Donald Trump had the worst week in politics, with one gaffe after another. Cruz brought up a old politico term, and Bernie just won’t go away – and neither will Clinton’s email story. Plus we talk about Andrew Jackson’s hair.
“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.
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.
Mike is going to be at Mar-a-Lago tonight having dinner with Donald Trump, (NBD, right?) so we pushed today’s episode to tomorrow. Be sure to subscribe on iTunes so you won’t miss hearing about Mike’s evening or any of the other episodes from the Dirty Politics Podcast.
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.