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The Obama machine gears up for 2012

The Obama Machine Gears Up For 2012
Sean returned from the Thanksgiving holiday on the offensive and started the show discussing an article that appeared in the New York Times about Obama's campaign tactics for 2012. With unemployment stubbornly at 9 percent and consumer confidence at or near record lows, Team Obama is settling on a strategy that incorporates the combativeness of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s 1936 drive, the anti-Congress zeal of Harry S. Truman’s 1948 campaign and the disciplined focus of George W. Bush’s 2004 blitz against Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts. If 2008 was about lifting Mr. Obama up, 2012 will have at least some strong element of dragging down his Republican opponent. “I read this and it was profound to me. Even the New York Times has come around, albeit belatedly, to what I've been saying for months and years – that the Obama machine is going to run the most relentless, expensive, negative campaign in the history of mankind,” Sean explained. “Here's a bet you can take to the bank – this is going to be the Super Bowl between now until Election Day, it's going to be non-stop,” said Sean.

Gingrich: “I'm More Electable Than Anybody Else"
Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich joined Sean on the NewsMaker Hotline to discuss his campaign. Newt reiterated his challenge to Obama to square off against him in a Lincoln-Douglas style debate. If he should receive the GOP nomination, Gingrich is convinced Obama would debate him. “I'm 95% percent certain he would,” Gingrich said. “He'd agree because of ego and because I think it's pretty hard to say 'here's the number one orator in the Democratic Party and he's afraid to do it. Secondly, I'm going to do everything Lincoln did to Douglas. Everywhere Douglas went in the first two weeks of the campaign, Lincoln showed up the next day and rebutted him. I tell all of my audiences, when I am the presidential nominee, in my acceptance speech, if the president has not yet accepted the debate, I will announce that the White House is now my scheduler. Wherever Obama goes I will show up four hours later and I will take apart his speech. If he wants to spend the entire fall campaign having me trail him around the co untry proving that he's afraid to defend his own ideas, that's his prerogative,” Gingrich challenged. To listen to Sean's entire radio interview with Newt Gingrich please click here.

Stephen A. Smith On Allegations At Penn State And Syracuse
Bernie Fine was fired Sunday by Syracuse University after a 10-year-old voice recording of his wife emerged in which she acknowledges alleged sexual abuse and a third man accused the assistant basketball coach of molesting him nine years ago. Just a few weeks ago Joe Paterno was fired from Penn State for not doing enough in preventing the alleged sexual abuse of children by assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. Both Penn State and Syracuse University are making moves to correct the wrongs of the past. ESPN's Stephen A. Smith joined Sean in the show's final hour to discuss these two cases. To listen to Smith's comments, please click here.

Show Guests

Newt Gingrich

Newton Leroy "Newt" Gingrich (born Newton Leroy McPherson ; June 17, 1943) is an American politician who served as the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives from 1995 to 1999. In 1995, Time magazine selected him as the Person of the Year for his role in leading the Republican Revolution in the House, ending 40 years of the Democratic Party being in the majority. During his tenure as Speaker, he represented the public face of the Republican opposition to Bill Clinton . A college history professor, political leader, and author, Gingrich twice ran unsuccessfully for the House before winning a seat in the election of November 1978. He was re-elected 10 times, and his activism as a member of the House's Republican minority eventually enabled him to succeed Dick Cheney as House Minority Whip in 1989. As a co-author of the 1994 Contract with America , Gingrich was in the forefront of the Republican Party's dramatic success in that... More >

Daniel Hannan

Daniel John Hannan (born 1 September 1971) is a British politician and Member of the European Parliament, representing South East England for the Conservative Party, and in Europe, the European Conservatives and Reformists grouping. He is the Secretary-General of the Alliance of European Conservatives and Reformists.

Stephen A. Smith

As a leading journalist, Stephen A. Smith has been up close and personal with the world's premier athletes, celebrities and newsmakers.