Glenn Beck: Bailout stalls


Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina

Glenn: But let's go to Lee.  Hang on.  We have Senator DeMint with us.  He's just called in.  So, let me go right to the senator.  Senator, how are you, sir?

Senator DeMint:  Hey, Glenn, I hope to jump in front of Lee, but I hope you'll give us a few minutes.

Glenn:  I appreciate it.  I didn't know you were on the phone yet.  Senator, you know what?  Honestly I feel today like that guy in the -- in every Hitchcock film that finds himself in an impossible situation and he's, like, well, wait, wait.  How did I get involved in this?

Senator DeMint:  Yeah.

Glenn:  Today after the Senate decided that they were not going to bail out the big three, George Bush said that it had to go through Congress, now the news breaking from Bloomburg is that Bush is reversing himself and he's going to use coincidentally the $15 billion that's left from the bailout, he's going to use that to bail out the big three auto makers to save them because Congress didn't act.  Since when do we have this system where anybody can just do whatever the hell they want with our money?

Senator DeMint:  Well, that would be, I think, a big mistake by the bush administration.  He's had a lot of problems in his administration, I think, expanding the scope of government and the dependency of people and what happened in the Senate was that the united auto workers, the union bosses, essentially did to us what they've done to the auto companies for years and they would not negotiate in good faith to create a reasonable compensation package which the government should not be negotiating, anyway, but there were Republicans who were trying to work out something where we could keep these companies operating but the unions just threw the work he recalls and the interest of the workers out the window and said no way and --

Glenn:  Senate, hang on just a second.  I mean, first of all, you're exactly right on the -- I mean, it's pretty darn reasonable to ask the auto workers union to take a concession and have the auto workers work in Detroit where you think you can buy a house for 1 dollar 75, to ask them to take a pay cut to the level of the auto workers here in America building Hondas and, you know, other foreign cars.  So, it's totally reasonable, but we're off the track already.  Why should we be baling this company -- what are they telling you that makes you, of all people say, well, maybe we should bail out the big three?

Senator DeMint:  Well, I had told them of regardless of how they changed it, I did not think it was the appropriate role of government because the role of government is to make laws.  We have laws.  We have bankruptcy protection, we have Chapter $11 designed for situations just like this, where a company can continue to operate, they can restructure their debt, they can rewrite their union contracts all under the protection of an objective bankruptcy judge and that's what the companies need to do.  The government cannot manage an automobile company and that's what they're talking about with the car czar and the ridiculous things that have been going on lately and now, you know, the President is saying, well, this slush fund that Congress passed awhile back that we haven't used like we said we were already, now we're going to use it to pick winners and losers out in the marketplace.  People are getting angry because a lot of people have been laid off and I hear everywhere, why aren't they baling me out, why aren't they helping me?

Glenn:  I don't want them helping anyone.  I want you people in Washington to get your freaking hands off my money.  When is that message ever going to be carried by anybody?

Senator DeMint:  Well, it's got to -- the idea of a Constitutional government and rule of law has kind of been throughout out of the window in Washington.

Glenn:  So, how do we get it back, senator?

Senator DeMint:  Well, the way we do it is the way we beat this bailout is we get people angry from your shows, shows all over the country, bloggers.  I spent the whole week along with five other senators doing radio talk shows, talking to bloggers and having bloggers, you know, teleconferences and going on FOX and CNN and NBC.  All of us did that and that's what happened is Americans got angry, they called, they e-mailed their senators, and lot of the senators backed down who were going the other way.  That's how we can change Washington.

