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Politix is a weekly podcast about the 2024 election from Brian Beutler, Matthew Yglesias, and some occasional guests. We’ll have some good-faith disagreement, some points of consensus, and an overall effort to focus on what’s really at stake in November. Subscribe for new episodes each Wednesday and listen wherever you get your podcasts.

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Politix is a weekly podcast about the 2024 election from Brian Beutler, Matthew Yglesias, and some occasional guests. We’ll have some good-faith disagreement, some points of consensus, and an overall effort to focus on what’s really at stake in November. Subscribe for new episodes each Wednesday and listen wherever you get your podcasts.

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    Resist Trump, Don't Cower

    Resist Trump, Don't Cower

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    This week, with so many American liberals and leaders abroad worrying about what a second Trump term will mean for them, Matt and Brian examine the many political differences between fear and fearlessness. For instance:
    * If Trump’s threats have become more literal and less figurative, how can liberals most effectively oppose him without sounding like panicky wimps?
    * Have Trump-curious business elites taken leave of their senses, or do they really think Trump can’t possibly harm American capitalism more than huge corporate tax cuts will “help”?
    * Do progressives agree that Trump is an existential threat to democracy? And if so, are they receptive to muscular “bring it on” politics, or are crisis and doom the only appeals that speak to them.
    Then, behind the paywall, Brian and Matt take a look at global and domestic developments—from the Mexican election to diplomacy in the Middle East and the zombie border bill in Congress—to assess how actors with everything on the line are changing their behavior and contingency planning for a second Trump term. If they’re freaking out, why shouldn’t we be? If the situation is so dire, shouldn’t Biden entertain more drastic measures? Can U.S. leaders be simultaneously clear eyed in planning for the worst and resolute (rather than cowering) in their resistance?
    Answers to all those questions, plus the full Politix archive are available to paid subscribers—just upgrade your subscription and pipe full episodes directly to your favorite podcast app via your own private feed.
    Further reading:
    * Matt, on how Trump’s scams will only get worse in a second term.
    * Brian on why progressive activists should lay off murder-suicide threats as “leverage.”
    * Greg Sargent on the Trump movement’s many sadistic fantasies.
    * Jamelle Bouie on the people (immigrants) who will bear the brunt of this sadism.

    • 42 min
    Big Alito Lies

    Big Alito Lies

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    This week, Matt and Brian explore the revelation that Justice Samuel Alito flew a Stop the Steal flag over his house in the days after January 6 as a window into broader differences between the right and left. For instance:
    * Why are Republican-appointed judges so often former Republican operatives, while Democratic-appointed judges hail from Big Law or academia or various prosecutors offices;
    * Is Alito remorseless because he’s a good Federalist Society soldier, or because he knows Democrats in Congress won’t even try to hold him accountable?
    * Are Democrats really so habituated to GOP dominance of the Supreme Court, and to the Court being a more galvanizing issue for Republicans, that they’ve forgotten liberal anger over the Garland seat, and the Ruth Bader-Ginsburg seat, and the decision in Dobbs?
    Then, behind the paywall, Brian and Matt rant about the failure of both Democratic leaders in Congress, liberal justices, and progressive issue activists to take the fate of the court seriously. Why doesn’t Sonia Sotomayor think retiring now is the obvious thing to do? Why to so many Democrats in Congress seemingly want her to place her seat at risk? Why don’t progressive activists work toward constructive goals like strategic retirements and whipping up outrage over Alito? Also, what does any of this have to do with Donald Trump’s new aspiration to create what his campaign calls a “Unified Reich”? Answers to all those questions, plus the full Politix archive are available to paid subscribers—just upgrade your subscription and pipe full episodes directly to your favorite podcast app via your own private feed.
    Further reading:
    * Brian reminds Senate Democrats (cough, Dick Durbin, cough) that they can squeeze Samuel Alito, including by exposing his secret role helping Donald Trump sweep the insurrection under the rug.
    * Maya Sen on diversity in the judiciary.
    * on why Sotomayor should retire.

    • 36 min
    Having A Poll For Dinner

    Having A Poll For Dinner

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    This week, Matt and Brian take a granular look at the latest New York Times/Siena data, which finds Joe Biden losing most swing states, and well behind in the sunbelt states of Nevada, Arizona, and Georgia, which he won in 2020. They discuss whether:
    * Biden’s post-State of the Union poll bounce was illusory, or a hint at what might help him turn the election around;
    * Post-inflation grumpiness is hamstringing Biden, just like other world leaders, or if something unique to Biden (his age, the U.S. information environment) explains his peculiar unpopularity;
    * The issues voters say they’re fixed on (inflation, immigration, and crime) are creating genuine problems in their lives, or are merely evidence of successful, unopposed, Republican propaganda.
    Then, behind the paywall, Brian and Matt interpret the poll data per se: What’s the optimistic read of the numbers? What’s the pessimistic read? Is it time to revive the debate over whether Biden should yield to a younger candidate with less baggage? Or does he still have time to prove the doubters and haters wrong? Answers to all those questions, plus the full Politix archive are available to paid subscribers—just upgrade your subscription and pipe full episodes directly to your favorite podcast app via your own private feed.
    Further reading:
    * Brian on Democrats’ mysterious aversion to setting the national discourse agenda, and how it hurts them badly.
    * Learning From Loss by .
    * Matt on the misinformation that truly matters.

