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Liberal Bill Scher and conservative Matt Lewis meet in the rancor-free DMZ to hash out the week’s political events.
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2019-06-13 23:20
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Will Matt Vote Blue in 2020? (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

Why Matt is on the Justin Amash train ... What would it take for Matt to vote for Biden (or any Democrat) in 2020? ... Bill: If Biden wins, he won’t be captive to the far left ... How to stand out on a crowded debate stage ... Bill: “Cult favorite” can...
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Who's Really Winning the Culture War? (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

Why shoe-leather reporting is really hard ... Why is the right debating “David Frenchism”? ... Who’s really winning the culture war? ... How Biden’s climate plan could win over the left ... Bill: Conservatives have been engaging in "cancel culture" s...
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Big Crowds, Yard Signs, and Virtual Caucusing (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

The legacies of Bill Buckner and Edmund Morris ... Should we be defined by their worst moments? ... Why big crowds and yard signs don’t win elections ... Iowa’s Democratic Party introduces remote caucusing—will it help Biden? ... Progressives jostle fo...
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The Mom-o-Meter (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

Matt: I would vote for Justin Amash for president ... Bill: An Amash run would be good for Trump ... Bill's case against impeachment ... Matt: Trump wants to be impeached ... Signs that Biden gets under Trump's skin ... Biden's aspirational bipartisans...
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No Progressives in Foxholes (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

Are Trump and Biden jockeying for the same voters? ... Aspirational vs. pragmatic campaigning ... Has Elizabeth Warren shot herself in the foot (again)? ... Is there a double standard in likability for men and women? ... What Dems could learn from Trum...
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Sense and Senility (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

Bill and Matt agree that Biden’s two-pronged kickoff was a success ... Has Biden weathered #MeToo and Anita Hill? ... Elizabeth Warren as the “ideas” candidate ... Who would Biden pick as VP? Kamala, Bill says ... Bill: Warren is itching to debate Bide...
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What's Biden's Plan? (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

Biden announces his presidential bid, finally ... Why did Biden use Charlottesville to open his campaign? ... Bill: Black votes matter in this primary ... How will the rest of the pack “out-progressive” one another? ... Can Elizabeth Warren snag a few ...
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Assange and the Boundaries of Journalism (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

Julian Assange’s arrest and the source–journalist relationship ... Trump, Barr, and the difference between “spying” and “investigating” ... Will Barr and the Mueller report help Trump’s chances for reelection? ... Bill: Moderates could make or break t...
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Biden, Buttigieg, and Bernie (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

Biden weathers accusations of inappropriate touching ... Bill: Biden splits Dems along generational lines ... Is Pete Buttigieg's youth an asset or a liability? ... How experience as a mayor could translate to the presidential office ... Matt: Dems are...
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Buttigieg's Moment? (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

Buttigieg fever sweeps the nation ... Matt gets “ratioed” on Twitter ... Could the Electoral College prevent a future Trump? ... Is Buttigieg destined for the big time? ... Why Beto could become the Mike Huckabee of the left ... Can Elizabeth Warren re...
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Ten Year Anniversary Edition! (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

Happy 10th anniversary, Bill and Matt! ... Why the DMZ dynamic still works ... Bill’s (supposed) powers of persuasion ... What keeps this political marriage so strong? ... Bill and Matt’s most eye-opening experiences over the years ... The show as a “...
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Off to the Primary Races (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

Why a dozen Republicans voted against Trump’s emergency declaration ... Matt: Kasich can’t scold his way into the nomination ... Why did Beto’s momentum fizzle? ... Bill’s taxonomy of the left, from Bernie to Biden ... The perks of a Texan running mate...
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Bernie, Biden, and Winning the Left (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

Bill and Matt trade breakfast smoothie tips ... Rep. Ilhan Omar and the Democrats’ resolution against “hate” ... Is Farrakhan-style anti-Semitism making a comeback? ... Intersectionality discourse looms large in Congress ... Can Bernie beat Trump’s ine...
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Breaking News and Breaking Norms (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

Is the normalization of Trump complete? ... Matt to 90% of the House GOP: You're dead to me ... What would it take to get Republicans to turn against Trump? ... Bill's History Corner: John Tyler, the Whigs, and preventing war over Maine ... The Republi...
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Who's Afraid of Bernie? (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

On George Washington and slavery ... Why do white men have the lead in the Democratic primary? ... Bill: Bernie has to hold his supporter base ... Matt: Bernie “owns his brand” like Trump does ... Can the Obama coalition ever be revived? ...
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Populism and the Green New Deal (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

A relic from Bill's childhood, "Free to Be... You and Me" ... Why Matt hates Trump's emergency declaration ... Is the Green New Deal more than a progressive litmus test? ... Matt: Dems should monitor their populist wave closely ... Which Democratic can...
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Can Ralph Northam Survive? (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

