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Bill Scher, Matt Lewis and guests talk about politics and other matters, on






The Battle for the House (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

The new battle over the House speakership ... Bill to young Dems: Be patient, Pelosi will retire! ... Why speakers aren’t usually the “face” of the party ... Should Republicans exploit party divisions and back Pelosi? ... Matt: Beto has 2020 star power ... Can a “boring” Dem beat Trump? ...


Midterm Roundup (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

Bill’s midterm all-nighter ... Which minority candidates were successful, and why? ... What lessons will Dems take from the election? ... Bill challenges the “two Americas” narrative ... Are low-key Dems like Amy Klobuchar the future of the party? ... Bill: Dems are diversifying while Republicans are distilling down to Trumpism ...


Midterms and White Nationalism (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

Does Matt want Democrats to take the House? ... Matt: Steve King has got to go ... Bill: If you’re a white nationalist, now is your time to shine ... A final round of midterm predictions ... Is Michael Avenatti right that only a white man can beat Trump? ... What lessons for 2020 will we learn in 2018? ...


Midterms, Manly Democrats, and Pipe Bombs (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

Are the Kavanaugh hearings already old news? ... How Dems in red states play the optics game ... Are progressive voters lacking enthusiasm? ... Bill and Matt make potentially embarrassing election predictions ... Matt on civility politics: “Sometimes, ‘both-siderism’ is right” ... Would Saul Alinksy have approved of heckling politicians in restaurants? ... Matt: The pipe bomb story will have faded by Election Day ...


Midterm Madness 2018 (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

Has the “blue wave” already crested? ... Abortion politics causes conflict between Democrats ... How Michael Avenatti is setting the tone for all 2020 hopefuls ... Can Arizona’s Kyrsten Sinema escape her protester past? ... Bill: Despite the blowback, Elizabeth Warren put the ancestry issue to bed for 2020 ... Matt: Warren proved she can’t go toe-to-toe with Trump ...


Will #MeToo Launch a New Temperance Movement? (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

Violent rhetoric in the lead-up to Election Day ... Matt: The left-wing “mob” is motivating #NeverTrump voters ... Will Republican momentum from the Kavanaugh hearings last to November? ... Bill argues we need a new temperance movement ... Matt sees potential synergy between social conservatives and #MeToo ...


"Believe All Women" vs. The Presumption of Innocence (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

Bill and Matt both predict that Kavanaugh will be confirmed ... Is Kavanaugh’s drinking history relevant? ... “Believe all women” vs. the presumption of innocence ... Is the “job interview” framing accurate? ... Matt: If life is a job interview, freedom of expression is at stake ... Bill reviews every memoir written by a presidential mistress in the past century ...


Judge Kavanaugh vs. Dr. Ford (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

Matt: Kavanaugh vs. Ford was a tie, which means he'll be confirmed ... Was Kavanaugh's emotional testimony heartfelt or cynical? ... Why "deny, deny, deny" usually works ... Bill reviews the history of the judicial wars ... If Kavanaugh replaces Kennedy, how will the Court change? ... Bill asks Matt: Is this worth it? ...


Kavanaugh: Affluenza at Georgetown Prep (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

Why Bill is helping put on a public school carnival ... On Brett Kavanaugh: Was there an affluenza outbreak at Georgetown Prep? ... Bill: If Kavanaugh did do it, he’s now a liar ... Matt: Black 17-year-olds don’t get a pass for bad behavior ... Is it too late to bring Amy Coney Barrett back? ... Should Linda Tripp (of the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal) be rehabilitated in public memory? ...


Stormy Weather Edition (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

The politics of hurricanes ... What explains Trump's neglect of Puerto Rico? ... Did McCain's death hurt Trump's approval ratings? ... Matt: Kavanagh did not do a very good job at his hearing ... Bill: Susan Collins is taking a huge risk by supporting Kavanagh ... Andrew Cuomo, Cynthia Nixon, and Archie Bunker ...


