417: This Party Sucks

417: This Party Sucks

Oct 29, 2010
A show for this year's midterm elections. Two best friends in Michigan, both political novices, get tired of yelling at their TVs and take matters into their own hands. They form a Tea Party chapter to effect political change. But when push comes to shove and they have to choose a candidate, their ideologies, their principles and their friendship explode.
In the original broadcast of this episode, reporter Ben Calhoun incorrectly stated Glenn Wilson's age. At the time of the 2010 election, Wilson was 46.
  • Republican Bill Jerke, a very conservative former Colorado State Legislator known as a tax "enemy," has a surprising job this election season. He's going around to lots of different conservative groups and urging voters NOT to vote for three Colorado ballot initiatives that would cut state taxes so severely, they'd essentially strangle state government from here on out. Jerke says he appreciates the sentiment behind the ballot initiatives but says they simply go too far. It's a weird election year—it's not just the political parties fighting each other but it's also the parties fighting amongst themselves, trying to figure out what they stand for, what they want for the future and what's the best path to get there. (4 minutes)GovernmentPolitics

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Rich Carlson and Tom Swenor, in 1981, with Rich's girlfriend Mary and Tom's wife Leslie.

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