The Gabfest: A GOP Autopsy of 2012, the Steubenville Rape Case, and Sheryl Sandberg’s New Book. Plus, a Special…

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March 22 2013 2:32 PM

The Scary, Out-of-Touch, Narrow-Minded, Stuffy Old Man Gabfest

Stephen Colbert visits the Political Gabfest as we discuss Republican rebranding; the Steubenville rape case; and Sheryl Sandberg’s new book, Lean In.

From left, Stephen Colbert, David Plotz, Emily Bazelon, and John Dickerson at the Slate Political Gabfest.

Photo by Steve McFarland

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Dear Prudence Live Show—New York, April 23, at 92Y. Tickets and additional information.

In a live taping of this week’s Slate Political Gabfest at the 92nd Street Y Tribeca in New York, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the GOP’s autopsy report on the 2012 election; the Steubenville, Ohio, rape case; and Sheryl Sandberg’s new book, Lean In. Plus, Gabfest fan Stephen Colbert makes a surprise visit at the end of the show. (The Colbert audio begins at 52:21 in the player above.)

Here’s a video of Colbert cocktail chatter recorded in front of a live audience at New York's 92YTribeca:

(Footage appears courtesy of 92Y.)

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

Stephen Colbert chatters about the BBC’s recap of a batch of secret Oval Office recordings that were recently released by the LBJ Library. Colbert laments the country’s collective loss of memory regarding President Nixon’s “war crimes,” and he cites Gallup polling data about how the country now remembers the Iraq and Vietnam wars.

David chatters about panda porn.

Topic ideas for next week? You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. The email address for the Political Gabfest is (Email may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.)

Podcast production by Mike Vuolo. Links compiled by Jeff Friedrich.

Emily Bazelon is a staff writer at the New York Times Magazine and 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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