Say What is the segment of Liberty Nation Radio where we unveil some of the most wacky, astonishing, and damnable things uttered by politicians and the chattering class.
Tim Donner: Joe Biden continues on a hot roll atop the crowded Democratic field of presidential candidates hoping to unseat President Trump, expanding his already huge lead over runner-up Bernie Sanders to almost 20 points. Is it because he’s such an appealing candidate? Or because the other 23 candidates are so unappealing? Well, Mark Leibovich, prolific author and national correspondent for The New York Times Sunday Magazine, and a guest on this show in the past went on MSNBC and said, polls aside, Biden’s campaign is hardly some kind of juggernaut.
Mark Leibovich: Yes, he’s a known entity. Yes, he is the Joe Biden that everyone has seen for decades on the national stage. But as a presidential candidate, he’s been a monumental failure. I mean, he has run extremely unsuccessfully twice. In 1987, didn’t even make it to 1988, and in 2008 … I was in New Hampshire a few weeks ago, he didn’t do a town meeting per se, but he did do one event at a pizza place where he took questions. And there was also a house party where he took questions. He looked out of practice. I talked to a lot of voters; afterward, he rambled quite a bit. He went from here to here to here … the notion that Joe Biden is a safe pick for Democrats goes to the assumption that this is going to come down to the lesser of two septuagenarian undisciplined people you know.
Tim: Yes, people know Joe Biden, as they do Donald Trump. But Biden has a heavy lift ahead with leftist Democrats, like these two activists who spoke after a Biden campaign event in Texas.
Texas Democratic woman: I don’t think you beat something so far right with something so middle ground. Joe Biden is very middle ground for me. And I think you need something a little more far left to combat that.
Texas Democratic man: Yeah, he’s Uncle Joe, everybody likes their fluffy uncle. But he’s Barack Obama’s friend, he’s got the cool black friend, right? That’s all it is. Joe has a terrible history in the black community, and everybody just loves him because he’s the fluffy old guy. He has given us no policies. And I like Joe Biden, but he’s just – I do like Joe Biden, as a vice president.
Tim: Biden’s chief competitor, Bernie Sanders, was on the stump this week talking about his Medicare-for-all plan that would amount to a government takeover of healthcare. And he refused to divulge how he’d pay for the plan, which would supposedly cost $3.5 trillion dollars, but as with most government programs, likely a whole lot more than that. But he was also forced to admit it would involve – surprise, surprise – raising taxes.
Bernie Sanders: What we have chosen not to do because it would just cause enormous debate, is to tell you how I’m going to raise every nickel in a $3.5 trillion dollar budget. That’s something that is going to have to be discussed. So I wanted to lay out the program, as to what it would mean. And to tell you that it will cost you and ordinary Americans a lot less than you are currently spending on average. Okay? What it will probably end up looking like is a payroll tax on employers, an increase in income tax in a progressive way for ordinary people with a significant deductible for low-income people who will pay nothing for it.
Tim: Right. Just like Obamacare, which was sold as a plan that would save the average American family some $2,500.00 a year, but did the exact opposite. But of course, there’s something else on the mind of Bernie bros and other left-wing Democrats. They are desperate to impeach the President. A lot of talk about impeachment after the Mueller report, but no action on it. But the Congressman who has brought forward articles of impeachment, the pied piper of impeachment, Al Green of Texas, says, forget the Mueller report, Trump should be impeached for the high crime of … being a racist.
Al Green: We have a President who has infused bigotry into policy. When he was contemplating his immigration policy, he made the s-hole countries remark. He went on to talk of policy that would eliminate diversity visas. These are the visas that many persons in Africa have benefited from … he has a policy still, currently, that is not reuniting families after having separated them at the border. It hurts my heart when I see that picture of that baby crying, being separated from her parents.
Tim: The implication, of course, is that he, Congressman Green, and his fellow Democrats are wonderful, compassionate people, who want open borders to let anyone in the country who wants in, while Trump is a mean-spirited bigot who should be kicked out of office because … he’s a mean-spirited bigot.
And that’s the same accusation thrown at Nigel Farage, leader of the Brexit movement in England, who formed the new Brexit party just before this last week’s European Parliament elections and swept to victory. He went on Fox News and said he had just gotten fed up watching the British political establishment drag its feet and refuse to close the deal on what voters approved three years ago.
Nigel Farage: I watched all of this, as being one of the architects of the original Brexit referendum and vote, and I thought, I can’t stand aside, I can’t bear the fact we’re having to send members of the European Parliament back to Brussels. So I founded the Brexit Party and would you believe, within six weeks of a brand new party being set up, we topped the polls, we smashed the Conservative Party, we smashed the Labour Party.
Tim: But that was just in the EU Parliament elections. And Farage issued a threat, or a promise, regarding Britain’s next national election.
Nigel Farage: What the European Union does, it crushes democracy, it takes decision-making powers away from ordinary people and gives it to unelected bureaucrats. But you know, the people I blame aren’t necessarily the Brussels bureaucrats. The people I blame are British politicians in Westminster, who have not had the courage to take back the independence, sovereignty, democracy of our country … last week, I’ve given them the biggest seismic shock that has been seen in modern British politics. And I’ll make you this one promise, if we do not leave the European Union on October 31st, I will lead the Brexit Party after that into the next general election, and we will sweep away parties that have dominated British politics for over a hundred years.
Tim: With both the Conservative and the Labour parties wildly unpopular across England these days, that threat, or promise, by Farage is something that political establishment is, or should be, taking very seriously.
Finally, John McCain was back in the news again this week, ten months after his death. It seems Trump administration officials ordered that the name of the ship, the USS McCain, which was actually named for McCain’s father and grandfather, be covered during the President’s visit to Japan. And McCain’s perpetually offended daughter, Meghan McCain, co-host of The View who actually attacked the President of the United States during her eulogy at her father’s funeral, unleashed another broadside at Trump in a response that was all about her.
Meghan McCain: There’s a lot of criticism towards me in the media across the board of how often I speak of my father, how I grieve, how I do it publicly. But it’s impossible to go through the grief process when my father has been dead ten months, is constantly in the news cycle because the President is so obsessed with the fact that he is never going to be a great man like he was. It’s a bizarre way to grieve, it’s a bizarre way to say good-bye to my dad.
Tim: Yup, it’s all about her and her feelings … like anyone really cares. In fact, the late great Senator McCain may have cost his party control of the House of Representatives. Here’s why: John McCain’s single vote deep-sixed the repeal of Obamacare after he campaigned on repealing it – and hours after he promised to vote for it. It was McCain’s last public act, born of his legendary vengeful personality, and it handed the Democrats the healthcare issue, which landed atop the list of voter concerns and was therefore largely responsible for the Democrat’s takeover of the House of Representatives.
Yes, truth be told, if you don’t like Democrats controlling the House and you don’t like Obamacare, you can place the blame squarely on the late Senator.
Thank you again, Senator McCain, for your … service.
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