Sunday, December 31, 2017

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Sunday's show: "The ice bowl 1967", Trump 2017 and other stories of the day


We look back at the big stories of 2017 and make a couple of predictions about 2018.........we remember The Ice Bowl 50 years ago, or the NFL title game between Dallas and Green Bay......John Denver 1943-97......and we wish you a very Happy New Year........and other stories..........

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Sunday's video: "The Ice Bowl"


Dec 31, 1967:  The Dallas Cowboys and Green Bay Packers met in the NFL title game....legendary game now known as The Ice Bowl.....Green Bay scored with seconds to go........
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Happy New Year: "In my life" by The Beatles..........


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Happy New Year.............


"There are places I'll remember All my life, 

though some have changed
Some forever, not for better 
Some have gone and some remain
All this places have their moments 
With lovers and friends I still can recall
Some are dead and some are living In my life, 
I've loved them all

But of all these friends and lovers 
There is no one compares with you
And these memories lose their meaning 
When I think of love as something new

Though I know I'll never lose affection 
For people and things that went before
I know I'll often stop and think about them
In my life, I love you more

Though I know I'll never lose affection
For people and things that went before
I know I'll often stop and think about them
In my life, I love you more In my life-- I love you more...."




Remember the Ice Bowl? Nobody mentioned climate change then!


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As a new arrival in Wisconsin, I found myself falling in love with the Packers.  The Braves moved to Atlanta in 1965, so Lombardi’s Packers were the only local team around.  (I did love the 1965 A.L. champion Minnesota Twins because they had four great Cuban players, but that’s for another post)
On December 31, 1967, the Ice Bowl, as they now call it, was played under the old NFL rules: the NFL champ met the AFL champ in what they later called the Super Bowl.
It was a brutally cold morning.  It was so cold that my mother asked my brother and me in Spanish: “Are they going to cancel the game?”  We responded that they didn’t cancel games in the U.S.! 
The Packers-Cowboys came down to the last few minutes.  Green Bay was down, and Bart Starr got to work:
On first and 10, Starr faked a double[-]handoff to Mercein and Anderson and then threw a swing pass to Anderson, who gained 6 yards in the right flat.  Mercein then ran right for 7 yards and a first down.
Starr hit Dowler over the middle for 13 yards.  Dowler suffered a concussion on the play when Cowboys cornerback Cornell Green tackled him and his helmet slammed into the frozen ground.
On the next play, Mercein missed a chip block on Townes, who tackled Anderson for a 9-yard loss.  But then Starr threw consecutive passes to Anderson in the right flat.  The first went for 12 yards and the second for 9 and a first down.
Then Starr lobbed a pass to Mercein, who was alone in the left flat.  Mercein eluded linebacker Dave Edwards and gained 19 yards before stumbling out of bounds at the Cowboys’ 11.
The drive, before John Elway coined the term, was amazing.  I watched it recently, and it is just fabulous to watch Starr outfox the Cowboys.
Eventually, Starr himself took the ball in, and Green Bay beat Dallas once again in the NFL title game.
Fifty years have flown by since my brother and I watched that game.  My father had a second job at a hotel that day, and he called in a couple of times for game updates.  My mother had little to say, but she did tell us to wear something heavy if we decided to go out and play football in the snow.
Today, I live in Dallas, and that game draws a totally different reaction from my friends down here.
Of course, it was so cold back then, and nobody called it climate change.  They called Wisconsin weather, as I recall!
I miss that NFL a lot!
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The Beatles that Cubans didn’t get to hear in Cuba



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In a few weeks, we will celebrate the 54th anniversary of The Beatles landing at JFK Airport and appearing on The Ed Sullivan Show.
It was one of those events that changed music, radio playlists and the length of our hair.   My mom used to call them “los bitles” or her “Cuban accented” pronunciation. It was also her disapproval of the hair or my desire to look like that.
However, I did not know a thing about Beatlemania until our family got here.    In early 1964,  we were in Cuba waiting for “el telegrama” to leave the island.   Up here, The Beatles were in New York and being introduced by Ed Sullivan.
The Castro dictatorship censored The Beatles and their music was not heard on local radio. The “ban” came from the to the very top:
“Fidel Castro’s government frowned on Western music as a ‘decadent’ influence in the decades after his 1959 Cuban Revolution.
Many Cubans recall being harassed for wearing long hair or listening to rock and pop music from Europe or the United States.”
Eventually, the Castro regime liberalized rules so Cubans finally got their taste of The Beatles.
We arrived in the US in September ’64 and all of those Cuban kids in Miami were singing their songs.   I remember “A Hard Day’s Night” movie signs everywhere.
Now in Miami, waiting to travel to Wisconsin, I heard that it was a British group and a girl showed me her copy of “Meet the Beatles.”   It was the first time that I had seen a picture of the group or heard their music.
A few years ago, I spoke with a 50-something Cuban who left the island recently. We spoke about the repression, censorship of the press and the food shortages.
Then he said this: “You know one more thing I really hate the Castro dictatorship for….they denied me The Beatles”….I never got to enjoy it like you did in the US”
Thank God for freedom was all I could say!   All of a sudden I realized that freedom is “a free press” and my copy of “Abbey Road.”
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1967 Dallas vs Green Bay: A great game known as The Ice Bowl


