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Saturday’s show: Midterms, LBJ vs Goldwater 1964 & another false accusation against Kavanaugh

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The midterms in a few days…..Justice Kavanaugh and another false accusation…..Johnson vs Goldwater and the 1964 election……Ronald Reagan and “A time for choosing” in 1964…….Lack of diversity at University of Missouri….Laika 1957 the first dog in space………….and more stories………click to listen:


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November 3, 2018 at 5:00 pm

November 1957: Let’s remember Laika, the first dog in space

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Before Yuri Gagarin and John Glenn, there was Laika.

On this day in 1957, the USSR launched the first animal into space—a dog name Laika aboard the Sputnik 2 spacecraft.   

It’s a great story until you learn that poor Laika died in space.    The USSR never explained how Laika died but mechanical failure was likely the reason.

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November 3, 2018 at 2:00 pm

Saturday’s video: Johnson vs Goldwater and the 1964 election

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November 3, 2018 at 12:30 pm

1964: LBJ beat Goldwater

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By 10 pm eastern time, the results were a huge landslide for President Lyndon Johnson, who succeeded President Kennedy the year before.    

The numbers went like this:  LBJ got 61% of the popular vote and 486 electoral votes!

In a couple of years, the great landslide of 1964 fell apart because of Vietnam.    LBJ avoided the subject of Vietnam in 1964.   In fact, he promised not to send troops.   He also ran a very effective campaign against Goldwater by painting him as dangerous and unfit to be president.

The GOP made a huge comeback in the 1966 mid-terms and the Democrats were in disarray in 1968.    LBJ did not seek reelection and was followed by Richard Nixon.

In the end, LBJ won big in 1964 but the GOP went on to win 7 of the next 10 elections.   

And last, but not least, we met future Governor and President Reagan during the campaign.  On October 27, 1964, Mr. Reagan gave his famous “A time for choosing” speech.  It opened the door to his 1966 victory in California and set the table for the presidency.

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November 3, 2018 at 12:15 pm

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No diversity at The University of Missouri!

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Are you sending your son or daughter to The University of Missouri?  Do they often come home and tell you about “diversity” courses?  Do they hear from their college professors about the value of diversity in the US?  

Well, the self appointed spokesmen for diversity could use a little diversity in their work places. 

This is from Campus reform:   

The analysis found that 98.4 percent of University of Missouri administrators and 97.6 percent of faculty donated to Democrat candidates or causes.

It’s a free country so donate to whoever you want.  However, what does this number say about the hiring practices of this university? 

In other words, Missouri voted for President Trump 58-37% over Mrs. Clinton.   It will very likely have 2 GOP US Senators in 2019.   

Is the university only hiring liberals?  How else do you explain these contributions?   I don’t know for sure but this university is clearly out of touch with the taxpayers paying the freight.

Maybe it’s time to check out that new book by Tucker Carlson.

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November 3, 2018 at 10:30 am

2018 looks like a different midterm to me…

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(My new American Thinker post)

We’ve heard for years about “first midterm blues” — the president losing seats after his election.  Recently, we saw it with President Clinton in 1994 and President Obama in 2010.  We did not see it with President Bush in 2002 but maybe that was an outlier or related to the patriotic reaction after 9/11.  

What happens in 2018?  For some time, we’ve been hearing about “the blue wave”. However, in recent days, we are hearing of a GOP enthusiasm boost that could make comparisons to the past useless.

The first obvious sign of a GOP boost is the U.S. Senate.  As of today, Nevada is the only seat that the Democrats could flip.  On the other hand, North Dakota and Missouri look like GOP flips.  Indiana and Montana could flip to the GOP, too.  In a worst case scenario, the GOP could end up with 52, or 55 in a best case scenario.  I won’t mention New Jersey, Michigan, and Florida where a surprise could also bring us a GOP victory.

Over in the House, it appears that the Democrats have the edge today but the election is Tuesday.  I hear from many that there are a lot of close contests. So let’s wait for the voters to answer the question.  Turnout could make a huge difference in many of those close elections.

Another interesting factor is early voting.  It looks as if the GOP is leading, but it’s an uncertain measurement.  At the same time, they say that the GOP is more disciplined to vote on election day.  If so, then the head start on early voting may be a good sign for the GOP.  

So what happens on Tuesday?  I think that the experts are missing the fact that 2018 is different.  I agree with Mark Penn that we are navigating in different waters this year.   President Trump is making this midterm about ideas.  He has many and the Democrats have none:

There is no question that President Trump is the most disruptive force in politics today.

The president has torn up every political playbook. His political survival after two years in office is a modern-day miracle, and his polling numbers are even running ahead of where Presidents Obama and Clinton were at this point.  

President Trump’s most powerful weapon so far has not been the insult — which he certainly has been willing to use — but the idea.

Yes, what is happening is that Trump is running on ideas and finding that a lot of Americans agree with them.  

The Democrats say that President Trump is running on fear about the caravan, for example.  At the same time, they present no idea as to how to deal with it.

On “birthright citizenship”, the Democrats play the fear card.  At the same time, not one is willing to introduce legislation saying that a baby born to a woman without papers should be declared a citizen.

On the economy, Trump has the latest jobs report.  The Democrats have more resistance.

So we will see a clash of waves.  My money is that the GOP wave will be bigger.

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November 3, 2018 at 8:20 am