In the latest episode of Raven's Radar, political commentator and strategist Raven Harrison brings on guest Pedro Gonzalez, editor and consultant, to discuss the upcoming midterm elections and the actions Republicans need to take to make a difference. The episode delves into the importance of voting, the need for change within the Republican Party, and highlights key races across the country.
Episode 4 Summary with Pedro Gonzalez
During the episode, Raven and Pedro discuss the significance of Election Day and the urgency to make our voices heard. They emphasize the need to take action and actively participate in the democratic process. Pedro expresses cautious optimism about the midterm elections, noting the indicators and alarm bells ringing on the left, suggesting a potential electoral windfall for Republicans. However, he also highlights the importance of translating electoral wins into policy wins for the Republican Party.
- Raven Harrison: Welcome, Patriots! It's that time, it's time to get into what's really affecting our country and what we're going to do about it. If it's in your sights, it's on my radar. This is Raven's Radar. We'll be airborne shortly.
- Raven Harrison: - [Intro Video] Alright, Patriots! Welcome to Raven's Radar today and we have a very special, very powerful episode for you today. Today is Election Day, the 8th. This is it! Time to make our voices heard. Time to get in there and do the work that's required to take our country back. If you haven't gone to vote yet, go vote! As soon as you finish listening to this podcast, go vote and don't just go take five with you. Let's see if we can make the red wave come and make sure we can take our country back.
- It is time and I don't know about you guys, but I am ready. I am ready to get off the sidelines and get some things done for our country. That's what we're talking about. That's what we need to do. So today is going to be a very special episode. We're going to be breaking down these elections across the country. They all matter. Every single one is important. But let's get someone. We're going to be talking to the Pedro Gonzalez. He is an editor. He is a consultant. He is a strategist. He is on the front lines.
- He's going to be joining us today to break down these elections and show people where the highs and lows are going to be, despite what's going on in our country that looks bleak. There is hope and we're going to find it and we're going to bring it to you. So we're going to be joining. He's going to be joining us shortly. This is going to be what I believe the biggest kitchen table election we have ever had. This is monumental, Patriots. This is the election that matters to Americans and our freedom. There has never been a time like this. But the good news is we were made for a time such as this. But we've got skyrocketing inflation. We've got CRT in our schools. We have a wide open southern border that is funneling fentanyl with a welcome mat, child trafficking, sex trafficking, drugs, cartels, just unbelievable state. We are funneling billions of dollars in foreign aid to Ukraine and other countries.
- And our strategic oil reserve is on vapors. It is on fumes right now, getting ready to probably be liquidated by conservative estimates sometime around Thanksgiving. So this is where the vote matters. What we do now affects the future of our country. So with that, why don't we get right into our amazing guests we have today and start looking at these races and encouraging people who have not yet gone to the polls, what our predictors are, and what they can do to get involved. But first, I have some encouraging video coming out of New York where Governor DeSantis is campaigning and stumping for various candidates. And it is a monster and it is great encouragement. Let's check it out.
- If you are tired of the same old, same old story, will you have the power to turn the page? You have the power to elect Lee Zeldin as the next governor of the state of New York. You will know about some changes and this will be the 21st century version of the shot bird around the world. Woo. I don't know if anybody else is excited as I am. That's what we need to see. Oh my goodness. I am so excited and so proud of New York for rallying for common sense and freedom and, you know, taking their state back.
- It's going to be an incredible momentum. So now let's jump right in and bring in Pedro Gonzalez to help us kind of get our heads around what's happening today around the country. Pedro, thank you for joining us. Welcome. We just showed an incredible clip of DeSantis just firing the crowd up in New York for Lee Zeldin. And this gives me hope and encouragement for what's coming on. What are your thoughts about today's election and the red wave and what's to come?
- Pedro Gonzalez: Well, I'm going to give a kind of cautiously optimistic take that I don't think you're hearing enough, but you should. And that is that I think Republicans are going to enjoy an electoral windfall going into the midterm elections. That seems to be clear to me that there are indicators and alarm bells ringing on the left about the impending doom that Republicans are going to foist on the country. And the right is understandably very enthusiastic and excited about being back in power and being able to actually do some things, whether it's advancing a policy agenda or like a totally understandable.
- I mean, there's a sense of its payback time, right? For all the things the left has done to us and the things the Democratic Party has done to us. But I think we've been here before historically, where basically Democrats govern so badly that it makes the Republican Party look like a fantastic alternative. And we often refer to these things as the next Republican revolution or something like that. It's a term we hear a lot, revolution. Republicans are gearing up for a revolution in Congress after midterms.
