Glenn Beck: Obama surprise?

GLENN: I'm driving in today and I'm listening to Fox News and they mention that there is a very big shoe to fall tomorrow. Now, it's not them that mentioned it. It's a Democrat who was on saying the Republican dirty tricks department is at it again and there's this giant shoe to fall tomorrow on Barack Obama's wife, and this Democratic operative says, "And I hear this from very good sources." And they said, well, what is it? He said, I just, I don't even want to repeat it. It's just, it's bad. It's really, really bad. And I'm thinking to myself, why would a Democratic operative say this? And then I thought, okay. Well, maybe he's trying to manage expectations. Maybe he's trying to make it worse than it really is because my gosh. I mean, I tried to think in the car what it could possibly be that would destroy Barack Obama's -- I think you could find -- I think you could find the Bruno Magli shoes in his closet along with O.J.'s knife and he still would be like, same old smear tactics. It's her blood that was smeared. Yeah, Republican -- I don't think anything will stop this guy. So I couldn't imagine what it might be. And then I started searching the blogs and I came in and like, oh, yeah, Jim Geraghty's been on for a while from the National Review and Jim is really quite a reliable source and is not going to be the kind of guy that, you know, delves into Republican dirty tricks. And he says he doesn't buy it at all.



Jim Geraghty of National Review Online

Jim?

GERAGHTY: Glenn.

GLENN: Tell me what the rumor is.

GERAGHTY: Sure.

GLENN: On what people have on Michelle Obama. And first of all, I don't think this is true. Do you think it's true?

GERAGHTY: No. It was a point yesterday when I thought there might have been something going on but I am now much more upset that basically there's been a rumor going around for probably about two weeks now. And the person who was citing this most is Larry Johnson who's a former Clinton administration state department official. He's a guy who wrote an op-ed in the New York Times in August 2001 saying how the threat of terrorism was overhyped, as what someone described the worst timed op-ed in the history of mankind. Periodically is kind of a talking head for leftist center shows, et cetera. He's very much a strong supporter for Hillary Clinton, very much a strong supporter, Barack Obama. His allegation is there's a videotape out there against Michelle Obama railing against whitey and that was presumably a direct quote of what she was saying.

GLENN: Whitey?

GERAGHTY: Whitey, uh-huh.

GLENN: Are you sure they weren't just talking? Because we have -- Barack Obama's advisor calls in once in a while, Honky Whitesville, and I don't know if that's the same person. Maybe Honky Whitesville just got in trouble or something. So she was railing against whitey. Do we know about what?

GERAGHTY: No. And the other thing is just to let you know his description of it, the other thing in the initial description which sounded weird is they said allegedly it was she was doing it from the pulpit of Trinity United. And that was one of the first things that kind of smelled funny coming off of this.

GLENN: Why?

GERAGHTY: We've seen Michelle Obama say some pretty controversial things. So the idea of her saying something controversial in her past of itself isn't shocking. But I wasn't familiar enough with Trinity United that they allow someone to just step up, a member of the congregation to just get up and start saying whatever they like.

GLENN: And they also have, they seem to have extensive video vaults at the church.

GERAGHTY: Yeah. And so it's just kind of tough to believe that this is out there somewhere. And the other thing that Johnson kept insisting was that the Republicans had this, the Hillary Clinton folks didn't. Now, I don't know about you but the idea, the chain of custody of someone who would have something that damaging, he is more likely to end up in the hands of a Hillary supporter or a source who would want to put it in the hands of Hillary than in the hands of Republicans. Trinity United is not exactly a hotbed of Republican activity. You know, but maybe there's one guy there. Then yesterday, as early as last weekend he said, I'm going to have it updated at 9:00 on Monday and it's going to be big. So everybody's expecting they are going to get to see the tape. And he said, he heard from five people who have seen it and not only that, Louis Farrakhan is on the stage when she says this. And then everyone starts, you know, kind of grumbling, looking around and stuff like that. The other reporters who are looking into this. And after it was posted at 9:00, a whole bunch of their folks called back and said, oh, I forgot to tell you Louis Farrakhan oh on the tape, too.