Will Dems flub their chance to beat Trump in 2020? ... The litany of scandals and bad press haunting elected Democrats ... How are Republicans preparing for 2020? ... Why Dems failed to counter the right-wing narrative on late-term abortion ... How Vir...
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Bipartisan Identity Crises (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

Bill’s appearance on Matt Lewis and the News ... Will any GOPer primary Trump? ... What kind of Republican could actually beat Trump? ... Imagining a major GOP realignment ... Bill: Kamala Harris won the first round of primary announcements ... Early i...
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MAGA Teens and 2020 (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

Bill and Matt weigh in on “MAGA teen mania” ... Matt’s latent prejudice against rich white kids resurfaces ... The 2020 presidential race starts early ... Matt puts his money on Tulsi Gabbard, but Bill isn’t sold ... Who can bring the Democratic Party...
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Why Run for President? (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

Will Tulsi Gabbard’s conservative background quash her presidential run? ... Romney vs. Gabbard: Who would Tucker Carlson vote for? ... Is it worth running for president if you know you won’t win? ... How Al Sharpton squashed Howard Dean ... Can Trump...
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Does Warren Still Have a Shot? (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

Does Trump care about the shutdown's effect on the heartland? ... Can Trump surrender and still save face? ... Where the Democrats' messaging on border security falls short ... Bill: Trump’s base cares about the fight, not the policy ... Is there sexi...
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2019 and 2020 (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

Reviewing Christmas 2018 ... Did Elizabeth Warren miss her window? ... Bill: Why I don't count Warren out ... Is the shutdown moving from boring to a crisis? ... Will gravity reassert itself on high-flying Donald Trump? ... Biden's advantages ... The...
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DMZ's Year in Review (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

Has the right surrendered in the War on Christmas? ... Trump's one-man government shutdown ... How McConnell went from RINO to "Cocaine Mitch" ... Matt reflects on the chaos of 2018 ... How left- and right-wing isolationists view withdrawal from Syria ...
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Is Paul Ryan a Con Artist? (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

Update on Bill’s one-man presidential book club ... Matt: Trump won in his immigration meeting with Nancy and Chuck ... Does Trump actually want a government shutdown? ... Ezra Klein's Vox piece on Paul Ryan’s legacy ... Paul Ryan, the ladder-climbing ...
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Too Old for 2020? (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

Should we dance on George H.W. Bush’s grave? ... Why the left rejects national unity and bipartisanship ... Matt: The only way to beat Trump is to “out-cool” him ... Will experience be a disadvantage in 2020? ... Can Elizabeth Warren return to her rura...
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Pelosi and the "Green New Deal" (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

Matt tells Republicans not to dismiss Mueller out of hand ... Would congressional Republicans ever turn on Trump? ... Matt: Nancy Pelosi is still pretty sharp ... Why Pelosi “has the institution’s back” ... Bill breaks down the speakership voting proce...
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The Battle for the House (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

The new battle over the House speakership ... Bill to young Dems: Be patient, Pelosi will retire! ... Why speakers aren’t usually the “face” of the party ... Should Republicans exploit party divisions and back Pelosi? ... Matt: Beto has 2020 star power...
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Midterm Roundup (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

Bill’s midterm all-nighter ... Which minority candidates were successful, and why? ... What lessons will Dems take from the election? ... Bill challenges the “two Americas” narrative ... Are low-key Dems like Amy Klobuchar the future of the party? ... ...
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Midterms and White Nationalism (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

Does Matt want Democrats to take the House? ... Matt: Steve King has got to go ... Bill: If you’re a white nationalist, now is your time to shine ... A final round of midterm predictions ... Is Michael Avenatti right that only a white man can beat Trum...
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Midterms, Manly Democrats, and Pipe Bombs (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

Are the Kavanaugh hearings already old news? ... How Dems in red states play the optics game ... Are progressive voters lacking enthusiasm? ... Bill and Matt make potentially embarrassing election predictions ... Matt on civility politics: “Sometimes, ...
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Midterm Madness 2018 (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

Has the “blue wave” already crested? ... Abortion politics causes conflict between Democrats ... How Michael Avenatti is setting the tone for all 2020 hopefuls ... Can Arizona’s Kyrsten Sinema escape her protester past? ... Bill: Despite the blowback, ...
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Will #MeToo Launch a New Temperance Movement? (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

Violent rhetoric in the lead-up to Election Day ... Matt: The left-wing “mob” is motivating #NeverTrump voters ... Will Republican momentum from the Kavanaugh hearings last to November? ... Bill argues we need a new temperance movement ... Matt sees po...
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"Believe All Women" vs. The Presumption of Innocence (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

Bill and Matt both predict that Kavanaugh will be confirmed ... Is Kavanaugh’s drinking history relevant? ... “Believe all women” vs. the presumption of innocence ... Is the “job interview” framing accurate? ... Matt: If life is a job interview, freedo...
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Judge Kavanaugh vs. Dr. Ford (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

