The Gist: Mark Leibovich on midterms and Christian Rudder on OkCupid.

Bumpkin-ization on the Midterm Campaign Trail

Bumpkin-ization on the Midterm Campaign Trail

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
Oct. 28 2014 6:48 PM

Why Political Consultants Prescribe Bumpkin

Since when did attending hoedowns and getting whacked in the gnards help you get elected?

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In this ad, U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden, R-Minnesota, gets whacked in the nads for no explicit reason.

Photo illustration by Slate. Photo from Mike McFaddens for U.S. Senate Campaign Ad.

Listen to Episode 124 of Slate’s The Gist:


Every so often there’s a politician who breaks through, or an idea that catches fire … just not this election year. Today on The Gist, Mark Leibovich from the New York Times counts the many ways this midterm election disappoints. Plus, using data to better understand human nature. We speak with OkCupid founder Christian Rudder about his new book Dataclysm. For the Spiel, bring on the poo.

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Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.