When David Axelrod, Mike Murphy and Robert Gibbs get together to talk politics, it’s not academic. They speak from the perspective gained through hundreds of campaigns for offices from City Hall to the White House. So if you want to know what’s really going on behind the scenes, where strategic decisions are being made, pull up a stool for Hacks on Tap. Incisive, sometimes uproarious and always entertaining, these political warhorses and their guests will give you insights you’ll only get from folks who have spent a lifetime in the political trenches of both parties.
The Ferret Vs. The Boa Constrictor (with Maggie Haberman)
New York Times senior political reporter Maggie Haberman joins Axe and Murphy to discuss how the FBI’s search of Mar-a-Lago impacts Trump’s political capital, whether the Department of Justice adequately understood the current political environment, Trump’s relationship with Kevin McCarthy, and what to expect from today’s primaries in Wyoming and Alaska. Plus, Maggie previews her forthcoming book, Confidence Man: The Making of Donald Trump and the Breaking of America.
Where to Mar-a-LaGO From Here? (with Whit Ayres)
Republican pollster and strategist Whit Ayres joins Gibbs and Murphy to discuss the FBI search of Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home, Biden and the Democrats’ string of legislative victories and whether it will translate to success in the midterms, the status of key Senate races around the country, and the polling trends to watch this fall.
The Vengeance Tour
The Hacks are back with plenty of snacks to break down the results of an illuminating primary night. Axe, Gibbs, and Murphy discuss the surprising voter turnout in Kansas, the fate of pro-impeachment Republicans around the country, the growing slate of election deniers in key states, President Biden’s winning streak, and Speaker Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan.
The Elephant in the Room (with Lis Smith)
Democratic strategist Lis Smith, author of Any Given Tuesday: A Political Love Story, joins Axe and Murphy to talk about the season finale of the January 6th hearings, Trump and Pence’s dueling speeches, the shifting size of the red wave in the midterms, and whether Biden finally has some bumper sticker wins under his belt.
Build Back Biden (with Paul Begala)
This week, formidable Hack and CNN contributor Paul Begala joins Gibbs and Murphy to discuss the unraveling of Build Back Better, the strategy of the 1/6 committee in advance of their highly anticipated hearing on Thursday, Trump’s donor courting tour, and - in between Murphy swooning over big oil - we venture across the pond* to discuss UK politics.
*No horrible British accents were included in this recording of Hacks on Tap.
One More Item…
The Hacks are back to discuss whether the Department of Justice could indict Donald Trump, recent polling from The New York Times and what it portends for both Biden and Trump’s political future, how Biden should respond to questions about 2024, and the Senate race in Georgia. Plus, Murphy gets an opportunity to gloat and use the word “chortle,” a Hacks on Tap first.
Most informative - and entertaining - political podcast of them all.
It is an extremely informative podcast. The hosts make listeners feel as if their comments were an actual piece of advice given to individual candidates. At the same time, both Axelrod and Murphy show how two guys who do not agree on many political issues and who used to fiercely compete with each other through different candidates and parties they supported, are able to have a civil discussion, funny retorts and many moments when they are not afraid to share similar opinions. Overall, this show is an entertaining lesson on civics and humanity.
Rod in Wellington NZ
I love this podcast mainly because of its balance and humour,as someone who has a fascination for American politics and has done since before the “stable genius “took office,I find the tone to be witty,dry but more importantly highly informative.
The show’s two protagonists coming from both sides of the United States political divide offer the listener hope that one day we can return to some form of enlightened debate that is laced with a modicum civility and good grace.
I have no influence whatsoever on the outcome of the next American election but I’m also fully aware that what happens there just might have a great effect on me and every other non American on the planet.
My only complaint about Hacks on tap is the sometimes lengthy gaps between podcasts ,keep up the great work lads!