Glenn's Debate Notes

Glenn thought Sarah Palin was brilliant last night, but also thought that Biden did what he had to do. There were no big gaffes or knockout punches, but there were some statements that were a stretch or even flat out false. Find out how Glenn saw the debate last night with his notes and running commentary.

  • I loved the “Can I call you Joe?” that came from an open mic from Palin.


     

  • The open of understanding the economy by talking to parents at a soccer game initially made me nervous she might go over-hokey, but that was actually a really good relatable answer.


     

  • The CNN scorecard thing is amazing to watch, it would be interesting to have a web feature to do your own while watching.


     

  • Palin pulls out “predator lenders” again. Meters flat. Then she says: Don’t live outside out means. “Personal responsibility.” Meters go through the roof. Why republicans don’t think this is a winning message is perplexing. Palin shows the guts to go there—does it with tact---and scores one of the best debate moments for either candidate.


     

  • Given several opportunities, Palin seems like she simply will not praise deregulation. I guess they’re thinking it’s a hard case to make at this moment, but it strikes me as another winning argument that they won’t exploit. Something like “I know a little something about being a small business owner—so I’m not going to stand here and say I want the government to be more involved in my life. The answer isn’t “regulation, regulation, regulation—more, more, more” like the democrats are always offering-- it’s smart targeted regulation—like what John McCain called for two years ago for Fannie and Freddie.”


     

  • First 15 minutes Sarah very, very, solid. (One of my friends said she looks a bit nervous at this point. I didn’t notice.)


     

  • Joe seems to like her---I think that’s positive. They both seem to like each other. This is a major part of what Biden had to do in this debate. Turn down the jerk-o-meter as much as possible. He’s reasonably successful.


     

  • Palin compliments ‘massive oversight.’ I am taking these sort of comments as “I’m John McCain’s VP, and I don’t want to look pro-Wall St. executives in the middle of this mess.” I have to admit though, if she sounded like this and she was running for the top of the ticket with no restrictions, I’d be a little nervous.


     

  • The meters hate when you avoid the question, but they get over it pretty fast.


     

  • Did Joe Biden just “promise” exactly where next attack will come from and be planned?? Really? And he says with a straight face that he knows where Bin Laden is? Isn’t it about time that nonsense gets challenged? We don’t “know” that. We suspect it. And a terrorist plan is almost as likely to come from a coffee house in Los Angeles as it can come from the mountains of Pakistan. That’s either a fundamental misunderstanding of the war on terror, or trying to look tough for stupid people.


     

  • About meeting with Iran without preconditions, Biden just lies. Obama was specifically asked about presidential level meetings with Ahmendenejad without preconditions. Palin is right to call him out. I kind of wanted her to add “This is a government that wants to wipe Israel off the planet. This is a government that executes gays for being gay. This is a government that wouldn’t let me leave my house without a male escort if I lived in his country. What do you expect to chat with them about?”


     

  • Biden loves to say “let me say that again”----very repetitive. I’m sure those liberals all over Palin for sticking to talking points too much will gladly point this out. His point about Exxon getting a $4 billion tax cut is embarrassing. As we’ve said before—his lone reasoning for this is that McCain wants to cut taxes for all businesses, and that Exxon is a business. You can just as easily say he wants to cut taxes curing childhood diseases. It’s literally looking over a list of all companies and picking out the one that you don’t like the most. I’d love for someone to call him out on that.


     

  • So far, so good for Palin. She’s been great so far, and she’s probably far enough in to this thing that people watching just to see if she’s going to be Tina Fey’s characture of her have already stopped watching due to utter disappointment. You can’t honestly make the point to me that she is an idiot. She obviously has a handle on these issues.


     

  • Speaking as a radio guy—we have a term called a “crutch”. Which is that thing in your speech pattern that you probably say too much. Think McCain “my friends” or Arnolds “and all of these other things”. Palin’s has to be “also.”


     

  • Interesting approach here by Palin. She is just standing there, toe to toe, running with Joe Biden at “his game” (not the gaffe prone, not telling the truth part of his game. The internal politics, well of the senate, debating policy sort of game.) After my initial worries about being overly hokey, I actually wouldn’t have minded seeing a tad more of “her game.” But that’s a nit-pick. We’re an hour in, and she’s been very impressive. SNL, Hollywood, and the media might win in painting her as unqualified—but in her two most watched appearances she’s been brilliant.


     

  • When describing a Biden administration, he says it would be a national tragedy of historic levels. Okay, yes I know what he was doing, but it was funny anyway.


