Episode #220: Lamb Chops the GOP

It’s a solidly Republican district that both Donald Trump and Mitt Romney easily carried.  The previous Republican congressman was considered so strong that Democrats failed to even run a candidate in either 2014 and 2016.  But in Tuesday’s special election, in Pennsylvania’s 18th District, Democrat Conor Lamb has apparently eked out a narrow victory over Republican Rick Saccone — and led some pundits to say that it may be the beginning of the end of GOP control of Congress.  Jon Delano, the political editor for KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh, analyzes the results and explains what it means — and doesn’t mean.

The firing of Rex Tillerson this week enticed us to repeat a conversation we had last year with political science professor and historian Ed Mihalkanin about the history of the presidents and the secretaries of state who serve him.

And it was 50 years ago this week that President Lyndon Johnson suffered a grave political defeat in New Hampshire when he beat challenger Eugene McCarthy, a vocal opponent of his Vietnam War policy, by a much smaller margin than expected.  It was a result that was the beginning of the end of LBJ’s presidency, and it was just about two weeks later when he shocked the nation by withdrawing from the race.  John Teague was a student at Amherst College back in March 1968, when he was an influential worker on McCarthy’s staff in the Granite State.  Teague reminisces about that campaign.

Photo via flickr “Conor Lamb For Congress”

Music used in this podcast:

Stormy by Classics IV

New Toy by Lene Lovich

Find The Cost Of Freedom by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

Shoeless Joe From Hannibal Mo from the “Damn Yankees” soundtrack

Eugene McCarthy for President (If You Love Your Country) by Peter, Paul and Mary 

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