The White House Chief of Staff has little job security. He is unelected, unconfirmed and serves at the pleasure of the President. Obama had five in eight years; Trump has had two in less than a year. Chris Whipple, author of The Gatekeepers, tells Jim that a strong chief is essential to a successful presidency.
The year 2016 was an unmitigated disaster for progressives, liberals and Democrats. Not only did Trump take the White House, but Republicans took both houses of Congress, most statehouses, and most state legislatures, endangering many programs on the top of the left agenda. Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor and publisher of the Nation tells Jim what can be done about it.
Was it the Comey statement about the emails coming 10 days before the election, the Russian hack or that blacks and Latinos stayed at home? Or was it something missing in her message about the economy that caused Hillary, quite unexpectedly, to lose key swing states that Obama won handily in 2008 and 2012? In an unvarnished post mortem of the election, Veteran pollster and political analyst Doug Schoen tells Jim that voters rejected Hillary Clinton because her game plan failed to get across to voters how she would create lost jobs.
Women only got the vote in 1920, and every since 10 women have unsuccessfully sought the presidency. Lynn Sherr, first woman to anchor a regularly scheduled prime time TV network series, compares the policy positions of Phyllis Schlafly and the historic candidacy of Hillary Clinton and tells Jim why, misogyny aside, the country is “ready” for its first woman President.
During the primaries, the media, as a group, gave Donald Trump over two billion dollars in free publicity because he was more entertaining than informative. They now are seen as destroying his candidacy. Inside Edition’s Deborah Norville tells Jim how the media have dramatically influenced a presidential campaign unlike any other in American history.
Hillary Clinton has endured scandal, investigation and attack like no other candidate for President. Yet, as a preacher in a Michigan church put it, she has learned to “take a lickin’ and keep on tickin.’” Veteran journalist and author Nina Burleigh has covered Hillary for most of the past 25 years. She tells Jim of why women and others give Hillary a virtually insurmountable electoral advantage.
Can Carson edge out Trump? Did Bush stop bleeding? Did Rubio and Cruz make too many gaffes? Can any of them stop Hillary? Veteran political analyst Doug Schoen talks the strength and weaknesses of the candidates, and gives Jim Zirin some predictions for the future even though it is still early days.
Projecting a sour, almost misanthropic, personality, Andrew Cuomo, who aspires to the presidency, has enjoyed a 35-year political career, tarnished by episodes of raw ambition, betrayal of friends, and punishment of enemies. Writer Michael Shnayerson, author of the best selling unauthorized biography, The Contender, tells Jim Zirin why, in his view, our Governor Cuomo is a flawed tragic hero.
Presidential hopeful Donald Trump wants to deport six million illegal Mexican immigrants, including their families, who may be birthright American citizens, and then build a wall along our southern border by confiscating $12 billion earned by Mexicans in the United States. Council on Foreign Relations Latin American expert Shannon O’Neil tells Jim whether the Trump plan is bad for America.
The Fiscal Cliff bill may have saved us from the brink, but there is trouble ahead as we approach the “March madness” of raising the debt ceiling, approving the budget and dealing with the mandatory spending cuts known as the sequester. Investment banker Peter Solomon tells Jim how things will likely play out with a new Treasury Secretary and a deeply divided Congress.
Romney’s campaign was on life support and then he cleaned Obama’s clock in the first debate and soared in the polls. In the second debate, Romney stumbled badly. Top pollster Doug Schoen analyzes the variables for Jim and calls the race for Obama.
The Democratic political strategist talks about the way forward for Obama as he faces a Republican House and a Senate where Democrats cling to a razor-thin majority.
Scott Brown may owe his Massachusetts Miracle to the $1 million a day he raised on the Internet. Since then Obama can’t seem to do anything right.
Most polls say that Obama has it. But which poll are you supposed to believe? There are blogs that offer a snapshot of all the polls combined. Will the bloggers be the ones to call the election?
Who wins, who loses, who’s in, who’s out? Hear an expert’s analysis of where we are in the Presidential primary races by the top Democratic pollster and pundit.
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