I had the pleasure today of speaking with Mary Bono, former Congresswoman and, as her Twitter bio notes, “Mom, Grammy. Principal at FaegreBD Consulting. Working on Energy, Cybersecurity, Privacy & Other Big Things. (Member of Congress from CA 1998-2013.)” We covered a variety of issues including her expectation for the new Republican Congress, cybersecurity issues, and her opinion of Rep. Boehner’s leadership.
I also asked if she any interest in running for Senate from California. I like Ms. Bono and was especially pleased when she didn’t rule it out 🙂 Mary’s not a show horse, she just gets the job done so you may not be entirely familiar with her accomplishments and the work she’s been doing. I think you’ll be impressed and I hope you like the discussion.
The part of the exchange where we discuss her running for the Senate starts at 15:30. Enjoy!
Tammy Bruce: We know that you’re a serious person, you genuinely care, that your agenda is proper, that’s what we’re looking for and that’s the thing that so many are missing. But speaking of that, are you happy being out of political life, out of government, or is that something you’d want to go back into…
Mary Bono: Every once in a while I miss it, and the reason I wish I were there, especially because the issues are so critical right now and we need to be fighting like mad. And national security, obviously is first and foremost on my mind and I would want to be in there fighting that fight, raising that voice… even as a grandmother and mother…
TB: …How do we make government better when good people aren’t necessarily in Washington at the moment and whether or not you would go back, and then I think of California and the senate race… as people are scrambling around, we know Boxer isn’t running again. Is that something… I think Californians would respond very well to you and I think you know they would as well. Is that something you would ever dip your toe into, thinking about the senate from California?
MB: Well, never say never, but it would take an awful lot for me to go back. I’m expecting my second grandbaby in about two weeks, and my time with my family is critically important to me. I feel like I’m making a difference on the outside still. I’m working on issues I care about, I still have a ‘what’s best for the American people’ thought process behind all that I do, so it would take an awful lot for me to go back in.
But it does trouble me that it really looks like we’ve already anointed the next Boxer successor and I think that’s really scary to me. It’s the biggest, most important state and there ought to be a really robust conversation and campaign amongst a few people with different ideas, rather than “Ok, it’s this person’s time, she’s next in line.” And it looks like that’s sort of where we are right now…Read more 3 comments
Hey everyone, here’s a Special Report addressing some of the big stories of the week as I continue my road trip to New York. I expected to be in town by Tuesday, but alas I’ll get there Friday. Gina and Snoopy are already in the Big Apple and all is good 🙂
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Had a terrific conversation with columnist and best-selling author David Limbaugh about his new book, “Jesus On Trial: A Lawyer Affirms the Truth of the Gospel.” When I spoke with him, the book was #1 in all books on Amazon, which means, obviously, David has a bestseller on his hands because the American people are hungry for smart discussions about the significant issues which affect our lives, including the role of faith.
I think you’ll enjoy this exchange as much as I did 🙂
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I had the pleasure of speaking with Washington Times reporter Cheryl Chumley back in June about her new book, “Police State.” It was the Ferguson situation which alerted most Americans to the problem of outiftting local police departments with military equipment, but Cheryl was on it well before and we discuss the details of this problematic development.
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I had the pleasure of speaking with author and lawyer Andrew McCarthy today about his new book “Faithless Execution: Building the Political Case for Obama’s Impeachment.” Here’s the public podcast of our conversation. You’ll find the player at the bottom of this page and can listen directly here or download.
Please spread the word and share the podcast with friends and followers. And do get the book as it will help inform all of us about the our history and options is the president continues to treat the Constitution like a dirty dish rag.
About Andrew McCarthy:
Andy is best known as the leading prosecutor against Blind Sheik (Omar Abdel Rahman) and eleven other jihadists for waging a war against the United States – including the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and plot to bomb New York City landmarks. The New York Times did this profile piece on him a few years ago. He is currently a senior fellow at National Review Institute, and a contributing editor at National Review.
In the book, McCarthy makes the first serious effort to build an indictment of the nation’s 45th president by dispassionately, and patiently examining the extent of the administration’s lawlessness and provides a little history lesson about why the Founders were so adamant about including Impeachment as a safeguard against abuse of power by the Chief Executive. As McCarthy points out, impeachment was seen as primarily as a political remedy, not a legal one— that is, it was the mechanism the people could employ to remove the president when he had violated the high trust reposed in him by incompetence, mendacity, and fraud.
About Faithless Execution:
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We still imagine ourselves a nation of laws, not of men. This is not merely an article of faith but a bedrock principle of the United States Constitution. Our founding compact provides a remedy against rulers supplanting the rule of law, and Andrew C. McCarthy makes a compelling case for using it.
The authors of the Constitution saw practical reasons to place awesome powers in a single chief executive, who could act quickly and decisively in times of peril. Yet they well understood that unchecked power in one person’s hands posed a serious threat to liberty, the defining American imperative. Much of the debate at the Philadelphia convention therefore centered on how to stop a rogue executive who became a law unto himself.
The Framers vested Congress with two checks on presidential excess: the power of the purse and the power of impeachment. They are potent remedies, and there are no others.
