John is joined by regular contributor Victor Davis Hanson in the wake of the midterm elections to digest what the results mean for the major parties, the American people and the 2024 presidential election. Despite the policy blunders of the Biden administration, including overseeing rising inflation, illegal immigration and the spread of radical gender ideology, Hanson points to the underlying malaise in American political culture that divides citizens into ‘Red’ and ‘Blue’ States as the greater threat to national stability. Hanson argues the failure of Trump endorsed-candidates, significantly higher election funding for the Democrats and the fracturing of the Republican party are all contributing factors to the ‘red ripple’. He speaks with cautious optimism about promising new Republican leaders like Governor Ron DeSantis, who could unify the party and win upcoming presidential elections.
Victor Davis Hanson is an American classicist, military historian, columnist, and farmer. He has been a commentator on contemporary politics for the National Review and The Washington Times and is currently the Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. In addition to writing hundreds of articles, book reviews and newspaper editorials, Hanson is also the author of twenty-four books and hosts a regular podcast series, ‘The Victor Davis Hanson Show’. Hanson was awarded the National Humanities Medal in 2007 by President George W. Bush, and was a presidential appointee in 2007-08 on the American Battle Monuments Commission. His latest book, The Dying Citizen, was published in October 2021. #midterms #trump #uspolitics ————————————————————————————————————
00:00 Intro 00:45 Introducing Victor Davis Hanson 2:02 – What happened this midterms? 12:40 Trump as a Republican leader 20:12 Creating seperate nations of Americans 22:30 Changes to mail-in balloting 25:42 Problems – early voting, Georgia & ranked voting 28:03 Trump’s influence on the race 35:03 DeSantis ascendancy? 41:05 The Democrats 47:33 Lessons from history 57:08 Conclusions ————————————————————————————————————
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