Posts Tagged ‘GOP’


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What to do about Trump’s GOP? A serious question as America watches the “Republican” insurrectionists hijack what was once the Grand Old Party under the guidance of the Former Guy, the unlikely arch-Conservative from the stalwart Republican dynasty, daughter of the Former Vice President Dick Cheney, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) willing to put her political career on the line to save the soul of her party and some say democracy. Welcome to The Halli Casser-Jayne Podcast this week all about the threat to democracy the Democratic Party might not be taking seriously enough, if New York Times columnist Thomas Freidman is correct, a spirited conversation on the subject and more between Halli and her partner in politics, former White House correspondent and Newsweek and Time alum, Matthew Cooper.


In a frank piece in the New York Times and in an eye-opening exchange with Anderson Cooper on his nightly cable show A360 this week, Friedman warned that President Biden’s successful handling of the Covid-19 Pandemic and the passing of his Stimulus Package seems to have lulled many into thinking that Donald Trump and his Big Lie that the election was stolen, which led to the Capitol insurrection on Jan. 6, would all go away. It hasn’t. In fact, Friedman says, the opposite is happening. “We are not OK,” Freidman insists. “America’s democracy is in real danger. In fact, we are closer to a political civil war — more than at any other time in our modern history.” You don’t want to miss Halli and Matt’s discussion. Do they agree? Do you? Can Rep. Lynn Cheney stop the madness that has overtaken her Republican Party? Should she stay in and fight, or leave? There’s more. Tune in. You might need a tranquilizer by the time Halli and Matt are done.

What to do about Trump’s GOP? The fate of Liz Cheney, Mitt Romney, the Republican Party. And what’s in store for Rudy Giuliani? Is it true that ETTD, as Rick Wilson so famously said? Covid-19, Caitlyn Jenner, Bill and Melinda Gates, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis…there’s a lot to get to. Tune in to The Halli Casser-Jayne Show with Matthew Cooper the podcast available at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com, on all your favorite apps, and on your Alexa device, too. We’ve got a lot to get to. Here we go!


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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), QAnon believer is not an outlier in the Republican Party. She is the Republican Party and all it stands for and that’s where we begin this week on The Halli Casser-Jayne Podcast with Matthew Cooper. How did the Republican Party go from being the party of small government, fiscal responsibility, and the protector of individual freedom to the home of Fascism, MAGAs, White Supremacists and kooks? Part of the answer to that question can be found in the powerful story of World War II told by David King in his book THE TRIAL OF ADOLF HITLER: THE BEER HALL PUTSCH AND THE RISE OF NAZI GERMANY, Halli’s conversation with Mr. King, the subject of our second half-hour.

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, sadly, is no anomaly in the Republican Party, now the home of Christian Nationalists, conspiracy believers, White Supremacists, anti-Semitic

s, and liars. It’s easy and fair to blame former President Donald Trump for the demise of the once Grand Old Party, but he merely took advantage of the what has long been brewing in the party. While characters like Taylor Greene were once the few, they are now the many. How did this happen? Is the press doing a good job on reporting the reality? The U.S.A. is on dangerous footing when storming the Capitol, likened to Hitler’s Beer Hall Putsch, an attempted coup by GOP believers, ginned up by then sitting President Donald Trump and the likes of Taylor Greene, Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz is acceptable by half of the members of Congress.


Answers lie in New York Times bestselling author David King’s historical account, THE TRIAL OF ADOLF HITLER, THE BEER HALL PUTSCH AND THE RISE OF NAZI GERMANY. The story begins February 26, 1924 when ten defendants are gathered in a packed Munich courtroom to begin their trial for high treason. All ten were members or allies of the Nazi Party. Four months prior, they had attempted a coup at a rowdy meeting in a local beer hall, an event quickly dubbed “the Beer Hall Putsch” by the press. The coup failed, ending in a massacre of Nazis at the hands of the state police. The trial was widely expected to sound the death knell for the Nazi Party. Instead Hitler and the party emerged more driven, popular, and powerful than before, launching the Nazi Party on its way to national and international importance, solidifying the power and popularity of the trial’s unlikely star defendant: the ‘everyman’ hero, Adolf Hitler. Does January 6, 2021 come to mind? Sound familiar?

Marjorie Taylor Greene

Marjorie Taylor Greene, the GOP, Fascism, QAnon, Donald Trump, Adolf Hitler, The Beer Hall Putsch, history, Nazi Germany, Washington D.C., coups…is history repeating itself? Two important conversations this week on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show Podcast always available at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com, on all your favorite apps, and on your Alexa device, too. Let’s talk politics!


