It’s Casual Friday! Sam and Emma host Alex Pareene, Contributing Editor at the New Republic and proprietor of the AP newsletter on Substack, to sum up what’s happened since Tuesday night’s midterm elections. First, Emma and Sam run through updates on Elon’s Twitter, inflation beginning to ease, AOC’s call for Jay Jacobs to resign, and the lingering midterm races, before diving deeper into the recent right-wing media crusade to keep Donald Trump from announcing his candidacy. Then, Alex Pareene joins as he gets right into parsing through the state of the midterms three days out, with the Dems having essentially secured 50 Senate seats, and the loss of the House largely able to be attributed to races in CA and NY. Next, they discuss the state of Roe coming of the elections, as even with the House minority Dems likely have the strength to push for codification, and walk through the recent judicial obstruction to Biden’s student debt relief plan. Alex also gives his perspective on the DeSantis-Trump beef, whether either of them will think twice about running (doubtful), and why – no matter how bright the spotlight – running against Trump is a mistake for GOP politicians. Wrapping up, they tackle the very valid criticisms of New York State Dem leadership by AOC and walk through the likelihood of Twitter declaring bankruptcy and the general destructive force of billionaires.
And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma discuss the difference between sinking money in an industry-plant campaign (Amy McGrath, Charlie Crist) and doing so on a more grassroots campaign (Beto, Stacey Abrams), Tim Pool has a bunch of people on his show to prove to them he doesn’t understand politics, and more retiring republicans come out against Donald Trump. They also dive into Sean Patrick Maloney’s recent response to AOC’s criticism, and Brian from Dallas explores how the Democratic party consistently fails younger generations, plus, your calls and IMs!
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