The Live Gabfest on the GOP Race, Third-Party Candidates, and Stephen Glass

Slate's weekly political roundtable.
Feb. 17 2012 1:10 PM

The Embers of Desire Gabfest

Listen to Slate's live show about the GOP race, the possibility of a third-party presidential candidate, and Stephen Glass’ fight to join the California bar.

PODCAST_political-gabfest_click

Become a fan of the Political Gabfest on Facebook. We post to the Facebook page throughout the week, so keep the conversation going by joining us there.

To listen to the discussion, use the player below:

This week’s Slate Political Gabfest was recorded live at 92Y Tribeca in New York. On this week’s show, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the state of the GOP race, the possibility of a third-party presidential candidate, and Stephen Glass’ application to the bar. They also take questions from the audience.

Here are some of the links and references mentioned during this week's show:

The Pew poll showing Santorum ahead of Romney nationally—and Obama ahead of both of them.
An ARG poll showing Santorum ahead in Michigan.
John’s Slate piece on Romney’s unsuccessful attempts to convince voters he is conservative.
The CBS News poll finding that at least 50 percent of voters think Santorum is “very different” from Obama, while only 36 percent think Romney is.
Nate Silver’s New York Times Magazine article from November that stated the odds were not in favor of Obama’s reelection.
Nate Silver’s forthcoming New York Times Magazine article finding much stronger support for Obama.
Clint Eastwood’s “Halftime in America” Super Bowl ad for Chrysler.
Tom Friedman’s column praising Americans Elect.
The 2003 film about Stephen Glass, Shattered Glass.
Stephen Glass’ Slate article on Amazon from 1997.
Stephen Glass’ novel, The Fabulist.

Emily chatters about Charles Duhigg’s new book, The Power of Habit.

John chatters about Rebecca Rosen’s Atlantic article about the invention of Morse code and its inspiration of religious response.

David chattered about analyses done by two political science professors, Scott Minkoff and Steven Green, who found a strong correlation between religiosity and large families.

The e-mail address for the Political Gabfest is gabfest@slate.com. (E-mail may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.)

Podcast production by Andrew Bouvé and Dale Willman. Links compiled by Aviva Shen.

Emily Bazelon is a staff writer at the New York Times Magazine and the author of Sticks and Stones

John Dickerson is Slate's chief political correspondent and author of On Her Trail. Read his series on the presidency and on risk.

David Plotz is Slate's editor at large. He's the author of The Genius Factory and Good Book.

TODAY IN SLATE

Politics

The Democrats’ War at Home

How can the president’s party defend itself from the president’s foreign policy blunders?

Congress’ Public Shaming of the Secret Service Was Political Grandstanding at Its Best

Michigan’s Tradition of Football “Toughness” Needs to Go—Starting With Coach Hoke

A Plentiful, Renewable Resource That America Keeps Overlooking

Animal manure.

Windows 8 Was So Bad That Microsoft Will Skip Straight to Windows 10

Politics

Cringing. Ducking. Mumbling.

How GOP candidates react whenever someone brings up reproductive rights or gay marriage.

Building a Better Workplace

You Deserve a Pre-cation

The smartest job perk you’ve never heard of.

Hasbro Is Cracking Down on Scrabble Players Who Turn Its Official Word List Into Popular Apps

Florida State’s New President Is Underqualified and Mistrusted. He Just Might Save the University.

  News & Politics
Jurisprudence
Sept. 30 2014 2:36 PM This Court Erred The Supreme Court has almost always sided with the wealthy, the privileged, and the powerful, a new book argues.
  Business
Moneybox
Sept. 30 2014 7:02 PM At Long Last, eBay Sets PayPal Free
  Life
Lexicon Valley
Sept. 30 2014 1:23 PM What Can Linguistics Tell Us About Writing Better? An Interview with Steven Pinker.
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 30 2014 12:34 PM Parents, Get Your Teenage Daughters the IUD
  Slate Plus
Behind the Scenes
Sept. 30 2014 3:21 PM Meet Jordan Weissmann Five questions with Slate’s senior business and economics correspondent.
  Arts
Brow Beat
Sept. 30 2014 8:54 PM Bette Davis Talks Gender Roles in a Delightful, Animated Interview From 1963
  Technology
Future Tense
Sept. 30 2014 7:00 PM There’s Going to Be a Live-Action Tetris Movie for Some Reason
  Health & Science
Medical Examiner
Sept. 30 2014 6:44 PM Ebola Was Already Here How the United States contains deadly hemorrhagic fevers.
  Sports
Sports Nut
Sept. 28 2014 8:30 PM NFL Players Die Young. Or Maybe They Live Long Lives. Why it’s so hard to pin down the effects of football on players’ lives.