Democrats and Republicans are trending in two different directions.

Why Democrats Should Cling to Process, Not Honor

Why Democrats Should Cling to Process, Not Honor

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
Dec. 7 2017 8:18 PM

Can You Win as the Party of Purity?

Dahlia Lithwick says Democrats are stuck in a downward spiral of doing the honorable thing and hoping Republicans will meet them halfway.

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand after calling for Sen. Al Franken to resign amid claims of sexual harassment on Wednesday in Washington.

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In the interview, Slate’s Dahlia Lithwick thought about one thing when Senate Democrats started calling for Al Franken’s resignation: Merrick Garland, which she points to as the beginning in a trend of Democrats trying to be honorable and Republicans trying to win at all costs. Are Democrats abandoning process too readily, only to see Republicans surge ahead again? Dahlia is the host of Slate’s Amicus.

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