Jonathan Chait on his new book Audacity, and the Democratic Party’s future.

New York’s Jonathan Chait on the Madness of the Modern Republican Party

New York’s Jonathan Chait on the Madness of the Modern Republican Party

Pointed interviews with Isaac Chotiner.
May 4 2017 10:31 AM

I Have to Ask: The Jonathan Chait Edition

The New York writer on how the Republican Party’s past explains the election of an American demagogue.

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Former President Barack Obama, the subject of Jonathan Chait’s new book.

Photo illustration by Slate. Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images.

Jonathan Chait is a writer for New York magazine and the author of Audacity: How Barack Obama Defied His Critics and Created a Legacy That Will Prevail. He sits down with Isaac Chotiner to discuss Obama’s surprisingly resilient legacy, why populists have trouble governing, and whether the Democratic Party is destined to move leftward.

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Podcast production by Audrey Dilling.