Blaze of Glory recap from this weekend. A little housekeeping about the show. I'll be out most/all of the rest of the week. Moving to a live morning show next Monday, July 31. Anthony Scaramucci new White House Communications Director. Promises to put an end to leaks. Says he'll give past leakers amnesty, but no leaks will be permitted moving forward. He is a businessman who is prepared to do whatever it takes to achieve this end. Obamacare repeal/replace still not dead. Democrats dancing on the legislation's grave do so at their own peril. Remember how long Obamacare took? Remember the fierce town hall meetings? The political blowback? The Republican base isn't going to accept non-action on this issue. The Democrats' new slogan is going to change your life. In fact, I'm guessing that once you hear it, you're going to head straight to the courthouse to change your voter affiliation to the Democrat Party. Here's the slogan: "A Better Deal: Better skills. Better jobs. Better wages." This is the best they can do after getting shellacked in elections since (essentially) 2010? This isn't a slogan - it's a thesis. And it's a bad thesis at that. Almost made it an entire episode without talking about Russian collusion narrative. Meeting today between Manafort, Kushner, Trump Jr & GOP Senators. Schumer says it would cataclysmic if Trump fired Mueller or if he pardoned himself. Trump said there is nothing to pardon because the only illegal thing we know that happened is the leaks.
Washington Post piece entitled 'Trump's lawyers explore pardons, ways to undercut Russia probe.' This Russian narrative is completely out-of-control. Remember where this story started - back when Democrats were drying their eyes & playing with Play-Doh: Trump & Russia colluded to hack & steal the election from its real winner, Hillary Clinton. People ask, 'Where does the Russian story go from here?' But that's missing the point because where we are with the Russian narrative is exactly where the Democrats & Media want us to be. Of course, they'd love to see impeachment, but the likelihood of that is almost zero historically. But if they can use this as a blunt-force instrument that prevents the president from implementing their agenda, that's the next best thing. Right now, Liberals are trying to run out the clock & hope to win either the House and/or the Senate in 2018. Mueller's investigation is basically admitting now that it's an all-out witch hunt as it is reportedly investigating Trump real estate deals from 9 years ago, his tax returns, and his family - among other things. What does it mean to be conservative, not bitter? I talked as much about this as I could given my time constraints.
Moving to morning drive on Freedom 95 in 11 days! An analysis of what matters most to our Representatives & Senators: re-election. Lack of desire to do what they campaigned to do. Obamacare replacement. Obamacare repeal. Review of 2015 repeal vote. One senator says repeal will only get 40 votes today - even though 48 current senators voted for repeal a mere 18 months ago. Republicans insist on playing 'prevent offense.' They want to look like they're trying to advance the agenda that got them elected (and re-elected), but they're not moving it at all. Smoke & mirrors. A discussion of what I expect from my congressman & senator. Contrasting that against what we often get. A brief discussion of John McCain's condition. It's ok to take a brief respite from politics to give encouragement & respect to John McCain. While we don't always agree politically, he's a good man. And he's human just like the rest of us. But the Senate & House must get also get to the business it was sent there to do: advance their agenda.
Republican leadership fails on healthcare. Again. Obamacare repeal - not repeal & replace - has been a very good campaign slogan for Republicans since 2010. But now they don't deliver. Do they really want to see this happen? Or just use it to win elections? The GOP base has had enough. Why vote Republican if the results are the same as when Democrats win? There is an answer for this that we will discuss. Mike Pence scolds Republican lawmakers who haven't dealt with healthcare. Turning up the political heat. There is a battle between Republicans & Democrats - but there is also a battle between Republicans for control of the Party. This fight is between Conservatives & Establishment/Moderate/Country Club Republicans. Conservative Republicans are not to blame for this. And liberal Democrats didn't cause this legislation to fail. The problem is Republican leadership & GOP legislators who don't want to actually fulfill their promise to repeal Obamacare.
Excited to be LIVE during Morning Drive on Freedom 95 starting July 31. Lots of things to discuss today, but we're starting with healthcare. John McCain has a craniotomy to remove a 2" blood clot. Healthcare vote postponed until he recovers & returns to Senate. Rand Paul says GOP should not put fingerprints on anything that resembles Obamacare. Paul says this bill contains most of the taxes & regulations of Obamacare. GOP is content to skip the entire August recess because they do not want to face their constituents & explain why they've done nothing. Remember, we were told Congress would have a 'repeal & replace' bill on Trump's desk on Inauguration Day January 20. Here we are 6 months later, and they haven't delivered. Howard Dean says GOP is morally bankrupt. Phil Donahue says this is the darkest moment in American political history. Some professors want scientists to stop citing straight white men in research in order to fight racism. Makes perfect sense, right? Caitlyn Jenner thinking of running for Senate. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson thinking of running for president. Some people think Trump won just because he was a celebrity - but there was a whole lot more to it than that.