     

  • Sarah didn’t seem to hear the question on her Achilles heel, and just answers in a sort of “what we would do while in office” sort of way. But Biden DID hear the question, and his answer is laughably horrible. I mean, it’s kind of a pointless question, but come on Joe. Your Achilles heel is “excessive passion”? That’s a “high school kid on a job interview” answer—not a “VP answer with a 2 minutes to prepare” answer.


     

  • Palin’s stop looking into the past, lets look to the future—argument is the best way to handle the popularity problems of Bush that I’ve seen all campaign. A lot of people will talk about her “Say it ain’t so Joe” line—but her point of ‘why do you always insist on looking backwards’ works really well—especially when delivered by her, standing next to him. Probably doesn’t work quite as well for McCain, but I haven’t heard a better option.


     

  • I find myself feeling a little bad for President Bush. He is really treated like poison, and I get the strategy. But, the democrats are insanely unfair to him, and republicans are afraid to compliment even the obviously good things he’s done. Imagine if I told you in 2001—NO MORE ATTACKS by 2008, and the president wouldn’t get a word of credit from either party for it. There’s no way you would believe me.


     

  • Joe Biden chokes up…it was a nice moment for him I thought. I didn’t hear her suggest “only women can understand being a single parent” though. Maybe I missed it.


     

  • For all the book talk about Gwen Ifill---she was fine tonight, I thought. And actually pretty good. I’ve heard some people complaining that Biden was always given the last word. That might be true—but I didn’t really notice it. She didn’t really go into the “come up with a list of 3rd basemen in the minor leagues in 1933” type of questions to try and make Palin squirm.


     

  • Biden did exactly what he had to do in this thing. Looked like a pro and confident in his answers, even when he was completely lying. If Palin was up against Tim Kaine or someone similar this could have been really bad for democrats. Instead it was fine for them. He did no real harm, although he will get hammered in some of the post debate fact checks.


     

  • But the big story is---this was great for Palin—and good for McCain. McCain shows he didn’t make a ridiculously reckless pick, even though his poll number drop has much more to do with the economy than it does Palin even at her worst moments. But for me—this was a huge night for the future. Unless she has a major gaffe later on, you can’t say that Palin was responsible for McCain losing, if he loses. And you likely can give her some credit if he wins. She did a great job setting herself up for a bright future—and perhaps a presidential run in 2012 or 16. Palin/Jindal ’12? Anyone??


     

  • Katie Couric’s CBS has a poll saying Biden won pretty handily, although it’s much less pronounced in the other polls I’ve seen. The CNN one has it at 51-36 or 51-39 depending on what graphic they were showing at the time. Remember—republicans ALWAYS lose post-debate polls. And they are up against a lot of momentum at the moment.


     

  • Obviously when you factor in ideas, I thought Palin won by a lot in my mind. But even just as pure performance, I thought it was a good debate—with Palin having the edge. I’m not sure if that has too much to do with the pre-debate expectations, or the fact that Biden said a lot of things that don’t jive with reality. But, either way—even a tie for Palin is a far more than she had to do.


     

  • Deeper in the polls, some great signs for Palin:

    • Did they do better or worse than you expected? Palin: 84-7 better than worse. She thrives when underestimated.

    • Who’s more of a “typical politician” ---Biden 70-21. –if this country is as annoyed with Washington as they seem—this certainly can’t hurt.

Glenn Beck: Adam Schiff is a LIAR — and we have the proof

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On the radio program Wednesday, Glenn Beck didn't hold back when discussing the latest in a long list of lies issued by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) during the Democrats' ongoing endeavor to remove President Donald Trump from office.

"I'm going to just come out and say, Adam Schiff is a liar. And he intentionally lied. And we have the proof. The media being his little lapdog, but I'll explain what's really going on, and call the man a liar to his face," Glenn asserted. "No, I'm not suggesting he's a liar. No, I'm telling you, he's a liar. ... Adam Schiff is a lying dirtbag."

A recent report in Politico claimed Schiff "mischaracterized" the content of a document sent to House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) as evidence against President Trump in the Senate impeachment trial. Read more on this here.

"Let me translate [for Politico]," Glenn said. "House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff lied about a text message exchange between two players in the Ukrainian saga. And we know it, because of the documents that were obtained by Politico."

