Episode 45 -Calling the Political 911 on the Gates Arrest & Health Care


In this episode, Glenn and Jeff make their own 911 calls to help explain what really should be talked about when President Obama has a beer this week with arrested Harvard Professor Henry Gates and Cambridge Police Sgt. Crowley. Was this a case about racism in America, or police tactics gone awry? Can one be arrested for yelling from their front porch, and if so, are there enough police cars in the country to haul everyone in? Can a police officer be expected to maintain his or her cool when being verbally abused in public? How much did President Obama’s engagement in this affair distract us from efforts to reform our nation’s health care system? Why is Jeff drawing parallels to the 1994 effort in Sen. Baucus’ secret meetings of the Senate Finance Committee? Finally, Glenn offers a new idea around Open Source Legislation — something talked about in theory, but not in practice. All these issues addressed, and more, in the latest installment of PoliTalk, your weekly political podcast.

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One response to “Episode 45 -Calling the Political 911 on the Gates Arrest & Health Care

  1. Obama’s excursion in to race politics was not accidental. It was the last question of the press conference, filled with questions that he had a list for. Doesn’t anyone remember him calling on a press member when everyone stood up raising there hands, only to hear that press member call out from the other side of the room while he was still sitting in his seat? Watch the press conference again…its about 2/3 the way through it.

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