- But the reality is much more lackluster. Often Republicans don't really follow through with the mandate that voters give them. And voters seem to be kind of caught off guard precisely because of the sugar high going into these elections. And I think that we can be optimistic about the fact that Republicans are going to win, I think, pretty good. I think in terms of the seats are going to pick up and all that stuff. I mean, that seems to be a given. But the question is whether those wins are actually going to translate into electoral policy wins.
- Raven Harrison: That is such a good point, Pedro, because this is something I say often. It doesn't do any good to clean the house. I mean, to take the house back if you're not going to clean it first. This has always been the problem because I am old enough to remember when Trump was there and we had all three branches and absolutely nothing got done. We were in gridlock. We were in, you know, this kind of finger pointing that goes on. And that's exactly so.
- What I have been saying to people is November 8th, let's deal with the most immediate threat, which is to try to gain the majority. November 9th, Patriots, you're watching, we're on the front lines going to work, making sure there's accountability and these people that we elected who are thinking they're going to shrink back into compliance in this good old boy. It's not happening. We're holding the feet to the fire. We have to demand accountability and if they vote and support the principles of this party and restore the integrity to this party.
- So I am with you a hundred and twenty trillion without pineapple percent, Pedro. So we're going to do that. So in the short term, let's let's take a look because a lot of these terms are thrown out toss up states, swing states, you know, red, blue. Let's give start with an overall prediction of where you're thinking we're going to pick up where we're going to gain. And then let's focus in a little bit more intently on some of these races. Let's get your full expertise on this of what we're actually looking at.
- Pedro Gonzalez: Honestly, again, the thing that I've been really focusing on is, you know, which candidates, which people this maybe is not the answer that you're looking for. But really what I've been looking at is which candidates, I think you can argue are representative of a new and emergent right that is actually willing to fight and implement its agenda. And so I for that reason have been really interested in Kerry Lake, like Masters, really those two in particular. I mean, there's you know, there's a lot of excitement over Dr Oz and his race. I am going to wait and see how that pans out based on, you know, what we know about his about his history and all that stuff.
- It seems like there's a good chance he's going to win. He's going to try over Fetterman. But I mean, come on, like Fetterman is we all know that.
- Raven Harrison: Is that Scary Pedro is that scary watching. Did you watch that debate with Fetterman and Dr Oz? It was it was fingers on the chalkboard, painful to watch. And were you I mean, because you do a lot of correspondence work. So do you know that I remember a few short months ago, Democrats saying, you know, there's nothing wrong with him. And then literally saying you're picking now today, they're saying you're picking on a disabled guy. Yeah, they can't decide which side of the fence they're on.
- Pedro Gonzalez: Right. Yeah, that's exactly right. It went from he's totally fine. It's normal that he needs a speech device to talk to journalists totally fine, totally normal. And then when he actually actually commits to a debate, which is I mean, I can't believe his campaign thought that would be a good idea. Like let's put this guy on stage.
- Raven Harrison: I think it's the same person who writes Kamala speeches, but I'm not sure that's what I'd be going with.
- Pedro Gonzalez: That sounds right. But but again, it's one of these moments where Fetterman is such an embarrassing candidate that there's all this hyper on Dr Oz, but I'm waiting to see if that actually pans out. And like I said, the people that I'm really kind of watching or Kari Lake in Blake Masters, they actually seem to be people who have thought through their positions. Who who look like they actually have, you know, decent chances of winning. And I mean, I'll go ahead and say that I think both of them will win. So the only I rarely make predictions because I actually I know you brought me on here to make predictions, but I actually don't really like to make predictions.
- Raven Harrison: No, we want to bring you on here to get your expertise. I want you to do, you know, what feels comfortable. And there's a lot of up in the air. There's a lot of dynamics that we're waiting on. But I'm with you. I'm a huge fan of Kari Lake. I think she's great. I love her energy. I love the promise of what she brings and masters as well. Would also like to talk so would like to get your thoughts. Well, why don't we close out with so for Pennsylvania, I agree with you. I have some of the same concerns. But to me, Fetterman is not even an option. That's not even an option. You're talking about this will be the most powerful person representing the state.
- You know, he's unable to interpret words that are being said to him. This is actually downright scary and pretty reminiscent of the Biden syndrome if I'm being 100% honest. But so that's our prediction for for Pennsylvania. But why don't we have a look? I'd like to know your thoughts on what's going on in Georgia with Warnack versus Herschel Walker.
