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Guardians of the Republic
67 minutes | Feb 19, 2021
Everyday He's More Batman
Where does the second Trump impeachment trial leave the Republic? Mitt Romney steps up with a clear prescription for the future. Plus thoughts on the impeachment attorneys, Andrew Cuomo, Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, and Dolly Parton.
62 minutes | Feb 5, 2021
A Big Tent for Conservatives and Kooks?
This week: some Republicans step forward, but many don't; how the Biden administration and the media impact the health of the Republic; where the GOP is headed; a look ahead to impeachment; and initial polling on the new president.
73 minutes | Jan 22, 2021
It Really Is a New Day
It really is a new day in America, but much work remains to be done. Ian & Patrick discuss what President Biden means by "unity," the outlook for the Senate, a preview of impeachment, and a look at the underlying authoritarian inclinations that continue to threaten the Republic. Plus some hot takes on highlights from the inauguration ceremonies.
68 minutes | Jan 8, 2021
The Band-Aid Has Been Ripped Off
This week marked a turning point. The band-aid over what ails the Republic has been ripped off. Will Mitt Romney and company stand up to Josh Hawley's sedition caucus? Will the Biden administration tackle the racial justice issues at the core of our national divide? And what does the Georgia run-off say about the years ahead?
51 minutes | Dec 11, 2020
The Hope & Sedition Episode
Ian and Patrick take a look at members of Congress signing onto seditious claims of election fraud and potential signs for hope in how Joe Biden will run his administration. Plus some thoughts on the vital role certain state officials have played in guarding the Republic.
45 minutes | Nov 20, 2020
Why Don't We Just Rename the Disease After Trump?
We look at new polling on the deep divide in our country and the challenges facing the Republic this week, including efforts to undermine the election results and how Biden should handle calls to investigate Trump. Also, the need for civics education and a proposal to name the Covid vaccine.
58 minutes | Nov 13, 2020
I Like People Who Don't Lose Arizona
A look at Republicans dragging their heels on acknowledging the new President-Elect, a growing rift in the Democratic Party, the McCain family reaction to the election, and more.
63 minutes | Nov 6, 2020
We've Crossed the Delaware. Now What?
What happened in the election? What happened with the polls? And what of the Republic? We've crossed the Delaware and won the first battle of Trenton, but we've many more battles ahead.
56 minutes | Oct 30, 2020
The American Voter Is Our Guardian Now
It's now up to the American Voter to guard the Republic! Patrick and Ian break down the polls, from the big picture to individual states, and look at the potential for authoritarian backlash if things don't go the way Trump supporters expect.
54 minutes | Oct 23, 2020
Did the Debate Move the Needle? C'mon!
In this episode, Ian & Patrick grade the final presidential debate, take a look at polls in key states, ask whether the Supreme Court nomination marks a point of no return for the Republic, and wonder why Trump is a fan of The Village People.
51 minutes | Oct 16, 2020
National Polls vs. Battleground Polls
National polls versus the battleground state polls -- what to believe? Why it's important to know the price of a bushel of soybeans. And, of course, Ben Sasse.
55 minutes | Oct 9, 2020
We Should Never Despair
We're back! The latest polls and why they matter. The debates, Covid, the future of our elections. We cover it all.
47 minutes | Apr 16, 2020
With a Heart Full of Love and Gratitude
The podcast takes a pause, but before it does Ian and Patrick take a look at the 2020 election and VP prospects for Joe Biden. Plus some final thoughts on gratitude as we weather the current crisis.
45 minutes | Apr 9, 2020
You're a Disgrace! You're a Disgrace!
Trump has changed the rules, but many - journalists, Senators, etc - keep operating under the old standard practices. It's time to shake it up. Plus Patrick and Ian discuss recent shifts in COVID polling and our heroes on the front lines.
47 minutes | Apr 3, 2020
Anthony Fauci, the Most Lovely of Men
Misinformation is proving dangerous during this crisis. Ian and Patrick discuss the polar opposites of Jared Kushner and Anthony Fauci, polling that suggests the "bump" in Trump's approval rating may be more aspirational than real, and an ode to our health care workers on the front lines.
52 minutes | Mar 26, 2020
Well, That's Ben Sasse For You!
Ian and Patrick look at the impact of the White House COVID briefings on public confidence, Trump as an authoritarian "weakman," the trillion dollar stimulus package (where Ben Sasse finally emerges from his silence), and the Democratic nomination.
41 minutes | Mar 19, 2020
We WOULD Shut Down the Highways, You Idiot!
Ian and Patrick discuss some of the questionable statements and about-face takes from those who are putting party before country around the coronavirus outbreak. Plus where the presidential election is headed and thoughts on how we can learn something positive from the current crisis.
51 minutes | Mar 12, 2020
The Coronavirus Episode
President Trump's response to the coronavirus outbreak not only has consequences for public health, but for the health of the republic itself. Plus the state of the Democratic nomination race and the search for a running mate.
51 minutes | Mar 5, 2020
The Joe Biden Episode
Joe Biden had a big week and coronavirus roils the markets. What does all this mean for the Republic. Plus Ian and Patrick look back at the 2020 Democratic field.
52 minutes | Feb 27, 2020
The Bernie Sanders Episode
With news that Russia was trying to boost Bernie Sanders in the 2020 election, Ian and Patrick talk about what his candidacy means for the country and the Democratic Party. Plus: will guardians (or betrayers) of the Republic emerge from the coronavirus outbreak?
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