January 5, 2014

What would you call Republicans who are fiscally conservative, socially tolerant, pro-civil-rights and pragmatic problem-solvers? Political scientist Geoffrey Kabaservice calls them extinct. Public opinion expert Erica Seifert says it should be good news for Democrats that, in her words, “The Republic Party is not a rational party anymore.” And, regular commentator Fred Rotondaro looks ahead into 2014 and says Obamacare will eventually be a big plus for Democrats … and that Hillary Clinton will come under pressure from the left.

  • Jan. 5, 2014 Jan. 5, 2014 Political analysis galore this first week of 2014. Authors Geoffrey Kabaservice and Erica Seifert pronounce the GOP in trouble, and commentator Fred Rotondaro predicts a rosy future for Democrats this year.
  • Geoffrey Kabaservice Geoffrey Kabaservice Professor Geoffrey Kabaservice is an expert on the once vibrant moderate sector of the Republican Party. It is now extinct, he says, and the radical right wing risks losing elections as the price of ideological purity.
  • Erica Seifert Erica Seifert Public opinion expert Erica Seifert says the takeover of the GOP by its Tea Party wing could be good news for Democrats because it shows the Republican Party is no longer rational.
  • Fred Rotondaro Fred Rotondaro Fred Rotondaro of the Center for American Progress and a regular contributor to this netcast predicts 2014 will be a good year for the Democrats, especially as people realize the benefits of Obamacare.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Bastrop's new war toy.

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November 17, 2013

First, we talk about a fascinating species of political animal – the Republican Party. Professor Geoffrey Kabaservice has written a history of the GOP since Eisenhower and says its moderate wing is pretty much extinct. Democratic political analyst Erica Seifert has conducted focus groups of Republicans and predicts that their takeover by extremists marginalizes the party’s national appeal. And Bill Press, along with Chris Moody of Yahoo News, interviews Jess McIntosh, communications director of EMILY’s List about Project Madam President.

  • November 17, 2013 November 17, 2013 As a political animal, the Republican Party’s moderate wing is extinct. Interviews with political experts Geoffrey Kabaservice and Erica Seifert about the future of the GOP. And Bill Press interviews a leader of EMILY’s List.
  • Geoffrey Kabaservice Geoffrey Kabaservice Historian Geoffrey Kabaservice has studied Republican moderates of the past – and they include people named Cheney and Rumsfeld – and traces the party’s history to its present state. And, he says, the moderate wing of the Republican party is dead and gone.
  • Erica Seifert Erica Seifert After a series of focus groups, Erica Seifert finds that while the Tea Party and the evangelicals of the party are, indeed, extremists, they are not the Republican fringe. They are the majority of the party, and that bodes ill for the GOP’s future.
  • Jess McIntosh Jess McIntosh Bill Press and his guest, Jess McIntosh, spokeswoman for EMILY’s List.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Big lies win pyrrhic GMO victory for Big Food.

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