Rick Perry enters the Presidential race, further diluting a weak GOP field and apparently convincing himself that the American people want another "cowboy" from Texas in the White House. I weigh his chances and explain the difference between a "primary candidate" and an "electable general election candidate"...since the people who urged Perry to run evidently never did.

This segment transitions into a wider question: Who really has a chance to beat Obama? As an independent supporter of Obama in the 2008 election, I discuss the one GOP candidate who could attract independents like me, while still securing their base. Although sound bites and criticisms are great "red meat" for primary voters, a serious candidate for President also has to appeal to a much wider audience that has grown extremely weary of partisanship and want to hear valid and substantial solutions for our problems...whether from Obama or those who wish to replace him. 

Will the GOP nominate the one candidate they have that has an even remote chance of doing this? All indications point to no. A difficult economy does offer Republicans a real opportunity to potentially win back the White House, but will it be squandered on advancing an un-electable alternative?

I discuss this and a lot more this week. But first, I selfishly indulge my love of college football, as I discuss my beloved Seminoles chances for a National Championship run and how I see them achieving it!  

As always, enjoy the show!    

www.stimulatedboredom.com

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Week of: Aug 15 - Aug 22, 2011

I was away the last couple of weeks due to some travel (sorry about that), however I am back and I brought reinforcements! This week I am joined by listener favorite, Patrick, as we discuss the week in politics and news. 

First, the college football season is almost upon us, so you'll have to forgive our indulgence in starting the show off by discussing our Alma Mater's #5 Preseason ranking and how we see the season shaping up for our beloved 'Noles. However, we quickly segue into the result of the cantankerous debt ceiling debate and our (strong) opinions of the behavior of both sides of the isle. Did Obama fold? Was the Tea Party to blame for bringing it down to the wire? Will we ever see an end to the partisanship in favor of doing what's best for the country (and not party)? Is the combative nature of both parties going to blow up in their faces as the public grows weary of Congress's behavior and inability to work together?

Consider this segment "Part 2" of the "Raise the Roof" segment I recently did that provided all of the information you needed to know about the debt ceiling debate, and as a follow up discussion of the results. We break down the spin, common myths and talking points relating to the issue...most of which you have undoubtedly seen posted by your friends (of either political persuasion) on Facebook and Twitter. 

We then transition into the downgrade of the U.S. credit rating and how it will affect markets and the economy. After being dropped from our AAA rating, despite the last minute agreement to raise the debt ceiling, essentially making all of the childish behavior of Congress over the last few months a moot point.

So much was discussed during this segment, that it is hard for me to sum everything up...so sit back and take a listen and we'll take care of the rest.

Enjoy the show!      

www.stimulatedboredom.com

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