March 25, 2015
A busy Thursday coming up: First it's the usual agonizingly early rant on MSNBC at 5:15 AM, Eastern. Then at 9 it's three hours of fun and frolic till noon as I fill in as host on SiriusXM POTUS channel 124. Only then will I slither away.
March 18, 2015
Who needs basketball when we have another Thursday with me in the dark?. Join me at 5:15 Eastern on MSNBC for my early morning version of March madness.
March 11, 2015
Still another Thursday for me, struggling to be coherent on MSNBC at 5:15 AM Eastern. And failing miserably.
March 9, 2015
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THE RULES OF “GOTCHA”
BY BOB FRANKEN
There are a few reasons Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is flying high right now in the early Republican presidential sweepstakes, but none is mightier than his record of sticking it to organized labor. This is the man who, after all, staved off a recall election once he was successful in changing state law to severely restrict the negotiating power of public-employee unions even after thousands and thousands of protesters raised a ruckus at the Capitol in Madison. Nowadays, when he isn’t running for the White House prize, he’s back home again supporting a law that would make Wisconsin the 25th right-to-work state. That would end a worker’s requirement at an organized company to join the union or at least pay dues.
Labor despises right to work; conservatives love it. Most hold nothing but contempt for unions. So when Walker answers a question at the Conservative Political Action Conference about how he would handle ISIS and says, “If I can take on 100,000 protesters, I can do the same across the world,” the right’s true believers were ecstatic. When his spokeswoman later added a clarification that he really wasn’t comparing union members to terrorists, she didn’t really need to bother.
The annual CPAC meeting always closes with a straw poll. A Paul always wins. Ron Paul took the prize several times; Rand Paul has inherited the top spot, three years in a row now. But Scott Walker, who was fifth in 2014, ended up a strong second, zipping past Ted Cruz, among others. And Jeb Bush, who mounted a major effort to show well, ended up in fifth. Did I mention this was a conservative gathering, where Bush was booed during his appearance?
Walker is definitely the Republican flavor of the month. He’s made a couple of really red-meat speeches, and even when he refuses to say whether he believes that Barack Obama is a true Christian or loves America and gets ridiculed in the press for not answering, he scores positive points on the right. When he rails against the reporter “gotcha questions,” he taps into another hatred.