Bob Cesca Show

The Bob Cesca Show Presented By 11/7/18

Bob Cesca
Written by Bob Cesca

Get A Pet Bunny -- Our team of untouchables is here for a special panel show: Jody Hamilton, Buzz Burbank, Kimberley A. Johnson, and me, your humble host. Today, we discuss all of the highlights and lowlights of the 2018 midterms. The Blue Wave, the consequences for Trump, the news media's reaction, Trump's horrendous press conference, and so much more! If you like what you hear, please consider supporting our show by subscribing to our excellent bonus content:


  • Badgerite

    What is hard to miss about the mid terms, to me, is that it is a reaffirmation of this country’s commitment to representative government. That is that all communities have a right to and should share in the governmental decision making that will determine how their society works. And that makes us a stronger nation. And a better nation. Truer to our ringing declarations of human rights. We will not have our leaders picked for us by the rich, thank you very much.

  • katanahamon

    This is lengthy for a comment, but, this was a column in The Guardian today, it expresses my own sentiments exactly..I may repost if there’s a show today, so, forgive me early..

    “What sort of person sits and watches a colleague being bullied and says nothing? Someone in a low-status job fearful of their boss, someone with low self-esteem who thinks they can do nothing, someone who feels powerless. Someone who is a coward? Maybe. This is the way the bully is sanctified and lives to fight another day. I wouldn’t say that my profession is full of people with low self-esteem or who are easily cowed. I like to think of all the noble and brave reporters out there; I know most hacks are egomaniacs. So how then do we explain the entire press corps at Donald Trump’s news conference on Wednesday?

    What did they think they were doing? I often think Americans are over-polite, but this was madness. Trump hasn’t just arrived on the scene; his modus operandi is well known. He lies and dismisses any criticism as fake news. He goes in for word salads of fact-free association. He has only one message: that he is the greatest, and the assembled media are the enemies of the people. Obviously he was going to come out of the midterms claiming victory and on the attack. This time he went for Jim Acosta from CNN and some microphone wrangling ensued. Acosta had pointed out that “the caravan” is a distraction and very many hundreds of miles away. He was told he was a rude and terrible person. A reporter who asked about enabling white supremacy was told the question was racist. Acosta has now had his press credentials removed.

    The rest of them sat there as if stunned by Trump’s routine bad behaviour. What do they think these press conferences achieve? Do these journos think they are going to get a scoop? Why do they take part in this show of malicious narcissism? Where is their solidarity? The deference shown to Trump is remarkable. A walkout or a boycott should have happened long ago. Trump behaves this way in part because the press pack lets him. It amplifies his behaviour.

    Obama loved the media and the media loved him back, because it shared the same cultural references and jokes. But that was another era. The question of how to respond to Trump is one that the US media continue to refuse to address in any coherent way. “Stories” come from his Twitter feed daily, another way of distracting them and confusing every situation. Behind every Trump statement is an implied threat. Behind every lie another lie, and yet even to point out the deliberate falsehoods has been controversial to the media establishment. In 2017 Gerard Baker, then editor-in-chief of the Wall Street Journal, said: “I’d be careful about using the word ‘lie’ … Lie implies much more than just saying something that’s fake. It implies a deliberate intent to mislead.”

    Indeed it does. What is journalism when it cannot bring itself to say this? The result of this reticence means Trump calls all the media – except Fox and mad-old Infowars – liars. One of the huge divides in American society is now two sets of media. It is only when you live there, too, do you see how much news is “local” rather than national. Trump knows this and can bypass the established press with ease.

    In holding on to this idea of balance – a noble idea – the press corps sets itself up to be trampled on time and time again. It ends up broadcasting its own irrelevance and powerlessness as long as it is left to individual reporters to challenge the president. They are simply manhandled away. The press is merely a tool for him to use. This policy of treating him as a giant toddler – ignore the bad behaviour and reward the good – has not worked.

    If the press is to be seen as the honourable protector of the truth, it must have the courage to disrupt and boycott these displays of brute power. Or it remains complicit in them. Hannah Arendt described a long time ago the ideal subject of totalitarian rule as “people for whom the distinction between fact and fiction … true and false … no longer exists”. This is where we are. No one will stand up for the freedom of the American press if its journalists won’t stand up for each other and walk out of these ritual degradations called press conferences, where questions are only ever answered by lies and intimidation.

    • Suzanne Moore is a Guardian columnist”

  • Badgerite

    OMG. I had to rub my eyes. trump did a “What are you going to do when you don’t have trump to kick around anymore” alleged press conference. It’s deja vu all over again.

    • katanahamon

      I posted above a fantastic Guardian column today that really nails it.

  • notanncoulter

    bummer this program is not showing up on stitcher yet. it’s how i listen at work on my phone without disturbing ‘the neighbors’.

  • Don P

    Regarding Michael Steele: “Michael, we’re not Republicans, we don’t need to gin up hundreds of hours of Benghazi hearings, this administration’s efforts in just 2 years are criminal enough to generate a decade’s worth of hearings. Please stop projecting your faults on to us.”.

    Buzz is incorrect about Republicans helping with gerrymandering. They have absolutely no interest in that. You have to fight gerrymandering on a state by state level. Can you create an independent commission like Colorado and Michigan this year? It may take a amendment to your state Constitution, but surprisingly, this issue polls quite well with the GOP base (although obviously not the politicians). Can you elect a Democrat Secretary of State? Tell me Stacy Abrams doesn’t win Georgia with a my cat as SOS, let alone a Democrat (I don’t trust my cat).

  • katanahamon

    Don’t know if you’ll get to Sessions..guess it happened too late. The press conference was appalling. Rump never allowed Acosta to finish a single question before nastily jumping in. Just..frighteningly appalling. Not presidential, not American at all. Acosta should demand a formal apology. Well, Rump is freaking out now for sure. Watch for more shenanigans until we get more power to act. Bernie had plenty of people in Vermont that did not vote for him..time for him to evaporate. Bernie is truly, he’s tired. I really think he should hang it up. Problem is Bernie bros still won’t be happy unless it’s Bernie. This is why Bernie needs to quit, and like Buzz said, truly support another person. I’m not happy, still, as most regulars know, with our voting system. I want verification. I still suspect tampering. Then another level of tampering is social media screwing with getting ppl to vote third party through disinformation. (I couldn’t watch results last night..I just went to bed..) Adam Schiff..yes. Talking about how the impending investigations will proceed, it’s obvious the Mueller investigation will have to be protected and concluded first, or as these other ones start given the purge Rump started today.

    Great it again, it’s great to hear all of you together..just a longer show next time!

    • Badgerite

      The Dems did what they needed to do this election but as has been said by many. this is only the beginning, the start of the fight to bring back representative government in America. The gop has been waging a war on it for decades. It is time for the Dems and the country to put this issue of our fundamental right to vote and have those votes counted front and center. In Michigan, a provision establishing a citizen commission to draw election district line was approved. We need more of this throughout the country. Citizens want democracy and representative government. Gerrymandering and voter suppression have be seen as what they are, an attempt to deny people the representation that our constitution promises. This has to be a major undertaking and a main plank of the Democratic platform from now on. It isn’t an issue of minority rights anymore. It is an issue of every American citizen’s rights being trampled on. And that should not be tolerated by any American citizen.
      Without the fundamental right to vote and to have that vote counted, nothing Sanders or the young argued for will have a chance of becoming national policy. They have to secure their own future by securing their rights as citizens and the most fundamental of those rights is the right to vote and have that vote result in a representative government.

  • Great show!!!!