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47 minutes | 3 days ago
Episode #364: Liz Cheney And The Party Of Intolerance
Liz Cheney, the House Republican congresswoman from Wyoming who is her party’s third-ranking House member, has made it a habit of standing up to Donald Trump’s lies and misstatements about the validity of the 2020 election and what really happened during the Jan. 6 insurrection in Washington. For that, she is about to lose her leadership position. And she is not alone. Sen. Mitt Romney, who voted to convict Trump during the impeachment trial, barely escaped censure by the Utah GOP. Jack Pitney of Claremont McKenna College is watching this and sees an alarming lack of tolerance in the party, one that is only getting worse. Norm Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute is watching how President Biden is faring in pushing through his agenda, well aware that in a 50-50 Senate everyone’s ego needs to be massaged … perhaps none more so than Joe Manchin of West Virginia. Music heard in this episode Time is Running Out by Muse It’s My Party by Leslie Gore Expecting to Fly by Buffalo Springfield Are You Going My Way by Lenny Kravitz The post Episode #364: Liz Cheney And The Party Of Intolerance appeared first on Ken Rudin's Political Junkie.
24 minutes | 17 days ago
Episode #363: Walter Mondale Fought The Good Fight
With Walter Mondale’s death last Monday, at the age of 93, we thought this would be a good time to replay our interview with the former vice president, from April of 2015. Music in this Episode My Boyfriend’s Back by the Angels The post Episode #363: Walter Mondale Fought The Good Fight appeared first on Ken Rudin's Political Junkie.
65 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode #362: Remembering Roger Mudd
New York’s Andrew Cuomo is not the only Democratic governor with problems. In California, Gavin Newsom is facing a recall, and by most accounts the proponents are going to have enough signatures to make it to the ballot. John Myers of the Los Angeles Times explains why Newsom is in trouble, how the recall works, and its similarities and differences with the California recall of 2003, when Gray Davis (D) was taken down. With Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt having decided to retire next year, Steve Kraske of radio station KCUR in Kansas City offers his analysis of why Blunt is leaving and who — almost assuredly a Republican — will succeed him. And Marvin Kalb — the former CBS and NBC newsman — remembers his friend Roger Mudd, the exemplary TV political journalist who died this week at the age of 93. Mudd is most remembered for his question of Ted Kennedy in 1979 that hurt his presidential hopes, but the totality of Roger Mudd is far more than just that. Music in this episode Recall Me by The Predators The Times They Are A-Changin’ by Bob Dylan Real Love by Wendy Wall Television Man by Talking Heads The post Episode #362: Remembering Roger Mudd appeared first on Ken Rudin's Political Junkie.
67 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode #361: Sexual Harassment, As Seen By The Two Parties
We all agree that sexual harassment is bad, regardless of who is the accused. The allegations against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, look bad. The allegations against North Carolina congressman Madison Cawthorn, a Republican, look bad. We have reports on the two by Chris Churchill, a political columnist at the Albany Times-Union, and Tom Fiedler, a journalist from Asheville, N.C. Neither politician comes out looking especially good. But a sidebar to these stories is that such allegations leveled against a Democrat will result in far more severe punishment by his own party than they would if the allegations were made against a Republican. Some Dems are calling for Cuomo’s resignation; Cawthorn is continually heralded as a rising star. In addition to the two situations, we ponder why the two parties see it differently. We also have a report on the goings on last weekend at CPAC by Tim Denevi, who retells some of the craziness at the event, sizes up potential 2024 presidential hopefuls and, most significantly, assesses Donald Trump’s first major appearance since he left the White House. Music in this episode It Wasn’t Me by Chuck Berry Hero Takes a Fall by the Bangles Somebody to Love by Jefferson Airplane They’re Coming to Take Me Away by Napolean XIV The post Episode #361: Sexual Harassment, As Seen By The Two Parties appeared first on Ken Rudin's Political Junkie.
53 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode #360: Is Biden Neera Defeat?
Will a history of snarky tweets doom Joe Biden’s nominee for budget director? Republicans who have tolerated and ignored Donald Trump’s daily outbursts are saying that the posts by Neera Tanden have made her an unacceptable person to head up the OMB. Meanwhile, in the aftermath of the Trump vote to impeach and then convict, we talk to three journalists about the political consequences: Liz Ruskin of Alaska Public Media on Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Bob Beck of Wyoming Public Radio on Rep. Liz Cheney, and Jeff Tiberii of North Carolina Public Radio on the retiring Sen. Richard Burr and the fight for his seat. Music in this week’s podcas Black by Sarah McLachlan Dick Cheney by Roy Zimmerman George Murphy by Tom Lehrer I Said Brr, It’s Cold in Here by Clovers/East Compton The post Episode #360: Is Biden Neera Defeat? appeared first on Ken Rudin's Political Junkie.
