Mike talks about why he’s ending the Politics Makes Me Sick experiment, thanks listeners for their support, and shares a few thoughts about where things might go from here.
Mike discusses the possibility of another round of COVID stimulus before the end of the year, how much money Donald Trump has raised since the election and what he’s likely to do with it, the upcoming Georgia runoff elections, faith in democratic institutions, and his deep pessimism about the future.
Mike’s Email is polmms AT protonmail.com (Not a direct link because apparently direct email links result in massive spam, so just replace that ‘AT’ with the ‘@’ sign – though you probably knew that already).
Mike discusses President Trump’s pardon of Michael Flynn and the likelihood of more pardons to come, the transition from a Trump to a Biden presidency, what to make of Biden’s top picks so far, and the prospects for another round of COVID relief passing Congress before the end of the year.
Mike talks about a change of direction for the podcast and outlines his vision for a new American political party (which really needs a name) based on equality and respect for life, liberty (both negative and positive) and the pursuit of happiness.
10 days after the 2020 presidential election, Mike urges calm and makes a case for why nobody is going to steal this election. He argues that not only is President Trump well within his rights to challenge results in key states, but it might actually be the right thing to do. That said, he also thinks that there’s an important difference between supporting President Trump’s right to launch legal battles and supporting his extraordinary claims absent sufficient evidence.
After that, Mike takes a look at the White vote and wonders why it is that a Democratic presidential candidate hasn’t been the choice of a majority of White voters in over half a century. He thinks that a political party based on economic populism and without the baggage of the left or the right would have widespread appeal, and is even working to set up a party like that and possibly even run for office himself. (Yes, he knows how outlandish that sounds. Then again, if someone had told him as late as 2014 that Donald Trump would be the next President of The United States…)
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There are still plenty of votes to be counted and lawsuits to be settled, but it’s looking like Joe Biden will emerge as the winner of an election that seems to have gone surprisingly well under the circumstances (despite many baseless accusations of fraud). Mike talks the weirdness of politicians, his pity for President Trump, anger at President Trump’s enablers, and the conservative case for supporting Donald Trump.
This week, Mike starts by discussing the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, as well as a thought-experiment in which a lame-duck President Trump nominates replacements for retiring Justices Thomas and Alito. After that it’s on to the upcoming elections, including Mike’s thoughts on who will win, if the polls are wrong, the Supreme Court’s recent election rulings, and problems with our election infrastructure.
This week, Mike talks about the final debate between President Trump and Joe Biden, the ‘Hunter Biden’s Laptop’ story, Joe Biden’s call for a bipartisan commission to study potential changes to the Supreme Court, the state of COVID stimulus talks, an important Supreme Court non-ruling on late arriving ballots in Pennsylvania, and the Department of Justice’s antitrust suit against Google.
Mike discusses the Senate confirmation hearings of Judge Amy Coney Barrett, focusing on reproductive rights, healthcare, and her potential role in any rulings involving the 2020 election. Next is a look at the Supreme Court’s order that allows the Census Bureau to stop its 2020 count.
In this introductory episode, I talk William Howard Taft, exaggeration and deception in politics, modern media, and why I’m starting a politics podcast for people who hate politics.