- Pedro Gonzalez: Man, that whole thing has kind of has blown up over, you know, Herschel's, his family troubles. Yes, let's just leave it at that. Yes. I think he I think he is impressed a lot of people. The concern was is that he wasn't going to be able to go toe to toe with Warnack on the debate stage. But in terms of his. So I think he's actually overperformed there. You know, people have said that he's actually managed to hold his own in terms of, you know, who's going to win. I'm not sure. But yeah, I mean, maybe this speaks to the fact that gosh, conservatives have been looking a lot to celebrities. Instead of really thinking through, you know, who we should be sending out to.
- Raven Harrison: Yes,
- Pedro Gonzalez: I guess what I'm sending is we should probably vet candidates better going forward in the future instead of just opting for celebrity. And that's nothing against, you know, Herschel Walker as an individual, I like him. But I mean, you can see how this becomes a problem, I guess, in the middle of a race.
- Raven Harrison: So yeah, I mean, it does. I like him too. I guess when I'm looking at this, I'm looking at it with a very pragmatic view of it. I like Herschel. I think what he's trying to do. And I'm just not in the habit of condemning people for their for their past mistakes. I'm just, I guess I'm too flawed an individual to do that. I'm kind of hoping that I think that what I would would like I agree with you 100% about we have to put up a better quality of candidate.
- And I would like to see in the short term that getting out the entrenchment. I mean, these ones that have been in here for decades, I have told people I feel like if we if we get nuked, it's nothing. It's gonna be nothing but career swamp rats and cockroaches left at the at the Capitol. We have to get these ones who've been in there. Pelosi, that's her before been there since before the internet, you know, was a thing. That's what we have to do. So do you have eyes on let's switch to Wisconsin. Do you have eyes on the Wisconsin rate?
- Pedro Gonzalez: No,
- Raven Harrison: I'm going against Barnes.
- Pedro Gonzalez: No, I'm sorry. I've not been following closely. But I mean, to your point, going back to to Warnock and Herschel, I mean, this was an important aspect of the Trump election, right? Trump was deeply fought flawed as an individual. But obviously, he was saying things that the base had been looking for someone to say for decades. And so I mean, yeah, there's there's an obvious balance that you have to strike there in terms of policy and personality and things like that. So I completely agree with you. I think that people are going to be flawed. But, but again, I think it just kind of a reminder of the vetting issue.
- Raven Harrison: So it is. And for qualifying more for people who are doing these, we got to be careful. That's where the power of your vote comes from is where what you're you're putting up. So let's let's talk about do you have any thoughts on the races out in Nevada? This is a big one as well, because we've got, you know, Adam Laxalt looking pretty good in the Nevada Senate race. Do you have a thought on that?
- Pedro Gonzalez: No, I mean, no, I haven't been falling very closely. But I generally agree with that. I think Republicans are I think Republicans like are benefiting just from the I mean, you look at issues like crime and whether it's Nevada or New York, these issues all play into the hands of the GOP. So I think that this is one of the reasons why I think there's so much enthusiasm around these races is that it's very easy for a Republican to basically just run because you just have to look at all the issues that Democrats are failing on, whether it's immigration, which is obviously an important issue in states like Nevada or crime, and basically just make that your platform.
- I'm going to do a marginally better job than they're in the Democratic Party. So yeah, I think I mean, I think this trend is consistent everywhere and it's playing into the hands of Republicans all across the country, and especially in states like Nevada, because again, the immigration issue. I think that the the latest count for the number of illegal aliens who have entered the country under Biden alone is something like 5 million.
- Raven Harrison: Yes.
- Pedro Gonzalez: So if you're a Republican in a state like Nevada, I mean that that issue is just a gold mine. It's interesting too, because I mean, we often, you know, hear more and more today about the Latino vote, right, and how some Latinos in the country are moving right. I say some because Latinos are not a monolith like there's a difference between Cubans in Florida, Mexicans in California and Tejanos in Texas. But I think where you do actually see this shift is actually in states like Nevada, because immigration directly affects these communities where Latinos live and are concentrated.
- And so I think that's where you actually see these these kind of interesting moves where Latinos in these communities in states like Nevada are moving more, more and more towards the Republican Party because for them it's it's not an identity issue right it's not like well these are these are illegal immigrants but they're Hispanic so I should identify with them it's like no these people are bringing crime. And
- Raven Harrison: correct. And that's a really good point, Pedro, because what's the I know that it's 4.9 million people who have crossed under Biden, two cases of leprosy and increase in fentanyl, but also it's not just it used to be we're saying Mexico. Now we're talking what 163 to 68 countries are running through that southern border. So this doesn't have anything to do we're getting them from everywhere. So the the concentration that used to be on the specific Latino vote has now gotten blurred because we've just let everybody in everybody you know here's the welcome that everybody come in here some free stuff. And don't forget to vote.
