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PJM Political 1/31/08: Rudy And Edwards Bail, Super Tuesday Awaits

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

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Rudy Giuliani and John Edwards head for the sidelines, and Bill Clinton dusts off the memories of Jesse Jackson in South Carolina, plus:

  • Host Bill Bradley on John McCain’s comeback, the Kennedys’ endorsement of Obama, and a preview of Super Tuesday.
  • Jonathan Last of the Weekly Standard on the campaign trail with Bill Clinton.
  • Bridget Johnson on “California’s New Starring Role in the Presidential Primaries.”
  • Mary Katharine Ham on being dubbed “The Worst Person In The World” by a little known talk show on public access cable TV.
  • Produced by Ed Driscoll.
  • For extended versions of the interviews featured on the show, don’t miss this week’s PJM PoliticalDirector’s Cut Interviews.”

    A lo-fi edition of this week’s show (mono, 15.5 MB) is available here. Finally, if you missed any previous episodes of PJM Political, click here and scroll through for hours of audio archives.

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    PJM Political 1/31/08–The Director’s Cut Interviews

    Thursday, January 31st, 2008

    Many of the segments on each week’s edition of PJM Political are edited to fit the show’s hour-long length. To hear the full-length versions of the edited interviews presented this week, just follow the links below:

  • Bill Bradley, the host of PJM Political provides a full recap of Bill and Hillary run amok in South Carolina, McCain capturing all the chips in Florida, and a preview of Super Tuesday. Click here to listen.
  • Jonathan Last of the Weekly Standard and Galley Slaves on the campaign trail with Bill Clinton. Is the magic back? Click here to listen.
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    Midday: The McCain Surge

    Thursday, January 31st, 2008 - by Sheryl Longin

    Rudy and Arnold have thrown their support behind John McCain, the clear frontrunner for the Republican nomination. Sheryl Longin wonders if the Arizona senator will ever get the backing of the self-described purists of his party.

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    Obama Fever: Dems in Tinseltown

    Thursday, January 31st, 2008

    batman.jpg Kodak preparations: Batman meets CNN Not that they ever left, the Democrats have invaded Roger L. Simon's 'hood' for their debate this evening at Hollywood's Kodak Theatre where the Academy Awards are distributed. In this photo montage by Simon, the usual Tinseltown suspects... Spiderman, Chaplin, etc.... mix with excited Obama supporters, few Hillary backers yet to have appeared. The PJM CEO will be covering his hometown debate tonight.

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    What’s Right with the World?

    Thursday, January 31st, 2008

    The Anchoress a href=”http://theanchoressonline.com/2008/01/30/whats-wrong-with-the-world/”asks her readers an intriguing question,/a “What’s Wrong with the World?” and answers with the words of G. K. Chesterton:br /br /blockquoteAbout 100 years ago, a British paper invited many writers to answer the same question, What’s Wrong With the World? They extended the invitation to G. K. Chesterton who wrote back,br /br /Dear Sirs;br /br /I am.br /br /Sincerely,br /G.K. Chestertonbr /br /I will take his answer for my own. Have at it./blockquotebr /br /My answer to that question is to answer it with a more important question: “What’s Right with the World?”br /br /So many times, people use negativity to describe the world and their place in it. Believe it or not, I do this myself–alot. But if you actually look at the world around us, much of it is amazing–including people. br /br /As a psychologist, I find it fascinating that people have so many different ways of viewing the world and so many different rationales for why things should be a certain way. One could get angry that we are all so different and want different things, particularly in the area of politics and how governments should behave. But perhaps there is an ebb and flow to the way that people are that help us balance each other out. Those who believe 100% in personal responsibility may tend to overlook when circumstances leave someone unable to care for themselves and they need a helping hand, whereas those who believe that the government should be the helping hand at all times may overlook the damage they are doing by not teaching people to solve their own problems. In the end, maybe we need different types of people to provide our society with different ways of viewing the world–maybe, like a href=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heterosis”hybrid vigor,/a this is how the world improves. br /br /Maybe much is right with the world.

