Episode #33: Comebacks — Mississippi & Mrs. Rudin

Two weeks ago we were astonished that Eric Cantor, a well-situated House incumbent from Virginia, could get defeated in his primary.  Now we’re astonished that Thad Cochran, the six-term Republican senator from Mississippi, could pull out a victory against his tea party-backed opponent.  Whether incumbents are winning or losing, it’s the latest example of a …

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Episode #32: Iraq returns, Hill lifers depart

There’s a four-letter word in the headlines lately:  Iraq. The withdrawal of U.S. troops in 2011 was done with the expectation that Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki would unite his country and ease ethnic tensions.  Instead, Maliki, a Shiite, did what he could to ostracize minority Sunnis… perhaps in response to what Saddam Hussein did to Shiites during his ruthless decades …

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Episode #31: Cantor collapses, Graham gains

Wow.  Who saw the defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor coming?  Certainly not Cantor.  Or the nation’s political establishment.  And not Greg Giroux, political reporter for Bloomberg News, who sat with Political Junkie host Ken Rudin and together they shook their heads at one of the more amazing primary upsets of recent times. We also hear from Kevin Broughton of the Tea Party Patriots …

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Episode #26: Tea Party & Benghazi here to stay

At long last, the 2014 primaries are here.  And everyone is watching the ongoing collision between establishment Republicans and Tea Party insurgents. Speaker John Boehner, no friend of the Tea Party, won handily in his Ohio district.  Thom Tillis, the establishment choice for the Senate in North Carolina, beat back his conservative opponents and won the nomination …

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Episode #25: High House hopes, low Obama numbers

So how do you run your campaign in 2014 if you’re a Democrat and your president’s job approval numbers are not so good?  That’s the question host Ken Rudin put to Democratic pollster and strategist Anna Greenberg in the latest installment of the Political Junkie.  Greenberg acknowledges the weak numbers, the disappointing foreign policy and the history of the party …

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Episode #19: Scott Brown moves, the ’97 Newt mutiny, & mourning Reubin Askew

Scott Brown’s likely entry into the New Hampshire Senate race livens up a campaign that Republicans had thought was a lost cause … though he still has his work cut out for him in his battle to unseat Democrat Jeanne Shaheen. Ken talks about Brown’s hurdles in his new state with New Hampshire Public Radio reporter Josh Rogers. And …

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Episode #18: GOP is Jolly, CPAC is over, and Quinn is in trouble

A big victory for the GOP in a special Florida congressional seat highlights this week’s Political Junkie.  Host Ken Rudin speaks with Adam Smith of the Tampa Bay Times about the somewhat surprising win by Republican David Jolly in the Sunshine State’s 13th CD.  True, the seat has been in GOP hands since 1955, but since last October’s death of longtime incumbent C.W. …

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