Category Archives: Electioneering

The Ezra Klein Show podcast: How White Identity Politics Won The Republican Civil War

Tim Alberta’s new book American Carnage documents “the Republican Civil War”: a decade-plus struggle over whether the Republican Party would build itself around white identity politics or try to reach out to a changing America.
Trump’s election settled the argument, and Alberta’s book tracks the way top Republicans processed that resolution — and submitted to their new reality — in real time. The profiles in courage are few and far between; the capitulations, however, are everywhere. Alberta takes us deep inside that process, and the quotes and stories he’s revealed already have top Republicans at each other’s throats.
This is a conversation about what the Republican Party has become, why Donald Trump won the fight for the party’s soul so decisively, why so many conservative politicians abandoned their loathing of Trump to embrace the power he offered, and what comes next. Alberta brings the receipts, and if nothing else, it’s a helluva portrait of how principles are traded for power.

https://player.fm/series/the-ezra-klein-show/how-white-identity-politics-won-the-republican-civil-war

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These Are the Mistakes Democrats Don’t Want to Repeat in 2020 – The New York Times

“We have created an electorate full of pundits and strategists, and the result is that we’re puzzling through not who we like but who we imagine someone else will like,” said Senator Brian Schatz, Democrat of Hawaii. “It’s a fool’s errand to imagine who will be appealing to someone else.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/18/us/politics/2020-candidates-election-2016.html

Reason podcast: Pro-Life and Pro-Choice Libertarians Calmly Discuss Abortion

The debate over the “heartbeat bill” signed into law in Georgia last week has been both hyperbolic and vitriolic. Of course, stakes are high in the debate over the legality of abortion and the potential for reconsideration of the Supreme Court precedent set in Roe v. Wade (1973).

But at Reason, we believe calm, rational discussion is possible even between people who strongly disagree. So Editor in Chief Katherine Mangu-Ward sat down with Managing Editor Stephanie Slade, who is pro-life, and Associate Editor Liz Nolan Brown, who is pro-choice, to talk about the present state of abortion politics and the ways in which reasonable libertarians can disagree on this issue.

https://reason.com/podcast/pro-life-and-pro-choice-libertarians-calmly-discuss-abortion/

Reason podcast: Abortion Restrictionists Go Bold

The political/culture wars are once again at full throttle as Georgia becomes the latest in a series of states to enact serious abortion restrictions, in this case a ban on the procedure when a fetal heartbeat can be detected. Is the longstanding legal/cultural consensus (or political standoff) about abortion—that it should be legally available during the first trimester—giving way to a more extreme agenda by polarized advocates on each side? That’s the thorny question underlying this week’s Editors’ Roundtable edition of the Reason Podcast, featuring Katherine Mangu-Ward, Nick Gillespie, Peter Suderman and Matt Welch.

https://reason.com/podcast/abortion-restrictionists-go-bold/

Reason podcast: Debate Dems Wage Intergenerational Warfare and We Are Here for It

In a post-debate quickie podcast, Reason‘s resident millennial/xennials Peter Suderman, Stephanie Slade, and Katherine Mangu-Ward slice and dice the two nights of Democratic Debates. We discuss the surprisingly fast escalation of the health care debate and Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s shining anti-interventionist moment. And since Matt Welch and Nick Gillespie weren’t on the podcast, we join tonight’s Democratic hopefuls in fomenting a little intergenerational warfare. We also pick winners and losers. (Hint: Suderman and Slade think Kamala Harris won, but she’s still a cop.)

https://reason.com/podcast/debate-dems-wage-intergenerational-warfare-and-we-are-here-for-it/

Reason podcast: Debate Dems Wage Intergenerational Warfare and We Are Here for It

In a post-debate quickie podcast, Reason‘s resident millennial/xennials Peter Suderman, Stephanie Slade, and Katherine Mangu-Ward slice and dice the two nights of Democratic Debates. We discuss the surprisingly fast escalation of the health care debate and Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s shining anti-interventionist moment. And since Matt Welch and Nick Gillespie weren’t on the podcast, we join tonight’s Democratic hopefuls in fomenting a little intergenerational warfare. We also pick winners and losers. (Hint: Suderman and Slade think Kamala Harris won, but she’s still a cop.)

https://reason.com/podcast/debate-dems-wage-intergenerational-warfare-and-we-are-here-for-it/