Episode 102: Family Feud

There were differences, to be sure, in Tuesday’s Republican debate in Milwaukee.  First of all, two candidates — Chris Christie and Mike Huckabee — were not there; their polling numbers, as determined by the Fox Business Channel and the Wall Street Journal, relegated them to the undercard debate.  And two others — Lindsey Graham and George Pataki — were out of the debates altogether.

Also, the FBC and WSJ moderators made it a point not to become part of the story.  That was the criticism of the CNBC moderators at last month’s GOP debate in Colorado.  For the most part, they let the candidates have their answers and stayed out of the way.

So, did anything change?  Shira Center, the political editor for the Boston Globe, offers her analysis.

Four years ago this week there was another debate, perhaps made memorable because of a four-letter word uttered by one of the candidates.  Rick Perry’s famous “oops” moment is remembered by CNBC anchor John Harwood, who asked Perry what seemed at the time to be an innocuous question.

For all the talk about dynasties and a potential Bush vs. Clinton match-up in 2016, Stephen Hess of the Brookings Institution has a new book about famous political families.  It’s called “America’s Political Dynasties: From Adams to Clinton,” and it goes through not only the Roosevelts and the Kennedys and the Tafts, but also many families we have long since forgotten.  Steve dropped by to share some of his favorite stories.

And with Veterans Day this week, we had a brief conversation with Joe Klein, the columnist for Time magazine, who also has a new book, “Charlie Mike,” about veterans who help other veterans adjust to post-combat life.

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