Sean’s off on a much needed vacation but Mark Simone aptly filled in to deliver the latest breaking news and election coverage. Mark kicked off the show covering the breaking news that North Korea’s dictator, Kim Jong Il, died this morning from a reported heart attack. Though the Korean dictator had been in ill health, he had appeared recently in seemingly better spirits so his death did come as a surprise. “Kim Jong Un, Jung Il’s successor, will take over with his uncle Jang Son-thaek serving as a regent,” explained Simone, “Analysts say that Kim lacks the experience to lead so his uncle will kind of running things behind the scenes.” Simone continued, “I think you know when you elect a leader with no experience running things, I think we’ve seen what happens when you do that.” It should be interesting the next few days as the initial shock wears off and the Korean region adjusts to the power vacuum that will inevit ably be created. For more information on this story, click here.
Mark was joined by Dick Morris to get the latest on the 2012 races. “Does it matter, in the long run, who wins Iowa,” began Simone, “Didn’t Reagan lose in Iowa?” “Yes, it’s important,” quickly answered Morris, “If Romney wins Iowa and then New Hampshire, he’ll have a good grasp on the nomination but if Gingrich wins in Iowa that could jeopardize Romney in New Hampshire.” Morris continued, “If Paul wins, the country will begin to freak out that Ron Paul will become the nominee, Romney will effectively destroy Paul and bring him to the nomination.” “You always want to run against someone who can’t possibly win,” explained Morris, “In the battle to defeat them, you eliminate the ability for a real candidate to get a word in edgewise and that may happen here.” Morris also spent some time explaining how Congressman Paul Ryan saved the Republican chances in 2012. If you get a chance, click here, to check out Dick Morris’ Lunch Alert which is available every day at his website, Dickmorris.com.
Fox News contributor Stewart Varney joined Mark to get his thoughts on the upcoming races. Shooting out of the gate, Varney explained the challenges ahead saying,” Our economy is in the ditch and the principle point about the forthcoming election is that we need to get back to prosperity, growth and the way that America ought to be.” Varney continued, “The front runners in the Republican race could both beat Obama at this point.” 2012 is definitely a crucial year and the battle for the Republican nomination is seemingly getting closer to a finish. Soon, as both Simone and Varney agreed, it will be time for some solidarity behind the winning candidate. To listen to the entire interview, click here or visit Hannity.com.
Dick Morris (born November 28, 1948) is an American political author and commentator who previously worked as a pollster , political campaign consultant , and general political consultant . Morris became an adviser to the Bill Clinton administration after Clinton was elected president in 1992. Morris encouraged Clinton to pursue third way policies of triangulation that merged traditional Republican and Democratic proposals, rhetoric, and issues to achieve maximum political gain and popularity. He worked as a Republican strategist before joining the Clinton administration, where he helped Clinton recover from the 1994 midterm elections by convincing the President to adopt Republican policies.  The president consulted Morris in secret beginning in 1994.  Clinton's communications director George Stephanopoulos has said that "Over the course of the first nine months of 1995, no single person had more power over the president".  Morris... More >
Stuart Varney is a conservative British-American economic journalist, currently working for the Fox News Channel and the Fox Business Network in the United States. Varney joined Fox News in January 2004 as a business contributor on many shows, such as Your World with Neil Cavuto. Varney will also occasionally serve as guest host for Your World and the shows on the Cost of Freedom business block.