One of the stunning turnabouts in electoral fortune was experienced this year by Rep. Bob Inglis, a South Carolina Republican. Two years ago, running for a sixth (non-consecutive) term, he received 67 percent of the vote in the GOP primary. This year: 29 percent.
Inglis was the special guest in today's Political Junkie segment on NPR's Talk of the Nation. He recently gave an interview to the Associated Press in which he complained about a growing "demagoguery" in the political process, and he expanded upon it today. You can hear today's show here.
Also on the show: The effects of Proposition 14 in California ... The NAACP passes a resolution denouncing "racism" in the Tea Party ... Senate Democrats say they have the votes to pass financial regulation ... West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin will announce a (temporary) successor to the late Sen. Robert Byrd by Friday ... White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs suggests what everyone else knows, that control of the House may very well be in play ... plus the results of Tuesday's primary runoffs in Alabama.
Last week's program, focusing on the federal government's lawsuit aimed at Arizona's new immigration law, can be heard here.
Join host Neal Conan and me every Wednesday at 2 p.m. ET 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!
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This week's trivia question: In the wake of the National League finally ending its 13-game losing streak in baseball's All Star Game, a question about streaks. What states have the longest Senate winning streak for Republicans and Democrats? In other words, what state has the most consecutive GOP and Democratic Senate victories? (Answer tomorrow.)