2010 Post-Post-Election Analysis Analysis – Take Back Talking Points episode 14

December 11, 2010

This is episode 14 of Take Back Talking Points, your place for completely inconsistent, long-winded, zero-budget progressive media which is truly independent. Today Alex and Brendon talk about the 2010 election results and do a meta-analysis of the analysis of the election by the various talking heads wired into your everyday life.

We make up for lost time, this being the first episode in quite a while, by going off on several tangents and discussing a lot of interesting issues, including:

Pin the Bailout on the Donkey – how the Republicans turned the Bush bailouts into the Obama bailouts

The Big Lie – Is blatant lying more common in politics today?

Who really won the Senate, the Democrats, the Republicans, or Corporate America?

Will the Republican win in the House lead to more legislative gridlock or less?

Does talking about fascism automatically destroy political dialogue?

Why is Hitler our moral compass?

Big money invades the election system after the Citizens United v. FEC Supreme Court decision

Is the U.S. a nation addicted to war?

And much much more. You can download the audio podcast version here, view the YouTube playlist here, or view the embedded videos after the jump.

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Sarah Palin’s political strength fails another test in Kansas primary

August 6, 2010

2008 Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin’s political clout has failed another test in the Kansas Republican primary for Sam Brownback’s U.S. Senate seat. Attempting to wear two hats as the flag-bearer for both the Republican Party and the Tea Party, Sarah Palin’s endorsement may be more of a burden than a medal of honor.

Representative Todd Tiahrt lost the Republican candidacy for the U.S. Senate to Representative Jerry Moran on August 4, on the heels of media scrutiny of Sarah Palin’s endorsement of Sharron Angle, currently a leader in the conservative chicken race and believed by many to be headed for a brick wall, and an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll which makes it look like a Sarah Palin endorsement is toxic among the general electorate.

This poll famously cited 25% of respondents saying they would be more enthusiastic about a candidate endorsed by Sarah Palin, where 52% said they would be less enthusiastic about a candidate endorsed by Sarah Palin. Comparatively, Barack Obama’s endorsement was viewed favorably by 36% and unfavorably by 43%. This indicates how polarizing Sarah Palin is, more so even than the President of the United States who is being universally denounced on the other side of the aisle as an undercover Communist here to destroy the American Dream. And this poll put the former conventional wisdom, that Sarah Palin was a conservative powerhouse riding a wave of voter anger towards the incumbent establishment, into question.

This may not be exclusively negative for Sarah Palin and the Republican Party. There can be power in polarization. It energizes the base and makes sure they’ll show up at the polls. Sarah Palin may still be the conservative golden girl the Republicans want on their side, and Todd Tiahrt may have lost on his own. It was a close, hard-fought race between two neary identical candidates, and Moran had a clear advantage in funding.

But Sarah Palin and the Tea Party could fizzle in the end. After all, the Democrats have delivered so much Republican policy that they can hardly be called extremists, and fear of extreme right-wing figures like Palin could cure Democratic voters of their lack of enthusiasm after two years of disappointing legislation.

In New Hampshire, an endorsement for Republican Senate primary candidate Kelly Ayotte was immediately followed by a jump in support from 8 points ahead to 21 points ahead for Democratic candidate Paul Hodes among independent voters, but he’s still trailing among the general electorate with plenty of undecided voters. And if it comes down to the undecided voters, it appears that an endorsement from Sarah Palin isn’t likely to change their minds. It didn’t work in Kansas.

This article originally appeared on my Topeka Political Buzz site on Examiner.com.


American Exceptionalism or Fascism? God-Given Rights for U.S. Citizens Only? Take Back Talking Points episode 12

March 6, 2010

Take Back Talking Points episode 12. Conservatives are now saying the Bill of Rights lists and protects our God-given rights, yet only applies to U.S. citizens. Does that make us God’s Chosen People? Or is it just another step toward fascism?

Plus, we mention the only truly bipartisan legislation to come out of this Congress: an extension of unconstitutional wiretapping. And we talk about the hard crackdown of “looters” in Chile, many of whom are clearly looking for food and water.

View the entire episode in YouTube playlist format here, download the mp3 audio podcast version here, or view the rest of the video segments after the jump.

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Gov. Palin A Liberal? Sarah Joins Progressive Movement

February 13, 2010

In a surprising political about-face, Sarah Palin has decided to join the progressive movement. Apparently, someone showed her the polls and she realized that’s where the real populism was and she wanted to be a part of it. Interestingly, she offers some very strong advice for how progressives in America can organize to enact real change.

This video is in two parts, second part after the jump.

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Sarah Palin’s Tea Party – Convention Speech w/Progressive Commentary – Take Back Talking Points episode 10

February 10, 2010

This episode of Take Back Talking Points, the progressive talk show featuring me, Zach (FeelFreeToArgue), and Brendon (funkalunatic), we do a play by play commentary on Sarah Palin’s speech to the Tea Party National Convention. $500 a ticket.

This episode, we criticize Sarah quite unfairly with our Gotcha journalism, hardly listen to her at all, moan and whine like the liberals we are, and discuss the implications of the tea party movement. Is this Republican rebranding, an Astroturf movement hoping to turn our Coke versus Pepsi democratic process to a new paradigm of Pepsi, Coke, and New Coke? Or are they a truly independent third party grassroots movement and all that that entails, including possibly splitting the Republican vote and marginalizing them, or driving them farther to the right?

View the full episode in YouTube playlist format here, or view the rest of the videos after the jump.

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Obama State of the Union Address 2010 With Commentary – Take Back Talking Points episode 9

February 10, 2010

The 2010 State of the Union Address with simultaneous commentary by Alex (Capitalocracy), Zach (FeelFreeToArgue), and Brendon (Funkalunatic), three YouTube vloggers appearing in a progressive talk show called Take Back Talking Points. This episode, we take back the State of the Union.

View the full episode in YouTube playlist format here, or view the rest of the videos after the jump.

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Regulatory Capture and Corporate Takeover of Government – Take Back Talking Points episode 5

February 10, 2010

This is a progressive roundtable discussion featuring myself and Zach, aka FeelFreeToArgue, and Brendon, aka Funkalunatic, this episode talking about regulatory capture and what it means in our everyday lives. We talk about lack of transparency in government, specifically the Federal Reserve System, and how businesses take over the regulatory agencies of government, and implant an ideology favorable to their profit motive in the political system.

Enjoy this experimental show we’re working on, and please comment and let us know what you think of the idea. Thanks for watching.

View the full episode in YouTube playlist format here, or view the rest of the videos after the jump.

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