It was as cold back in 1967 as it is today.   Yet, nothing stopped those Packers' fans from showing up and watching a great finish to a great championship game.      I guess that the highlight of the game was Green Bay scoring in that last drive.


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Clemente and the 1971 Pirates

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We remember Roberto Clemente and the 1971 Pirates who won the World Series:





December 31, 1972: The day we lost Roberto Clemente


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It was a stunner, specially for those of us old remember to remember the news flash.   As I recall, I heard the news early the next morning.    It was truly shocking because we had also heard about the horrible earthquake in Nicaragua.    Clemente was carrying some supplies to Nicaragua when his plane was lost:











We remember Roberto Clemente (1934-72)


Roberto Clemente was killed in a plane crash many years ago:
"On December 31, 1972, an airplane chartered by the professional baseball player Roberto Clemente to bring food and other relief supplies to survivors of a recent earthquake in Nicaragua crashes shortly after takeoff from San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Five people were killed in the crash, including Clemente, whose body was never recovered."
Like most of you, I was shocked to hear the news.       

Clemente hit .317 and got # 3,000 on his last at-bat of the 1972 season.   He was the MVP of the 1971 World Series and hit .318 in 5 post season series.




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We remember John Denver (1943-1997)


John Denver was born on this day in 1943.   He died in plane crash in 1997:
"Denver was piloting the two-seat light plane along the California coast when the engine failed shortly after 5 p.m., plunging him into ocean waters just past Monterey Bay."
In the 1970's, Denver dominated the pop charts with songs like "Rocky Mountain High" and "Annie's song".     

Great songwriter and singer!  He was born on this day in 1943.    His songs are HERE.



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1966: Eddie Matthews traded from the Braves to the Astros in the offseason



Eddie Matthews' long association with the Braves ended on this day in 1966.  

He is the only man who played for the Braves in Boston, Milwaukee and Atlanta.   Aaron joined the team in Milwaukee.   Spahn was traded the year before the Braves moved to Atlanta for the 1966 season.

His greatest years came in Milwaukee where he hit over 450 HR.   
He led the league in 1953 and 1959.    He was a huge part of the Milwaukee team that won the NL pennant in 1957 and 1958.   The Braves were also serious contenders in 1956 and lost a special playoff after tying LA for the NL pennant in 1959.

Overall, he finished with 512 HR and 1,453 RBI.

Matthews and Aaron were teammates from 1954 to their last year together in Atlanta.  Along the way, they were an awesome power duo in the middle of the Braves' lineup.


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Saturday, December 30, 2017

Saturday's show: We look back at the top stories 2017 and ahead to 2018


They are freezing up north....chilly here too.....we will look back at the big stories of 2017......and chat about a couple of trends for 2018........Happy # 82 to Sandy Koufax...........and other stories......

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Rahm and Trump Derangement Syndrome

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A friend from Chicago lamented recently that his city is going to the Devil, and the local leadership just wants to talk about Trump’s tweets!
My friend is right, according to news reports:
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel had a good year at the expense of city residents – and for that he might want to thank President Donald Trump.
Despite presiding over a city with rampant money and crime problems, Democrat Emanuel has bolstered his approval ratings and become the rising star of the left by placing himself front and center in the anti-Trump “resistance movement.”
Emanuel declared the Windy City a “Trump-free zone,” prevailed in a legal battle against the White House over threats to cut funding from sanctuary cities, and came out in strong support of combatting climate change – an apparent dig at Trump for pulling out of the Paris Agreement. 
Most importantly for Emanuel, his profile has risen – with political pundits floating his name as a possible Democratic 2020 presidential candidate, even as he openly says he is not interested.
It’s a lot of nonsense, but it keeps the mayor alive politically.
From coast to coast, we see more and more Democrats avoiding the tough issues by simply activating their TDS.  It is not helping their constituents, who are voting with their feet by leaving and taking their taxable income with them.  Nearly 450,000 people fled these three deep blue states in 2017!
Emanuel in 2020?  I don’t see it, but stranger things have happened.  At the same time, my guess is that a large chunk of the aforementioned 450,000 are not going to vote for the policies they are rejecting!

