Episode #239: Our Collusion Delusion Confusion
The “impeach Rod Rosenstein” effort is going nowhere, to no surprise, but that hardly means conservatives in the House Republican conference are backing down. Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio is running to head up the party in the House, and there may be several dozen members of the Freedom Caucus ready to back him. Jack Pitney of Claremont McKenna College says that while Jordan is unlikely to come close to winning, he is pleasing Trump voters who feel Paul Ryan and Co. have lost their way. Pitney also weighs in on the Democratic race, where Nancy Pelosi wants to return to the Speakership. If her party wins the majority in November, that probably will happen. But if they fall short, he doesn’t see Pelosi lasting as the Democratic leader.
Sarah Rosier of Ballotpedia analyzes the key contests in the four states holding primaries on Tuesday: Kansas (where Kris Kobach of vote fraud fame is running for governor), Michigan, Missouri and Washington.
And Edwin Moise of Clemson University takes us back 54 years to August of 1964, when President Lyndon Johnson announced to the nation that North Vietnamese PT boats in the Gulf of Tonkin attacked U.S. destroyers, an incident that many say led to increased American involvement in the Vietnam War.
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