GLENN: How do you forget Louis Farrakhan sitting next to --

GERAGHTY: Exactly.

GLENN: -- Michelle Obama while she's talking about whitey.

GERAGHTY: That's the kind of detail that's easy to overlook, huh, Glenn?

GLENN: Yeah. "Oh, I didn't even -- I forgot Louis Farrakhan was there. Yeah, that's right."

GERAGHTY: Bit by bit this is starting to not make -- and the other thing which is worth noting is that it's just this sense of, it's always, it's never the Hillary camp that has this, it's always the Republicans that have it

GLENN: Sure.

GERAGHTY: Of course the timing of it is scary enough to freak out the superdelegates, to terrify them so they can hesitate before coming out for Obama. It's the last chance for Hillary to -- or not even Hillary, for fans of Hillary to play this kind of card and so it's just one of those things where you just kind of -- the one thing that had me something of a believer was yesterday morning there's a post on a liberal blog called blue man tribune that gives the interpretation saying, no, no, no, if you see the tape it really says not whitey but "Why did he." And she's slurring her words together and it sounds like she's saying "Whitey." And I heard -- I read that and I'm like, huh, that kind of sounds like -- if somebody's putting out this defense and they don't give any sense of where it's coming from, go to a liberal blog and they say, maybe they know somebody in the Obama campaign or maybe they know somebody who was at that particular event. If there's a sting coming out, that would suggest the Tape exists and if the tape does have her saying something like this and they are trying so explain what she's saying and it's not the worst possible interpretation. Well, late in the day I find out this liberal blog wasn't quoting a source, this wasn't based on a conversation. This was entirely speculation of what was on this tape. There was no source for it or anything like that. So I learned my lesson to never, ever, ever trust a liberal blog again.

GLENN: So the guy I saw on Fox today, he's a Clinton supporter. And I thought, boy, this is awfully odd that he would bring this up and he would, you know, say that Republicans are doing this. It makes perfect sense when you start to think, this is just a tactic to scare the superdelegates.

GERAGHTY: Yeah. I mean --

GLENN: I mean, it doesn't get any sleazier than this.

GERAGHTY: Why is he so strangely reticent about saying what's on the tape or whatever this big shoe to drop is? Now all of a sudden the cat's got his tongue? Now he doesn't do anything he wants to do? Yeah.

GLENN: Yeah. Well, no, he just didn't want to be a part of it. He didn't want to be a part of that rumor mongering, yeah. Look, can we just, can we just keep this between us and the most watched television cable show? I mean, yeah. Yeah, Bob, it's just us. It's just us. All right.

GERAGHTY: The other, a note that makes an interesting point for your listeners. After I heard about this yesterday, I heard it from a guy who said he spent most of 1988 trying to track down an alleged photo of (inaudible) throwing feces at the American flag back in the Sixties and the didn't exist, either. I remember a number of stories of the six years of Hillary Clinton burning the flag in the Sixties. Apparently this is a perennial legend that the wife of a Democratic nominee is either a tape of them doing something terribly shocking and appalling.

GLENN: I don't think anything -- but I don't think, Jim, I think we could have videotape of her making out with Karl Marx and it would -- no, seriously.

GERAGHTY: I think if you have video of her pulling the trigger from a grassy knoll that maybe Democrats would reconsider it.

Would Glenn make a better bounty hunter or a Jedi? You'll have to find out in a new episode of the Beltway Banthas Podcast, where Glenn goes deep on Star Wars with host Stephen Kent. In this 45 minute discussion, Stephen and Glenn explore the political themes of the Star Wars franchise, Darth Vader's redemption from Return of the Jedi, Glenn's earliest memories of seeing the films and even debate elements of the latest Star Wars films.