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MLB back to back amazing World Series.....Cubs vs Indians in 2016.....Astros vs Dodgers was even better: Baseball was the big winner.




Dr. Walter Williams: How to stay out of poverty


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Check out Walter Williams, one of the nation's best economists, and an African American.

Born in Philadelphia in 1936, Williams holds a bachelor's degree in economics from California State University (1965) and a master's degree (1967) and doctorate (1972) in economics from the University of California at Los Angeles.

In 1980, he joined the faculty of George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., and is currently the John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics.

Williams sent a message to young people on how to stay out of poverty:

"Avoiding long-term poverty is not rocket science.First, graduate from high school.
Second, get married before you have children, and stay married.
Third, work at any kind of job, even one that starts out paying the minimum wage.
And, finally, avoid engaging in criminal behavior." 
Makes a lot of sense!    Dr. Williams's suggestions are a part of his life story:






2017 was the 230th anniversary of the US Constitution

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We remembered this year the 230th anniversary of the gathering that produced the US Constitution.    It was indeed a "Miracle at Philadelphia":





2005: Baseball and a new policy about steroids


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Back in the 2005 off season, MLB finally decided to get serious about steroids. The owners and union leaders agreed on a tough program.   

The new agreement called for a 50 game suspension for first-time offenders and 100 games for second-time offenders.  It's "3-strikes and you are out" or banished from baseball for life if you are a third time offender.

The owners and players took a big step in the right direction. 

ARod: The 2005 AL MVP


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New York fans in 2005 were furious that their team lost to the Angels in the AL postseason playoffs.   They naturally directed all of their anger at ARod, or the face of the team.

Nevertheless, ARod was selected as the AL MVP.

ARod was the right choice.  It was his second MVP in 3 years. His main opposition came from David Ortiz, the Bosox's DH. 

In my book, an everyday player is a bigger MVP than a DH. I feel the same way about giving the MVP to a pitcher. The Cy Young is for pitchers. The MVP is for position player.

P.S. I should add that my opinion of ARod changed when he was involved in drug controversies.     We did not know that in 2005.


2006: Remember when Tim Kaine ran as "a pro-life Democrat"?


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Back in 2005, an anti-abortion or pro-ife Democrat won the governor's election.  It was Tim Kaine, a pro-life Catholic who openly spoke of his faith.

This is the same Tim Kaine who threw away all of his principles and convictions to run on the Clinton-Kaine ticket in 2016.

The Dems did not win Alabama...the GOP gave it away




Lucy Webb Hayes, the first wife to be referred to as First Lady


Future President Rutherford Hayes married Lucy Webb on this day in 1852.     

Hayes won the extremely controversial election of 1876 against Governor Samuel Tilden of New York.  

Hayes lost the popular vote by 300,000 out of the 8 million cast.   

After weeks of negotiations, Hayes won the electoral college 185-184.   

Historians believe that Mr Hayes' election was part of a deal to get federal troops out of the South.

Hayes had problems governing, in large measure because of his disputed election.   

Nevertheless, First Lady Lucy was quite a charm:
"The very popular Lucy Hayes was the first wife of a president to be referred to as "first lady"--a title that grew out of her husband's reference to her as the "first lady of the land." Lucy was an abolitionist and supported, in theory at least, the early women's suffrage movement. She was often criticized for not taking a more active role in promoting women's suffrage and while she and Rutherford were both believers in the temperance movement, it was her husband's idea--not hers as legend has it--to forbid serving alcohol in the White House. Lucy allowed White House servants to take time off to pursue their education and commissioned paintings of the presidents who had not yet had portraits hung in the White House. She also had a portrait of Martha Washington created to hang next to George Washington's."
The wife of the president has properly been referred to as "The First Lady" ever since!



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Happy # 82 Sandy Koufax



We say happy happy birthday to the great Sandy Koufax.

