The Gabfest on the Republican VP Selection of David’s Dreams

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Aug. 17 2012 1:21 PM

The David Plotz Dream-Come-True Gabfest

Listen to Slate's show about Republican VP pick Paul Ryan, Fareed Zakaria's sins of omission, and progressive rock.


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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, John Dickerson, Emily Bazelon, and special guest David Weigel discuss Republican vice presidential pick Paul Ryan, Fareed Zakaria's journalistic sins, and progressive rock.

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

Dave Weigel mentions a Jonathan Chait profile of Paul Ryan in New York Magazine. Interested in other Ryan profiles? Check-out coverage by Ryan’s home-state paper, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, in 2009; the Weekly Standard in July, 2012; the New York Times in April, 2012; and the recent New Yorker piece by Ryan Lizza, which was discussed on last week’s Gabfest.

John describes an effort by the Romney campaign to “go on offense” regarding Medicare. Karl Rove describes the GOP strategy in the Wall Street Journal. For rebuttal and a useful rundown of other Medicare links, visit Ezra Klein’s Aug. 15 Wonkbook.

Emily mentions recent evidence that health care costs are falling. Peter Orzag covers those findings in his Ryan reaction.

Dave notices that William Kristol successfully influenced the VP pick in 2008 and 2012, though he thinks the arguments were different. Kristol wrote a Weekly Standard editorial on Aug. 9 that advocates a Ryan pick.  

Dave discusses a piece fact-checking Jonah Lehrer in Meetings and Conventions, a trade journal.

Weigel’s series on the history of Progressive Rock is in Slate.

Emily chatters about updated research from the famous marshmallow/delayed gratification study. Visit Emily’s "XX Factor" post for more.

John chatters in memory of Gore Vidal and recommends his favorite Vidal book, Washington, D.C.: A Novel.

John also thanks producer Dale Willman, who leaves the Gabfest this week. Dale is now the managing editor and publisher of Saratoga Wire.

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Podcast production by Andrew Bouvé and Dale Willman. Links compiled by Jeff Friedrich.

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 Weigel is a Slate political reporter. 



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