- So that's where we have to to kind of take it down and you're right this is all affecting. And I'm really not a big fan. You know nobody really caters to our Native American population as much but we we have to be looking at this more of Americans instead of segmented Americans in my opinion. And I wanted to save my favorite for the New York race what do you feel is going on in New York, because that is huge to DeSantis out there with a rally that is tremendous and who is he running. But you know, the Santos is running against a guy who depending on what time of day it is is Republican or Democrat. So I think at this particular time he's probably a Democrat again, but going back and forth but up in New York, I mean they have really born the brunt Pedro haven't they have.
- I mean they were the epicenter of the lockdowns. They were epicenter of, you know, mandating these vaccines epicenter of nephrotism of, you know, one stepping down so we can get somebody worse to be governor there who I believe has a connection to Nancy Pelosi. It's just absolutely unreal.
- Pedro Gonzalez: No, you're right. It is. It's fascinating because it looks like I mean, it's not totally beyond the pale that New York could have a Republican governor. And it's precisely for those reasons. I mean, there was an article today in the Atlantic by Emily Oster an economist at Brown University and she was saying that it's time for what she calls a pandemic amnesty which is to say, it's time for us to forgive each other for the things that we said and did about each other during the pandemic. And my mind is, you know, I go to all the people that died in in homes in New York, across the entire state basically like I kind of mentally.
- The first thing I thought it was all the things that that New Yorkers suffered for some reason my mind was like, I'm not sure I'm going to forgive that state all the things that New Yorkers suffered right under. And I just think to myself, like, well, on the one hand in the context of the Atlantic article it's like the answers no like we're not going to forgive and forget what you did not to just Americans all over the country but on the other hand, I thought of that like if you somehow manage to get a Republican governor in New York in this day and age, it's going to be I think because of that, because of the horrors of the that the Democratic Party foisted on New Yorkers and I have to imagine that.
- I mean this is not a like, you know, I'm a died in the wool Republican now issue but just like a protest vote for these people, you know, like we see what Democrats do to our state to our cities, and we want an alternative to the United States. I mean, yeah, I think it's, it's definitely possible and it is one of the more exciting races and I mean the DeSantis thing was really fascinating because I think it also indicates that I have mixed feelings about DeSantis and Trump both running for president but I think that is another indicator that DeSantis also runs to run for president in 2024. I say mixed because I will my my position is that if they run at the same time I think you're going to see some nasty in fighting on the right. In that race.
- Raven Harrison: And I am a big fan of DeSantis but I got to be honest if they run together I'm a Trump gal 100% that's my rockstar. Right.
- Pedro Gonzalez: Yeah, I think I agree.
- Raven Harrison: And I agree with you, you know, Pedro you just brought up an excellent point that deserves a little bit more attention. This is what not only New Yorkers need to be paying attention to but Americans in general. You know how dare I can't even believe they can step up and ask for a vote. This isn't I mean people died, depression and suicide skyrocketed people were locked down supply shortages and they can't blame this they have nowhere to go. They have been in full control of our government all branches of the government and at the highest level this is all on them.
- We were locked down. People were told that they were forced and we just have a judgment come out of the Supreme Court that all those people who were fired for choosing not to inject something into their body are going to receive their back pay but these were people who were struggling to feed their families they decimated the tourist industry in New York with this with these crazy I remember trying to travel there and it's like you have to stay in quarantine for two weeks and I'm like I hate to break it to you guys I've never been anywhere for two weeks. Okay I can't afford to stay in a hotel for two weeks while you guys put radioactive gear on and take my food to the front of my hotel room, but they need to remember today when they vote they must remember that whatever they're saying right now well we brought the gas price down six cents well great it's still up two bucks from when Trump was president what's your argument.
- So I want New Yorkers we are we feel you in this but take your state back and that will be a resounding, resounding voice to tell people what they think about these socialist communist-lite policies they've been shoving down New Yorkers and Americans throats for the last time so your overall prediction because I agree with you this is all well and good we want the momentum we want the excitement we want people get out there and vote.
- Okay, even if you think it's not going to make a difference it does make a difference get to the polls exercise your right somebody died for your right to vote my parents and I'm glad for it a lot of military and law enforcement that's something else New Yorkers are they need to funded the police and put a target on their back and let crime escalate and now they have the audacity to go well it's Trump's fault like heck it is so get out and vote New Yorkers put Lee Zeldin in and as far as DeSantis rock on DeSantis is a is a is a rockstar too but Trump is Trump is my guy but so your overall looking at now what do you want people to do now so they want to get out and vote and then what's their next step so what do we do on November 9.