Glenn:  But -- wait a minute.  Senator, we're running out of time.  You know, it was one thing to say three years ago, you know, let's get people -- let's get people angry about this and involved.  You're getting to a point to where people are already angry and as they feel their government just take them and stab them in the back and not listen to them and we -- okay.  You got us angry.  We listened.  We got on the phone.  We called.  Yada yada yada.  We spoke.  You guys saved it, but then it goes to, you know, the money czar, Hank Paulson, and King George W. Bush and he just screws us, anyway.  At some point, Senator, you've got so many people who are angry that stupid, violent things can happen and that is -- I am so -- I have been -- I said to you at the beginning of this conversation, I feel like the guy in every Hitchcock movie.  I have been saying to people in Washington for the last three to four years, please stop this, please, please, you don't know what you're doing.  You're sewing the seeds of discontent.  You are moving in a direction that is going to make the American people not trust you and angry with you.  Now I've given up on Washington.  Now I'm looking to the other group of people in America and I'm saying to them, No, please don't do this.  Please, back away.  Sit down.  Have peace in your heart, love.  Don't do anything stupid.  Do you know what?  I mean, here I am in the center of this thing and I think most Americans feel this, nothing good is coming our way with anger.

Senator DeMint:  No, it's not.  And I hear the anger every day in my office because we've gotten thousands of calls on this, thousands of calls on energy, thousands of calls on earmarks, illegal immigration, the amnesty bill and you're right.  For the last three or four years, it's really been --

Glenn:  One after another.

Senator DeMint:  Legislative chaos and people are losing confidence and what we need to do now -- I don't want to give up hope.  I think we're close to the point of no return with socialism, but we can still fight this.  People need to let the bush administration know the same way they let senators know we don't expect him to come in and do anything because these companies can continue to operate under the protection of Chapter 11 and that's the only way to fool the rule of law here and they're not going to close down unless they just ignore the obvious.  The people who held their debt were willing to take a two thirds loss yesterday when we were negotiating this.  Everybody involved, the CEO's were going to take caps on salaries.  Everybody but the unions were willing to negotiate and now I see more than ever what has happened to these car companies.  These unions have pushed their back against the wall and the government shouldn't come out and bail out the unions because that's really what's happening here.

Glenn:  But they're going to.  They're going to.  If they didn't do it now, they're going to do is as soon as the Democrats take control.  The unions spent $1 billion.  You want to talk about a special interest group?  $1 billion.  Senator, you said -- I think it was yesterday and you've since changed this or retracted this and said it was a misspeak, but you said that you thought that riots would happen if this went through.  What are you changing that to?

Senator DeMint:  Well, no.  I was really just referencing what I had seen on television is people protesting already with signs, you bailed out Bank of America, why not me and people who have been laid off.  So, I'm not -- I mean, I think people were suggesting I was encouraging riots and I wasn't, about I'm eye frayed the anger of the people, just as you said, is going to bubble over to very destructive behavior because a lot of people are going to be hurting over the next year or two and they're going to be wondering why some are getting money and some aren't and that's just the way socialism works.  It sews discontent and anger and it turns into --

Glenn:  Senator, most people listening to me right now, you're speaking to a group that has been very active.  You're speaking to the group that pays attention to the news, that reads, that cares deeply.  This audience, like so many others, are not getting their news from Jon Stewart.  They'll get their laughs from Jon Stewart but not their news from Jon Stewart.  They're not the people that are just, like, well, I don't know.  Bailout?  I guess.  These people are involved and they have been involved and they have been involved for so long and they have been screwed over and over and over again.  They have said, No, I want you to protect our border and stop calling me a racist for that.  There are economic ramifications.  You know, every step of the way, they've called, they've got ton involved, and then they've been stabbed in the back many times by their own party and the people that they voted for.  Please speak directly to those people who are right now in their car saying, senator, you've got to be kidding me.  You really want me to get on the phone one more time and call?  They're running out of times that they're going to

Caller: .  Speak to them.