64 minutes | 3 months ago
Episode #359: From “Beat The Press” To The Governorship?
Sarah Huckabee Sanders has declared her candidacy for governor of Arkansas, hoping to follow in the footsteps of her father, Mike Huckabee, who also served in that office. Janine Parry of the University of Arkansas says that with a famous name and the likely backing of a former president, she may well be on her way to victory. The impeachment trial of Donald Trump begins on Tuesday and by all indications there is little chance that the Senate will come up with 17 Republicans ready to vote to convict. The New York Times’ Carl Hulse explores what’s at stake for now-Minority Leader Mitch McConnell as well as for a party that seems to be torn over Liz Cheney and Marjorie Taylor Greene. The rightwing shift of the GOP is felt not only in Washington but in Arizona, where the party recently censured the widow of John McCain, the current Republican governor, and a former Republican senator. Ron Hansen of the Arizona Republic reflects on a party that has lost both Senate seats in the past two years and watched a Democrat, Joe Biden, carry the state for the first time since 1996. And Howard Wilkinson of Cincinnati’s WVXU reports on the retirement of Ohio Republican Sen. Rob Portman and the fight to win his seat in 2022. Music in this week’s program Daughter by Pearl Jam Impeach the President by The Honey Drippers The Logical Song by Supertramp Massive Attack by Angel Out of Time by The Rolling Stones Sara Smile by Hall and Oates The post Episode #359: From “Beat The Press” To The Governorship? appeared first on Ken Rudin's Political Junkie.
30 minutes | 4 months ago
Episode #358: Shame. And Hope.
A somber look at January 2021, starting with President Trump’s attempt to get Georgia officials to rig the election in his favor, and continuing on with a Trump speech exhorting his followers to head to the Capitol, a melee that took five lives and rocked the foundation of democracy to its core, and ending with his impeachment for inciting an insurrection. And now we wait for the inauguration of the nation’s 46th President, Joe Biden, and hoping against hope that there won’t be more mob violence. The last time the nation’s capitol ever endured anything close to this came in 1954, when five Puerto Rican nationalists sprayed the House floor with bullets, injuring a handful of congressmen. Former Pennsylvania Congressman Paul Kanjorski, who back in ’54 was a House page and happened to be on the floor when the shots rang out, talks about that harrowing moment. Photo by Reuters. Music in this episode Problems by the Sex Pistols A Mistake by Fiona Apple The post Episode #358: Shame. And Hope. appeared first on Ken Rudin's Political Junkie.
38 minutes | 4 months ago
Episode #357: For All The Marbles
Tuesday’s runoffs in Georgia will determine which party will control the Senate in the new Congress. Greg Bluestein of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution tells us what’s at stake and how early voting seems to be breaking all records. The following day, Congress is going to vote on certifying Joe Biden’s victory. Sen. Josh Hawley, a Missouri Republican, says he will vote no, arguing that rules were broken in several states. And, besides, Democrats, such as Sen. Barbara Boxer of California, did the same thing in 2005 and no one made a big deal of it. Well, Barbara Boxer is on the program this week to explain the vast differences between what she was trying to accomplish and what Hawley is doing. Music in this episode Don’t Stand So Close to Me by The Police Know Your Enemy by Green Day The Army Song by the United States Army Band Bad Reputation by Joan Jett The post Episode #357: For All The Marbles appeared first on Ken Rudin's Political Junkie.
42 minutes | 4 months ago
Episode #356: The 2020 Remembrances Special
Ron Elving joins Ken to talk about some of the political giants who died this year, most notably Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg and Congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis. Music heard in this episode: Abraham, Martin and John by Dion Revolution 9 by The Beatles I Can’t Breathe by H.E.R. Good Night by The Beatles The post Episode #356: The 2020 Remembrances Special appeared first on Ken Rudin's Political Junkie.
