Speaker of the House chaos, the upcoming Democratic debate, and the Bush brothers in South Carolina.

Does Anybody Want to Be Speaker of the House?

Does Anybody Want to Be Speaker of the House?

Slate's weekly political roundtable.
Oct. 9 2015 12:45 PM

The “Would You Like to Be Speaker of the House?” Edition

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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the fallout from Republican Kevin McCarthy’s surprise withdrawal from the race to replace John Boehner as speaker of the House. They also talk about the foundering state of Jeb Bush’s presidential campaign, whether his brother, former President George W. Bush, can revive his candidacy in South Carolina, and how Jeb’s former mentee, Sen. Marco Rubio, has become his most formidable obstacle to the White House. Finally, the hosts are joined by special guest David Axelrod, director of the Institute of Politics at the University of Chicago and host of the new podcast The Axe Files, to preview the inaugural 2016 Democratic primary debate and discuss what each candidate must do to win.

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Emily chatters about New York Times Magazine writer and editor Jazmine Hughes’ essay “I Bled Through My Pants My First Day Working at ‘The New York Times’ ”  in the latest issue of Lenny.

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