Senator DeMint:  Well, I'd like to, because I've been pummeled by my own party trying to change rules of seniority in the last month, in trying to three Ted Stephens out of our conference so that people would know we want a new start and my own party has been pretty rough on me, but I will say, I mean, I'm concerned and I'm fighting every day, but we did stop the amnesty bill.  You know, we have done a lot to create a problem with the earmarks and people are backing down from those to a degree.  Haven't won that battle yet, but we have, through the anger of the American people, gotten a moratorium on drilling taken away.  They'll probably fry to put it back on, but we defeated the auto bailout and we've lost a lot of battles, too, but I think part of this process is helping a lot of Americans, like those that listen to your show, realize they can make a difference.  It's hard and if you look at -- if you Google Jim DeMint, you'll see what kind of abuse that I'm taking.

Glenn:  Oh, senator, you are one of the guys -- the good guys.  You have been on the front line and I don't mean to take my frustration out on you, but I'm frustrated, senator, just as you are, because some of us, you have been one of them, have been ringing this bell for quite some time with the members of the Senate and Congress and in this current White House saying, what are you doing?  You are sewing the seeds of our destruction and I'm not even talking about nationalized, socialized country.  What I'm talking about is they are sewing the seeds of ripping us apart internally and nobody would listen and they're still not listening and I just -- I just know that the people who are paying attention are holding their head and they're saying, What else do I do?  What else do I do?

Senator DeMint:  Well, Glenn, I would just again, these folks that listen to you encourage me because they've called and they've said, keep fighting and I know they're listening to your show.  The thing I've come to realize is I'm butting my head against the wall trying to change the Senate.  The way I can change this country and stop what the Congress is doing is to get more and more people engaged and informed, angry, constructively angry, and to grow those numbers and I think we're beginning to do that.  People are walking up.  You know, calls that used to be in the hundreds are now in the thousands.  People are no longer saying you've got to push issue this or that.  They're grabbing my arm and saying, how can I help?  That's what they say, how can I help in so, Americans wants to get involved.  We've just got to give them a target and help them -- and I tell you, we've got to get busy this year because these same unions that have brought down the American auto industry, they want to get rid of the secret ballot, they want to spread unionism across the country and the Democrats are requesting to help them and hopefully these kind of things will bring today a rebirth of a Republican party because, as you've mentioned, I mean, we can't even trust the Republican party as a label because we've had so many among us who didn't agree with our basic philosophy.  So, we've got a lot of work to do, but I can't afford to have -- to get negative.  I do every now and then, but then I come home and people say, Keep fighting.  Thank you.

Glenn:  No.  Senator, God bless you.  I don't know.  I couldn't do your job.  I don't know who could.  Let me ask you this:  How many people in the Senate that you work with -- are you there?

Senator DeMint:  Excuse me.  Somebody just got on the line.

Glenn:  It might be one of my kids.  I'm using the phone.  How many people that you work with on a day-to-day basis in the Senate do you think actually understand how dire the situation is with discontent and the economy, that know that they are dealing now with something that this country has never, ever experienced before?

Caller:  We might have 10 in the Senate.

Glenn:  Geez.

Senator DeMint:  But salt and light can go a long way and we've had less than that who have, you know, stopped the amnesty bill and done other things like -- I mean, there were six of us that met at the beginning of this week and decided to do everything we could to take our case to the American people and at that point everyone was saying there was no way we could stop this thing, but a few people can make a difference if they have advocates on the outside and that really comes back to you, your listeners, and folks like you around the country.

Glenn:  Senator, I've got to go, but we do support you, sir, and we will be watching you carefully and don't you dare give up, because there are very few lights in Washington coming out and we appreciate you being there.

Senator DeMint:  Thank you.  We couldn't do it without you.

Glenn:  You bet.  Bye-bye.  Senator Jim DeMint.

Seventeen point four million people tuned in for the final season of Games of Thrones' premiere last week. It was a series record for HBO, shattering all previous numbers. It really is a pop culture phenomenon. People that don't even like this kind of genre are tuning in to see if the Night King will win or if Daenerys will do as promised and "break the wheel". Meanwhile, another Game of Thrones is playing out in global politics, and what happened this weekend in Ukraine is yet another sign… this wheel is already broken.

