Episode #163: One President, Different Numbers

Donald Trump has been sworn in as the 45th President … and wasted no time in making the changes he said he would do.  But he also remains unable or unwilling, to let go of personal grievances and slights.  Aaron Blake of the Washington Post gives an assessment after less than a week of the Trump presidency.

While there’s still a ways to go, thus far the Trump Cabinet nominees have, with a few bumps, advanced their cause in Senate hearings.  Secretary of State designate Rex Tillerson was thought to be in jeopardy of losing the support of Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who gave him a tough grilling in the Foreign Relations Committee.  But ultimately Rubio voted yes.  Adam Smith of the Tampa Bay Times, a long time Rubio watcher, talks about the limited options he had. 

We go back nine years to January 2008, remembering the ultimate collapse of the presidential candidacy of Fred Thompson, once a leading candidate for the GOP nomination.

And we get some good news from Jim McGrath, the spokesman for former President George H.W. Bush, who is still hospitalized, but improving, for bacterial pneumonia at a Houston hospital.

Photo via AP Images/Patrick Semansky

Music used in this podcast:

Monster by Steppenwolf

Gimme Some Truth by John Lennon

Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind by The Lovin’ Spoonful

Everybody’s A Star by The Kinks

Broke And Lonely  by Tab Benoit

When I Dream by The Teardrop Explodes

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  1. Jenny says:

    @Aaron re women March “those kinds. Of crowds” “these kinds of marches”? As in comments akin to “its easy to get these kinds of crowds the day after the election” and “marches like that don’t have much effect”. THESE MARCHES WERE WITHOUT PRECIDENT. So on what factual basis can you back up these comments? There have never been marches on this scale the day after an election. You cited 500k in DC but failed to note hundreds of marches across the country with 1000s at each leading to unexaggerated estimates of ~1m across the country. I was in the small city of Portland OR (pop 1.5m) where the March entirely filled the 1.3m route – packed. police estimate 100k. And in Oregon, a state with only 3m people and strong republican majority outside the metropolis, that March had competition with marches also in the smaller cities of Ashland, Eugene and Bend. In your summary dismissal of the impact of the marches, you made no effort to analyse the different kinds of impacts public protest can achieve. In my tiny staunch republican town of 20k, women who went to marches are busily following up – each taking the motivation and energy she gained into her local activities in our county: threats of
    Imminent collapse of our local libraries, clear cutting of our local parks, privatisation of our state lands, homelessness, poverty, intense levels of child abuse and domestic violence, failure to build economic infrastructure such as high speed internet, threats to health service access, problems at our local vet administration, and lobbying our county state and fed representatives. Yes a lot of issues, but we face them all, and none of us here enjoy the privilege of addressing them one by one. The women’s March, the Bernie campaign, occupy (which by the way has continued to serve free meals to the hungry in our town since the media decided the movement was over), all three movements clearly understand that all these issues are interconnected and overlapping. That IS the message of the march. Earlier in the broadcast Aaron said journalism 101: it was the job of a journalist to investigate and report. In your blithe generalisations and assumptions about the marches, their numbers and their effect, you failed to follow your own advice. I can tell you from here on the ground the effect has been massive in motivating, energising, unifying and focusing opposition efforts. It is only logical that the experience in my town that didn’t even host a march is mirrored from small
    Rural towns to big cities across the country. How about you go investigate that?

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