Liberal Bill Scher and conservative Matt Lewis meet in the rancor-free DMZ to hash out the week’s political events.
There’s a disturbance in the force of The DMZ, as the NSA leak story scrambles traditional notions of left and right. Do the last ten years of surveillance make the case that we’ve lost our freedoms or that we’ve struck the right balance? Even if Snowden is right, did he have to risk his own incarceration? Matt and Bill discuss Arnold Kling’s new e-book about why liberals, conservatives and libertarians don’t speak the same language. Have Obama’s actions as president betrayed his prior rhetoric about civil liberties?
On The DMZ, Bill and Matt tackle the big issues—like the difficulties of dressing for cable news appearances. They turn to Obama’s appointments of Susan Rice as National Security Adviser and Samantha Power as UN Ambassador, and how those picks will affect the situation in Syria. Bill calls on Chris Christie to consider his legacy when appointing a new senator from New Jersey. What is the Erick Erickson–Josh Barro feud really about? And how has Barro attracted so much attention so early in his career?
On The DMZ, Bill asks Matt about his feud with Howard Dean, which leads to a reflection on the legacy of Dean’s primary campaign 10 years ago. They compare Dean to Michele Bachmann, who is retiring from Congress. Matt wonders why it’s so hard to find a smart, charismatic conservative leader like Ronald Reagan. Turning to the Obama Administration’s scandals, Bill finds it ironic that conservatives are siding with The New York Times against the Justice Department. Plus: Should Eric Holder resign?
On The DMZ: Picking up where his wife left off, Matt makes the case that breastfeeding and farmer’s markets are innately conservative. Then The DMZ braves the scandal zone. Has the “second-term curse” caught Obama? Matt sees a president crossing ethical lines to win re-election, while Bill doesn’t see much scandal at all. Does it make political sense for the opposition party to chase scandal, or does that risk backfiring? Matt argues the stories can’t be dismissed, and Bill explains why he’s happy to have investigations. And how do these incidents compare to Watergate and the Lewinsky scandal?
On a special Mother’s Day edition of The DMZ, Matt’s wife Erin joins the show to discuss liberal vs. conservative parenting. As a working conservative mother, is Erin an outlier? They discuss attachment parenting, support for breast feeding, the scourge of baby-formula marketers, and the life of a Crunchy Con. Erin explains the division of parental labor in the Lewis-DeLullo household, and Bill describes the pleasures of being a father who works from home. Happy Mother’s Day!
On The DMZ: Matt says he could never be a liberal, but Bill refuses to take no for an answer! Can humanity be held to moral standards without religion? Matt explains how having children has changed his politics. Bill thinks that Rand Paul could be the next, and last, Republican nominee. Could Hillary Clinton and Bill Kristol join forces in 2016? And can Paul soften his hard edges?
On a special all-conservative edition of The DMZ, Matt talks to Justin about the White House Correspondents’ Dinner and his theory that the geeks have inherited the earth. They next turn to conservative attacks on Marco Rubio over his immigration reform bill. They delve into the weeds of the bill and debate whether the GOP should support amnesty for immigrants. Turning to the Boston Marathon bombings, were the Tsarnaevs motivated by radical Islam, or were they just angry young men? Plus: Ronald Reagan’s legacy.
On The DMZ, Bill and Matt react to the bombings at the Boston Marathon. They discuss how the attack brought out the best and worst of Twitter, and consider the unseemliness of certain punditry in the face of senseless violence. Bill argues that the obsession with whether Obama labeled the attack “terrorism” is absurd. Turning to the Gosnell murder trial, are charges from conservatives that the media ignored the story valid? Matt says the Gosnell story screams “newsworthy,” and senses a subtle media bias at work.
On The DMZ: Republicans aren’t the only ones divided: Bill lays out the five big issues splitting the Democrats. Did Pat Toomey betray conservatives on guns? Is the Heritage Foundation hurting its credibility by attacking immigration reform? And did Melissa Harris-Perry reveal the sinister truth about liberalism?
On The DMZ: Why you don’t have to watch the Sunday shows anymore. As the Supreme Court considers marriage equality, are conservatives surrendering the culture war? Matt and Bill give serious thought to the polygamy argument. Does Obama need a “grand bargain” for his legacy? And does Ron Swanson help or hurt conservatism?