Imagine for a second that the United States economy has just collapsed, a coup occurs, and then China invades California, annexing the entire Western seaboard. Now imagine that, in the absence of a George Washington resurrection, we elect Conan O'Brien to be the president to lead us out of all this mess. During the chaos, O'Brien breaks out Triumph the Insult Comic Dog and goes viral insulting the post-coup government. Eventually, he decides… screw it! Might as well run for president! He has no experience or plan for how to deal with the invading army at the gates, no experience or plan to deal with the crashed economy… nothing. But despite all that, riding the back of viral comedy sketches, the country votes en mass to make a late night comedian the president. In any sane world, this could never happen, but this is exactly what happened this weekend in Ukraine.

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Volodymyr Zelensky declared victory last night as he stood on a stage in front of his campaign headquarters just after the polls closed. The theme song for his late-night comedy show played in the background. His opponent, the previous Ukrainian president, had already conceded defeat before results even started coming in. There was no need. The comedian straight TROUNCED the former president, winning over 73% of the vote.

For Ukrainians, the stakes could never be higher. The Russians are quite literally at their throats. They've already annexed Crimea, and Russian backed separatists have seized nearly all of Eastern Ukraine. The media rarely talks about it, but there has been an ongoing war in Ukraine ever since 2014. Over thirteen thousand Ukrainians have died. The economy has basically collapsed… it's in shambles. Common sense would seem to dictate that an established leader or expert would be required to see the crippled country through this… but Ukraine chose the late-night comedian.

Zelensky rose to fame criticizing the sitting president through viral comedy sketches. His bits went viral on social media. He never once stated any policy or solutions. Half the time his admirers didn't know who they were watching during his campaign rallies. Was he in character for one of his sketches or was he being serious? But that didn't seem to matter. He was funny, and young people smashed that LIKE and SHARE button like crazy… so now he's president.

So what does this mean? This isn't just some crazy Eastern Europe phenomenon. For the entire world, the wheel is now… broken.

So what does this mean? This isn't just some crazy Eastern Europe phenomenon. For the entire world, the wheel is now… broken. Everyone is sick and tired of the lies, broken promises and a general feeling of being ignored. You see it literally everywhere. Donald Trump was elected because of this. The country was tired of being ignored and lied to over immigration, the economy and jobs. Look what's happening in France. The French elected an empty suit. Now their streets look like a war zone every Saturday and Sunday.

The old way is busted, and people are sick of it. Change on a scale we've never seen before is coming. Every time you hear "oh that person could never become president… all they do is post stupid comments on Instagram", remember how they said similar things about Donald Trump. Every time we mock people like Alexandria Occasional Cortex… remember the comedian from Ukraine. It's a new era, and the old way of doing things is coming to an end. The wheel is broken, and the future is anyone's guess.

Helicopters whir above-head, over the zebras and the owls and the pythons. Police cars roar down the crowded street, full of smoke and chaos. Ambulances scream past the gates of the National Zoo of Sri Lanka.

On the other side of the fence, a hotel full of tourists from all over the world, here to celebrate Easter, but unable to, trapped in the rubble or blind with confusion, a deafening-white ringing in their ears.

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Just before 9:00 yesterday morning, explosions shook the air. Churches were packed with brightly dressed people, on Easter Sunday. The bombs ripped apart three churches.

Yesterday, a day of peace. Of hope. Of the resurrection of Man despite our darkest moments. The day celebrating the resurrection of Christ. It became a day of blood and ash and screaming and loss. Nine bombings. 207 people dead. 450 wounded. All chosen specifically for their religious beliefs. Literally targeted at their churches.

Some people did something, all right.

Sri Lanka has been plagued by violence throughout its history, but it's been nearly a decade since the end of its civil war. And yesterday had nothing to do with Sri Lankan politics and everything to do with religious persecution.