It is a straightforward matter to establish that President Obama has committed “high crimes and misdemeanors,” a term signifying maladministration and abuses of power by holders of high public trust. But making the legal case is insufficient for successful impeachment, leading to removal from office. Impeachment is a political matter and hinges on public opinion.
In Faithless Execution, McCarthy weighs the political dynamics as he builds a case, assembling a litany of abuses that add up to one overarching offense: the president’s willful violation of his solemn oath to execute the laws faithfully. The “fundamental transformation” he promised involves concentrating power into his own hands by flouting law—statutes, judicial rulings, the Constitution itself—and essentially daring the other branches of government to stop him. McCarthy contends that our elected representative are duty-bound to take up the dare.
Here is Monday’s Tammy Radio program. Normally, this on-demand podcast is exclusive media for subscribers, but many Tammy Army Members asked that it be released for everyone. So, if you missed the Monday show here it is, as I address all the aspects of the Bergdahl/Taliban swap and its impact on national security and the safety of Americans everywhere.
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Due to today’s busy day and my being on Megyn Kelly’s show tonight about my column, here’s a public podcast with an hour of commentary on today’s big news. This is in addition to the one hour live Tammy Radio tonight at 9pm PT. TAM Chat will be open as well! Hope you enjoy it and are having a lovely day 🙂
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Ric at the UN
I had the pleasure of speaking with Richard Grenell on Tammy Radio about the crisis in Ukraine and what can, and should be, done. Ric is a Fox News contributor, foreign policy observer, and media critic. Read his columns at Fox News and follow him on Twitter at @RichardGrenell. Enjoy!Read more 2 comments
Here is tonight’s “Rest of the Show” podcast, which is normally exclusive media for my subscribers, the Tammy Army. In this special podcast I address Gov. Brewer’s veto of the Religious Freedom bill in Arizona, as well as a few other issues of the day 🙂
Thanks and I hope you find it helpful.
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I had a really great time speaking with Greta on today’s Tammy Radio. We talked about everything from how she’s adapting to the 7pm time slot for her new show on Fox, to her charity work, her home life and her thoughts on the politics of the day. You’ll also find out who “Mike” is and why he keeps waking her up in the middle of the night 🙂 Enjoy!Read more 7 comments
Had the pleasure of speaking with Breitbart’s Mike Flynn yesterday on Tammy Radio and got his analysis of the shutdown and what we can expect from here. Here’s where you can see all of Mike’s work, including his latest from today. Note his report about the ‘rumored provisions’ in the new GOP proposal “prohibition on health insurance subsidies to members of Congress and, possibly, Congressional staff.” It better include staff. These are the people who have written ObamaCare, not the legislators themselves.
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House GOP Leadership was finalizing language Tuesday afternoon, for another proposal to end the government shutdown and lift the debt ceiling. They are scrambling to identify a mix of provisions that could attract enough conservative votes to pass the House. Several sources on Capitol Hill told Breitbart News that House Leadership is considering then leaving town, to put pressure on the Senate to act.
The House plan to other another proposal to end the stand-off arose at a GOP caucus meeting Tuesday morning. The White House and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid swiftly rejected the new GOP plan, even though there were no details on the plan.
The GOP plan is expected to lift the debt ceiling until early February. It would fund the government for 2-3 months. Other rumored provisions include a 2-year delay in the medical device tax, greater enforcement of income eligibility for ObamaCare subsidies and a prohibition on health insurance subsidies to members of Congress and, possibly, Congressional staff.
House Democrats will not support the package, forcing Leadership to rely exclusively on Republican votes for passage, strengthening the hand of conservatives to shape the final proposal. The House is ultimately likely to pass something, given the GOP’s strong desire to move ahead of what it views as a very flawed deal emerging in the Senate.
Senate talks have stalled until the House makes its formal offer.
This public podcast is about the first 50 minutes of Friday’s Tammy Radio show where she explains the importance of now not interfering with the ObamaCare disaster. By allowing it to collapse, we will garner the support of the American people for full repeal, no matter who is in the White House. And sooner than if we allow Congress to soften the blows with delays and tweaks. Ultimately, we need the monster of ObamaCare destroyed completely. Not changed. Not delayed. Not adjusted. But REPEALED AND ANNIHILATED. If you did not hear Friday’s show, please listen before commenting. And we understand there are many different points-of-view on this, but Tammy even changed my mind and I’m convinced about the importance of this approach. Hope you find it helpful and enlightening, and we’re curious about your take on things at this point and Tammy will answer your questions and respond in the Comments section.
Here are some links and background to the material Tammy mentions in the podcast.
Henninger at Wall St Journal: Let ObamaCare Collapse Congress can’t kill the entitlement state. Only the American people can.
Peggy Noonan, fecklessly proving Tammy’s point about the result of delaying ObamaCare: Noonan: GOP Should Seek to Delay Obamacare ‘Disaster’
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Courtesy of Texans for Abbott, here’s their Soundcloud posting of my interview with AG Abbott. As I mentioned on the show, this race is of national significance, and AG Abbott deserves your support. I enjoyed speaking with him and I’m sure you’ll enjoy the exchange as must as I did 🙂
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