Episode #244: 44 Takes On 45

A lot of fireworks and pent-up anger last week during the Senate Judiciary Committee’s confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.  But, as Robert Barnes of the Washington Post points out, were any minds changed?  Is he less likely to get confirmed?  Barnes suggests no.

Former President Barack Obama made his long-awaited return to the political fray last week with a speech at the University of Illinois at Urbana in which he eviscerated his successor, Republicans in Congress and the GOP in general.  Rick Pearson of the Chicago Tribune wonders, however, if the return of Obama gives President Trump a foil to focus on — with the midterm elections less than two months away.

Obama may be returning, but Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is leaving.  Becky Vevea of radio station WBEZ reports on Emanuel’s startling retirement announcement, reviews his failures and successes, and ponders over a successor

And Susan MacManus of the University of South Florida in Tampa discusses what may be the top gubernatorial race of the year:  the Florida contest between conservative Ron DeSantis, a strong Trump ally, and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, who is running well to the left in a state that usually nominates centrist Democrats.  Issues of corruption and race have dominated the contest, which remains airtight.  Republicans have won the past four Florida gov elections.

Music used in this podcast:

Getting Nowhere Fast by Girls At Our Best!

World of Denial by Joan Jett & the Blackhearts

I’ve Been Waiting by Matthew Sweet

In the City by The Eagles

Respect by Aretha Franklin

This Is Not a Love Song by Public Image Ltd.

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2 Responses

  1. D. McNamara says:

    Funny how in the clip you play of BO he states he never called FOX the “enemy of the people” – true. Instead his administration was abusing their power to try and silence FOX journalists. Actually getting warrants to spy on media. That is far far worse than saying mean things about them – yet media is too busy whining about Trump calling them names to mention that. Gee- wonder why audiences cheer when Trump says FAKE NEWS.

    • Ken Rudin says:

      To be exact, it’s audiences who watch Fox News and remain supporters of Trump who cheer. Those who think Fox News is off the walls and despise the president don’t do much of that cheering.

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