“It is an unwritten law of current political journalism that conservative Republican Presidential candidates usually receive gentler treatment from the press than do liberal Democrats. Since most reporters are moderate or liberal Democrats themselves, they try to offset their natural biases by going out of their way to be fair to conservatives. No candidate ever had a more considerate press corps than Barry Goldwater in 1964, and four years later the campaign press gave every possible break to Richard Nixon. Reporters sense a social barrier between themselves and most conservative candidates; their relations are formal and meticulously polite.”

Crouse, Timothy (2013-06-26). The Boys on the Bus (Kindle Locations 5192-5196). Random House Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

Episode 7: Mike’s Dinner With The Donald


A bit late, but here we go – episode 7! Mike had dinner with Donald Trump (kinda). We also talked about how John Kasich is still losing to Marco Rubio, violence on the campaign trail and how the Supreme Court is now a political football. Plus, Mike threatens Ken!
The New York Times Delegate Simulator 9000 (or whatever it’s called) is here. We had to cut a bunch from this episode, and one of those things was an article that Ken recommended on what went wrong with Jeb Bush’s campaign. It’s here

Episode 6.5 – Ken’s Crazy Idea #2,856

Just a real quick mini-sode to put something on the record – a crazy idea that I had early last week and I forgot to bring it up on Sunday, but as that episode was long anyway, I figured let’s just put it out here – If (when) Trump basically locks up the nomination this week, Obama will let the media have its headlines on Wednesday be about Clinton and Trump, and then on Thursday afternoon or Friday- he announces his nominee for the Supreme Court. Such a move would put tremendous pressure on the GOP establishment and the Senate leadership, as well as dominating the news cycle through the weekend round table shows.

Episode 6 – Beware The Ides Of March

If it’s Sunday, then it’s – wait, I think someone already uses that one. Anyway, this is Dirty Politics, and Ken and Mike talked about the Democratic and Republican races, including the Michigan results, and the upcoming contests in Florida and Ohio and others on March 15, which happens to be the Ides Of March.

illinois-nazisThe audio quality on this episode is a bit off, as we recorded it outside on the balcony of the Dirty Politics Studio.

The boat that Ken pointed out actually isn’t the former Presidential Yacht, but rather a different vintage “Trumpy” yacht, like this one.

The article Mike was referring to is here.

And for the second Dirty Politics Book Recommendation, Mike chose “One Day” by David Nichols. Pick it up at Amazon, your local bookseller, or the library.

The Vox article that Ken mentioned is here.

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Episode 5: Super Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday!

Ken and Mike sat down to compare, uh, notes, following this week’s interesting Super Tuesday returns, Thursday’s cage match between the Republican candidates, and Saturday’s results.

Nancy Reagan, 94, passed away today. The former First Lady campaigned against drug use by kids and teens, resulting in “very special episodes” well remembered by anyone who grew up in the 80’s.

The scene from Nuremberg Orlando that Ken referenced can be seen here.

Head over to Amazon for “The Boys On The Bus“, or maybe “Fear And Loathing On The Campaign Trail ’72“, or jot down the titles for your next trip to the local library.