37 minutes | 5 months ago
Episode #355: The Electoral College vs. Trump University
The Electoral College had its constitutional say this week, and it ratified the November vote: Joe Biden 306, President Trump 232. No dissenters, no “faithless electors.” This compares to the 2016 election, when two electors broke from Trump and five broke from Hillary Clinton. Emily Conrad, author of the new book, “The Faithless: The Untold Story of the Electoral College,” spoke to several of the 2016 faithless and explains why they broke from their parties’ nominees. And we delve into the archives for our 2016 conversation with Mike Padden, a 1976 Jerry Ford elector in Washington who decided to vote for Ronald Reagan and explains why. Music in this episode The Plot Against America opening theme (HBO) I’m Not Running Away by Feist Come A Little Bit Closer by Jay & the Americans Change Your Mind by Sister Hazel The post Episode #355: The Electoral College vs. Trump University appeared first on Ken Rudin's Political Junkie.
55 minutes | 5 months ago
Episode #354: David Dinkins and the Harlem Gang of Four
Donald Trump may have lost, but former Nebraska Congressman Hal Daub argues that the Republican Party did very well in the 2020 elections, winning seats they weren’t supposed to and surprising all the forecasts of a Blue Wave. The recent death of David Dinkins, New York’s first and only African-American mayor, prompted a look not only at his record but of the past, present, and future of black politics in NYC. Former New York State Comptroller Carl McCall conducts the tour. Music in this week’s episode: California Dreamin’ by The Mamas and Papas Omaha by Waylon Jennings Nixon’s the One by The Vic Caesar Orchestra The City by Mark-Almond The post Episode #354: David Dinkins and the Harlem Gang of Four appeared first on Ken Rudin's Political Junkie.
31 minutes | 5 months ago
Episode #353: You Never Forget Your First Runoff
Both political parties are focusing on the two Senate runoffs in Georgia on January 5th. Wyche Fowler, a Georgia Democrat elected to the Senate in 1986, nearly won re-election in 1992 but because he fell a tad below the required 50 percent, he was forced into a runoff three weeks later … and he lost. Fowler is on the Political Junkie this week with memories of that time, and offers differences and similarities to what is happening today. Music in this week’s episode: Particle Man by They Might Be Giants The Times They Are A-Changin’ by Bob Dylan The post Episode #353: You Never Forget Your First Runoff appeared first on Ken Rudin's Political Junkie.
29 minutes | 6 months ago
Episode #352: Georgia On Everyone’s Mind
Jim Galloway, the longtime political columnist for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, sets up the two Georgia Senate runoff elections scheduled for Jan. 5th. Because neither of the two Republican senators — David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler (appointed to the seat and running in a special election) — managed to break the 50 percent threshold, they and their respective Democratic challengers, Jon Ossoff and Rafael Warnock, will square off with control of the Senate at stake. The Democrats must win BOTH seats on 1/5 for them to take control; it would put the Senate at 50-50, with Vice President Kamala Harris holding the tie-breaking vote. If the GOP wins one of the races, Mitch McConnell will continue as the Senate majority leader, and make life miserable for Joe Biden. The post Episode #352: Georgia On Everyone’s Mind appeared first on Ken Rudin's Political Junkie.
46 minutes | 6 months ago
Episode #351: Biden Wins (Don’t Tell Trump); GOP Wins Too.
Joe Biden is the president-elect and would be on his way to a smooth transition, except for one thing: Donald Trump is not about to concede. But underneath Biden’s victory is the fact that not only did the GOP keep its Senate losses to a minimum, it picked up seats in the House — both contrary to predictions. Carl Hulse of the New York Times explains the split-result of the 2020 elections. And with Kamala Harris the vice president-elect, California Gov. Gavin Newsom will have the unenviable task of naming a successor to her Senate seat. And as John Myers of the Los Angeles Times points out, there is no shortage of senator wannabes in the Golden State. No matter who Newsom picks, there are bound to be sore feelings. The post Episode #351: Biden Wins (Don’t Tell Trump); GOP Wins Too. appeared first on Ken Rudin's Political Junkie.
51 minutes | 6 months ago
Episode #350: This Is Us
It’s the final pre-election podcast, with Amber Phillips of the Washington Post handicapping the key Senate races that will either result in Mitch McConnell continuing to lead the majority or Chuck Schumer taking over and putting the Democrats in control for the first time since 2014. And Mike Murphy, the Republican media strategist, talks about Trump, Trumpism and the future of the GOP, whether or not the president wins on Tuesday. Music heard in this podcast It’s Over by Roy Orbison Runnin’ Down a Dream by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Heroes and Villains by The Beach Boys The post Episode #350: This Is Us appeared first on Ken Rudin's Political Junkie.