    • 45 min
    The Times, They Aren't A Changin'

    The Times, They Aren't A Changin'

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    This week, Matt and Brian break down the growing tension between Joe Biden and the New York Times and try to assess what impact it will have on the 2024 election and the deteriorating relationship between Democrats and mainstream media generally.
    * Is Biden right to be frustrated with the way the national political media has covered the election so far?
    * Should newspapers outsource editorial judgment to issue polls?
    * What, beyond blinkering their coverage of politics, could mainstream news outlets do to increase their appeal among conservative consumers?
    Then, behind the paywall, Brian and Matt take a more abstract look at the challenge facing non-partisan media in the Trump era. Should mainstream journalism outlets be tribunes for democracy, as part of their larger advocacy for the free press? Can institutions like the Times be openly pro-democracy without being openly engaged in an effort to help Joe Biden win the election? What would an incarnation of the Times that made an effort to address its critics look like? Answers to all those questions, plus the full Politix archive are available to paid subscribers—just upgrade your subscription and pipe full episodes directly to your favorite podcast app via your own private feed.
    Further reading:
    * Brian on whether outlets like the Times do such a bad job addressing well-developed liberal criticisms because they don’t have good answers.
    * Ben Smith’s (widely criticized) interview with Times executive editor Joe Kahn.
    * responds to their mischaracterization of his earlier Times critique.

    • 38 min
    Let Veeping Dogs Die

    Let Veeping Dogs Die

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    This week, Matt and Brian look ahead to looming questions that, under normal circumstances, would be paint-by-numbers developments in a presidential election year: running-mate selection and debates.
    * President Biden recently confirmed that he intends to debate Donald Trump. Is this a wise decision, and how should he approach the task?
    * Do Biden’s communication and strategic arms have the right acumen to see Biden through debates and other, similar challenges?
    * Can Trump have a running mate without attempting to steal his or her money or implicate them in the destruction of American democracy?
    Then, for paid subscribers, Brian and Matt apply questions raised by the new movie Civil War to real-life, Trump-era political violence incitement. With Trump running free from consequences, and promising to pardon insurrectionists, what’s to stop him from applying the logic of January 6-style mob violence to other goals he may have? Is the logical endpoint of Trumpism a full-scale rebellion from one direction or another, or something slower-burning and harder to discourage? What can liberals and Democrats do to persuade people that the threat is real, without essentially guilt-tripping people into voting blue? We hope you enjoy the conversation, and if you’d like to listen to the whole thing, you can upgrade to paid for a private feed that gets you access to the complete Politix archive and all future episodes.
    Further reading:
    * The New York Post reports that the White House wanted to drive Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre out of her job, but chickened out.
    * RELATEDLY: Joe Biden’s uncle really did crash his warplane in a part of the world where there were lots of cannibals.
    * Brian on why Democratic frustrations with the mainstream press were bound to boil over, and where things go from here.
    * Shelby Talcott on how nobody in GOP politics has any idea what Trump wants in a running mate because he’s distracted, selfish, and susceptible to flattery.
    * Brian on Civil War (with spoilers).

    • 42 min
    Is The Biden Campaign's Theory Of The Election Panning Out?

    Is The Biden Campaign's Theory Of The Election Panning Out?

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    With Matt back from vacation, he and Brian discuss a bunch of important developments in the news, and zoom out to assess whether it’s really changed race between Joe Biden and Donald Trump:
    * Has polling data improved enough to make Biden the favorite to win?
    * Have developments like Biden’s patient victory in the fight over Ukraine aid, careful management of hostilities between Israel and Iran, and solid economic news contributed to the uptick?
    * Is Trump’s legal jeopardy/farting finally taking a toll on his numbers?
    Then, paid subscribers hear an assessment of the candidates’ upside or downside potential. Is Biden poised to benefit from a booming economy as inflation memories recede? Does Donald Trump have any way to improve his standing (as opposed to dragging Biden down)? Will prediction that Biden would pull ahead by late April then widen his lead over the summer be vindicated? We hope you enjoy the conversation, and if you’d like to listen to the whole thing, you can upgrade to paid for a private feed that gets you access to the complete Politix archive and all future episodes.
    Further reading:
    * Brian on how a subset of reflexive critics, including progressives, have become economy deniers, and are holding Biden’s approval polling down.
    * Matt on how negativity is making everyone miserable.
    * Simon Rosenberg’s prediction, from Greg Sargent’s podcast.

    • 46 min

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Benfuib ,

Great pod, you should subscribe to full episodes!!

Having said that, they really need to stop talking over each other. Have some device where on guy’s mic is muted when the other guy is talking.

randybobandy99 ,

Awful

just terrible

thatguy5283 ,

I hope nobody is paying for this

Good political commentary and insights but the audio quality is absolutely horrendous. Barely worth listening to for free let alone paying for.

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