#1327 Impeachment as a Lens Through Which to Understand the GOP

Air Date: 12–21-2019

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Today we take a look at the GOP through modern history to understand how they came to be what they are and how the impeachment is throwing this reality into such sharp relief.

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: What the framers didn't foresee was Mitch McConnell - Impeachment, Explained - Air Date 10-26-19

A thought on why it’s Mitch McConnell, not Donald Trump, who poses the core threat to our constitutional structure.

Ch. 2: What’s wrong with the Republican Party? - Impeachment, Explained - Air Date 11-23-19

Thomas Mann, co-author of It’s Even Worse Than It Looks joins me to discuss how the Republican Party became the institution on display in this process.

Ch. 3: The GOP's Ultimate Defense Keeping America Tuned Out - On the Media - Air Date 11-22-19

David Roberts, a writer covering energy for Vox, on the "epistemic crisis" at the heart of our bifurcated information ecosystem.

Ch. 4: The biggest difference between Trump and Nixon is Fox News - Impeachment, Explained - Air Date 11-9-19

Nicole Hemmer, the brilliant historian of conservative media, joins to discuss how Fox News and the larger conservative media-verse protects Trump but also lures him into disaster.

Ch. 5: Comparing the pubic opinion timeline from Nixon to now - Impeachment Today - Air Date 12-18-19

The second time the US impeached a president, it was Richard Nixon. And we all know how that turned out — except we don’t. Princeton history prof Kevin Kruse gives us the tour.

Ch. 6: The GOP's circular arguments are dangerous to the country - Impeachment, Explained - Air Date 12-14-19

Noah Feldman is a Harvard Law professor and one of the constitutional scholars who testified at the House Judiciary Committee’s hearing. He joins me to talk about what he saw, what he learned, and the Republican argument that truly scared him.

Ch. 7: Trump impeached - Impeachment Updates from The Washington Post - Air Date 12-19-19

The House of Representatives voted last night to impeach President Trump on charges that he abused his office and obstructed Congress, branding an indelible mark on the most turbulent presidency of modern times.


FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 8: Final comments on the end of the year, the end of the impeachment investigation and what we are looking ahead to next year


MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Minutes - Pacha Faro
  • Astrisx - Bodytonic
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  • Tripoli - Pecan Grove
  • Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent
  • Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent

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"He's Number One: Trump Leads GOP Field in New Poll," Mike Licht, Flickr | License | Changes: Cropped and blurred top and bottom

 

Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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  • Joel Basore
    commented 2019-12-24 00:22:59 -0500
    Very informative, very scary. How the heck do we ever get back to civility when you can’t agree on facts. Not feeling very optimistic…..
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