The Political Junkie

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After our morning meeting today, Ken Rudin, NPR's political editor, confided in me.

"I think this is going to be good for Ted [Koppel]," he said. "Appearing with me, the Political Junkie... Doing the trivia question... I think it's going to be good for his career."

Only time can tell.

It has been a busy week in politics. Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) announced that he plans to accept his party's nomination for president at Mile High Stadium, which seats some 75,000 people. (The Pepsi Center, just across a field of parking lots, where the rest of the Democratic National Convention will take place, can only accomodate a paltry 20,000.) Obama's rival, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), unveiled a new commercial. Were you wondering where he was in 1968, during the so-called "Summer of Love"?

Another campaign ad has caused a stir. A group of Democratic voters has produced a new spot, demanding that the party's Senate leadership strip Sen. Joe Lieberman (ID-CT) of his rank and committee leadership positions. They also have a petition with some 40,000 signatures.

On yesterday's show, Guy Raz asked former Sen. John Edwards (D-NC) if he would accept an invitation to be Obama's running mate. He indicated that he would. Earlier this week, Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA), said that he wasn't interested.

Although the segment will be shorter than usual, we want to hear from as many of you as we can. If you have a question for the Political Junkie, leave it here.

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After watching the movie vantage point, my biggest concern with Obama accepting the nomination in a large open venue is his safety. Does the Political Junkie have any information on the level of security that will be required for this event?

Sent by C Greeney | 2:08 PM | 7-9-2008

As a CO resident for the past 20 plus years; we would like to correct you in that its Invesco Field at Mile High. That name was changed some years back when we got a new stadium and that is the correct name now!!! Locals do shorten it to Invesco Field now but you are not locals!!!

Sent by jm fay | 2:53 PM | 7-9-2008

Poor Joe.
Didn't throw himself out of a job in 2000 (ran for re-election AND V.P at the same time.

ABANDONED by his own party in the primaries. Had to run as an Independent. And WON!

And now the petty, vindictive, self-obsessed members of his former party STILL want revenge on Joe.

How does CT feel about this? They elected Joe (not the Party Leaders)!

Sent by Harold | 2:56 PM | 7-9-2008

Good God, is NPR now as superficial as the rest of the media? WHO CARES if Obama's speech will be in the stadium?!?!??! Okay, it's kinda interesting but is it really worth spending NPR airtime - or even this blog - talking about it? Instead of this constant horserace/trivia crap, how about discussing - as a CALLER had to bring up! - Iraq's insistence that the US set a withdrawal timetable? Or how about THIS HOUR'S NEWS that Bush once again got what he wanted from Congressional Democrats - including Obama - this time on FISA?? You want to discuss the damn horserace, how are Obama's supporters reacting to his reversal on FISA??

Sent by Brian in Tallahassee | 2:57 PM | 7-9-2008

I posted the last two days to complain, so I thought today I would post to say something positive: Ted did a great job hosting the show! And I loved when he asked Ken if we could move onto questions people actually care about (rather than an obscure political question that has little bearing on current issues). Neal better watch out for Ted. . . =)

Sent by Mike | 2:57 PM | 7-9-2008

What is the likelihood that John McCain would choose a moderate republican woman (who is ambiguous on Roe v Wade) as a running mate. Does the "math" make sense that this would serve to attract more Hilary supporters, than religious conservatives? Would then Obama be forced to name Hilary as a running mate? I had long suspected that the "religious right" was not as strong as they claimed and Christine Wicker's recent research seems to agree.

Sent by Christian McGuire | 2:59 PM | 7-9-2008

What is the likelihood that John McCain would choose a moderate republican woman (who is ambiguous on Roe v Wade) as a running mate. Does the "math" make sense that this would serve to attract more Hilary supporters, than religious conservatives? Would then Obama be forced to name Hilary as a running mate? I had long suspected that the "religious right" was not as strong as they claimed and Christine Wicker's recent research seems to agree.

Sent by Christian McGuire | 3:14 PM | 7-9-2008

Is it just me or........Ted sounds like he is getting too old to be hosting live NPR radio programs. Reading the news is one thing. Responding to callers and guests is a completely different skill.

Sent by Paul | 3:31 PM | 7-9-2008

As a Denver native, it will always be Mile High Stadium. Invesco is nothing but a burned out investment firm.

Sent by WJS | 3:50 PM | 7-9-2008

The first called had the correct answer. It sounded like his voice was palsied, but he did say Hiram Revels.

Sent by Pat Barrett | 4:47 PM | 7-9-2008

The Ken and Neal TOTN political Junkie tag-team was well missed today-I look forward to their jokes every Wednesday.

As another listener mentioned: why has TOTN and other NPR talk shows continued to avoid the news that The Iraq's are now demanding that the US set a withdrawal timetable? It is one of the most significant policy discussions that have come out of Iraq since the U.S. invasion. Am I missing something?

Thanks for the show.

Sent by Theresa | 8:51 PM | 7-9-2008

Democratic caucus' decision to allow Senator Joe Liebemann in democratic caucus is another problem with the democratic party. What does the party gain from that is what I don't get. It is a failure of democratic party leadership.

Sent by Anthony | 10:51 AM | 7-10-2008

I tend to agree with Jackson; African Americans need to be free of personal responsibility as a result of the heavy burden of slavery. Government should be the father of African American families.

Sent by Mo | 12:27 PM | 7-10-2008

"Mile High Stadium", how appropriate for the Dems!
And with 75,000 seats, Michigan's and Florida's delegates won't be missed in that vast array of empty seats.

Write-in Hillary/Gore '08

Sent by Harold | 2:15 PM | 7-11-2008