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Seditious Minds (Ep. 291)

This episodes looks at the Capitol Hill riot and what it portends for the Biden administration and beyond.

 

Sue Kolinsky, Part 1 (Ep. 285)

Comedian and “The Osbournes” producer Sue Kolinsky joins the MPU gang to discuss current events and some backstage insights into the TV and movie industries. This is Part 1 of a two-part episode.

Inside The Biden-sphere (Ep. 284)

 

This week, Greg and Kevin look possible Biden Cabinet appointments, why Bernie would be a poor choice at Labor, the national embarrassment of the Trump legal team, and what TV commercials for Coronavirus vaccines might look like.

 

Biden Boogaloo (Ep. 282)

This week, the gang looks at the 2020 election results, how the world responded to Joe Biden’s win, and do a deep dive into what it means for the nation and the Democratic party. Toward the end, DJ and Kevin hit on a brilliantly devious way that Joe Biden can flip the senate blue even without winning the runoff elections in Georgia.

 

BONUS ‘BIDEO BOOGALOO’ VIDEOS:

Leslie Jones video:

https://twitter.com/Lesdoggg/status/1324807523556192256

Michael Rapaport video:

 

Election D-Day (Ep. 281)

On this week’s podcast, the MPU gang handicaps the presidential election and the world it will portend.

A Post-Election Battle Plan (Ep. 276)

Topics include how Joe Biden and the Democratic party should fight back against attempts to overthrow the will of the people in November, the upcoming presidential debate, and how Senate Democrats should go about questioning SCOTUS nominee Amy Coney Barrett during her confirmation hearing.

Life Post-RBG (Ep. 275)

This week the gang discusses what the world will be like in the aftermath of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s passing, the future of the ACA and Roe v. Wade, the presidential campaign in the shadow of the upcoming confirmation battle, and the Emmy Awards in the time of Covid-19.

Don’t Tape Me, Bro! (Ep. 274)

This week’s episode looks at the new Bob Woodward book and Trump’s audio tape confessions, the potential sale of TikTok to Oracle and what that could mean for the popular social media platform, and the state of the presidential race as we march toward the debates.

Boater Fraud (Ep. 273)

This episode looks at the ill-fated Trump boat parade and the president’s reportedly dismissive comments about military veterans and soldiers who died in battle.

Uncivil War (Ep. 272)

This episode looks at the aftermath of the Republican National Convention and the dual protest shooting deaths in Portland and Kenosha in the wake of the James Blake shooting.

 

The Black and White of Vaccine Politics

By Kevin Kelton

There can be little doubt that President Trump will use the announcement of a coronavirus vaccine breakthrough as an October surprise to try to peel voters away from Joe Biden. He will brag about his role in fast-tracking the process and claim that he alone can get it to the American people in an organized, timely fashion. And with only 50 to 100 million doses available in the initial wave of the rollout, the unspoken truth is that some people will be first in line for the “miracle cure” while millions more are left to wait. And wait. And wait.

But what Democrats should be ready for is the racial wedge issue that a vaccine could become. A real American president would never use life-saving drugs as a cultural wedge issue. But for this president, the temptation to dog whistle to the worst instincts of his base may be too strong.

What happens when Trump and his down-ballot surrogates begin to imply that a Biden-Harris administration would favor high-risk demographics such as blacks and the elderly for the first round of vaccines, leaving other Americans unprotected from the disease? Is Biden ready to respond when Trump wonders aloud if Joe and Kamala would target the those precious life-saving doses to their elite blue state supporters at the expense of hard-working voters in the heartland (i.e., white people)? How do you deny a charge like that?

Biden better be ready to hear Trump drop that loaded accusation in one of the debates. A question about how each candidate plans to implement a vaccine rollout is the perfect moment for Trump to suggest that “some people are saying” Biden would target the first doses to his black and elite coastal supporters as a political reward while leaving “most Americans” (the racist dog whistle) to continue to perish.

Will Biden be caught by surprise? Will he be able to cobble a stronger rebuttal than “that’s poppycock” and “c’mon, man!”

Once those charges are blasted into the public consciousness, all bets are off. You’ll have Tucker Carlson asking, “Who do you want making decisions about whether your family gets vaccinated? King Fauci and Cory Booker?” I can hear Trump’s rabid supporters echoing those thoughts on social media. “Can you really trust white lives to people who think only Black Lives Matter?” 

If the Biden-Harris campaign is smart, they will preempt such an attack by announcing their own rollout plan first. Instead of simply parroting the tired bromide that he’ll turn to the scientists and ethicists to decide (as he’s already said), Biden should release a detailed position paper that explains how his White House would administer the vaccine program and what will be the specific medical criteria for who gets the first wave of inoculations.

A coronavirus vaccine will come in it’s own time, but the presidential candidates better be ready to answer hard questions about what they’ll do with it. The campaign that owns that issue may own the late-breaking voters in November.

It’s clear that Donald Trump will use any tactic at his disposal to win those voters. The only question is, will Joe Biden be prepared.

Kevin Kelton is a cohost of The More Perfect Union podcast and founder of Open Fire Politics.

 

The Honorable Tom Selleck (Ep. 271)

This MPU episode assesses the Democratic Convention and what to expect from the Republican Convention…with a little help from Magnum P.I. himself.