Episode #248: After Kavanaugh

The president on CBS’ “60 Minutes” last Sunday was vintage Trump: combative, insistent and not willing to change his mind, even if the facts suggest he could be wrong.  Aaron Blake of the Washington Post assesses the interview with Lesley Stahl.

Sen. Susan Collins, the Maine Republican who voted to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, isn’t up for re-election until 2020.  Lisa Murkowski, the Alaska Republican who opposed Kavanaugh’s confirmation, isn’t up until 2022.  But their votes on the judge are being scrutinized back home.  Mal Leary of Maine Public Radio and Matt Buxton of the Midnight Sun blog in Alaska talk of their respective senators.

By most accounts, the most endangered senator up for re-election next month is Heidi Heitkamp.  The North Dakota Democrat didn’t make her task any easier with her vote against Kavanaugh.  But, as Dave Thompson of Prairie Public Radio notes, regardless of her vote, it was going to be a tough hurdle for her in a state Donald Trump carried by 36 percentage points.

Music used in this podcast:

I Know (You Don’t Love Me No More) by Barbara George

I Am the Greatest by Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali)

Long Time Gone by Crosby, Stills & Nash

Shallow by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper

Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood by Nina Simone

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