Christians were specifically targeted. There's no doubt. Christians. Worshippers of Christ. Believers in Christianity. Christians.

Christians were specifically targeted. There's no doubt. Christians. Worshippers of Christ. Believers in Christianity. Christians. Not "Easter worshippers." "Easter worshippers" seemed to be the descriptor of the day yesterday. How's that for a coordinated response. They were Christians. In their place of worship.

Christians face a new persecution, a growing persecution.

On Easter, Jesus preformed a miracle by rising from the dead. But perhaps we are so close to being lost into nothingness that it will look like a miracle if Christians even begin to stand up — in defense of their own faith.

But we must. We have to.

UPDATE: Here's how the discussion went on radio. Watch the video below.


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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.

These power rankings include only announced candidates. So, when you say "WAIT!! WHERE'S XXXXX????" Read the earlier sentence again.

If you're like me, when you read power rankings about sports, you've already skipped ahead to the list. So, here we go.

18. Wayne Messam - 13.4 (out of 100)

Troy McClure voice: "You may remember him from such college football teams as the Florida State Seminoles in the mid 1990's.

Look, there's no way someone is going from a small city mayor directly to the White House.

Forget I said that as you read on.

17. Marianne Williamson - 17.1

Williamson is a new age "spiritual advisor" to celebrities like Kim Kardashian. She's firmly in the Bernie Sanders wing of the party (which more and more seems like the only wing of the party.)

If you want to make an argument for Williamson making an impact, it starts with people like the Kardashians spamming their social media following like Marianne is the new Fyre Festival.

Unfortunately, they sort of already did that last time when Marianne ran for congress in 2014, and she still finished fourth.

16. Eric Swalwell - 20.2

Swalwell provides very little that is different than your typical left-wing candidate policy wise. But, he really likes seeing himself on TV, and he's willing to say outlandish things for attention. This raises his profile slightly above the hundreds of other representatives that you've never heard of, and that's what this run is all about.

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

15. John Delaney - 20.3

John Delaney has been a candidate for 2020 since you were a small child. He announced his candidacy in July of 2017, which makes it more depressing that you didn't know he was running.

He was a businessman and then congressman in Maryland for six years. He was running for president for about a third of that time.

To his credit, Delaney is one of the few democrats attempting a run as a moderate. He actually will admit that capitalism has done good things, and opposes the socialist edges of the party, being one of the only candidates who will stand up against Medicare for All. He's a throwback to the old days of the Democratic Party... like 2012.

14. Tim Ryan - 20.7

Ryan doesn't think he's going to be president, but there's probably some very unlikely path to be in the running for VP. He's from Ohio and... probably has other things that are interesting about him. He's another somewhat moderate option, which makes it nearly impossible to win in a party who is falling all over itself to nuzzle up next to Che.

13. Tulsi Gabbard - 25.9

Gabbard is a strange candidate, which sort of makes her interesting. Her current collection of policy preferences is hard to differentiate from the Bernie/Socialist group.

Oddly, she has a history of taking strong positions against the LGBT party line, including supporting groups pitching gay conversion therapy. Her father was an activist in this world for a long time. She says she no longer believes in those things.

She seems to be the head of the Bashir Al Assad fan club (member #2). The other member of the fan club is David Duke, who has actually endorsed Gabbard in the past. On top of all of this, she's about twenty-five times better looking than the typical David Duke endorsee, and she interviews like a dull foreign policy wonk. It's hard to imagine her path to the nomination, but a VP consideration isn't out of the question. There's a lot of baggage to deal with however.

Whatever strain of the flu that allows Alex Jones to be besties with Cynthia McKinney, that's what Tulsi Gabbard has.

12. Andrew Yang - 27.1

Yang gang unite! Andrew Yang is a tech entrepreneur who has made some noise on the inter-webs talking a lot about the future of technology and universal basic income. Give him credit for at least attempting to talk about important issues, and for outlining a lengthy list of policy proposals. He's smart and actually makes some sense occasionally. The prediction markets sure do love him, showing the limitation of prediction markets.

