After a little hiatus (Charley and I were in Chicago last week) we’re back with an update on politics, the supreme court, and a great interview with Ileana Wachtel, the national press secretary for Americans Elect.
Of course though, we all know how much Charley loves baseball and so in honor of this new season, we start with the news that Magic Johnson, in the most expensive transaction for a sports team — ever — has purchased the LA Dodgers from the bankrupt and troubled McCourts.
From one game to another, we recap the happenings in the GOP primary race. Despite a Romney hat-trick in Wisconsin, Maryland and Washington, D.C., Santorum is hanging on, presumably waiting for a showdown in his home state of Pennsylvania 3 weeks from now.
While the primary race rumbles on, attention is turning — slowly but surely — to the national election. Alongside incumbent president, Barak Obama, Americans Elect – a new platform hoping to facilitate the first direct, online, presidential election — is also waiting patiently for the spotlight. We talk to AE’s national press secretary about the mission, where they hope to be in 4 months, and 4 years, and what they think about Citizens United and public funding of elections a la Europe. Tune in to hear what Ileana Wachtel had to say.
Charley and I continue to think about AE after the interview, giving our thoughts on the power of the movement and where we think they will, and should, end up.
To wrap things up, we move to the biggest story of the month: the most momentous supreme court case in a generation — the debate over universal health care. Over three days last week, the justices heard the full oral arguments, posed questions (sensible and stinging) and have now voted on the Affordable Care Act. But since we have to wait until June to find out about the decision, Charley and I still have time to discuss the central arguments and predict the outcome. I went with 5-4 in favor, and Charley went for 6-3 in favor, with Chief Justice Roberts joining Justice Kennedy and the liberals. Will this be the decision where the Roberts Court truly becomes the Roberts Court?
Tell us what you think about the Dodgers, the GOP primary race, the national election, Americans elect and the Supreme Court. Phew.
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- Podcast Episode 58: Almost There in Michigan and a Very Political Year for the Supreme Court (article-3.com)
- Can Presidents Ignore the Supreme Court? (article-3.com)