.

Ross Marchand is a Young Voices contributor and the director of policy for the Taxpayers Protection Alliance.

Thomas Jefferson and John Adams both fulfilled their goal of living to see the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Then, both died later that day — July 4, 1826. Adams was 90. Jefferson was 83.

Because of their failing health, Jefferson and Adams each declined many invitations to attend July 4th celebrations. Adams sent a letter to be read aloud at the 50th Independence Day celebration in his local town of Quincy, Massachusetts. He wrote that the Declaration is:

... a memorable epoch in the annals of the human race, destined in future history to form the brightest or the blackest page, according to the use or the abuse of those political institutions by which they shall, in time to come, be shaped by the human mind.

It's remarkable how well the Founders understood human nature and what could happen to the United States. It's the postmodern mindset that increasingly rules the U.S. now. It has infected our institutions and untethered us from the bedrock principles of the Declaration. In its place? Hypocritical and vitriolic partisan righteous indignation.

Less than a century after Adams' and Jefferson's deaths, the most serious attempt to undermine the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution came from America's 28th president — Woodrow Wilson. He wrote:

Some citizens of this country have never got beyond the Declaration of Independence.

As if that's a bad thing.

During Wilson's career as a college professor, he thought deeply and wrote extensively of his contempt for our founding documents. His issue with them formed the core beliefs of Progressivism that are still alive today.

In 1911, before he was elected President, Wilson said in a speech:

I do not find the problems of 1911 solved in the Declaration of Independence ... It is the object of Government to make those adjustments of life which will put every man in a position to claim his normal rights as a living human being.

See what he does there? He completely inverts the Declaration — he's saying, you don't have inherent rights until government puts you in a position to claim them. That's the heart of Progressivism.

In a later speech, Wilson said:

If you want to understand the real Declaration of Independence, do not repeat the preface.

Wilson did not think the equality, natural rights, and consent-of-the-governed parts of the Declaration defined the proper role of government. He preferred the Declaration's list of grievances because they addressed specific problems. That's what he thought government existed to do — solve problems for people. And since people's problems change over time, so should the Constitution and government to keep up with the times.

Wilson said:

No doubt we are meant to have liberty; but each generation must form its own conception of what liberty is.

We hear this sentiment echoed all the time today: follow your heart, find your truth, etc.

Another key to Wilson's Progressive theory of government was human evolution. He thought that because humans were now more enlightened, they could be trusted not to abuse government power. The Declaration's committee of five (Adams, Sherman, Franklin, Livingston and Jefferson) would've laughed Wilson out of the room.

It's hard to believe that less than 150 years after the signing of the Declaration, the U.S. president — Wilson — was saying this:

We are not bound to adhere to the doctrines held by the signers of the Declaration of Independence: we are as free as they were to make and unmake governments. We are not here to worship men or a document. Every Fourth of July should be a time for examining our standards, our purposes, for determining afresh what principles, what forms of power we think most likely to effect our safety and happiness. That and that alone is the obligation the Declaration lays upon us.

Wilson was so effective at imposing his philosophy on government that he forever diverted the U.S. presidency away from the Constitution. Progressives have kept Wilson's torch alive ever since.

Progressives are still hostile to the Declaration of Independence because of this idea of “historical contingency" which holds that truths change over time. Progressives think the “self-evident" truths of the Declaration are outdated and may no longer apply. And that means the Constitution based on those truths may no longer apply either. Wilson and Progressives especially don't like the whole separation of powers thing, because it hinders the fast action they want out of government. They want a justice warrior president who will bring swift change by fiat.

The current trend in attacking the Declaration and Constitution is to tear down the men who wrote them. In late 2015, students at the University of Missouri and the College of William & Mary, placed notes all over the statues of Thomas Jefferson on their respective campuses. The handwritten notes labeled Jefferson things like, “racist," “rapist," “pedophile" (not sure what that one's supposed to mean), “How dare you glorify him," “I wouldn't be here if it was up to him," and “Black Lives Matter."

That is the handiwork of students who are blinded by self-righteous victimhood and can't see the value and merit that the Declaration still holds for us today. After these incidents, Annette Gordon-Reed offered a reasoned defense of Jefferson. Reed is a respected history professor at Harvard Law School, who also happens to be a black woman. She wrote:

I understand why some people think his statues should be removed, but not all controversial figures of the past are created equal. I think Jefferson's contributions to the history of the United States outweigh the problems people have with aspects of his life. He is just too much a part of the American story to pretend that he was not there ... The best of his ideals continue to influence and move people. The statues should be a stimulus for considering all these matters at William & Mary and the University of Missouri.

At the opposite end of the spectrum from Woodrow Wilson's disdain for the Declaration of Independence, Abraham Lincoln loved it. If there is one overarching theme in Lincoln's speeches, it is the Declaration. Lincoln pointed the nation back to the Declaration as a mission statement, which ended slavery and preserved the Union.

Unlike Wilson, who recommended leaving out the Preamble, Lincoln considered it the most vital part. To Lincoln, the self-evident truths were universal, timeless, and more important than the list of grievances. Lincoln wrote that these truths were:

... applicable to all men and all times ... that today, and in all coming days, it shall be a rebuke and a stumbling block to the very harbingers of reappearing tyranny and oppression.

