I decide to spend some time last week taking in surf and sun, and look what happens — fascinating upsets in the Colorado primaries, an airtight result in Georgia, and Ted Stevens and Dan Rostenkowski leave us. That'll teach me.
Seriously, thanks to Ron Elving, my podcast partner, for a somewhat adequate job of filling in for me last Wednesday in the Political Junkie segment on NPR's Talk of the Nation, and a special shout out to reporter Libby Casey of the Alaska Public Radio Network for her splendid review of Sen. Stevens' career. Libby had great insight on what he meant to Alaska, warts and all, and EVEN THOUGH I WASN'T A PART OF IT I thought it was an excellent show. Sigh.
You can listen to it here.
I wouldn't dare miss two weeks in a row.
On today's show, we focus on the Blagojevich trial results, the politics behind the "Ground Zero mosque" controversy, the dropping of federal charges against Tom DeLay regarding his relationship with Jack Abramoff, a review of yesterday's primary results in Washington and Wyoming, and a look ahead to next Tuesday's contests — in Alaska, where Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R) faces a challenge from a Tea Party candidate backed by Sarah Palin; in Arizona, where Sen. John McCain (R) seems to be comfortably ahead of his primary rival (but at what cost?), plus a look at some key congressional primaries (Ben Quayle, son of Dan, is running); and in Florida, where two millionaires have shaken up both the Senate and gubernatorial races.
Oh yes, there's a primary in Vermont too.
Join host Neal Conan and me every Wednesday at 2 p.m. ET (except for the times when I'm lying out on the beach) for the Junkie segment on TOTN, where you can often, but not always, find interesting conversation, useless trivia questions and sparkling jokes. And you can win a Political Junkie T-shirt!
If your local NPR station doesn't carry TOTN, you can always hear the program on the Web or on HD Radio. And if you are a subscriber to XM/Sirius radio, you can find the show there as well (siriusly).