Episode #174: Springtime for Hitler Comparisons

A very different approach from the Trump administration this week, especially when it comes to policy regarding Syria.  Jack Pitney of Claremont McKenna College sums up the week, not only regarding foreign affairs but how the Senate, and Republican leader Mitch McConnell, dealt with the “nuclear option” in ensuring the confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.

Oh, did we mention White House press secretary Sean Spicer and his comments comparing Syrian President Assad to Adolf Hitler?

We also hear from Greg Bluestein of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, who sets up next Tuesday’s special election in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District (to succeed Tom Price).  And he’s followed by NPR’s Debbie Elliott, who explains why Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley had to resign in the wake of a sex scandal that was lasting more than a year.

Finally, in our “this week in political history” feature, we go back to 1999, when former Vice President Dan Quayle announced his bid for the 2000 GOP presidential nomination.  Bill Kristol, the neo-conservative and founder of The Weekly Standard who was Quayle’s chief of staff during his VP years, explains why Quayle’s White House bid was probably doomed from the start.

Photo via Joshua Roberts / Reuters

Music used in this podcast:

Shame On You by The Darling Buds 

Look A Little On The Sunny Side by The Kinks 

Midnight Train To Georgia by Gladys Knight & The Pips

Something Happened to Me Yesterday by The Rolling Stones

In The Court of The Crimson King by King Crimson

Runnin’ Down A Dream by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

Creative Commons License

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License

Leave a Reply

Item added to cart.
0 items - $0.00