Wooing the "Alex Jones conservatives"? (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

Matt’s new microphone and the creative benefits of dialogue ... Matt takes issue with Kamala Harris’s interrogation of Brett Kavanaugh ... Are Harris and Cory Booker eroding democracy with their grandstanding? ... Bill: The anonymous NYT op-ed doesn’t say anything new ... How will Republicans woo “Alex Jones conservatives” post-Trump? ... Should social media be treated like a utility? “Deplatformed” conservatives think so ...


John McCain and Chapo Trap House (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

Bill and Matt are back—and all dolled up ... The critical phase of remembrance: Was McCain really a maverick? ... How McCain’s 2008 campaign made Matt’s career in writing ... Bill faces blowback for his negative review of The Chapo Guide to Revolution ... A lefty revision of modern American history ... Is fully-automated socialism a pipe dream? ...

"Down Goes Socialism"? (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

DMZ technical difficulties: James Buchanan conversation lost to the ages ... Why has Bill been tagged as the archetypal centrist pundit? ... “Down Goes Socialism” this election cycle ... What Berniecrats and Trump voters have in common ... Bill to socialists: Don’t judge Dems by their losses ...


Problematic Uncles Edition (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

With the economy hot, why are Trump's approval ratings not? ... What if Trump wants to be a one-term president? ... Why Dems should pay more attention to their boring old centrist senators ... Bill: It's time for NeverTrump conservatives to just become Democrats ... Is Trump the "racist uncle" of the GOP family? ... The dangers of watching '80s sitcoms with your kids ...


Do Republicans have an Alger Hiss problem? (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

Drawing conclusions from Michael Cohen’s secret Trump recording ... Is politics becoming the last refuge of the celebrity? ... Did Communism run rampant in the FDR administration? ... Bill wonders if Trump is the modern-day Alger Hiss ... The surprising alliance between American social conservatives and Putin ... Bill: Far-left candidates should be wary of opportunistic support from Russia ...


What's wrong with "blame America first"? (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

Why the Putin meeting caused Matt’s mom to turn against Trump ... Russian spy Maria Butina and the appeal of foreigners who bolster our politics ... “Blame America first” and the dangers of moral equivalency ... Russia’s history as “difficult actor” ... How Bill got duped by Sacha Baron Cohen ... Why Matt has sympathy for those fooled by Butina and Baron Cohen ... Bill: Repealing Roe would “rip America in two” ...


Wrong Pick Edition (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

Matt is disappointed that Trump didn't pick Amy Barrett for the Court ... Matt: Choosing Barrett would have been a "win-win" ... Why did Trump pick the white guy? ... Does anyone on the right (aside from Matt) believe in diversity? ... Red-state Democrats' hard votes on Kavanaugh ... Bill: Dems must win the Senate to kill the Trump judiciary project ... Should NeverTrumpers be happy about Kavanaugh? ...


The Problem With 'Abolish ICE' (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

Trump leaves his mark on Bill’s Fourth of July celebrations ... How to vet a Supreme Court nominee ... The Court as a battlefield in the culture war ... Bill’s advice for Sen. Susan Collins: Insist on a non-partisan nominee ... Do Supreme Court justices mellow with age? ... Bill: “Abolish ICE” is splitting the Democratic Party ...


Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis

With Kennedy gone, will Roberts become the swing justice? ... Roe v. Wade, the end of norms, and why democracies die ... Correcting historical myths about FDR's court-packing scheme ... Bill: Ocasio-Cortez's win doesn't mean socialists are ascendant ... Is this the end of American labor unions? ...

Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis

Democrats tread carefully reacting to Trump’s North Korea summit ... Has North Korea changed NeverTrump conservatives’ minds? ... Bill: Trump finds common ground with violators of human rights ... Matt: Trump sets himself apart from “metrosexual” world leaders ... The unenviable position of being an elected Republican under Trump ...