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.
  • Jack Hitt has spent the last two years watching the Obama administration lose the news cycle and war of soundbites to Republicans day after day. Watching the Democrats run away from issues like health care reform and middle class tax cuts, Hitt wonders if there is some secret long-term master plan the Democrats are deploying, or if they're just incompetent. He goes to a Democratic Party insider—Paul Begala—to try to understand what the thinking behind the last two years of Democratic messaging has been. (16 minutes) PoliticsPresidents
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    • "Whose Side Are You On", GW McLeannan

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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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