If you enjoy the pop culture and nerdy discussions that Glenn, Pat and Stu get into on the radio show, you'll love this! After you're through, you can also check out Stu Burguiere's appearance on Beltway Banthas to talk Star Wars. You can find that here.


It's never too early to start your Christmas, Hanukah, or Kwanzaa shopping. Or even birthday gift shopping. Especially if that special someone in your life is a Democrat. Because at last count, pretty much all the Democrats are now running for president. And that means there has never been a wider selection of official candidate merchandise to choose from. Whether you're into environmentalism, feminism, classism, socialism, or just plain love, there is a smorgasbord of classy items that you and yours will treasure forever... or at least until the next presidential election.

We have browsed each of the candidates' online stores, so you don't have to (it only took us three months). We have curated only the finest items from each of the Democrats running for president of the United States of America. Without further ado, here is your handy progressive gift guide – or maybe your what-not-to-gift guide.

First, the bargain basement options. Hurry! Time is running out to grab your Beto bandana, or your Delaney pack of golf balls, because at this point Stu has as much of a chance as these guys of getting the nomination.

Tom Steyer, for example – is he still in the race?


https://shop.tomsteyer.com/collections/frontpage/products/tom-2020-pattern-tee


There's way too much Tom here. That shirt's got more Toms than a Caucasian dentists' convention.

For the slightly more moderate Democrat in your life, perhaps they'd like to join the "Yang Gang"…

https://shop.yang2020.com/collections/bumper-stickers/products/yanggang-decal


Andrew Yang is a lock for Math Club president…


https://shop.yang2020.com/collections/apparel/products/math-hat


But for actual president? Well, I wouldn't make plans for how you're going to spend your $1,000-per-month Yang allowance just yet.

If you happen to be shopping for your dog, may I suggest this lovely "Dogs for Delaney" dog collar…


https://store.johndelaney.com/products/dogs-for-delaney-collar


John Delaney's definitely going to secure the canine vote with this kind of outreach. As for any human votes, that's another question entirely.

How 'bout this tastefully understated "Natural Canvas" Michael Bennet tote to remind you he's also still here?...


https://store.michaelbennet.com/michael-bennet-for-america-natural-canvas-tote/


Then again, it's a tote. So, it'll end up on the floor of your closet and you won't have it with you until that one random moment when you're out somewhere and you really need a tote bag. Just like Democrats will really wish they had a moderate when we're in the middle of the socialist nightmare of their creation.

Captain Planet himself, Jay Inslee recently dropped out of the race, but don't let that stop you from picking up what may be the greatest single item sold by anyone in this race…


https://store.jayinslee.com/elvis-the-elves-the-mystery-of-the-melting-snow-by-jay-inslee/


A children's book called Elvis & the Elves: the Mystery of the Melting Snow. Written and illustrated by Governor Jay Inslee. Talk about a whodunnit – how could that snow possibly be melting? Spoiler alert: it's because of evil, white, patriarchal capitalism. And Donald Trump.

Then there's the candidate who thinks you're a moron that can't pronounce his last name: Steve Bullock...


https://shop.stevebullock.com/collections/apparel/products/emoji-t-shirt


Get it? Bull. Lock. Oh, so that's how you say the name that sounds exactly how it's spelled.

There's another candidate who also thinks you need help pronouncing his last name…


https://store.peteforamerica.com/collections/apparel/products/boot-edge-edge-t-shirt


And he is definitely right about that. So, thank you, Pete "Boot Edge Edge." That helps.

Just outside the bargain bin section, but just barely, are candidates like Julian Castro and his "El Presidente" t-shirt…


https://store.julianforthefuture.com/julian-castro-loteria-card-white-tee/


When your last name's Castro, do you really want to go with a weird drawing of yourself as if you're a classic Latin American dictator on a postage stamp?

