-December 2, 2013-
3:00 -- Is it unethical for Rep. Tim Moffitt to publish a newspaper outling all the great things his Republican Party passed in the NC Legislature?
4:00 -- Americans don't trust each other any more. Why? Plus Art Pope and William Barber exchange words.
5:00 -- Kevin King joins us to talk about his grassroots organizing work on college campuses. Plus, Milton Friedman debates Frances Fox Piven.
-December 3, 2013
3:00 -- Pete offers NC Democratic candidate recruiters the opportunity to come on the show. They chicken out.
4:00 -- The rise of the administrative state and why budget battles will be the focal point now.
5:00 -- The Hobby Lobby lawsuit over the Affordable Care Act, plus should chimpanzees get legal "personhood" status.
-December 4, 2013
3:00 -- A coup on the Mecklenburg County Commission might make it easier for South Asheville to de-annex from the city. Plus, a Hindu guy is mad at a local brewer for naming a beer Shiva.
4:00 -- Jake Frankel from Mountain Xpress joins us to talk about the latest edition on news stands. Plus, Buncombe County Commissioners say they want to reduce the carbon footprint by 80%.
5:00 -- Kurth Schlichter, columnist at Townhall, says liberals have to lie. Plus, human cheese.
-December 5, 2013
3:00 -- Fast food workers protest for an increase in the federal minimum wage.
4:00 -- Ford O'Connell, GOP strategist and former McCain-Palin adviser, talks about what the Republican Party needs to do to win the Presidential race in 2016 - including "getting over the fact that Reagan is dead."
5:00 -- It turns out President Obama did know his illegal alien uncle living in Boston. Plus, the Democrats are desperate to get everyone to focus on income inequality.
-December 6, 2013
3:00 -- Why the Affordable Care Act is costing Democrats support among women.
4:00 -- Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) dismantles a liberal professor's defense of presidential overreach. Plus, Rev. William Barber's comments after getting convicted on 2 of 3 counts for his Moral Monday protests.
5:00 -- More from Rev. Barber. Plus, the Olympic torch lights a man on fire in Siberia and the NC lottery is now offering subscriptions!
Republican US Senator Rand Paul (KY) says the path forward for the GOP in national elections is to get someone on the ballot who is a little more libertarian.
Sort of like him, coincidentally.
Appearing on FOX News Sunday, Sen. Paul made his case:
If Rand Paul is right, he's positioning himself pretty well.
He can attract younger, socially liberal, less-interventionist, fiscally conservative voters who have been part of the core of support for Sen. Paul's father - Rep. Ron Paul. However, he will get resistance from the social conservatives in the primaries. They might also stay home during a general election.
Much has been made of the Republican Party soul-searching, and rightly so. Losing two straight Presidential elections (particularly the last one) should force any party to look inward and do some assessment.
Much like sports, losing will do that to an organization. And, just like sports, winning can mask an organization's weaknesses.
With Obama victories in 2008 and 2012, the Democratic Party believes the nation has shifted to the left and that most people agree with the progressive agenda.
We're going to find out if this is true over the next four years. First in the mid-term races. Then in 2016.
And that's why I suspect the Democratic Party will need to run an Obama-esque candidate: a great speaker, a dynamic personality, a masterful campaigner, attractive, and probably a minority.
Why? Because the Democratic Party might not ever be able to nominate a white male and garner the kind of electoral support among the new "Obama coalition" (ie: single white women, blacks, hispanics, and college kids).
You can see this phenomena in urban Democratic-controlled strongholds. The white, male At-Large candidate is becomgin rarer. Often times they cannot clear the primaries.
Like I said, we'll see in the next four years.
But if the two major parties in America become predominantly identified by the race of its membership, our nation is in real trouble.
What do you think?
Is Rand Paul right? Is America ready for a libertarian Republican?