Some of us are old enough to remember Sandy Koufax.  I saw him on TV and specially rushing home from school to watch Koufax break my heart and shut out the Twins in game 7 of the '65 series.

Thanks to the new technology, we've had a chance to revisit many Koufax games that we don't remember or never got to watch.   Frankly, I have never seen a more dominating performance than Koufax's shutout of the NY Yankees in the '63 series.  It rivals Bob Gibson's 17 K's against the Tigers in the '68 series. (I remember running home to watch that Gibson classic too!)

Are we getting older or what?   Believe it or not, Sandy Koufax made his pitching debut many years ago when he pitched two innings of relief in the Dodgers' 8-2 loss to the Braves on June 24, 1955.


Koufax retired after the '66 season at age 31 with 165 wins, 40 shuouts and a 2.76 ERA.   

Koufax had the most dominant 6 seasons in modern history.  From '61 to '66, Koufax went 129-47, with 1,713 strikeouts, 35 shutouts and a 2.19 ERA.

His principles did not allow him to pitch on Jewish Holy days. He did not pitch Game 1 of the 1965 World Series due to Yom Kippur.

Well done Sandy Koufax. You were great! Thanks for the memories. I forgive you for breaking my heart one afternoon in October 1965!

And here is a great book that you should read:



"John Adams", a great book about one of The Founding Fathers



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John Adams was one of the great men who put this nation together.   This is a great book:





You don't have to be a lawyer to read Scalia!


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We lost Scalia in 2016 and that was quite a shock.   Scalia left behind a lot of opinions and fans like me.   He certainly inspired a lot of people to get into law, such as his successor Neil Gorsuch.

In this book, Scalia tells us about opinions. life and a few other things:





A word about Rosa Parks (1913-2005)


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There are two kinds of people in the world. There are those who accept injustice and then there is Rosa Parks.

Many years ago, Parks refused to sit at the back of the bus. She challenged an injustice and sparked a movement.

Parks did not seek fame but she left us quite a legacy.   It's quite a story:





The Cong Sheila Jackson Lee "seat controversy"......




2005: Chicago White Sox surprised a lot of people by winning the AL pennant


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What more can you say? I was wrong. I picked the Angels but the Chisox proved me wrong big time. 

I am not really angry about it.

4 complete games.

Vlad Guerrero was limited to 1 for 20!

Congratulations to the 2005 AL champs!

This is the first World Series for Chicago since the Sox lost to the Dodgers in '59.

They were a great team!

2005 NLCS: Pujols sent the Series back to St. Louis


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This is why baseball is the best game. No clock. No running out the clock.

The Cards were down to their last out.  Eckstein singled to left. Edmonds walked after taking a very close two-strike pitch.  Albert Pujols then hit a 3 run homer and sent the series to St Louis. 

Houston eventually won their first NL pennant in St. Louis but a lot of Astros' fans were heartbroken after that swing!


1967: The Beatles' "Hello goodbye" was # 1 on Billboard USA this week

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The Beatles ended 1967 with the # 1 song on Billboard USA.....the song was also included in the US version of "Magical Mystery Tour"..........in the UK, the film soundtrack was issued in a double 45 format..........the B-side was "I am the walrus" and it got some radio airplay............



Another day and another batch of emails...




Obama and Trump at 46% after year one?

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This is an interesting poll by Rasmussen, a very reliable pollster.   President Trump and President Obama finished their first year at 46% approval!    It may be more significant that Economic Confidence Continues to Soar.

Let's see where all of these numbers stand on Labor Day 2018.   It will tell us a lot about what the midterms will look like.

DACA: wouldn't it be something if Dems throw Dreamers under the bus again?



A word about the great Sandy Koufax



The great Sandy Koufax was born on this day in Brooklyn, NY and we wish him a very happy birthday.

Koufax is arguable the greatest lefty ever.   

His numbers speak for themselves although his career was cut short by arm injuries.   

Nevertheless, his stats from 1961 to 1966 are unique in modern baseball.    In other words, he was the most dominant pitcher during those six seasons.      

Overall, he pitched 4 no hitters including a perfect game in 1965;

He won 165 games with a 2.76 ERA;

No one could touch him the 1963 and 1965 World Series; 

Cy Young in 1963, 1965 & 1966; and last but not least,

NL MVP in 1963.

Sadly, arm injuries forced him to retire after 1966 or age 32.    

