Archive for January, 2011

Bob Massie Goes for U.S. Senate Podcast

Bob Massie just announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate seat from MA coming up next year. He wants to go up against Sen. Scott Brown who has been filling the term of the late Ted Kennedy. He joined us to speak about himself and how he expects to win the seat.

His campaign website is up and getting populated. His more personal blog, with everything from his economic views to his social activism to philosophy is here. Also, he is a regular contributor to BlueMassGroup.

As a social activist from way back, he has a deep and wide record of accomplishments…supported with Princeton, Yale and Harvard degrees and more. He starts off our show with a quick recitation of everything from his professional experience and education to physical challenges he overcame. He also discusses his 1994 race for MA Lt. Gov. and what the legacy is for his current candidacy.

Listen in as we talk about wide ranges of topics from federal funding to what’s right and wrong with Congress as it is to what he offers. He has a few, but only a few areas of agreement with Brown. He tells us what his aims would be in the seat. Massie speaks to how he expects to court voters, raise funds and win next year.

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Bob Massie Podcast 1/25

We’re starting tomorrow’s podcast a half hour earlier, at 2 p.m. Tuesday, 1/25. Bob Massie is joining us.

He’s announced a run for the U.S. Senate, to bump Scott Brown. Massie’s campaign site is here.

Of course, we’ll ask about his platform…and how he expects to win the seat. Join us live is you can here at 2 p.m. If you can’t go to that address or return here to get the show on demand.


Post-Tucson Podcast

We tried to go beyond the whom is to blame besides shooter Jared Loughner for the 6 dead and 14 injured Saturday. We were largely successful, sidetracked for 10 or so minutes by a caller.

Neither Ryan nor Mike expected more than a one-week delay in the new GOP-majority House symbolic flurry of attempts to undo President Obama and Congress’ progressive legislation, including health-care reform. However, Mike is hopeful that the attention already paid to the threats of violence — both against individuals and with the theme of physically overthrowing the national government at the whim of the voters disappointed with this or that election result — will winnow the thoughtful wheat from the incendiary chaff.

Mike also cites a powerful Salon piece by Prof. Glenn LaFantasie on America’s long, broad history of political violence. It calls for us to own up to the frequent and recurring assassinations and attacks, and stop viewing them as rare. They aren’t and we can’t control them without admitting the problem.

Our caller is worth bearing with to stay away of the themes and memes he displays. He cites Obama’s metaphorical attempt to show fortitude in a Philadelphia speech.  When he spoke of standing up to GOP campaign tactics with, “If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun. Because from what I understand, folks in Philly like a good brawl. I’ve seen Eagles fans,” he clearly was trying to break his mold of the boring and overly conciliatory pol. Yet, in the rightwing radio, columnist and blogger world, that supposedly equates or surpasses Senatorial candidate Sharon Angle’s calls for violent overthrow of the government, Sarah Palin shooting, reloading and targeting slogans and such.

The caller also returned relentlessly to winger talking points about all lefties trying to blame Palin and the Tea Party for the Arizona murders and maiming. That is the chatter out there in winger land, portraying themselves as victims again. Mike and Ryan wouldn’t play and Mike eventually muted the call when the circular comments repeated too many times.

You can listen in below to hear what we think may be the effects on politics of the shootings. Ryan also provides some remedies.

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Talking Murder Blues

Glocks and pols and votes and rhetoric. Oh my.

Join us when we go a bit beyond the most obvious with tomorrow’s discussion of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ assassination attempt, which bought a half-dozen already confirmed dead. If you want the winger hate version, head to the likes of Michelle Malkin, who has a dreadful revisionist apology. If you want pure sensationalism, there’s plenty in U.S. and U.K. press on gun ownership, Tea Party vitriol and such.

We’re thinking about a few other issues and will start with those Tuesday, January 11th, at 2:30 p.m. EST here. For a couple of examples:

  • The Congresswoman was during her usual meet-and-greet constituents thing when shot. Will this lone loony’s work stifle such crucial voter contact?

  • The new House leadership has put its loud, symbolic agenda on hold temporarily. Will this event’s aftermath include any tempering of the assault?

Who knows where we’ll end up from there. Check in for the live stream or back here for an on-demand listen.

If you can behave yourself, you can call in at showtime to comment at 718-664-6966.


Beacon & Capitol Hills Podcast

Exciting times start this week, both in D.C. and MA. We kick around what we expect in both locales.

Dynamics promise many battles and real disadvantages for the GOP as it takes over the majority in the U.S. House. For one, the new, large crop of Republican governors will face severe financing problems, particularly after their states have exhausted the federal aid provided for the past two years. They’ll want supplemental funds, while the national party has pledged to cut $100 billion from the budget…not compatible needs and goals.

On the local level, we call what the governor and legislature need to do to keep the economy healing, grown jobs, and tweak our health reform.

Listen in as we hit the high and low lights in both places.

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New Year, Renewed Battles

We’ll be talking up and talking down pending struggles in Washington and Boston. The frequently obstreperous House in D.C. promises to be more so, with the new GOP majority. Yet…they have many new Republican governors calling for big bucks, while the national party pledges deep spending cuts.

Here in MA, we have the mottled model Sen. Scott Brown. He was supposed to lead us to a GOP revolution, blue to red. That was an unreasonable expectation and the party couldn’t manage a single statewide win.

Capitol Hill and Beacon Hill — so much to speculate about. Join us by listening in tomorrow, January 4th at 2:30 EST here.

If you can and get inspired to share your own truth and knowledge, call in during the show at 718-664-6966.

If you can’t do either, check back here for the show on demand later.