On February 7, 2020 at 4:01 pm, Todd Lewis wrote:
Is Mitt Romney indicative of an ecological crisis? He is one of the last of a species called the white RINO that used to roam the savannahs of state capitals and Washington D.C. in fairly large numbers. The powdered horns of these creatures were said to be an aphrodisiac to young lawyers aspiring to a career in politics. Voters who came of age in the era of Trump may not be that familiar with these creatures. Mitt may be one of the few remaining examples of what these beasts looked like, how they sounded, and what their behavior patterns were. Young people should know that these were dangerous animals that did not benefit the ecosystem. Should the white RINO be allowed to become extinct or do we still need them?
On February 7, 2020 at 4:02 pm, Josh Passell wrote:
I turned on my microwave to heat milk for my coffee, and Mitt Romney came on to explain how God made him vote to convict. The guy is everywhere! God, of course, but I mean Romney. A more cynical person than I might wonder if it's all a PR ploy. But even Candy Crowley's whipping boy can't be so craven to seek approval from the likes of Morning Joe and the Twin Chrises (Matthews and Cuomo). What happened to the corporate raider Mitt Romney who single-handedly killed the steel worker's wife by canceling his health insurance? That Mitt was meaner than a junkyard dog. This Mitt is so whiny, I want to strap him to the roof of Thelma and Louise's car. You love him so much, Progs? He's all yours. At least he doesn't sniff ladies' hair.
On February 7, 2020 at 4:03 pm, Laura Rosen Cohen wrote:
Hi Mark, if memory serves, you called Mitt Romney a contemptible husk of a man on Rush earlier this week. I was thinking about his disgusting, pitiful self-serving homily and it occurred to me that he was just looking for redemption-from the kook left. I used to think that identity politics was religion without redemption, but now I realize that non-leftists can find redemption by recanting their principles and taking an oath to the left. Do you think Utah voters will actually succeed in recalling him? Was the media slobberfest really worth it? It seems a very silly price to pay for selling one's soul.
On February 7, 2020 at 4:04 pm, diana pollin wrote:
Come to think of it, I'd hesitate to vote for a guy who straps his dog to the roof before taking the wheel.
On February 7, 2020 at 4:05 pm, Victor Selby wrote:
Now that impeachment has flopped and the Democrats are ordering their "We impeached the president and all we got were some lousy pens and Mitt Romney" t-shirts is there any sense they are going to try again? If they manage to hold the House is it going to be, ala Jacques Parizeau on Quebec independence votes, a trip to the impeachment dentist every few months?
On February 7, 2020 at 4:06 pm, Janet Long wrote:
Mark, I have every faith that President Trump will be re-elected and Republicans will own Congress again. If we cannot take the House back articles of impeachment will be introduced immediately and here we go again. Other than never allowing a Democrat into a position of power again what can be done about their never ending quest to punish Mr. Trump for daring to be elected...TWICE?
On February 7, 2020 at 4:07 pm, Richard Malaby wrote:
Hello Mark - as always, love the Club! The place where everybody knows my name! Two things:
When Pelosi comes out and claims "[Trump] will be impeached forever," and Schumer states "we always knew we would not be able to convict," doesn't that give the game away, that this was nothing more than an attempt to stall Trump's agenda? Further, if I take you to court on account of some sensational accusation and you are found to be innocent, and I come out and say "Mark will be accused of this crime forever, but I always knew we could not convict him," isn't that textbook malicious prosecution?
I realize the State of the Union is always heavy on the rah-rah stuff, but with the Democrats bashing the speech unanimously while some of their stars opted not to attend, it got me thinking. I have plenty of liberal friends who can't stand Trump, think he's a threat to the country, blah blah, but when you actually listen to the guy, he has put together an impressive list of pro-American accomplishments. I think it's fine when individuals tune out the President or do not pay attention to politics, but I think it's unhealthy when the Democratic party and the media project their ignorance on half the country.
On February 7, 2020 at 4:08 pm, ed wrote:
Do you think the Democrats would actually remove Trump from office if they actually could,,, instead of just putting on a show for something they knew would not happen?
