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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:
Democracy: An American Novel by Henry Adams
A Midwife’s Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on Her Diary, 1785-1812 by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
Oddly Normal by John Schwartz
American Nations by Colin Woodard
Essence of Decision: Explaining the Cuban Missile Crisis by Graham T. Allison
The Image: A Guide to Pseudo-Events in America by Daniel J. Boorstin
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.