Episode #254: The Toppled Front Runner
For all the racial gaffes and unforced errors made by Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, she still managed to win Tuesday’s runoff. Being a Republican in Ruby Red Mississippi certainly helped, and having President Trump campaign for her wasn’t bad either. Luke Ramseth of the Jackson Clarion-Ledger explains what was behind her eight-point victory over Democratic former congressman Mike Espy.
Orange County, California used to be Ruby Red Republican; it’s the home of Richard Nixon and Bob Dornan and other GOP conservatives. But demographic changes — and Trump’s unpopularity in the region — led to a Democratic sweep of every House seat; that hasn’t happened since the 1936 election. Mark Z. Barabak of the Los Angeles Times gives us a history lesson.
And there’s a new movie out, “The Front Runner,” that focuses on Gary Hart’s unraveling as a presidential candidate in 1987, after reporters from the Miami Herald reveal an extramarital affair that exposes Hart’s recklessness and character faults. The movie takes Hart’s side against the “tabloid” reporters. Tom Fiedler, the lead Herald reporter who broke the story, tells his side of it … 31 years later.
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