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    No Waiting Necessary

    Thursday, January 31st, 2008

    I just got back from my annual check-up with my cardiologist–for those of you who like this blog, a href=”http://drhelen.blogspot.com/2005/10/more-than-you-wanted-to-know-about-my.html”my heart /ais doing great, for those who don’t like it–tough, I’m going to live to antagonize you another day! I always drag a book or other reading material with me to occupy my time in case there is a wait. Since we’re heading into tax time, I took a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0743237498?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=0743237498″emIt’s Never Too Late to Get Rich: The Nine Secrets to Building a Nest Egg at Any Age/em/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=0743237498″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / thinking I could read about municipal bonds or how to save on taxes but I never got a chance to pull the book out. Instead, I was whisked from the waiting room into the examining room within a few minutes and given an EKG, had my blood pressure taken, my heart listened to and an exam in a timely and efficient manner.br /br /Since I didn’t have any big complaints, I shot the breeze with the doctor for a bit and told him how nice it was to be seen so quickly and the conversation turned to socialized medicine. He expressed concern that heart patients, especially those who needed to be seen quickly for emergencies would not be seen in the timely manner they are seen now should universal care come to pass. “I was recently at a medical convention of cardiologists,” he stated, “and ran into a cardiologist from England. He said that the waiting list over there was for a period of months for those with heart problems and even those with emergencies such as heart by-pass were not being seen quickly. Somehow, those with the most moolah were ending up getting treatment, while everyone else waited.” br /br /Many people who clamour for universal healthcare have never been sick or involved in the healthcare system–right now, care is emgenerally/em available for various illnesses, not 100% of the time, but a good portion of the time. The current system may not be perfect by any means but those who have emergencies at least have the emergency room, lower fee clinics and other means of getting care–sometimes for free from doctors who volunteer their time. Imagine being on a waiting list for heart bypass or another emergency for months or having others with more cash or connections go in front of you. A universal system seems ripe for corruption. It sounds more fair, but often, like so many other government-run organizations, those with the most clout rise to the top and the rest of us sit and wait….

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    Conservative Crisis: Is the GOP Lurching Left?

    Thursday, January 31st, 2008 - by Rick Moran

    Senator John McCain's new frontrunner status has triggered an identity crisis among the conservative party activists and media figures who deeply disagree with many of his positions, writes Rick Moran. "McCain proudly calls himself a conservative. But what kind of a conservative is he? A better question may very well be how McCain supporters themselves define conservatism?"

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    Iran’s Messianic Extremists Grab Another Government Post

    Thursday, January 31st, 2008 - by Meir Javedanfar

    Think the recent NIE foreshadows a softening of relations with the Iranian regime? Absolutely not, says Meir Javedanfar. Religious fanatics are busy gobbling up influential positions in Tehran, with the Foreign Ministry being the latest to fall.

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    Mitt and Mac Trade Barbs in California GOP Debate

    Wednesday, January 30th, 2008 - by Bridget Johnson

    PJM Simi Valley: Bridget Johnson was at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library Wednesday night for the fiery Republican face-off that had Mitt Romney and John McCain sniping and trading accusations, while the other candidates grumbled over their lack of air time.

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    Schwarzenegger to Back McCain, Campaigning Together in LA Thursday

    Wednesday, January 30th, 2008

    California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who promised earlier this month not to endorse a presidential candidate, has changed his tune and will now “recommend” John McCain and publicly declare he is voting for the Arizona senator. Schwarzenegger will announce this support Thursday morning at Solar Integrated Technologies in Los Angeles where he and McCain will tour the facility together. Bill Bradley, who broke this story, has the details at his New West Notes.

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    Treason at the State Department: A Whistleblower’s Story

    Wednesday, January 30th, 2008 - by Annie Jacobsen

    The UK's Sunday Times recently broke the story of an FBI whistleblower kept from speaking publicly about a State Department official suspected of selling nuclear secrets. Annie Jacobsen digs a bit deeper into this shadowy tale and wonders why American media outlets have greeted the revelations with stunning silence.

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    Midday: The Giuliani and Edwards Implosions

    Wednesday, January 30th, 2008 - by Michael Weiss

    So what was it, exactly, that made the Republican front-runner barely an afterthought in six states? Michael Weiss wonders if Rudy's real appeal never really left the island of Manhattan. As for John Edwards, he never had a prayer.

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    Comeback Liberalism

    Wednesday, January 30th, 2008

    John Hawkins has a href=”http://www.rightwingnews.com/mt331/2008/01/an_interview_with_david_frum_a.php”an interview up /a with David Frum, author of br /a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0385515332?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=0385515332″emComeback: Conservatism That Can Win Again./em/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=0385515332″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / Frankly, after reading the interview, I couldn’t tell many of Frum’s supposedly conservative responses from that of a liberal Democrat–don’t worry about cutting taxes, give even more government handouts to low income groups, etc. br /br /It seems that eventually politics gravitates towards the liberal side of the aisle. I think it’s because in our society there are so many rewards for thinking like a Democrat–mainly because of the media–and coming up with liberal solutions to problems, and so few rewards for being in the conservative camp. Even Bill Gates, after making all of his billions, has drifted from being a capitalist a href=”http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=YzMyNDA1MWQyMWMwOTQ3YTk4NDM1ZDNlZWU0MTlkMWU=#more”to sounding like a socialist /aon many of the issues. Of course, it’s always easier to use the system you’re mocking to make your own cash and then to want to deny that method to other citizens once you’re set. And then you can preach from on high about what a noble philanthropist you are!