On February 7, 2020 at 4:09 pm, Timothy McDonnell wrote:
Today, February 7th, marks the sad 35th year anniversary of the far too early death of Britain's greatest singer of the standards, The Man With The Golden Voice, Matt Monro. I'm a huge fan of his creamy baritone and I never tire of that voice. I listen to him every day. The day before he died, as he lay in his bed at the Cromwell Hospital in London, he received a telegram from Frank Sinatra wishing him well. It meant a lot to him as he considered Sinatra the greatest interpreter of popular music, and I agree. Sadly, he also had never met Sinatra, though Monro was good friends with Sammy Davis, Jr. As Don Black was his longtime manager and sometime lyricist ('Walk Away', 'If I Never Sing Another Song', 'Born Free', 'For Mama', 'On Days Like These', and a lesser known but personal favorite of mine, 'Lovin' You Again') I was wondering if you have ever spoken with him in-depth about his time working with Monro? It would make for some great Songs Of The Week for you, I'm sure. If you haven't, perhaps today would be a good day to call and reminisce. Enjoy all of his justly noted, classic name-dropping. If ever they make a musical about the J. Peterman Catalog...... that man was born to write the lyrics. Enjoy the call.
On February 7, 2020 at 4:12 pm, Thomas Shepstone wrote:
Does Brexit really happening mean the voices of Rule Brittania are finally being heard by those who have sung them so beautifully for years at the conclusion of The Proms? Has British establishment realize they were becoming slaves?
On February 7, 2020 at 4:12 pm, Toby Pilling wrote:
Boris Johnson seems intent on prostrating himself before the Green Goddess - Greta Thunberg. Why are a nominally conservative administration so keen on ruining the economy in pursuit of chimerical carbon emission targets?
On February 7, 2020 at 4:13 pm, CrossBorderGal wrote:
A couple of recent, disturbing developments have come out of Boris Johnson's administration with its unleashing "green hell" on post-Brexit Britain (in the words of James Delingpole) and with its decision to censure one of its own MPs for attending a conservative conference alongside Hungarian Viktor Orban and Italy's Matteo Salvini. Do you feel that Boris & Co. is turning into another conservative-in-name-only government?
On February 7, 2020 at 4:14 pm, Rob Mort wrote:
You mentioned your snow. Over here in the east coast of Australia we had 9 inches of rain and Byron Bay which politically is annexed to the democrats in the USA was flooded. At the end of a 1 in 100 drought we have endured, that of course was caused by climate change, are far as you and Malcolm turnbull are aware was this rain event also caused by climate change. Malcolm turnbull is currently touring the world ( world tour) telling everyone who'll listen that the current Australian government climate deniers are actually 'terrorists'!
On February 7, 2020 at 4:16 pm, Poohbear wrote:
What do you think the difference is between a psychopath and a jihadist? I know what they have in common... they can both murder without remorse. Why do you think jihadists in countries like England are considered curable compared to psychopaths in America who get locked up for life?
On February 7, 2020 at 4:16 pm, Roy Blair wrote:
Question for the Q&A.
The practice of releasing prisoners in UK halfway through their sentence has come under scrutiny lately with the attacks by such persons on members of the public. Does this not point to a complete breakdown in the whole edifice of governance? What does the justice system think it's there to do? Is it not just another example of the professional class (in this case the legal professionals) working on the basis that the system is there to serve itself - an example of the means justifying the end? Politics and education are two other obvious areas where this mantra seems to apply.
On February 7, 2020 at 4:17 pm, Jamie Marsh wrote:
With signs of the collapse of western civilization all around us, I was hoping that you'd entertain a question about JRR Tolkien: a man who wrote about the collapse of western civilization and good vs evil decades ago. Are you, like me, a fan of his work? Where would you rank "Lord of the Rings"? He was a bit before your time, but what can you tell us of your thoughts about his work and legacy?
On February 7, 2020 at 4:18 pm, Todd Williamson wrote:
I'm sure this week has been especially hard for you. I think you have handled a very difficult situation so well while filling in for Rush. My thoughts and prayers definitely go out to everyone at EIB including yourself.
Recently, it seems that the Democrats are accelerating their move towards the far left at an ever-increasing pace. The move towards the left creeped slowly through the 60s and 70s with increasing taxes and the creation of Medicare. Obama accelerated the pace when he declared that he was going to "fundamentally change" America. Now, with the "Rise of Bernie" and the introduction of the "New Way Forward" legislation, there seems to be no hiding their overtly socialist goals.
My question is this: Does the far-left wing of the Democrat party really believe they can convince enough of the current electorate to vote for them, or are they simply proceeding with blind enthusiasm? I am inclined to believe the latter; I think Trump's ability to bring America back towards the center has caused them to lose their sense of strategy and timing. What do you think?
On February 7, 2020 at 4:19 pm, Brian from Minneapolis wrote:
Tucker Carlson discussed the left's new New Way Forward Act which would essentially make illegals immune to deportation. I thought back to a doctrine called Manifest Destiny where American expansion throughout the continent was considered both justified and inevitable. I think we're witnessing a second coming of this with our current immigration crisis and to an extent the expansion of Islam in Europe. Do you agree with that observation or is it something more complex. Your thoughts Mark.