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Citizen’s United We Stand, Divided We Fail. On this week’s episode of The Halli Casser-Jayne Show it’s a beautiful day in Joe Biden’s neighborhood, the United States now officially under new management, gone is ‘you know who,’ and we begin our four year stroll alongside President Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. and Vice-President Kamala Harris.

Welcome to The Halli Casser-Jayne Show Podcast, it’s nice to have you here. As we do every week, newsman Matthew Cooper joins Halli for their weekly political review in which Matt and Halli slice and dice all things politics. And what a week it has been. Despite the scourge of the Covid19 pandemic, Washington, D.C. in shock after Trump’s followers, at his incitement, stormed the Capitol, a city under military might, former Vice-President Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States. And we have a new Vice-President, too, her name, Kamala Harris.The future for America is promising, right? Well, maybe not. After the other scourge that was the presidency of Donald Trump was officially brought to a close, the Republicans appear none the less chastened. Candidate Biden promised to unite the country, Republicans, despite the fact that their leader was impeached a second time for his role in the assault on the American Capitol and run out of town in shame, appear to want to continue to sow division, seemingly willing to do anything to stop President Biden’s efforts at unification, enacting his agenda, taking control of the Covid19 Pandemic, bringing the country back to fiscal order. And what of the second trial of the former president? There’s a lot to dissect. Here we go.

Covid19, impeachment, President Biden, Vice-President Harris, what will be the fate of seditionists Senator Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz,  Trump’s militia storming the Capitol, the future of the filibuster, which Republican will be the first to put country before party — all on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show Podcast always available at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com, on all your favorite apps, and on your Alexa device, too. Let’s talk politics!


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The Covid state of hopeless? Welcome to The Halli Casser-Jayne Show where along with Halli’s partner in politics, veteran White House correspondent Matthew Cooper, they slice and dice all things politics, and some days, Donald Trump, too. On this episode of The Halli Casser-Jayne Show Halli and Matt take a deep dive into the current political landscape in their weekly snap, crackle and pop political conversation. And what a week it has been. Covid-19 is ravaging the United States and Donald Trump is mum. Florida has become the epicenter of the pandemic, and Governor DeSantis is mum. Trump has wrenched control of Covid data from the CDC to Washington, DC, and Congress is mum. Not a lot of talking coming from anyone in power just now and that’s just where they begin. 

As Covid-19 ravages mostly red states, Trump’s re-election bid has begun to look grim. Presumptive Democratic Party nominee Joe Biden is masterfully playing his hand. The RNC capitulates to the situation on the ground and cuts back its Florida convention. And have you gotten your copy of Trump’s niece Mary’s new book? Dysfunction doesn’t begin to cut it for the Trump family system.

The Covid States of Hopeless? Covid-19, Election 2020, Congress, Joe Biden, Donald Trump, the CDC, Anthony Fauci, RNC Convention, Democratic Party…those stories and more this week on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, always available at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com, on your favorite app, and on your Alexa device too.


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What if Jack Dorsey threw Donald Trump off Twitter? Would the world come to an end? What if Donald Trump wore a mask in public? Would he be the laughing stock of the world? What if ordinary American citizens stood on their balconies and shouted:  I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore? What if? What if? This week on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show we take a look at a lot of what ifs, first in our weekly take on the political scene with Halli and her partner in politics, journalist and former White House correspondent, Matthew Cooper. And in our second half-hour, a conversation with former editor-in-chief of Salon and author of UNRIGGED, HOW AMERICANS ARE BATTLING BACK TO SAVE DEMOCRACY.


To date 102,197 Americans have succumbed to Covid-19. There are 1,747,781 million confirmed cases in the U.S., more than any other country per capita. All 50 states are at least partially reopened, even though at least 20 of them had recorded a clear upward trend of average new daily cases over the prior week, some hospitals already overwhelmed by the new cases. Forty-one million Americans are unemployed, which translates to the equivalent of 1 in 4 workers have now filed for benefits. And in case you didn’t hear it, Trump is in a battle royal with Twitter because Trump has his priorities in the right place. And that’s just where Halli and Matt begin. Tune in,


David Daley joins Halli in our second half-hour. Currently, a senior fellow for FairVote. David Daley is the author of RATF**KED: THE TRUE STORY BEHIND THE SECRET PLAN TO STEAL AMERICA’S DEMOCRACY, the book which helped spark the recent drive to reform gerrymandering, the scourge of this Republic. Daley, a frequent lecturer and media source is the former editor-in-chief of His work has appeared in the New Yorker, The Washington Post, The Guardian, New York magazine, the Atlantic, the Boston Globe, Rolling Stone. He’s made frequent appearances on CNN and NPR. Oh, and here’s a bit of trivia for you. When writing for the Hartford Courant, he helped identify Mark Felt as the “Deep Throat” source for Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein. His new book, UNRIGGED: HOW AMERICANS ARE BATTLING BACK TO SAVE DEMOCRACY, offers a much-needed look into the inspirational citizen activists who are taking the bull by the horn and fighting back to unrig America’s fragile Democracy. Tune in and be inspired. We can all use a little inspiration these days.

