Political Gabfest on the sudden fall of Gov. Scott Walker, the rapid rise of Carly Fiorina, and the universal appeal of Pope Francis.

Was Scott Walker an Unlucky Candidate or Just a Bad One?

Was Scott Walker an Unlucky Candidate or Just a Bad One?

Slate's weekly political roundtable.
Sept. 25 2015 11:34 AM

The “Carly, Scotty, Franny” Edition

Listen to Slate’s show about the sudden fall of Gov. Scott Walker, the rapid rise of Carly Fiorina, and the universal appeal of Pope Francis.

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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s surprising fall and sudden withdrawal from the Republican primary, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina’s rapid rise in the polls following the second GOP debate, and Pope Francis’ historic visit to the United States and seeming universal appeal.

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

Emily chatters about Jonathan Weisman’s latest novel No. 4 Imperial Lane.

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David chatters about the You Must Remember This podcast’s 12-part series, “Charles Manson’s Hollywood”.

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Podcast production by Jason De Leon. Links compiled by Tarik Barrett.