This special retrospective episode looks back at the early days of The More Perfect Union podcast from our very first podcast in September of 2015 through the end of 2016, with clips that cover the rise of Trump, chaos in the GOP primary campaign, and the Hillary-Bernie battle for the soul of the Democratic party.
An urban myth of legendary proportions has built up around Donald Trump. The fable is that Trump defies all rules of politics and polling, so that no matter what deficiencies or giant screw ups he shows on the campaign trail, he will somehow turnout out masses of previously unidentified voters to defeat mere mortal politicians and install him in the Oval Office with ease.
I don’t buy it, and neither should you.
Sure, Trump surprised us all by vanquishing his 16 more experienced primary opponents. (Well, 15 more experience. I still don’t know what the heck Ben Carson was doing there.)
But he didn’t do it with black magic or voodoo. While all the pundits may have dismissed his chances, Trump was leading in almost every GOP primary poll since July 2015. So it wasn’t a Houdini trick that Trump won the primaries; it was our refusal to believe what was right in front of our own eyes. Read More
Interview with an Iowa voter
T-minus 24 hours and counting
Final polls – what they tell us and what they don’t
Last GOP debate – sans Trump
Clinton’s “Top Secret” Emails
Where we think things will go from here
Does Donald Trump have the ground organization to cash in on his poll numbers?
Is Canadian born Ted Cruz qualified to be president?
What’s so special about Martin Van Buren?
Was President Obama’s Town Hall on guns a success for the president?
Will the gun issue be a decisive factor in the fall election?
Does Congress’s vote to repeal Obamacare mean anything?
- State of the races
- 2015 4th Quarter Fundraising and “burn rates”
- Martin O’Malley and Jim Gilmore did not qualify for state ballots
- Bill hits campaign trail and Trump hits Bill
- Trump vows to spend 25 mil on advertising
- Obama on “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee”
- Obama’s Executive Action on guns
- Oregon Militia stand-off
Is Jeb Bush funny? Is Donald Trump funny?
Is a sense of humor important in presidential politics?
How we got into politics
Trump takes on Bill Clinton
Some Hillary vs. Bernie talk
Predictions for 2016
Obama’s Oval Office Address: “Complex acts of terrorism”
The San Bernadino Shooting
The Politics of Guns – Where the Candidates Stand
Trump and the polls: Is he for real?
The pending government shutdown
The Colorado Planned Parenthood shooting
Is Donald Trump truly a fascist?
Ben Carson’s Iowa poll dive and Ted Cruz’s poll rise
Bernie Sanders poll rise in New Hampshire
November presidential polls in 2016 vs 2012 vs 2008
Clinton and Rubio on their plans to defeat ISIL
Trump and Carson on Muslim refugees
Election Day 2015 – Louisiana governor’s race
Bernie Sanders’ “What is Democratic Socialism” speech
52nd anniversary of the JFK Assassination
Jindal drops out of race. Who’s next?