Twitter, Jack Dorsey and Donald Trump. Who is that masked man, Joe Biden? Who will save America? Covid-19, gerrymandering, Vote-by-mail, Republican shenanigans, Florida, Florida, Florida and here we go. The Halli Casser-Jayne Show is available at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com and on whichever is your favorite app, and on your Alexa device too.


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He’s wowed them, frustrated them, endeared them, flummoxed the best and the brightest and Wednesday, December 2, 3 pm ET a journalist and brand maker will dissect the candidacy of Donald Trump when joining Halli at her table on The Halli Casser‐Jayne Show is Newsweek’s Matthew Cooper and author of THE HOOK, Richard Krevolin.

TRUMP MATTHEW NEWSWEEKJournalist and veteran White House correspondent, Matthew Cooper is known for his in-depth reporting and analysis from Washington. Mr Cooper has worked for some of America’s most prestigious magazines including Time, The New Republic, National Journal and U.S. News & World Report. He wrote for Newsweek in the 1990s and rejoined the re-launched magazine in 2014. Cooper also earned national attention during the CIA leak case when he was held in contempt of court and threatened with imprisonment for his refusal to name his sources and to testify before the Grand Jury regarding the Valerie Plame CIA leak investigation, a case that went all the way to the Supreme Court. He has appeared on “60 Minutes,” “Meet the Press,” Hardball, The O’Reilly Factor and This Week with George Stephanopoulos. Cooper has interviewed and has written extensively on Mr. Trump.

TrumpBookTheHookRichard W. Krevolin is a consultant, playwright, screenwriter, and professor who leads workshops on all aspects of storytelling. He has flown around the world to teach the art of communication and storytelling to executives, creatives, and brand managers at many different companies, including Vaseline, Pepperidge Farms, J. Walter Thompson, Ogilvy, Panera Bread and Nike. His consulting work has affected hundreds of TV commercials produced worldwide, many of which have won awards, including a Golden Lion at Cannes and The People’s Choice Award in China. Krevolin is a graduate of Yale University and earned a master’s degree from both UCLA and USC. Krevolin turns all he has learned from his time telling stories in Hollywood to the business world in his fascinating new book THE HOOK, HOW TO SHARE YOUR BRAND’S UNIQUE STORY TO ENGAGE CUSTOMERS, BOOST SALES, AND ACHIEVE HEARTFELT SUCCESS.

A look at the brand that is GOP candidate for the American presidency, Donald Trump Wednesday, December 2, 3 pm ET on The Halli Casser‐Jayne Show . For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.


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Good morning, everyone!

There is nothing more fun than spending an hour with smart, honest, fun women, and that’s what I got to do yesterday on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Talk Radio for Fine Minds. My guests for the hour were the fabulous actress, Tanna Frederick star of a host of Indie filmmaker Henry Jaglom films, and so much more. Staci Lawrence, co-founder of Flash Mob America and star of NBC’s new comedy series “1600 Penn.”  And uber entertainment attorney Lisa Callif. The focus of our discussion was “Women Who Do it All” and do it all they do. I think we all assume that Hollywood Celebs have it easier than the rest of us, but the truth is they have the same set of everyday problems as the rest of us. They have careers to think about, families to take care of, guilt that goes with the demands of high-powered job requirements often in conflict with being home with the children. I adored each of these women, and you will, too. You can listen to our conversation from any page on this website. Or if you’d like to download the show for on-demand listening, you can FREE from iTunes or I hope you will.

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Have a great day, everyone!


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Oh that ridiculous Ann Coulter.

Like her handlers, she is as dumb as they come. She’s attractive, if you like the overly-made up type, women with overly-bleached blonde hair, overly-toned bodies and overly-big mouths. But short on intellect and proper-reasoning she is, both having never been Ann Coulter or her likes strong suit.

So, imagine my astonishment when I read a blog-post by the potty-mouthed, provocative Coulter that was RIGHT — oh my —  titled “Romney Was Not the Problem.” Oh my gosh, Ann Coulter got something right? It’s a Thanksgiving kind of day.