47 minutes | 7 months ago
Episode #349: One Will Be Muted On Nov. 3rd
Joe Biden’s difficulty in articulating a clear policy on court reform — e.g., packing the court — has brought the former vice president some criticism. It has also brought comparisons to 1937, when FDR tried to pack the court — and failed. Historian Jeff Shesol, author of a book exploring Roosevelt’s gambit, finds similarities between the two Democrats. And S.V. Date, the HuffPost correspondent who asked President Trump at a news briefing why he lies so much, talks about the roadblocks for White House reporters to get information, and the truth, from the president. Plus, some highlights, as they were, from the final Trump-Biden debate. Photo credit Associated Press. Music used in this podcast: Here Comes Your Man by The Pixies Dear Supreme Court by C-Murder Lies by The Knickerbockers The post Episode #349: One Will Be Muted On Nov. 3rd appeared first on Ken Rudin's Political Junkie.
38 minutes | 7 months ago
Episode #348: Charges Of Hypocrisy And Betrayal In The Carolinas
Of the 23 Republican Senate seats up this year, the one held by North Carolina’s Thom Tillis was always going to be hotly contested. But few thought that Lindsey Graham’s seat in South Carolina would become a barn-burner, which it has. Jamie Lovegrove of the Post and Courier of Charleston reports on how Democrat Jamie Harrison, armed with record-breaking money totals, has a chance of becoming the first to oust a GOP senator in South Carolina history. And Jeff Tiberii of radio station WUNC wonders whether late adultery charges leveled against Democrat Cal Cunningham will jeopardize what had looked like a good shot at knocking off Tillis. The post Episode #348: Charges Of Hypocrisy And Betrayal In The Carolinas appeared first on Ken Rudin's Political Junkie.
20 minutes | 7 months ago
Episode #347: More White House Obfuscations Of The Truth
For many, it’s more anger than sadness to learn that President Trump has contracted Covid-19, given his long campaign of mocking and belittling those who wear masks and underplaying the severity of the virus. Also distressing is the fact that the White House has not exactly been transparent in disclosing the timeline and severity of Trump’s illness … following a long tradition of shading the truth when it comes to a president’s health. And then, with Mike Pence and Kamala Harris set to square off on Wednesday, we go through some of the greatest hits of VP debates in history. An earlier version of this post had an invalid audio file – this has been corrected. The post Episode #347: More White House Obfuscations Of The Truth appeared first on Ken Rudin's Political Junkie.
42 minutes | 8 months ago
Episode #346: The Notorious Mitch McConnell
Yes, Mitch McConnell, Lindsey Graham and others have come up with reasons why a vote for President Trump’s Supreme Court justice nominee will happen, while defending their decision to deny the same for President Obama’s court nominee four years ago. Carl Hulse of the New York Times is not surprised by the development, saying charges of hypocrisy don’t matter when there is an opportunity to name another conservative to the Supreme Court. And it was 21 years ago this month when Bill Bradley, the former basketball star and New Jersey senator, challenged Vice President Al Gore for the Democratic presidential nomination. Gina Glantz, Bradley’s campaign manager, talks about the roadblocks they faced. The post Episode #346: The Notorious Mitch McConnell appeared first on Ken Rudin's Political Junkie.
60 minutes | 8 months ago
Episode #345: Soon To Be Unemployed?
And they’re off! With less than eight weeks to go, and early voting starting even sooner, President Trump and challenger Joe Biden have begun their battle in earnest for the White House. NPR’s Ron Elving talks about what’s at stake, both for the candidates and the nation. One state that has rarely gotten a second look in November is Minnesota, which hasn’t voted for a Republican since Richard Nixon in 1972. But David Schultz of Hamline University says that with strong pockets of conservative strength in the state added to a backlash in the aftermath of the George Floyd demonstrations and looting, Donald Trump has a chance to end the GOP losing streak. And just as the presidential race is tightening, so is the battle for control of the Senate. Jessica Taylor of the Cook Report says Democrats have a shot at winning enough seats to attain the majority, but only if everything falls into place. And there’s no guarantee of that. Music used in the podcast: Generals and Majors by XTC Not to Touch the Earth by The Doors Strange by R.E.M. My Old Kentucky Home, Goodnight by John Prine Fire Down Below by Bob Seger The post Episode #345: Soon To Be Unemployed? appeared first on Ken Rudin's Political Junkie.
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