A few of the other lies on Schiff's list include his repeated false claims that there was "significant evidence of collusion" between the Trump campaign and Russia leading up to the 2016 presidential election, his phony version of President Trump's phone call with the president of Ukraine, and his retracted claim that neither he nor his committee ever had contact with the Trump-Ukraine whistleblower. And the list just keeps getting longer.

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On the radio program Tuesday, Glenn Beck and Stu Burguiere discussed recent reports that former Vice President Joe Biden's son, Hunter, wasn't the only family member to capitalize on his connections to land an unbelievably lucrative job even though he lacked qualifications or experience.

According to Peter Schweizer's new book, "Profiles in Corruption: Abuse of Power by America's Progressive Elite," Joe Biden's younger brother, Frank, enjoyed the benefit of $54 million in taxpayer loans during the Obama administration to try his hand at an international development venture.

A lawyer by training, Frank Biden teamed up with a developer named Craig Williamson to build a sprawling luxury resort in Costa Rica, which claimed to be on a mission to preserve the country's forests but actually resulted in the decimation of thousands of acres of wilderness.

The then-vice president's brother also reportedly earned hundreds of thousands of dollars as the front man of a for-profit charter school company called Mavericks in Education.

The charter schools, which focused on helping at-risk teens, eventually failed after allegations of mismanagement and a series of lawsuits derailed the dubious business venture.

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Ryan: Bernie at the disco

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Saturday at El Malecón, we waited for the Democratic socialist. He had the wild white hair like a monk and the thick glasses and the booming voice full of hacks and no niceties.

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The venue had been redecorated since we visited a few nights before when we chatted with Castro. It didn't even feel like the same place. No bouncy castle this time.

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A black curtain blocked the stage, giving the room a much-needed depth.

Behind the podium, two rows of mostly young people, all holding Bernie signs, all so diverse and picturesque and strategic.

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Lots of empty seats. Poor showing of Bernie fans for a Saturday afternoon. At one point, someone from Bernie's staff offered us seats in the audience, as if eager to fill up those seats however possible.

There were about 75 people in the dancehall, a place built for reunions and weddings and all those other festivities. But for a few hours on Saturday, August 10, 2019, it turned serious and wild for "Unidos Con Bernie."

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People had been murmuring about Sanders' speech from the night before at Wing Ding. By all appearances, he had developed a raving lust to overthrow Trump. He had even promised, with his wife just out of view, that, were he elected, he'd end white nationalism in America. For good.

El Malecón lacked its previous air of celebration. It had undertaken a brooding yet defiant spirit. Media were sparse. Four cameras faced the podium. Three photographers, one of whom had been at nearly all the same events as us. A few of the staffers frowned at an empty row of chairs, because there weren't that many chairs to begin with.

At the entrance, Bernie staff handed out headsets that translated English to Spanish or Spanish to English, depending on who the speaker was. The translators stood behind the bar, 20 feet from the podium, and spoke into a lip-ribbon microphone.

Bernie's staff was probably the coolest, by far. As in, they looked cool and acted stylishly. Jeans. Sandals. Careworn blazers. Tattoos. One lad had a black Levi's shirt with lush crimson roses even though he wasn't a cowboy or a ranch-hand. Mustaches. Quirky hats. A plain green sundress. Some of them wore glasses, big clunking frames.

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The outfits were distinctly Bernie. As Bernie as the tie-dyed "BERNIE" shirts for sale outside the club. Or later, at the Hilton, like a Grateful Dead cassette stand.

Immigration was the theme, and everyone in the audience bore some proof of a journey. Because America offers life, freedom, and hope.

Sanders' own father emigrated from Poland to America at 17, a high school dropout who could barely speak English. As a Jew, he'd faced religious persecution.

Within one generation, Bernie Sanders' father contributed to the highest stratum of American society. In one generation, near hopelessness had transformed into Democracy, his son a congressman with a serious chance at the presidency.

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That's the beauty of America. Come here broken and empty and gutted and voiceless. And, within your lifetime, you can mend yourself then become a pillar of society. Then, your son can become the President of the United States of America!

Four people gave speeches before Sanders. They took their time, excited and nervous. They putzed. Because how often do you get to introduce a presidential frontrunner?

All the native English speakers jammed their earpieces when the woman with the kind and dark energy took the stage.

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She mumbled in Spanish and did not look up and said that, when her parents died, she couldn't go home for the funeral. She fought back tears. She swallowed hard to shock herself calm. And the room engulfed each silence between every word.

