Season Two of the Humorless Rants Podcast starts with a bang — featuring president of the Center for American Progress, Neera Tanden.
The conversation focused on two issues. The first was the future of the Democratic Party. Tanden noted that many people have written off the party — or at least feel that it needs to make deep changes. Such people think it should do something like the Republican autopsy after its 2012 defeat. Of course, it’s hard to justify that when Hillary Clinton got just under 3 million votes more than Donald Trump. The Democrats only lost the election because the system isn’t democratic.
Tanden noted, “We don’t need to beat ourselves into a pulp about the Democrats being dead.” She added, “I feel very optimistic.” And it’s not hard to see why when all of the indicators point to 2018 being more like 2006 than any other off-year election in recent memory.
The Russian-Trump Connection
The second issue of the podcast was the connection between the Russian government and the Trump presidential campaign. The Center for American progress has released a report, Russiagate: The Depth of Collusion. Tanden didn’t go into great depth about the 14,000 word report. (You should read it yourself!) But she did mention some tantalizing bits like the fact that they have found over 20 contacts between the Russian government and the Trump campaign.
Tune in for the whole show to learn more about these issues in addition to insights about Capitol Hill meetings where they serve water and don’t even offer doughnuts.
Join Elizabeth and Kevin next Sunday for a discussion of the DNC lawsuit, disobedience to Trump’s ban on transgender military personnel, and anything else that comes up this week.