Bob Cesca Show

The Bob Cesca Show Presented By 5/2/17

Bob Cesca
Written by Bob Cesca

RELM_buttonBrave Sir Donald Ran Away: Radio god Buzz Burbank from Buzz Burbank News and Comment joins us for the hour; The Wheel of Dictators; Trump loves autocrats and despots; North Korea is empowered by Trump's loose language; Trump says Andrew Jackson opposed the Civil War; Trump runs away from John Dickerson interview; Making Smartness Ballsy Again; Pandering to Trump voters; Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats win big; Trumpcare is about to die again; and more. Brought to you by Bubble Genius, Harry's Razors, Blue Apron, the Amazon Link and The Bowen Law Group.


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  • Beth Scott

    Great show tonight! Took a break from listening and following politics in general just to get a break from it all. Picked a great show to listen to get back into the swing of things. Looking forward to the next one!

  • Bob, I totally agree with your point about not giving Trump voters a “pass”. They put the nation and the entire world in danger by giving the most powerful position in the world to a narcissistic man-baby and for no better reason than spite (if recent polls are to be believed). And if spite is their motivation, then there is no way we can reach them with facts and logic. Essentially they need to be ignored. That’s not to say we should ignore the issues that have made them so angry and bitter, some of which are economic. We should address those economic issues for the good of the nation anyway. As to their being butthurt about cultural change, they can just STFU and STFD. The country is changing and they are just going to have to cowboy up. So the MSM’s message that we should court them and play all nicey-nice in the interests of bi-partisanship? Oh hell no! There are some things you simply cannot forgive nor compromise on and support of a dangerous fascistic nincompoop as President is one of those things.

    • katanahamon

      Yeah, much is the country changing when Rump gets elected? When the bills the Repubs are suggesting are so draconian, so illogical? When it looks like the country has 50 percent morons that deny climate change, are racist, misogynist, homophobic, and just plain ignorant? I was truly shocked by this election..I still have a hard time believing Rump was given the highest office over someone so well qualified..that people have so little understanding and respect for the office and institution of the presidency..

      • The only thing that gives me hope is the belief that Herr Gropenfuhrer’s election is the dying gasp of a diminishing portion of the population.

  • Badgerite

    I ask “why” a lot. Why the Trump Monster. Why? Why?

    • katanahamon too..see above reply to Irishgrrrl.. I still wonder how much this contributed to Chez’ passing, cause I know I’m really depressed about it..

  • Badgerite

    Did the Russians help Andrew Jackson too? They should have asked the Trump Monster if he knew the name of Jackson’s wife. I’m very sure he didn’t even know of her, let a lone that she died and Jackson blamed his political enemies for what he considered the slanders he felt they perpetrated on her.

  • muselet

    Bob, haven’t you heard? Lo-fi is all the rage. Hell, cassette tapes have made a comeback among the insufferably hip. (Don’t get me wrong, I like the new theme. Being non-musical, I’d find an appropriate loop in Garage Band and be done with it, which is yet another reason why you’re doing a podcast and I’m commenting.)

    Rodrigo Duterte for me. If you’re going to pick a favorite brutal dictator, why not go for the one who’s barking mad and bloodthirsty into the bargain? Kim Jong-un is good-looking in an overfed-and-underexercised sort of way (the bowl-cut really makes the look), he puts on a show of being as crazy as the proverbial, and his regime’s pronouncements—the North Korean Army is “waiting for the moment it will reduce the whole of the U.S. mainland to ruins with its absolute weaponry of justice”—are charmingly over-the-top, so he’s hard to dismiss. In the end, though, Duterte’s murderous rampages make him a better choice for World’s Best Despot.

    Buzz, that sounds right. Donald Trump is jealous of the free hand enjoyed by tyrants. Look at his inane tweet today about how awful it is that the two houses of Congress have rules.

    Trump is a proud ignoramus. Digby quotes at length the NYT’s Charles Blow’s analysis of Trump’s savaging of the English language:

    Trump has the intellectual depth of a coat of paint.

    At no time is this more devastatingly obvious than when he grants interviews to print reporters, when he is not protected by the comfort of a script and is not animated by the dazzling glare of television lights. In these moments, all he has is language, and his absolute ineptitude and possibly even lack of comprehension is enormously obvious.

    In the last month, Trump has given interviews to print reporters at The Times, The Associated Press, Reuters and The Wall Street Journal. Read together, the transcripts paint a terrifying portrait of a man who is simultaneously unintelligible in his delivery, self-assured in his ignorance and consciously bathing in his narcissism.

    [links omitted]

    Hard to argue with that.

    It’s not just Donald Trump. This administration is, top to bottom, incompetent. They all run away from questions because they haven’t the first clue what answers to give. Early in an election campaign, that would be sort of forgivable, but not six months after the election.

    Trump’s body language is bizarre, as are his facial expressions. As they say in the South, that boy’s just not quite right.

    Trump understands nothing, not necessarily because he’s stupid—I doubt his IQ (or any other measure of intelligence, however defined) is significantly lower than average—but because he’s so colossally self-absorbed. Anything that doesn’t somehow connect to him is of no interest to him. Andrew Jackson is of interest solely because someone mentioned him and his presidential campaign, and Trump decided Jackson was just like him. His attempt in February to say something relevant about Frederick Douglass went catastrophically wrong because Trump didn’t see any similarities.