If you prefer a little "dark psychic forces" battling in your candidates, you'll love Marianne Williamson's "Turn Love Into a Political Force" rally sign…


https://store.marianne2020.com/collections/signs/products/love-rally-sign


"Turn Love Into a Political Force" would be an even better title for a Marianne Williamson album of 80s cover songs. And if you think I'm joking, then you haven't heard Bernie Sanders' classic 1987 folk album, We Shall Overcome. That's not a joke. Well, it is a joke, but it's also a very real thing.

Now, just a quick pause to consider the peculiar baby-wear that way too many candidates are selling…

…including Elizabeth Warren's trans-pride flag onesie. Let me get this straight – we can't force any gender on a child, because that's just cruel. But we can force a political advertisement on a baby? How do we know that baby is actually a Biden or Warren fan? The child may not even be a Democrat or a Socialist at all. That baby might self-identify as a Libertarian, or Republican, or even worse – a moderate Democrat.

Now to the premium items from the premium candidates. Elizabeth Warren – the candidate with the most honesty in her advertising…


https://shop.elizabethwarren.com/collections/apparel/products/impolite-arrogant-women-make-history-unisex-t-shirt

-AND-

https://shop.elizabethwarren.com/collections/drinkware/products/strong-american-unions-mug


Warren's merchandise reflects the woman herself – cold and humorless (watch her "This isn't funny" clip from the last debate here at the 4:27 mark). I'm sure she's really fun once you get to know her. Then again, maybe not.

Speaking of serious women, Kamala Harris wants to be president very badly for you, the people, as you can tell from her "For the People" poster…


https://store.kamalaharris.org/poster-for-the-people/


At $29.99 though, she's sure not charging "people's" prices. Of course, she might be having to pay royalties to a certain someone for riffing on their poster. Just saying.

For the race's number one socialist, there's a whole lot of capitalism going on in Bernie Sanders' campaign. He sells so many delightful items that it's hard to choose. But we did anyway. The most random item is this hundred-dollar, black, "Art of a Political Revolution – Artists for Bernie Sanders Coaches Jacket"…


https://store.berniesanders.com/collections/apparel/products/artists-for-bernie-coaches-jacket


Coaches across the land will be clamoring for this one. You know, since coaches are such a strong Bernie-socialist demographic.

If that's a little over your budget you might consider a "Feel the Bern" fanny pack, to help store all those government freebies you'll get from Bernie…


https://store.berniesanders.com/collections/apparel/products/feel-the-bern-fanny-pack


This is the only context in which you'll ever want to hear "feel the burn" and "fanny" in the same sentence.

And finally, from front-runner Joe Biden, we have this fine "Women's Fitted Biden Polo." Which is just about the best polo description ever…


https://store.joebiden.com/collections/apparel/products/biden-polo-womens-fit


It promises the kind of snug approach that Biden loves to provide women. Even when they don't ask.

This was one of the first homesteads in the area in the 1880's and was just begging to be brought back to its original glory — with a touch of modern. When we first purchased the property, it was full of old stuff without any running water, central heat or AC, so needless to say, we had a huge project ahead of us. It took some vision and a whole lot of trust, but the mess we started with seven years ago is now a place we hope the original owners would be proud of.

To restore something like this is really does take a village. It doesn't take much money to make it cozy inside, if like me you are willing to take time and gather things here and there from thrift shops and little antique shops in the middle of nowhere.

But finding the right craftsman is a different story.

Matt Jensen and his assistant Rob did this entire job from sketches I made. Because he built this in his off hours it took just over a year, but so worth the wait. It wasn't easy as it was 18"out of square. He had to build around that as the entire thing we felt would collapse. Matt just reinforced the structure and we love its imperfections.

Here are a few pictures of the process and the transformation from where we started to where we are now:

​How it was

It doesn't look like much yet, but just you wait and see!

By request a photo tour of the restored cabin. I start doing the interior design in earnest tomorrow after the show, but all of the construction guys are now done. So I mopped the floors, washed the sheets, some friends helped by washing the windows. And now the unofficial / official tour.

The Property

The views are absolutely stunning and completely peaceful.