political fools



Today was a two-Tom Thursday! Not much fooling around, but a lot of political talk.

First up was Thomas Schaller, professor of Political Science at the University of Maryland/Baltimore and author of the new book The Stronghold: How Republicans Captured Congress but Surrendered the White House, who joined me for a fascinating discussion about those creatures across the aisle who were able to take control of both Houses of Congress by getting fewer votes than their opponents, and more.

In the second hour, the always brilliant Thomas Frank, columnist at Salon.com, and author of such memorable books as What’s the Matter With Kansas?, The Wrecking Crew, Pity the Billionaire and more.

Not that I ever need an excuse to invite Tom Frank on the show, but his latest column for Salon, “It’s not just Fox News: How liberal apologists torpedoed change, helped make the Democrats safe for Wall Street” hit me like a ton of bricks (as his work usually does).

There’s good news and bad news at the end of that column:

After this week, I am going on leave to write a book. I will be back to irritate you as always when it’s done.

The bad news is that we’ll have to slog through the next eight months or so while he’s writing. The good news is that he told us today that the column we discussed this morning is the jumping off point for this book, so we have that to look forward to…

I’ll be back tomorrow morning to finish off the week with the latest word on weed in Florida and a musical segue into the weekend, and whatever else the day brings… radio or not!