On a personal level, he broke my heart when he beat the Twins in game 7 of the 1965 World Series.    We ran home from school to watch that game and LA beat Minnesota behind Koufax's 2-0 performance.

A few years ago, I read this great book about Koufax:


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We remember Frank Torre (1931-2014)


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We remember Frank Torre, who was born on this day in Brooklyn.  Frank broke with the Braves and played about six seasons in the majors:   .273 batting average over 714 games!    He died in 2014.

Frank left the game in the 1960's but did watch his younger brother, Joe, become a great player and win won 4 pennants as the manager of the Yankees.

Joe played with the Braves in the 1957-58 World Series:





2006: Saddam executed in Iraq




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Saddam did not make it to the 2007 Super Bowl: Saddam was executed on this day in 2006.   He argued with the guards before the execution! 

In my book, Saddam should have been removed in '98.  This is when he expelled the UN inspectors. Saddam gave the world the middle finger and made a mockery out of the UN, the cease fire and the rule of law. On top of that, he was shooting at US/UK planes enforcing the UN resolutions and paying $25,000 to the families of terrorists blowing up Israelis.

Why did Saddam do all of this?  Because he knew that Pres. Clinton would not take him out.  Also, he bought much of the UN with the Oil for Food Program.

Some Saddam revisionism



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Back in December 2006, the "Blame the US" crowd had additional material, the execution of Saddam.

It is true that some Iraqis were sad that Saddam was executed. This is not a surprise.

However, the "Blame the US for everything" international media did not remind its readers and viewers that today's Iraqis have a chance to express their grievances or discontent with a governmental decision.

This is what happens when you have 3 elections and a government.

No one enjoyed that right during Saddam's reign.  In fact, the mass graves are proof of that reality.


Saddam and the future of Iraq


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Why is anyone in the world still making excuses for this evil man?

In '91, I met a Lebanese businessman who lived in Kuwait with his US wife and children. They were able to get out early because of the wife's US citizenship. Some of their neighbors and friends were not so fortunate. They came face to face with the horrors. Some were killed. 

Their home in Kuwait City was sacked by Iraqi troops.  Some of their neighbors' daughters were raped. (I am specifically talking about a 15 year old girl who lived down the street!)

In the end, justice happened and Iraqis moved on.


Friday, December 29, 2017

Friday's show: People leaving blue states plus 2018 midterms and other stories




They are freezing up north....chilly here too.....it is way too early to speculate about the 2018 midterm elections......it could go different ways........over 450,000 people moved out of blue states over the last year.......Happy # 71 to Marianne Faithfull.......and other stories.........

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Friday's video: Trump Derangement Syndrome and Democrat politicians


From New York to Illinois to California, Democrat politicians are beating Trump rather than fixing their problems.....450,000 people left those states!

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A wave of what color?

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It’s the last week of 2017, and people are already making predictions about 2018.  So let me give my early take on all this.
Let’s start with Newt Gingrich, who predicted a “surprise” in 2018:
The great political surprise of 2018 will be the size of the Republican victory.
After members of the elite media have spent two years savaging President Trump, lying about Republican legislation, and reassuring themselves that Republican defeat was inevitable, the size of the GOP victory in 2018 will be an enormous shock.
Newt goes on to mention our friend Barry Casselman, who has a good eye for political waves: 
H[i]historically … the party out of power makes gains in the first mid-term election after [it] lose[s] the White House.
This precedent has fueled recent media and Democratic Party strategists’ anticipations of a 2018 “blue wave.”
This tide in blue might still happen, but the genuine signs for it are not yet present. 
In fact, the signs for now point the other way.  Donald Trump not only defied conventional wisdom in 2016[;] he has continued to do so (admittedly with not a few political hiccups) in the eleven months since taking office.
Remember that losing seats is not the same thing as losing the House or U.S. Senate.  In recent years, only President Clinton in 1994 and President Obama in 2010 lost big in their first midterm elections.  President G.W. Bush actually picked up the Senate in 2002!
In other words, as my old history professor used to say, history repeats itself until it does not!
There is another point, and it has to do with today’s Democratic Party.
Back in 2006, the Democrats won back the House by running centrist candidates.  Is the Democratic Party capable of that today?  Can the Democrats run people who can win rural areas?  I don’t think so.  Just look at the map!
So we will sit back and check out the waves in the horizon.  I won’t be surprised if the GOP holds the House and picks up a couple of Senate seats – say, in Indiana, Missouri, or West Virginia.

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