The Gabfest on the Chaotic Obama Campaign, Jeb Bush, Stranger Danger, and Summer Reading for the Candidates

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June 15 2012 7:41 PM

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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, David Plotz, Emily Bazelon, and John Dickerson discuss the recently chaotic Obama campaign, Jeb Bush’s comment that Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush would not fit into today’s GOP, and recommend summer reading for Obama and Romney.

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

The Democracy Corps memo to the Obama campaign.
John’s Slate piece on Obama’s comments that “the private sector is doing just fine.”
Josh Marshall’s TPM piece on the criticism of Obama’s messaging.
John’s Slate piece on Jeb Bush and today’s GOP.
Jeb Bush’s tweets defending his comments.
Emily’s Slate XX Factor post on pedophiles using the Skout app.
A New York Times article on the new “digital divide.”

David recommends the following books for Obama and Romney:

The Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant by Ulysses S. Grant
The Age of Austerity
by Thomas Edsall
by Amy Bloom
Fifty Shades of Grey
by E.L. James

Emily recommends:

John recommends:

John chatters about a new HBO documentary on George H.W. Bush.
Emily chatters about Rafael Nadal’s seventh French Open win, which broke Bjorn Borg’s 1981 record, and wonders how Borg would fare in today’s tennis world.
David chatters about a wrestle-off that took place in Times Square to determine the final Olympic spot on the United States freestyle wrestling team.

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

Emily Bazelon was a Slate senior editor from 2005 to 2014. She is 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.


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