Episode #86: Heroes and Villains

The more controversial he gets, the better he does in the surveys.  That’s the scoop on Donald Trump, the billionaire real estate mogul who has jumped to the forefront of not only the polls but the conversation.  No political discussion in recent days has not included The Donald — especially since his comments about John McCain last weekend went viral.  Frank Newport, the editor in chief of the Gallup organization, visits the Political Junkie this week to explain the meaning of Trump, what it says about the politics of today, and whether his numbers are sustainable.

If Trump is leading the pack — whatever that means with more than six months to go before Iowa and New Hampshire — John Kasich is just entering it.  The Ohio governor declared his candidacy on Tuesday, becoming the 15th Republican to join the no-longer-select group.  Jessica Wehrman of the Columbus Dispatch examines Kasich’s record and what he brings to the campaign.

Republicans are not the only ones experiencing a family feud.  Two Democratic hopefuls attended the Netroots Nation conference in Phoenix over the weekend, and both — Martin O’Malley and Bernie Sanders — were met with interruptions and protesters, the complaint being that neither candidate is vocal enough about police brutality and racial discrimination.  Dave Weigel of the Washington Post covered the conference and offers his observations.

And in our “this week in political history” feature, we go back 27 years to the Democratic convention of 1988 — the one that nominated Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis for president.  Dukakis joins us to share his memories of that convention and campaign, cherishing the good ones and ruing the disappointing ones.

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  1. earlybirdat2007 says:

    I enjoyed the segment with Michael Dukakis. I think the 1988 Presidential race was a rare one where one side (Dukakis) should have won, but didn’t because they got out-maneuvered by the Bush team. It seems that Dukakis acknowledges this now, which is a tribute to his self-awareness and candor.

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