Matt: Kavanaugh vs. Ford was a tie, which means he'll be confirmed ... Was Kavanaugh's emotional testimony heartfelt or cynical? ... Why "deny, deny, deny" usually works ... Bill reviews the history of the judicial wars ... If Kavanaugh replaces Kenne...
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Kavanaugh: Affluenza at Georgetown Prep (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

Why Bill is helping put on a public school carnival ... On Brett Kavanaugh: Was there an affluenza outbreak at Georgetown Prep? ... Bill: If Kavanaugh did do it, he’s now a liar ... Matt: Black 17-year-olds don’t get a pass for bad behavior ... Is it t...
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Stormy Weather Edition (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

The politics of hurricanes ... What explains Trump's neglect of Puerto Rico? ... Did McCain's death hurt Trump's approval ratings? ... Matt: Kavanagh did not do a very good job at his hearing ... Bill: Susan Collins is taking a huge risk by supporting ...
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Wooing the "Alex Jones conservatives"? (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

Matt’s new microphone and the creative benefits of dialogue ... Matt takes issue with Kamala Harris’s interrogation of Brett Kavanaugh ... Are Harris and Cory Booker eroding democracy with their grandstanding? ... Bill: The anonymous NYT op-ed doesn’t ...
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John McCain and Chapo Trap House (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

Bill and Matt are back—and all dolled up ... The critical phase of remembrance: Was McCain really a maverick? ... How McCain’s 2008 campaign made Matt’s career in writing ... Bill faces blowback for his negative review of The Chapo Guide to Revolution ...
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"Down Goes Socialism"? (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

DMZ technical difficulties: James Buchanan conversation lost to the ages ... Why has Bill been tagged as the archetypal centrist pundit? ... “Down Goes Socialism” this election cycle ... What Berniecrats and Trump voters have in common ... Bill to soci...
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Problematic Uncles Edition (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

With the economy hot, why are Trump's approval ratings not? ... What if Trump wants to be a one-term president? ... Why Dems should pay more attention to their boring old centrist senators ... Bill: It's time for NeverTrump conservatives to just become...
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Do Republicans have an Alger Hiss problem? (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

Drawing conclusions from Michael Cohen’s secret Trump recording ... Is politics becoming the last refuge of the celebrity? ... Did Communism run rampant in the FDR administration? ... Bill wonders if Trump is the modern-day Alger Hiss ... The surprisin...
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What's wrong with "blame America first"? (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

Why the Putin meeting caused Matt’s mom to turn against Trump ... Russian spy Maria Butina and the appeal of foreigners who bolster our politics ... “Blame America first” and the dangers of moral equivalency ... Russia’s history as “difficult actor” .....
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Wrong Pick Edition (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

Matt is disappointed that Trump didn't pick Amy Barrett for the Court ... Matt: Choosing Barrett would have been a "win-win" ... Why did Trump pick the white guy? ... Does anyone on the right (aside from Matt) believe in diversity? ... Red-state Democr...
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Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis

Trump leaves his mark on Bill’s Fourth of July celebrations ... How to vet a Supreme Court nominee ... The Court as a battlefield in the culture war ... Bill’s advice for Sen. Susan Collins: Insist on a non-partisan nominee ... Do Supreme Court justice...
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Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis

With Kennedy gone, will Roberts become the swing justice? ... Roe v. Wade, the end of norms, and why democracies die ... Correcting historical myths about FDR's court-packing scheme ... Bill: Ocasio-Cortez's win doesn't mean socialists are ascendant ....
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Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis

Democrats tread carefully reacting to Trump’s North Korea summit ... Has North Korea changed NeverTrump conservatives’ minds? ... Bill: Trump finds common ground with violators of human rights ... Matt: Trump sets himself apart from “metrosexual” world...
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Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis

Did Trump make a big mistake by uninviting the Philadelphia Eagles? ... Want a presidential pardon? Have your wife plead your case on Fox! ... Has Trump spurred a left-right realignment? ... Would a non-racist Trump have done better or worse? ... Bill:...
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Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis

Bill and Matt rave about country music podcast "Cocaine & Rhinestones" ... Dinesh D’Souza’s descent from intellectualism ... Making sense of Trump’s high profile pardons ... Among Roseanne, Samantha Bee, et al., whom would Matt fire? ... What Joy A...
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Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis

Bill and Matt talk Tom Cruise movies ... Does Trump favor evangelicals over his white working class base? ... Matt: Jeff Flake won’t save us from Trump ... How should conservatives respond to Trump’s possible foreign collusion? ... Democratic midterm p...
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Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis

Primary election round-up ... Democratic women had a good night... ... ...but there's no common narrative to the primaries as a whole ... Support Bill and Matt on Patreon! ... Matt: Robert Jeffress should not have been at the Jerusalem embassy ceremon...
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