As the only candidate to outline an anti-circumcision position, he leads the field in commentary about the private parts of male babies.

11. Jay Inslee - 30.4

See: Lindsay Graham 2016.

Like Graham in 2016 who was running a one issue campaign around hawkish foreign policy, Inslee is running a one issue campaign around hawkishly fighting the weather.

He does have executive experience as governor of Washington, which is something. He might be fighting for a shot at VP, but realistically he's in the race to try and force the frontrunners left on the climate.

Whether he can stop the evil burning orb in the sky is still unknown.

10. John Hickenlooper - Score: 32

Hickenlooper is a former governor running on his executive experience. He's portraying himself as a moderate, which is probably true in this field, or in the former Soviet Union.

As a purple state governor with some non-socialist tendencies, one could see him pairing well as the VP for someone like Kamala Harris or Cory Booker. However, you have to wonder if the Democrats want to pick yet another hard-to-remember-vanilla-zilch of a VP candidate, following the disaster of Tim Kaine.

Also, it's hard to imagine a president with the last name of Hickenlooper.

9. Julian Castro - 36.2

There was a time when Julian Castro had the glow of an Obama approved up and comer. Think of Castro as a big high school football recruit, that won a full scholarship at an SEC school. But after a few mediocre seasons, he's going late in mock drafts.

On paper, Castro should be in the mix, but it just doesn't seem to be happening. It reminds me of Bobby Jindal's run in 2016, except Castro has nowhere near the actual record of Jindal.

On a positive note, he has a twin brother, so if Julian wins the White House and disappoints, we can probably switch everything over to his brother pretty easily. I'm pretty sure that's in the Constitution.

8. Kirsten Gillibrand - 37.8

Gillibrand started as a moderate, transformed into someone from the far left, and contorted herself to fit in to every big news cycle. She became the most prominent voice for the #MeToo movement when she took the bravely calculated stand to call for Al Franken's resignation.

The problem is, Gillibrand didn't realize that the left had little interest in consistently enforcing these new standards. They didn't actually care about #MeToo when it meant getting rid of a mediocre-yet-beloved comedian who voted the right way.

Now her support of a woman who "told her truth" about an alleged series of assaults with photographic evidence is her Achilles' heel. Apparently #BelieveAllWomen has its limits.

This was supposed to be Kirsten Gillibrand's time. But, it looks like #TimesUp.

7. Amy Klobuchar - 45.5

The case for a Klobuchar candidacy is a decent one. She's a woman from the Midwest, who has consistently out-preformed her electoral expectations. For example, in Beto O'Rourke's highly praised Senate run against Ted Cruz, he outperformed the average Democratic house candidate by 4 points. Klobuchar outperformed the average by 13.

If she runs a great campaign, she has a shot. Even if all she can accomplish is to stay mostly mistake free, she should be in the top tier for a potential VP nod.

I know this all sounds really positive, but I'm only saying it so Klobuchar doesn't throw something at me.

6. Elizabeth Warren - 46.0

Elizabeth Warren is not a good candidate. She's almost as crazy on policy as Bernie, she gaffes like Biden, and she's as likable as Hayden Christensen's performance in Star Wars: Attack of the Clones. She shows no ability to deal with the pressure that Donald Trump will bring to the campaign, and when she tries to act naturally, she is as convincing as Hayden Christensen's performance in Star Wars: The Attack of the Clones.

Warren does have a following, a real point of view, and she's one of the only candidates who actually seems to release policy plans. The problem is her policies are basically Marxist-blogger fever dreams, such as a wealth tax and nationalizing a large portion of the prescription drug industry. These ideas are of the quality of Hayden Christensen's performance in the Star Wars: The Attack of the Clones.