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    This Little Piggy Was Banned from Market

    Wednesday, January 30th, 2008 - by Pam Meister

    Bending over backwards in an extreme fashion to keep from offending certain groups of people doesn't appease such groups -- it emboldens them, writes Pam Meister. When fare as innocuous as The Three Little Pigs comes under fire, it's a sign that lesson has not been learned.

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    McCain, Clinton Take Florida, Giuliani and Edwards Dropping Out

    Wednesday, January 30th, 2008

    PJM Roundup: John McCain bested Mitt Romney in Florida, solidifying his frontrunner status as Super Tuesday approaches. Hillary Clinton also won her race - a symbolic victory, as it did not award any delegates. ABC News: Giuliani ends White House bid, endorses McCain CNN: Edwards quitting presidential race, does not plan to endorse either Clinton or Obama at this time but he may do so in the future. CNN: McCain won among seniors, Hispanics, and moderates The Page: 10 Things Giuliani Could Have Done Differently Hot Air: Major conservative effort to stop McCain to hit airwaves Lots more at the jump...

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    The Stars Align For John McCain

    Wednesday, January 30th, 2008

    John McCain has won, for the first time, a closed Republicans-only primary, finishing more strongly than expected. And it came at the best possible time, notes PJM's Bill Bradley. Read Bradley's insightful analysis and reports from his correspondents on the ground as the fateful day in Florida unfolded. Latest: The Path Forward... "Mike Huckabee is staying in the race. He likes McCain, and will be drawing votes that might otherwise go to Romney. As Giuliani was doing to McCain."

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    Is Mikhail Kasyanov the Latest Putin Victim?

    Wednesday, January 30th, 2008 - by

    Vladimir Putin has now not only disqualified his former prime minister Mikhail Kasyanov from running for president, he's threatened him with prison. It's just the latest in a long series of dictatorial intimidation in the New Russia, argues Kim Zigfeld.

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    The Trouble with Conspiracy Theories…

    Wednesday, January 30th, 2008 - by Stefan Beck

    Stefan Beck examines the odd allure of the conspiracy theory, from anti-Semitic "cabalists" to 9/11 Truthers, who "may not believe every horror story, but... [believe] that every one is plausible enough to flog without shame."

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    Drunkblogging the Florida Primary

    Tuesday, January 29th, 2008 - by Stephen Green

    Vodkapundit's Stephen Green enjoyed a round -- or ten -- as he shared his live, tipsy, take on the Florida primary. 6:30 pm PST: McCain wins, just as some soused pseudo-pundit predicted an hour ago.

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    Tuesday, January 29th, 2008

    The a href=”http://www.tiffanyblitz.com/blog/archives/426″Carnival of Homeschooling /ais up.

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    First They Came for the Gays

    Tuesday, January 29th, 2008 - by Bruce Bawer

    PJM Oslo: Once an oasis of tolerance, Europe is slowly but surely succumbing to Islamization. "Sharia law may still be an alien concept to some Westerners," writes Bruce Bawer. "But it's staring gay Europeans right in the face -- and pointing toward a chilling future for all free people."

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    California’s New Starring Role in Presidential Primaries

    Tuesday, January 29th, 2008 - by Bridget Johnson

    By bumping up its primary from March to Super Tuesday, writes Bridget Johnson, California is finally more than just a ATM for cash-hungry presidential candidates - and Golden Staters are getting excited about it.

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    Bush Delivers His Final State of the Union Address

    Monday, January 28th, 2008 - by Jules Crittenden

    Pundits proclaimed that President Bush would have to tacitly acknowledge his lame-duck status through a toned-down address, writes Jules Crittenden. But just like old times, the president decided to push forward with his agenda and leave his opponents fuming. Meanwhile, Rick Moran feels Bush didn't describe the reality of what is going on in America. "The president gave a speech that glossed over every economic problem that has Americans queasy and uncertain about the future while offering precious little except platitudes and pabulum."

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    Midday: Sham-alot

    Monday, January 28th, 2008 - by Michael Weiss

    The double dose of Kennedy endorsements should not be so eagerly taken up by Barack Obama, argues Michael Weiss, who says that one insufferable political family is now competing against another.

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    Invasion of the TV People

    Monday, January 28th, 2008

    I spent part of the morning helping our local production company with a new pilot they are doing for a cable station. They needed an expert to talk about drug problems, addiction and how a difficult childhood could affect a person’s tendency to abuse drugs. It was a lot of fun–but what I am most amazed by was how fast and efficiently they turned my a href=”http://instapundit.com/archives2/003065.php”podcast studio /a into a TV studio. Take a look!br /br /br /a onblur=”try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}” href=”http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_6XsGr86A1rs/R55a0YDyGtI/AAAAAAAAACg/lJti2eladpE/s1600-h/helentvshoot.jpg”img style=”display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;” src=”http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_6XsGr86A1rs/R55a0YDyGtI/AAAAAAAAACg/lJti2eladpE/s400/helentvshoot.jpg” border=”0″ alt=”"id=”BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5160662078871182034″ //a

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