Right Wing GOP moves toward McCarthyism

In this pre-holiday episode, Roy and Eleanor are joined by long-time WH reporter Tom DeFrank and welcome Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Washington Post associate editor David Maraniss.

Maraniss discusses his new book about the madness of the Joe McCarthy witch hunts of the 50’s, and his father and uncle’s entrapment by the power-mad Wisconsin Republican Senator. The threads of that era’s cruelty and political madness run straight through to Trump and his rabid followers.

Wisconsin resident Maraniss reviews the pathetic record of Paul Ryan as the outgoing Speaker delivers his pablum farewell address to Congress.

Third Wave founder Matt Bennett weighs in with his organization’s efforts to nurture a center-left political rebirth, designed to give Democrats a stronger position for the 2020 elections.

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