It felt more like a therapy session than a political rally. A grueling therapy session at that. Was that what drew people to Bernie Sanders, that deep anguish? That brisk hope? Or, rather, the cessation of it, through Sanders? And, of course, the resultant freedom? Was it what gave Sanders a saintlike ability to lead people into the realm of the confessional? Did he have enough strength to lead a revolution?

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While other frontrunners hocked out money for appearances, like the studio lights, Sanders spent money on translators and ear-pieces. The impression I got was that he would gladly speak anywhere. To anyone. He had the transitory energy you can capture in the writings of Gandhi.

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I'm not saying he's right or wrong — I will never make that claim, about any of the candidates, because that's not the point of this, not the point of journalism, amen — what I'm saying is he has the brutal energy of someone who can take the subway after a soiree or rant about life by a tractor or chuck it up with Sarah Silverman, surrounded wherever he goes.

Without the slightest fanfare, Sanders emerged from behind the black curtain. The woman at the podium gasped a little. The room suctioned forward when he entered. In part because he was so nonchalant. And, again. That magnetism to a room when a famous or powerful or charming person enters. Not many people have it. Not many can keep it. Even fewer know how to brace it, to cull it on demand. But several of the candidates did. One or two even had something greater.

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I'll only say that Bernie had it with a bohemian fervor, like he was a monk stranded in a big city that he slowly brings to God.

"We have a President who, for the first time in my lifetime, who is a President who is a racist," he shouted. "Who is a xenophobe and anti-immigrant. Who is a sexist. Who is a religious bigot. And who, is a homophobe. And, what is very disappointing is that, when we have a President, we do not necessarily expect to agree with him, or her, on every issue. But we do believe that one of the obligations is to bring people to-geth-ah. As Americans."

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After listening silently for several minutes, the audience clapped. Their sweet response felt cultish. But, then again, what doesn't feel cultish these days? So this was cultish like memes are cultish, in a striving-to-understand kind of way.

"The essence of our campaign is in fact to bring people together," he said. "Whether they're black, or white, or latino, or Native American, or Asian-American. We understand that we are Americans."

At times, this meant sharing a common humanity. Others, it had a slightly more disruptive feel. Which worked. Sometimes all we want is revolution. To be wild without recourse. To overthrow. To pass through the constraints of each day. To survive. The kind of rowdy stuff that makes for good poetry but destroys credit lines. Sanders radiated with this intensity, like a reclusive philosopher returning to society, from his cave to homes and beds and fences and maybe electricity.

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But, as he says, his revolution would involve healthcare and wages and tuition, not beheadings and purges and starvation.

Seeing the Presidential candidates improvise was amazing. They did it constantly. They would turn any of their beliefs into a universal statement. And Sanders did this without trying. So he avoided doing the unbearably arrogant thing of pretending to speak like a native Guatemalan, and he looked at the group of people, and he mumbled in his cloudy accent:

"My Spanish — is not so good."

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This is the same and the opposite of President Trump's Everyman way of speaking English like an American. Of speaking American.

Often, you know what Sanders will say next. You can feel it. And, anytime this happened, it brought comfort to the room.

Like, it surprised no one when he said that he would reinstate DACA on his first day in office. It still drew applause.

But other times, he expressed wild ideas with poetic clarity. And his conclusions arrived at unusual junctures. Not just in comparison to Republicans. To all of them. Bernie was the Tupac of the 2020 election. And, to him, President Trump was Suge Knight, the evil force behind it all.

"Donald Trump is an idiot," he shouted.

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Everybody loved that. Everybody clapped and whooped and some even whistled like they were outside and not in a linoleum-floor dancehall.

"Go get 'em, Bernie," someone in the back shouted.

This was the only Sanders appearance with no protestors.

"Let me say this about the border," he shouted. And everybody listened to every thunking syllable. He probably could have spoken without a mic. Booming voice. Loud and clear. Huddling into that heavy Vermont slug accent.

They'll say many many things about Bernie. One being, you never had to lean forward to hear him. In person, even more so. He's less frail. More dynamic.

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Despite the shoddiness of the venue, there was a sign language interpreter. Most of the rallies had a designated interpreter.

"If you work 40 hours a week you shouldn't be living in poverty," he shouted, provoking chants and applause from the audience, as if he were talking about them. Maybe he was.

An anecdote about the people at an emergency food shelf blended into the livable wage of $15 an hour. He shifted into his spiel about tuition-free college and pointed at the audience, "You're not doing well," then at the kids behind him, "they are." He craned his head sideways and back. "Do your homework," he told said.