In a speech Lincoln gave in 1861, shortly after he was first elected president, he said:

I have never had a feeling politically that did not spring from the sentiments embodied in the Declaration of Independence… I have often inquired of myself what great principle or idea it was that kept this Confederacy so long together. It was not the mere matter of the separation of the Colonies from the mother-land, but that sentiment in the Declaration which gave liberty, not alone to the people of this country, but, I hope, to the world, for all future time.

Lincoln went on to say that he would rather be assassinated than see the nation forfeit the principles of the Declaration. His Gettysburg Address is a brilliant, concise renewal of the Declaration:

... that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

We cannot assume that this radical idea of freedom will always be embraced by Americans. It has found hostility on our shores every step of the way. The Declaration's principles must be continually defended. Because while humans do have certain unalienable rights that are endowed by our Creator, there is darkness in the world, and for some strange reason humans, while valuing freedom, also seem to have a natural bent toward tyranny. That's why we must understand and discuss the Declaration. It's not alarmist. It's not a quaint history lesson. It's a reality, right now, that the fundamental principles of the Declaration are under attack. The Founders would have undoubtedly shuddered at most of the rhetoric from last week's Democratic presidential debates. Left to its own mob devices, even America would turn its back on freedom.

Shortly before his death in 1826, 90-year-old John Adams was asked to recommend a toast that could be given in his honor on July 4th. Adams didn't hesitate. He suggested, “Independence Forever." The small group of visitors silently glanced at each other for a moment, before someone asked Adams if he'd like to add anything else. Adams shifted forward in his chair, leaned on his cane, stared intently at the men, and replied, “Not a word."

China is having its Boston Tea Party moment

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Freedom. It usually begins as a whisper. A secret passed on between patrons at a secluded bar or private meeting. And no matter how hard the tyrants may try and stop it, no matter how many dams they throw up to try and contain it, the whispers eventually become a flood. Sometimes it takes longer to break through, but it's the same EVERY TIME. Liberty and freedom always wins. It's an unstoppable force that knows no immovable object.

For us it was exactly 243 years ago to this month that those whispers became a flood. A group of ragtag colonists took on the world's only superpower —and won. Our forefathers proved it — freedom refuses to recognize tyranny as an immovable object. The world was forever changed.

And I can't help but see the poetic justice as more whispers became a flood, defying their own immovable object, just three days before all of us were buying fireworks to celebrate our Independence Day. But this time it was just off the coast of mainland China.

Last week over a MILLION protesters filled the streets in Hong Kong. Literally a FLOOD of humans looking for one thing — freedom. They stormed the government building that is the equivalent of their Congress. They smashed windows, broke down doors, and a photo was taken that I think just might be the picture of the year.

A British colonial flag, a symbol thrown out when Hong Kong was given back to China, was draped — BY THE PROTESTORS — over the chair of their head of government. I can't restate how historic this actually is. The people of Hong Kong, with a population that is over 90 percent ethnic Han Chinese, are saying to the mainland that they prefer colonial rule over the tyranny of the Chinese government. Leftists would tell you that communism is the remedy for colonialism, but for those living in the dark shadow of communism, they actually prefer colonial rule over what they now face.

The local Hong Kong government is caught between the immovable object of the Chinese communist government, and the unstoppable force of liberty.

When Hong Kong was given back to the mainland, China agreed to allow them a few freedoms that the rest of the Chinese don't enjoy. They're free to engage in protest against the government and they maintain a legislative body — both of which are outlawed on the mainland. But, as every tyrannical oppressor always does, China has been looking to reel that in. Most recently, China attempted to make it possible to extradite dissenters back to Beijing. The result? The quiet whispers of freedom, the secrets told in private at clandestine meetings, became a flood of millions in the streets.

On July 3rd, police began a crackdown. More than 13 people have been arrested so far. If China eventually gets their way, those 13 people will no doubt be the first of many to be extradited over to the mainland. Their crime? The dream of freedom. As of right now, the extradition law has been temporarily delayed. The local Hong Kong government is caught between the immovable object of the Chinese communist government, and the unstoppable force of liberty.

History has shown who will win in the end. Yesterday, over 200,000 protestors gathered at the high speed train station that links mainland China to Hong Kong. The message was just as clear as the British colonial flag hung inside their legislative building. For our forefathers it was symbolized with the Gadsden Flag and the phrase “Death To Tyranny." The message is simple: “we will not be ruled. Freedom knows no immovable object."

News of the protest movement has been censored in mainland China, but how long will they be able to contain THEIR OWN whispers with over two hundred thousand freedom lovers camped out at the bridge between Hong Kong and mainland China? How long before those whispers spread to secret meeting locations in Beijing or Shanghai? How long before that cascades to the Christian and Muslim minorities that are tired of being rounded up and thrown into camps?

We might have just witnessed the Chinese version of the Boston Tea Party. July 4th is still a long way away for them, but — as it does time and time again — freedom and liberty always win in the end.