February 7th Show : Blog Of The Nation On today's show, politics at the dinner table, Mitt Romney suspends campaign, "Sell-out", 6-word memoir, CPAC.
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February 7th Show

My turn to vote in the presidential primary is less than a week away. A couple of days ago, a friend of mine invited me to an informal get-together. The headline on the email? "Let's hangout and talk politics..." I got so excited, I told two friends, and they told two friends...and so on and so on. Now maybe this kind of thing happens all the time, but for me, this is the first time that I'm actually looking forward to an impromptu gathering where the main focus is to talk about this presidential campaign. I wonder if a fight will break out. I'm only mildly kidding. I think this campaign is tapping into a passion that is unifying us, but that same line can be a bit spotty when it comes to who to vote for and why. It probably shows up most at the dinner table. We're going to talk about how marriages and families are at odds with each other when it comes to which candidate they are supporting. Is it happening in your household? Then we will talk about the breaking news of former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney's decision to suspend his campaign run for president.

In our second hour, Harvard Law Professor and author Randall Kennedy talks about the history of the term "sellout," the grounds for which the word can be used, and why the label has been used in the past. Kennedy's new biography is entitled, Sellout: The Politics of Racial Betrayal. Then, we'll sum up our life in six words. Larry Smith and Rachel Fershleiser are the authors of a new memoir entitled, Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure. Can you sum up your life in six words? Something like "Shy, but don't get me drunk," perhaps? (How in the world did I come up with that, I wonder?) We'll end the second hour with a look inside the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) that's taking place here in Washington, D.C. — and specifically, how Senator John McCain's comments went over with the crowd.