Laughter.

Half of the kids looked like they hadn't eaten in days. Maybe it was their unusual situation, a few feet from Bernie Sanders at a stucco community center.

Before the room could settle, Sanders wove through a plan for how to cancel debt.

Did he have a solution?

Tax Wall Street, he shouted.

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And he made it sound easy. "Uno dos trey," he said. "That's my Spanish for today."

A serious man, he shoved through his speech like a tank hurtling into dense jungle. He avoided many of the typical politician gimmicks. Proof that he did not practice every expression in front of a mirror. That he did not hide his accent. That he did not preen his hair. That he did not smile for a precise amount of time, depending on the audience. That he did not pretend to laugh.

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He laughed when humor overtook him. But it was genuine. With none of the throaty recoil you hear in forced laughter.

"I want everyone to take a deep breath," he said. And a palpable lightness spread through the room, because a deep breath can solve a lot of problems.

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Then he roused some more. "Healthcare is a human right," he shouted. "A human privilege," he shouted. He told them that he lives 50 miles from the Canadian border in Burlington, Vermont, and healthcare works better up north.

Each candidate had a bad word, and Sanders' was "corporate."

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At every speech, he mentioned "corporate media" with the same distrust and unpleasantness that conservatives derive from the term "mainstream media." Another would be "fake news," as popularized by Sanders' sworn enemy. Either way it's the same media. Just different motivations that irk different people.

But the discrepancies varied. Meaning two opposing political movements disliked the same thing, but for opposite reasons.
It sounded odd, Sanders' accusation that the media were against him. The media love Bernie. I can confirm this both anecdotally and judiciously. Yes, okay, in 2016, the media appeared to have sided with Hillary Clinton. As a result, Sanders was publicly humiliated. Because Clinton took a mafioso approach to dealing with opponents, and Sanders was her only roadblock.

Imagine if a major political organization devoted part of each day to agitating your downfall. And then you fail. And who's fault is it?

Sanders wanted to know: those negative ads targeting him, who paid for them?

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Corporations, of course. Corporations that hated radicals like him. And really was he so radical? He listed off the possibilities: Big pharma, insurance companies, oil companies.

Because he had become a revolutionary, to them. To many.

He said it with certainty, although he often didn't have to say it at all. This spirit of rebellion had become his brand. He would lead the wild Americans into a utopia.

But just as quickly, he would attack. Trump, as always, was the target.

He called Trump the worst president in American history.

"The fates are Yuge," he shouted.

The speech ended as informally as it had begun. And Sanders' trance over the audience evaporated, replaced by that suction energy. Everyone rushed closer and closer to the man as Neil Young's "Keep on Rockin in the Free World" blared. Sanders leaned into the podium and said, "If anyone wants to form a line, we can do some selfies."

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It was like meeting Jesus for some of the people.

There he was, at El Malecón. No stage lights, no makeup, no stylist behind the curtain. Just him and his ideas and his erratic hand commotion.

Then a man holding a baby leaned in for a photo. He and Sanders chatted. And, I kid you not, the whole time the baby is staring at Bernie Sanders like he's the image of God, looking right up at him, with this glow, this understanding.

Bernie, if you're reading this, I'd like to suggest that — if this election doesn't work for you — you could be the next Pope.

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On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Monday, Harvard Law professor and lawyer on President Donald Trump's impeachment defense team Alan Dershowitz explains the history of impeachment and its process, why the framers did not include abuse of power as criteria for a Constitutional impeachment, why the Democrats are framing their case the way they are, and what to look for in the upcoming Senate trial.

Dershowitz argued that "abuse of power" -- one of two articles of impeachment against Trump approved by House Democrats last month -- is not an impeachable act.

"There are two articles of impeachment. The second is 'obstruction of Congress.' That's just a false accusation," said Dershowitz. "But they also charge him, in the Ukraine matter, with abuse of power. But abuse of power was discussed by the framers (of the U.S. Constitution) ... the framers refused to include abuse of power because it was too broad, too open-ended.

"In the words of James Madison, the father of our Constitution, it would lead presidents to serve at the will of Congress. And that's exactly what the framers didn't want, which is why they were very specific and said a president can be impeached only for treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors," he added.

"What's alleged against President Trump is not criminal," added Dershowitz. "If they had criminal issues to allege, you can be sure they would have done it. If they could establish bribery or treason, they would have done it already. But they didn't do it. They instead used this concept of abuse of power, which is so broad and general ... any president could be charged with it."

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