On February 7, 2020 at 4:21 pm, Kris Dray wrote:
Whatever faults you can find in the president (and there are a good number, I admit) you cannot deny that his pragmatism has become a focal point revealing many of the flaws in our culture, our politicians and our political system. You are fond of saying the president is a symptom of what has gone before, and I believe it. Have you any thoughts on what will happen to an overtly divided nation when Trump is gone in 2024? The Democrats have just about gone full communist and the Republicans will once again be left to their own self-serving devices. How does that play out on a world stage when the increasingly aimless West finds itself facing roughly 4 billion communists and Islamists who have no love for Western values?
On February 7, 2020 at 4:23 pm, Ben Poser wrote:
The U.S. owes its entire physical and political existence to the trans-Atlantic expansion of the British Empire, and is still quite closely tied to the Mother Country through our traditions of government by consent, trial by jury, common law, and, most importantly, the tongue that Shakespeare spake. Could Brexit be the opportunity for both Brits and Yanks to understand that the U.S., however unofficially (no CHOGM fanciness necessary), should be part of the British Commonwealth?
— Ben Poser
On February 7, 2020 at 4:25 pm, Carl wrote:
Between the Hong Kong troubles, an aging population (I seem to remember an effete foreigner seeing that one coming a decade ago), slowing growth, and millions now living under quarantine, it feels less and less like China's century. Could Coronavirus be China's Chernobyl event where a critical mass lose faith in the regime and the rotten thing starts falling apart?
On February 7, 2020 at 4:26 pm, Malcolm Widness wrote:
O Wise One from NH's North - we who are to vote in the Primary salute you! Actually I probably won't vote this year as I'm conservative. I wanted to make a statement on behalf of Tulsi G, who appears to be a wonderful person who would make a fine future candidate if she'd come over to the Right - gracious, good heart, communicates well, etc. Are we possibly seeing the end of the Far Left controlling the Dem's agenda this year? 2020 looks like it will be a debacle for their debased ideas and actors.
On February 7, 2020 at 4:27 pm, Marla from Maine wrote:
Has anyone heard from Hunter Biden?
On February 7, 2020 at 4:28 pm, Al Man from CA wrote:
Mark, with the incompetence, corruption, and the hand of Hillary obvious in the background in the Iowa dem caucus, do you agree that if the Democrat campaign results in no final winner that the convention would be the most fun to watch ever (from a '61 VW Beetle full of 30 nasty clowns perspective)? Mega prayers.
On February 7, 2020 at 4:29 pm, James Kozlowski wrote:
Free College for All - our own version of the Great Leap Forward. Instead of turning useful items into worthless steel, we spend huge sums on useful humans turning them into worthless college graduates. Are we in the 4 pests stage yet? Middle class, voters, Christians & white males.
Has our quest for college grads wasted as much as China's quest to make steel?
On February 7, 2020 at 4:30 pm, Jeffrey Gilbert wrote:
I there anyone with even a room temperature IQ (in the US's Fahrenheit degrees, of course) that doesn't understand the fix was in in the Iowa caucuses? First "troubles" with a poll. Which is understandable because there is very limited experience with political polling in this country. Then - miracle of miracles! - BS's first place finish is delayed past the "initial" "results" and buried in the "final" results. Plus, Kid-Pro-Joe is (barely) above the 15% threshold to make it to the second round!
What exactly is the point of primaries when the party structure works so hard - and in clear view of all - to massage and message the vote?
On February 7, 2020 at 4:32 pm, Deborah McKenzie wrote:
Hi Mark, What does it say about the state of the Canadian Conservative Party that the front-runners in the leadership race were falling over each over to be the first to declare their delight in marching in gay pride parades while not touching icky subjects like pipelines and Western Canadian alienation? In addition, three Conservative MPs declined to sponsor a parliamentary e-petition calling on the Trudeau government to release the Gender Based Analysis (GBA) supposedly done on C-16, the law introducing the terms "gender identity" and "gender identification" into Canada's Human Rights Charter. They said they'd do a GBA on every bit of legislation which seems daft but this was one proposed law where a GBA would seem to be a good thing. Because of C-16, biological women in abuse centres are told to "suck it up Buttercup" if they object to being roomed with fully intact males who identify as a women. There was one CPC MP and leadership hopeful, Derek Sloan, who has just agreed to sponsor the e-petition. I would say this will hurt his chances but I don't think he had any to begin with. The Conservative Party backroom bosses have already decided to anoint Peter MacKay. The leadership race and vote is just for show as it was last time when Scheer was the anointed one over Bernier. Real Canadian conservatives need to turn to the People's Party of Canada.
