The Gabfest: Scott Walker, Bill Clinton, and Jack Hitt.
The Gabfest on Scott Walker, Bill Clinton on Tax Cuts, and Jack Hitt’s book, A Bunch of Amateurs
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June 8 2012 12:22 PM

The Amateur Hour Gabfest

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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, David Plotz, Emily Bazelon, and John Dickerson discuss Scott Walker’s victory in the Wisconsin recall election and Bill Clinton’s off-message campaign remarks, and they interview Jack Hitt about his new book, A Bunch of Amateurs: A Search for the American Character.

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

  • John’s Slate piece on Scott Walker’s victory in Wisconsin.
  • A Wall Street Journal report on the drop in Wisconsin’s unions’ membership.
  • Ron Brownstein’s National Journal column on how Obama is losing white working class voters.
  • John’s Slate piece on Bill Clinton’s off-message remarks on Bain, Romney, and tax cuts.
  • A statement by Bill Clinton’s spokesman after Clinton’s CNBC interview.
  • Jack Hitt’s book, A Bunch of Amateurs: A Search for the American Character.
  • Doree Shafrir’s Slate review of Hitt’s book.

John chatters about a new book put out by the Library of Congress, Presidential Campaign Posters: Two Hundred Years of Election Art.

Emily chatters about the unpopularity of the Senate and lifetime judicial appointments as expressed by contributors to Slate’s Hive series, “How Can We Fix the Constitution?

David chatters about a pair of New York Times articles: The first about a Buddhist couple that lived no more than 15 feet apart from one another and the second about the bizarre twist in the story that ended in a death. You can find his Slate experiment trying to live no more than 15 feet apart from his wife, Hanna Rosin, here.

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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 a Slate political columnist, the moderator of CBS’s Face the Nation, and author of On Her Trail. Read his series on the presidency and on risk.

David Plotz is the CEO of Atlas Obscura and host of the Slate Political Gabfest.