Week of: Jan 30 – Feb 6, 2012

As President Obama delivers his 3rd State of the Union address before Congress – his last before the 2012 election – I offer up my thoughts on the over 6-pages of notes I took during the speech…I know, I have a problem and am (not) seeking help.

However, despite the soaring oratory and bi-partisan rhetoric, I offer an alternative intention to the speech and how it may lay the groundwork for the President’s entire re-election bid and how he plans to define the upcoming contest against whomever the GOP nominee will be.

Although the President’s bi-partisan message is welcome by the public, there has been nothing in the last 3 years that would indicate any shift in the current political environment…so what was the President really looking to accomplish?

It appears that the President has planted his flag firmly in the populist message and I break down how this may play in juxtaposition to his likely opponent(s)…putting on my strategist’s hat, yet again.

As always, enjoy the show!

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Direct download: Jan30.The_SOTU.mp3
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Week of: Jan 23 – Jan 30, 2012

This week we are joined by crowd-favorite and resident geek-girl, Vanessa G, of Girls-Gone-Geek.com . It’s always a blast to have her on the program, as there is no telling where the conversation may veer!

Vanessa doesn’t just have strong opinions on comic books, as demonstrated by the over 2.5 hour discussion of everything from SOPA – and the subsequent blackout of many popular sites (including our own) in protest – to an entertainment industry struggling to keep up with the ways that people consume content and antiquated distribution models; the GOP primaries and upcoming general election to the virtues of maintaining control over your own content and online identity.

Plenty of good conversation and geeky goodness to keep your boredom stimulated this week. ;)

As always, enjoy the show!

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Direct download: Jan23.SOPA_on_a_ROPE-A.mp3
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Week of: Jan 9 – Jan 16, 2012

This week I put on my “strategist’s hat” and discuss the aftermath of the Iowa caucus, Romney’s narrow victory, Santorum’s last minute surge and my predictions for the upcoming New Hampshire and South Carolina primaries.

This is the part of politics that I enjoy, working the numbers and determining my predictions for what people can expect and should look out for in the coming weeks. What does Santorum’s surprisingly strong finish (ostensibly tying Romney) mean? How long will the RNC allow the nomination process to remain contested before they step in? Is Mitt Romney’s nomination inevitable or is there still a window for a conservative alternative…and who could that realistically be? Who does the Obama team want (and not want) to run against? Is there still a path for Jon Huntsman and did Obama appoint him as Ambassador to China as a way to remove a potential (and viable) political rival in 2012? Is the continued candidacy of others in the field – and the subsequent splitting of conservative votes – nothing more than an advantage for Romney in the long-run?

This week’s show is definitely for my fellow politicos out there, as well as those who wish to gain a better understanding of the primary process and how the different campaigns think | work.

I also answer some listener email, discuss the pros and cons of a third party candidate and Obama’s recent recess appointment of Richard Cordray as the head of the newly formed, Consumer Financial Protection Board…a move heshould have done with Elizabeth Warren and ultimately bowed to pressure on.

I really enjoyed this week’s discussion and hope that listeners will come away with something new to consider and debate for themselves.

As always, enjoy the show!

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Direct download: Jan9.Electile_Dysfunction.mp3
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