Bill Schneider and Reid Cherlin are our guests this week.
With guest host: Matt Bennett, co-founder of Third Way
Show produced by Katherine Caperton.
Original Air Date: December 7, 2013 on SiriusXM “POTUS” Channel 124.
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This week we are joined by the man the Boston Globe once dubbed “The Aristotle of American Politics,” Bill Schneider. Bill is now a Distinguished Senior Fellow at Third Way and a Professor at George Mason, but he’s best-known of course for his 19 years of service on CNN as a political analyst. Bill sports an Emmy, a Peabody, and an encyclopedic knowledge of politics. He talks about Red and Blue America, the future of the Tea Party, the prospects for immigration reform, and his picks for the 2016 nominees. (It is NEVER too early.)
Then we turn to Reid Cherlin, a man who has played at a high level on both sides of the Steno pad. Reid started his career as a political flak, working in the Senate and the House as a press aid, on a House race and the Clark Campaign. Then he joined the big time as Obama’s New Hampshire Press Secretary and later as an Assistant Press Secretary in the White House. He handled health care reform, among other things, but it’s not his fault.
Reid left the White House a few years ago and switched sides, joining the press jackals as a writer for GQ, The New Republic, and New York Magazine, among others. His perspective involves sympathy both for the White House press operation and the press that covers it, which could be unique in world history. And his smart and funny. Here he is on Marine One, obviously entertaining the President.