On February 7, 2020 at 4:35 pm, Geo Dent wrote:
Mark, since it's clear there are, at most, 2 degrees of separation between you and Pres Trump, I ask this: Wouldn't it be great for Trump to make a couple of campaign stops in California? He clearly has the energy and resources, and he'd be seen as trespassing on the dems' erritory, who now own California politics. I know there are millions of Californians feeling marooned there with no voice. (I'm an ex-Californian). Granted the electoral votes are gone, but it could actually make a difference in the popular vote and might shut down the Hillary argument once and for all.
On February 7, 2020 at 4:37 pm, Walt Trimmer wrote:
We can always depend on our 19th Century Imperialist to remind us of the scourge of the 19th Century -- syphilis. There are a remarkable number of biographies of prominent people that end their short lives with erratic behavior. Even the possibility of the disease is politely avoided in the accounts.
On February 7, 2020 at 4:40 pm, Raymond Swenson wrote:
Mark, as I noted in a comment on your State of the Union column, the way the entire impeachment drama has played out, with the dramatic conclusion of the bollixed Iowa Democratic caucus non-vote, the triumphant State of the Union speech to the nation, and the concluding vote closing it out, with the little frisson of false tension offered by Mitt Romney's totally ineffectual defection, gives the appearance of a melodrama scripted by Trump the TV star to make the Democrats look incredibly stupid. Are we certain that Nancy with the Sour Face is not secretly in the pay of Trump, enlisted to pump up his popularity in the 2020 election campaign? How could a politician actually dedicated to the return of her party to the White House dragoon her party into the most idiotic demonstration of their incompetence ever? I keep picturing Pelosi slipping into the White House through a secret side door so she can share a celebratory cigar smoke with Trump. (Yes, I know he doesn't smoke.)
On February 7, 2020 at 4:42 pm, Fran Lavery wrote:
Mark, regarding Democratic leading candidate town mayor Pete Buttegeig's remarks to Meghan McCain's question about his position on partial-birth abolition, if partial-birth abortion is legalized five minutes after the baby is born while the mother weighs the pros and cons of raising the child regardless of the infant's health condition, will it just be a matter of time until it's legal to end the life of the baby after five hours, five days, five weeks or five years if the going gets too rough?
On February 7, 2020 at 4:44 pm, Mark Wallbrown wrote:
So Pete Buttijudgmental has come out twice. Once as a homosexual, and more lately as a heterophobe. If you are prolife, like my formerly registered democrat 36 year old daughter, who is the mother of my 7 year old granddaughter Saint Pete has proclaimed you are not welcome in the democrat party. She has, late to the game, asked about the prodigal daughter in the bible, skeptic that she is, & I reminded her the adultress of let them without sin cast the first stone crowd. Christ forgives all of us Pete not so much. What say you?
On February 7, 2020 at 4:53 pm, Bradford Stephen Kyle wrote:
Did you hear Sam Harris admit his own victimhood by the Trump Rearrangement Dungeon?
On February 7, 2020 at 4:57 pm, Virginia Clinton wrote:
I'm cracking up over all the Mitt wit. Unfortunately reality sets in because I live here in Northern Utah and am stuck with Harry Reid McCain re-incarnate. I think we are in for a looooonnnnng 6 years of Mitt mistaking his raw power grabs for acts of moral compass-ry.
On February 7, 2020 at 5:00 pm, Vlad wrote:
What is your take on the new European Commission President, Madam von der Leyen and her Trudeau-like, gender parity Commissioners?
On February 7, 2020 at 5:03 pm, Marie wrote:
I have heard during during your Wednesday call-ins that Alberta Seperatism might become a real issue. Would there be any chance of Harry being the Governor General of Alberta? Or by the time this has come to pass will Canada have left the Commonwealth over their security bills? I doubt that their reported plan to move to LA after Trump is no longer President will come to pass in the near future.
On February 7, 2020 at 5:03 pm, Michael Seth wrote:
Mark, thank you from the bottom of my heart for guiding us through Rush's shocking announcement this week. I can't think of a harder job or a better person for it. And while we all hope Rush remains behind the EIB microphone forever, we are also reminded that we will need quality leadership in the future, at least by 2025 anyway. I once thought Andrew Breitbart was going to be that person but tragedy intervened. Do you see a real chance to keep the Dems and Rinos at bay in the future or are we most likely headed back to the bad old pre-Trump days? And who besides yourself do you think can provide the best leadership? Mega-Dittos!