    Trump’s musings, for want of a better word, on Andrew Jackson and the Civil War sound like an elementary-school student trying unsuccessfully to vamp his way through an answer in front of the class. As Charles Blow said, Trump is “self-assured in his ignorance.”

    Donald Trump is delusional enough to think he’s a great negotiator, that he could have made a deal when some hick like Abraham Lincoln couldn’t. Recent events make clear that he’s actually a terrible negotiator.

    Bob, I’m right there with you, but maybe, just maybe, we’ll avoid electing two bumbling presidents in a row. At least the descent will be on a shallower path. (Where are we going? And why are we in this handbasket?)

    Our glorious news media can’t not treat Trump as a normal president, because there’s no precedent for someone like him. Rude bloggers and other assorted DFHs can fight against normalizing Trump, but they’re a special case.

    Trump voters are unreachable. However, and this is the important bit, they vote. The only way to cap the seemingly infinite well of stupid is by outvoting them, and refusing to vote for the D candidate because s/he isn’t pure enough is a murder-suicide scheme for the country. And now I will step off this soapbox before I fall off and hurt myself.

    Trump can’t/won’t defend what he’s tweeted because he’s dimly aware his tweeting is shtick. John Dickerson had the effrontery to follow up about the wiretapping claims—not just once, but repeatedly—and that enraged Trump. He’s not used to being challenged. I’d be surprised if anyone from any CBS outlet gets to ask another question at a press briefing or in an interview for at least a couple of months.

    Anti-intellectualism is a longstanding feature of American politics (Richard Hofstadter’s Anti-intellectualism in American Life was published in 1963!), and it will continue to be so. We as a country have believed common sense is superior to book-learnin’ for a century or more, and it’s not going to get better as long as school “reform” grifters like Michelle Rhee and Betsy DeVos have the collective ear of politicians.

    What you’re describing with regard to Trump’s rallies is akin to a crowd cheering wildly for a band’s greatest hits. Doesn’t matter that the songs are crap and the band is lazy, the crowd demands to hear them.

    The Rs are incapable of governing. They can wreak havoc, but they’re incapable of uniting to get big bills passed. That’s heartening because it limits the damage they can do, but it’s a terrible way to try to run a country.

    Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer are skilled political street-fighters. That they outmaneuvered the fractured Rs isn’t surprising, but we still owe them a debt of gratitude.

    The Ds are doing no one any favors by making noise about what they want to achieve on Trump’s watch. It’s fun to make Trump angry, but he’s a vindictive little man and so are congressional Rs. STFU would be a really good strategy about now.

    Don’t get comfortable. Isn’t that what you always say, Bob?

    (Good lord, I was long-winded tonight. Sorry about that.)


    • katanahamon

      Lo fi in terms of tubes and needle record players never went out with the hi fi audiophiles. I was a professional symphony musician, and records definitely have a warmth and depth that can be better than CD’s..

      • muselet

        I haven’t paid attention to the state of high-end sound reproduction since the stereo wars of the 1980s, in part because I couldn’t afford the sort of system being argued over, but mostly because of the woo. Either my ears—and various magazines’ test equipment—weren’t sufficiently sensitive to detect the supposedly obvious differences sandwiching an amplifier between cinder blocks (yes, really) or reversing the polarity of speaker wires made, or the whole thing was so much nonsense.

        (I seem to remember a cartoon from that time of someone with a huge sound system, talking about how wonderfully accurate the sound reproduction was. His response to the question of what music he listened to was a blank stare; the racks and racks of records in his collection were all audio test records. I digress.)

        Again, I don’t have golden ears. I can (sometimes) hear the difference between vinyl and CD, but it’s my understanding that’s largely down to the sound engineer.

        In the end, it comes down to preference as much as anything.


  • ProudLiberalAlways

    Great show today, guys! It was enlightening and entertaining, a combination I find is more and more important to me as I get older. Partly because by the time I get to listen to you, T &Th., I’ve heard probably 5 hours of news to that point (I’m a political junkie) since Watergate. You’re entertaining and informative, with an interesting take on the same info I’ve heard all day. Thanx much for your work, Love it!!

  • katanahamon

    Rump runs away because he knows if he stays he will look even more foolish..he has no knowledge, he can’t understand what’s going on, so, unless it’s a Fox softball that he can pontificate after he just can’t handle it. The debates with Hillary were anyone voted for him after that is mind blowing.

    So, so sick of Rump’s unnecessary “very, very….” he inserts it as a verbal “comfort filler,” you can just feel it coming on before he says it to reinforce everything he says. I’d love someone to ask him why is it “very, very,” and not just “regular,” or just one “very.” Yeah..I’ve always wondered about why “no one asks about” the Civil War..of course, it’s not like we studied it about five times in detail between grade school and high school, from books by about three hundred different Civil War scholars. Oh wait..Rump has no memory of that. So..we are going to solve our healthcare crisis (or any number of other crises) but first we have to educate the president of the United States that “slavery was bad,”?

    Of course nobody’s talking about Rump’s lies, obfuscations, etc. And, what is Rump referring one point it sounded like “surveillance of Americans” or was he saying surveillance of himself, or did he change mid stream? “Pride of ignorance” is definitely a hallmark of this presidency.

    Thanks for the “Real Genius” music clip..always makes me think of my own best friend and I were graduating high school, he was getting ready to go off to Cal Tech to study physics, I always imagined him doing stuff like that. I thought it was a fun movie, not to mention one of Val Kilmer’s first big appearances.

  • 1ijak

    Andrew jackson wuz into Russian pistitutes?
    Great show guyz