Episode #194: Pardons, Purges and Primaries

The violence in Charlottesville has already created a split in the Trump administration as well as within the Republican Party.  Bob Holsworth, a longtime analyst of Virginia politics, says it may very well have an effect in this year’s gubernatorial election in the Old Dominion.

With President Trump openly attacking Republican senators — such as Jeff Flake and Mitch McConnell, among others — we are reminded that it is rare but not unheard of to see a president battling with senators from his own party.  George Mitrovich was the press secretary for Sen. Charles Goodell (R-N.Y.) in 1970, and he remembers the attacks on his boss by Vice President Spiro Agnew.  And Susan Dunn, a professor at Williams College and author of a book about President Franklin Roosevelt’s effort to purge Democratic senators in the 1938 primaries, recalls what FDR tried to accomplish.

And as we approach the Sept. 12 primary for mayor in New York City, we talk to Erin Durkin of the Daily News, who reports that while Mayor Bill de Blasio’s negatives are high and voters are not thrilled with him, he is an almost sure bet to win a second term this year.

Photo via Brian Snyder/Reuters

Music used in this podcast

I Could Be Good for You by 707

Eighties by Killing Joke

The Logical Song by Supertramp

I Don’t Want to Spoil the Party by The Beatles

Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd

New York State of Mind by Billy Joel

I Won’t Back Down by Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers

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