- Pedro Gonzalez: I think that the first thing that has to happen is you know after everyone is done celebrating. Understandably so, is to immediately look at what the GOP is taking up as a policy agenda and right now. What we know is that Kevin McCarthy has suggested that, you know, after November 9. The main thing is going to be pushing a $50 billion aid package for Ukraine by the end of next January and entitlement reform. Those are the two things that Republicans are talking about.
- That's as far as you know what else they're going to do we don't know, but we do know that. We know that Medicare and basically just general entitlement reform and the debt right but I mean the funny thing about the GOP debt Hawking is the fact that they're also talking about securing another 50 billion for Ukraine, which seems to conflict with you know cutting spending. So I think that's really important is that the GOP is not, it's a tool for the voters for the base to affect their agenda and what they want to see happen in this country.
- The GOP is not something that you just kind of vote for and you just you know turn your back on it and it goes on autopilot and does what it's supposed that doesn't happen politicians do not they don't do anything. They don't keep any of their promises unless you hold their feet to the fire every single day. And so I think as soon as as soon as you know midterms passes that's that is the task of the Republican base hold your politicians accountable.
- Raven Harrison: That's it. That Pedro is everything because that's what we're talking about here. You know you remember how the Democrats ran their whole platform. We hate Trump. That was it. You know we're not going to do anything about the economy and we just hate Trump Trump that that was their platform. Well the Republicans platform can't be. Well they suck. Okay we know that. So what's the plan and the plan can't be we're going to control spending by spending more.
- That's how I can't do that with them. It's like literally seriously stop. But that comes on us doesn't it Pedro that's on us to be we should be making phone calls. We should be at these rallies and going hey I kind of see that you're getting ready to vote on more aid for Ukraine and I would really like to know what you're going to do to get my gas under $7 a gallon. So that's where we have to be but Pedro this is what I'm talking about is verbs in the sentence we're rallying the basis so where can people find you so they can get involved and help you're on the frontline of this movement where can people fall find you and get involved.
- Pedro Gonzalez: We can follow me on pretty much every social media platform one of the same handle EMERITICUS I've got my personal newsletter at contra.substack.com and I write a column for Chronicles magazine.org.
- Raven Harrison: Fantastic Pedro. I really appreciate you being here today. Thank you for talking to us for putting yourself out there to extend and let people know that there is hope because there is hope correct.
- Pedro Gonzalez: Yes, absolutely. Yeah, I think that's that's really important right. Things have to get kind of sketchy before they get better and I think that's actually where we are right now. It had to get this bad for people to realize I need to vote a different way or I need to get out to vote. If we're going to turn this country around so yeah absolutely I think in the long term there is a lot of reason to be optimistic but ultimately it falls on us. We have to be the ones with our hands on the wheel.
- Raven Harrison: Exactly until the the viewers and listeners where they can find you the article you are you are an editor at a publication and where can they chronicles.
- Pedro Gonzalez: Yeah, I'm an editor and writer at Chronicles magazine so and we had the distinction of being the original kind of flagship of the Papi Canon movement so yeah very very lucky to write for them.
- Raven Harrison: That's excellent. Well it's been my pleasure to have you here. Thanks Pedro and we're going to look forward to catching up with you soon. So Patriots that's what we're doing. We are out here on the front lines getting it done. It's election day. This is the day. This is the day when you've been sitting there watching the politicians are doing this and you haven't had a say and you haven't had a voice. This is the day to make your voices heard. Get out there and vote.
- Take some people with you. Vote red and then be prepared to do the work on the back end. Be prepared to be on the front line. If you can't be on the front line support those of us who are on the front lines. It's been my pleasure to bring this to you today. You want to join me. You can find me at RavenHarrison.com. You can find me on all social media platforms Ravens radar and Raven the conservative warrior. Reach out to me. Let me know what you want to hear what you want to see and what you want us to be fighting for.
- We should enjoy taking our country back. We'll see you next time.
As the episode concludes, Raven and Pedro stress the importance of holding elected officials accountable after the midterms. They discuss the need for the Republican base to actively engage with the GOP's policy agenda and demand action on issues that matter to them. The call-to-action encourages listeners to stay informed, participate in grassroots movements, and support those on the front lines fighting for conservative values.
Pedro Gonzalez provides valuable insights into the upcoming midterm elections and the necessary steps Republicans need to take to bring about change. By emphasizing the significance of voting and active engagement, Raven and Pedro inspire listeners to make a difference and ensure that electoral wins translate into meaningful policy outcomes. Visit his websites and social media listed below.