Episode 13

Episode Notes

November 5, 2024 and the selection of might be our 47th President is

away from today

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Who was Ross Perot?

Ross Perot (June 27, 1930 – July 9, 2019) was an American business magnate, billionaire, and philanthropist. He was the founder and chief executive officer of Electronic Data Systems and Perot Systems. He ran an independent presidential campaign in 1992 and a third-party campaign in 1996, establishing the Reform Party in the latter election. Although he failed to carry a single state in either election, both campaigns were among the strongest presidential showings by a third party or independent candidate in U.S. history. Source: Wikipedia

Ratf**ked by David Daley

With Barack Obama’s historic election in 2008, pundits proclaimed the Republicans as dead as the Whigs of yesteryear. Yet even as Democrats swooned, a small cadre of Republican operatives, including Karl Rove, Ed Gillespie, and Chris Jankowski began plotting their comeback with a simple yet ingenious plan. These men had devised a way to take a tradition of dirty tricks—known to political insiders as “ratf**king”—to a whole new, unprecedented level. Flooding state races with a gold rush of dark money made possible by Citizens United, the Republicans reshaped state legislatures, where the power to redistrict is held. Reconstructing this never- told-before story, David Daley examines the far-reaching effects of this so-called REDMAP program, which has radically altered America’s electoral map and created a firewall in the House, insulating the party and its wealthy donors from popular democracy. Ratf**ked pulls back the curtain on one of the greatest heists in American political history. Source: Goodreads

Would You Rather...?

How about some thinkers to cleanse the palate? Enjoy!

  • Live in an episode of The West Wing or The Newsroom?

  • See the end of partisan gerrymandering or see equal access to voting guaranteed much like what's been proposed as a part of HR1 The For the People Act?

  • Be a roommate with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez or Ben Shapiro?

  • See the end of political advertising on social media or see Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act up held?

  • Lindsay Sterling or somebody from the Zac Brown band receive a cabinet position in the next president's administration?