The bottom line is only a completely insane party would again run Hillary Clinton: Part 2 against Trump. It would be like casting Hayden Christensen in Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith.

5. Cory Booker - 55.5

There's a moment in the bloopers during closing credits of some Jim Carrey movie, where they prank him by calling him an "overactor." (It doesn't sound like much, but it's a lot better than his crappy paintings.) Cory Booker makes a Jim Carrey performance look like it's full of subtle nuance.

Booker simply tries too hard. The bulging eyes, the screaming, the explosive Spartacussing — it's just tiring. It's also part of Booker's act. He's in a constant battle to portray what he thinks any given audience wants him to be. Unfortunately, you can feel him doing it, and his lack of authenticity will likely be his downfall. He's also far too attention hungry to work as a vice presidential pick, which leaves his options as limited as his charisma.

4. Pete Buttigieg - 62.9

Two things you need to know about Mayor Pete.

First, his name is pronounced thusly: Boot-edge-edge.

Second, he's openly gay. The reason you need to know he's openly gay is because you should not be prejudiced against people who are openly gay. You are obviously an evil person, as evidenced by your visit to this website, and need to understand that being openly gay doesn't mean you aren't capable of governing in an effective matter. This means treating him like he's any other boring white guy.

However, you shouldn't just treat him as if he's any other boring white guy. This is historic!!! You must focus on the fact that he is openly gay, revel in the history his candidacy provides, and say the phrase "openly gay" approximately 457,034 times per day.

To summarize, always forget and focus on while always remembering and ignoring the fact that he's openly gay.

Oh yeah. Also, Buttigieg is a veteran, is a Rhodes Scholar, a calm and effective speaker, has support from some former Obama officials, and has exceeded all expectations so far. He's the mayor of Pawnee, Indiana, so he is uniquely qualified to solve our nation's bus scheduling and pot hole filling needs.

Finally, he is openly gay.

3. Robert Francis O’Rourke - 62.9

While Beto O'Rourke isn't actually Hispanic, he really hopes you think he is. Or at least he hopes you think he's more Hispanic than your average white Irishman.

O'Rourke is one of the exciting new breed of Democratic candidates that are most famous for losing elections, falling short of defeating Ted Cruz in his 2018 Senate race.

Bob Frank O'Rourke's path to the nomination is paved with massive fundraising, the ability to entertain millions of "Now This" YouTube subscribers with nonsensical platitudes about the rights of below average quarterbacks, and being the candidate with the most disturbing use of his hands since Joe Biden.

Flailing, is a word commonly used to describe both his hands and his campaign.

2. Bernie Sanders - 68.3

In 2013, Bernie Sanders proposed Medicare For All and welcomed exactly zero co-sponsors. Now, supporting Medicare For All is basically a litmus test to be allowed into the party.

We've come so far, so fast.

Sanders earns points for being the Democrat who most consistently will actually admit he's a socialist. As the party has moved towards him, he has moved even further left. You're not going to out-socialist a guy who went to the Soviet Union on his honeymoon.

Revisionist historians like to make the case that Bernie was the rightful winner of the nomination in 2016. But, this is nonsense. Hillary Clinton won the popular vote in the primary by 12 points. Debbie Wasserman Schultz can barely dress herself in the morning, let alone exude the competence to move four million votes to Hillary Clinton.

A Sanders nomination is a risky path for Democrats.

Do you really want to go from losing with Hillary Clinton, to a dude six years older that is best known for losing to Hillary Clinton?

1. Kamala Harris - 69.1

Kamala Harris has a lot going for her. She's a fresh face nationally, largely falls in line with the activist left on policy, and is one of the only Democrats running who isn't even trying to hide taking money from big donors. She has a wealthy base of support in California, has run a smooth campaign early on, and hits enough intersectional lines to please the woke masses.

Harris has a history as a sometimes strict prosecutor, district attorney, and attorney general which seems a little too "law and order" for a Democratic primary audience. But the things your opponents leak against you in the primary are the things you feature in your own commercials in the general.

