Episode #236: Kavanaugh Comes A-Courtin’

President Trump’s nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to succeed Anthony Kennedy on the U.S. Supreme Court has given the president his second chance to move the court in a more conservative direction.  Burgess Everett of Politico reports on the senators who will be pressured by special interest groups regarding Kavanaugh’s confirmation.  And Prof. Jeffrey Segal of Stony Brook University tells us how he sees Kavanaugh’s role on the court.

With Scott Pruitt having worn out his welcome at the EPA, there are rumors that he may be looking to return to Oklahoma, where he once served as state attorney general.  If Sen. Jim Inhofe (R), who is 83, decides to retire in 2020, Pruitt could seek the seat.  Randy Krehbiel of the Tulsa World assesses how Pruitt’s negatives might play in the Sooner State and his chances for a second political act.

And we go back 11 years to July of 2007 when the phone number of Louisiana Sen. David Vitter was discovered in the records of a D.C. madam.  Pelican State pollster Bernie Pinsonat describes how Vitter managed to survive in politics — until 2015 when he decided to leave the Senate and seek the governorship.  That’s when the sex scandal ended his career.

Official White House Photo by D. Myles Cullen

Music used in this podcast:

Land of 1000 Dances by Cannibal & the Headhunters

Pressure by Billy Joel

Testify by Rage Against The Machine

Homeward Bound by Simon & Garfunkel

Barbara Ann by The Beach Boys

Modern Love is Automatic by A Flock of Seagulls

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