Of course, like most of Coulter’s titles, book titles or blog post headlines, there’s not much worth reading after the often-salacious headlines. Cogent, Ann Coulter is not. What she always manages to do however, is to take a morsel of truth and wrap it, like a pig in a blanket in camouflage with delicious dough and mustard but not facts. Take a bite into an Ann Coulter PIAB and what do you get? A mere hot dog, and never of the Hebrew National Variety that answers to a higher authority.

So let me help the hot dog Coulter out here: “No Romney Was Not the Problem,” the reason that President Obama was re-elected so definitely, trouncing the Republicans into political oblivion at least for four more years. You are! Yes you, Ann Coulter and Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity, or Glenn Beck, the names if not the faces are interchangeable  You the carnival barkers of the Republican Party, the Political Republican Party Barnum and Bailey Circus, the freaks in the tent who we all couldn’t help taking a peek at, but who at the end of the day were nothing more than freaks who belong in the circus, not the GOP.

It is, you, Ann Coulter and your ilk who brought down the Republican Party and my guess is you might even know it. You can smell the blood and are writing to get ahead of the story before it becomes the Republican meme and the party turns on you and its freaks, something that it should have done a long time ago. Ann Coulter, Rush Limbaugh, like Glenn Beck, your days are numbered, and that of the idiot folks who sicced you on the Conservative brand.

So Ann, go back to the freezer. Your party is over. OK, we visited your fun house. It’s time to move on to the Big Tent where the real talent of the GOP lives. A freak show, after all, is no longer a freak show when everyone in the tent is the same.





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What does the expression bandied about so often these days, “That’s Politics” mean?

The phrase is tossed around like a kite in a vicious wind. When stated by politicos,  it is said with a shrug and infers that politics is a dirty business, politicians will be politicians and, well, that’s just politics…wink, wink.

And so said the besieged Hilary Rosen on yesterday’s Meet the Press when host David Gregory taunted Ms. Rosen on her first visit to MTM, following Rosen’s controversial remarks on Ann Romney that last week had caused such a stir. ” Ann Romney never worked a day in her life,” Rosen had said, although clearly what she meant to say is that the privileged Mrs. Romney was hardly the poster-girl for most American working women.  Rosen’s ill-chosen words – not her spot-on point- quickly became fodder for the Republicans to disguise their assault on women.

There is much I can say about Hilary Rosen and her pathetic retreat in response to the Republican assault, including saying:  that’s politics.  And there is even more that I can say — and have said — about Hilary Rosen;  the privileged Ann Romney; the misogynistic bent of the Republican Party; the Republican women who are allowing themselves to be used by the GOP’s right-wing coalition and more.

But today I am stuck on Ms. Rosen’s response to David Gregory when he justifiably pointed out that the Democratic Party, to which Ms. Rosen aligns herself, bailed on her at the first sign of trouble. “Everyone in the Democratic Party wasted no time running immediately in the other direction [in the face of Rosen’s remark on Ann Romney] including the president who called Ms. Rosen’s remark an “ill-advised” statement by someone on TV,” David Gregory said.

Ms. Rosen’s response: “That’s politics,” followed by a sigh, a shrug of  her shoulders, a smirk-filled smile.

I share Ms. Rosen’s sigh, feel my shoulders shrug, but you are not going to get a smirk-filled smile from me.  What you will get from me is disgust. Disgust because our politicians have become so immoral in their quest for power that to coin a phrase, they’d sell their own mother under the bus to get where they want to go.  And that goes for Ms. Rosen as well, who gave ground because, ugh, that’s politics. Was she told by the Party to relent because this was not  a battle to be picked? Was she protecting her position within the Party hierarchy?  Any way you look at,  Rosen’s retreat served the Republicans, who on this one came out ahead.  And while that’s politics might be a mantra that soothed the bruised flesh of  Ms. Rosen who willingly accepted the machinations of today’s politics, it did no such thing for me, and frankly, I hope  not for you, either.

Politicians were once our revered citizens, our noble brethren, our altruistic, our compassionate, those who served our nation. I imagine some still are. But narcissism has replaced selflessness and patriotism has been usurped by disloyalty. What’s good for the Party trumps what’s good for the people, the new rule the norm rather than the exception.

Catch phrases have become part of our lexicon. Think of the many and varied repeated ad nauseum. We use them and they fill a niche in our political discourse such as  damage control,  attack ads,  swift boat. But here’s one we should not use, a phrase we should  delete from all political conversation: That’s Politics. Because that’s politics isn’t a phrase at all but rather a sad commentary on the state of our nation’s
politics today.



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