She is used to high pressure situations and likely won't fold under a Donald Trump style barrage like Hillary Clinton did. She comes off as likable and personable (to some), and if she can get through the primary, she's not going to be a pushover. The media does the Republican party endless favors by focusing on a relative dunce like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, when this face of socialism is a far more astute and realistic threat to the priorities of the right.

Is she too far left to be elected in the United States? In any other time, sure. But, when it comes down to a one-on-one battle in a country largely locked into a structure based on binary choice, anything can happen.

Some might find it odd for the democrats to pick a candidate that benefited in her career from an extramarital workplace affair with a powerful man more than twice her age. Potential hashtag: #MeTooPartTwoSometimesItWorksOutGreat!

To be fair, her affair was with Willie Brown, just a decade or so after he was named one of 1984's 10 sexiest men in America by Playgirl magazine. Who could resist such an attractive job opportunity?

The following is part of an ongoing experiment by Glenn Beck program heartthrob, Stu Burguiere, to begin watching Game of Thrones in its final season, without any previous context. Other than highlights shown in commercials, Stu has never seen a second of Game of Thrones, and has never read a word about its characters or plot lines.

Before embarking on this project, Stu's summary of the series was:

  • There is a battle over who controls the throne(s)?
  • Lots of people watch it
  • There is a lot of violence and/or nudity involved
  • There are dragons that fly around

Spoiler alert: you are about to read information about Game of Thrones that would definitely be considered spoilers, if it was possible to decode what Stu was talking about.

Season 8 | Episode 1

  • Theme animation very long.
  • Theme is still going.

Some possibly important cast members:

Blondie wearing white (henceforth referred to as Blondie)

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Guy with goatee (Goatee guy)

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Uglier black haired woman

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Guy with beard: Literally, any one of thousands on the show. (Come one Stu, we need specifics!)
Angry elf

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Ugly peasant girl might be the same as uglier black haired woman (Yes Stu, yes it was)
Red haired woman (Redhead)

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Boyband looking teen (boyband teen)

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Queen that looks like child of Mick Jagger and Robin Wright

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Sex recipient

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Old guy

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Curly hair guy

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Ugly ship woman

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So far, no spoilers and very little info. There may or may not be spoilers, if you can understand any of it that is.

  • Boyband teen appears to be son of Goatee
  • Winterfell is a place
  • Goatee guy was maybe a king of Winterfell, but isn't anymore
  • "The North" is maybe the same as Winterfell
  • Angry Elf, Goatee guy, Blondie, and Redhead now on same team? This seems new?
  • Blondie seems to be like Siegfried and Roy for dragons
  • Angry Elf married to Redhead?
  • People seem to be more attractive than I would expect from their difficult circumstances
  • Goatee guy and Ugly peasant girl like the same sword
  • "The dead have broken through the wall" —seems important.
  • "If you want a whore, buy one. If you want a queen, earn one." Heard that one before.
  • Guy interrupted while having sex with three women. He only seems moderately bothered by this.
  • Old guy gives sex recipient a crossbow
  • Lots of people killed by curly hair guy while rescuing ugly ship woman
  • Ugly ship woman head butts curly hair guy for some reason
  • Teeth: better than expected
  • "What is dead may never die…but kill the bastards anyway." They seem to be fighting zombies
  • Goatee guy and RedHead are brother and sister I think
  • Goatee guy and Blondie ride dragons
  • Blondie is not helpful with dragon riding tips
  • Blondie is a Queen maybe?
  • DOZED OFF MISSED A FEW MINUTES AT LEAST
  • Woke up to screaming as woman is burned alive
  • Some guy and Boyband teen look at each other at the end as if it's important

Watch the clip below and see how things unfolded on radio Tuesday.


Game of Thrones, as experienced by someone who has never watched Game of Thrones youtu.be