The Gabfest on Romney’s 47 Percent and Moneyball for Elections

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Sept. 21 2012 1:11 PM

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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss Mitt Romney’s take on the 47 percent, Sasha Issenberg’s data-driven strategies for winning elections, and the gay marriage cases that may be taken up this term by the Supreme Court.  

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

John chatters about a Twitter conversation between two Star Trek commanders about their cable woes.

Emily chatters about a New York Times policy change on after-the-fact quote approval by sources.

David chatters about an amazing cancer story.

Topic ideas for next week? You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest.

The email address for the Political Gabfest is gabfest@slate.com. (Email may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.) Podcast production by Mike Vuolo and Andy Bowers. 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 Plotz is Slate's editor at large. He's the author of The Genius Factory and Good Book.

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