This weekend's results from Nevada and South Carolina created new challenges for presidential candidates and new uncertainties for their political parties. We hear who's hot, who's not and what's happening to set the stage for multiple showdowns just two weeks from tomorrow. Also, Democrats talk a lot about the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. What about the Republicans? We'll take a look at race politics and American history.
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After South Carolina, the New York Times says John McCain is the Republican front-runner, whether he likes it or not. On the Democratic side, after Nevada, Barack Obama is running against two Clintons, rather than just one. Is former "maverick" John McCain now the Republican front-runner? Can Rudy Giuliani finally get underway in Florida? After Nevada, is Bill doing Hillary more harm than good? Is Obama right to challenge both Clintons at the same time? Will John Edwards turn out to be the king—or queen—maker at the Democratic National Convention? Last weekend's results produced new challenges for the candidates of both political parties. We hear what's next on the campaign trails.
John Mercurio, The Hotline
James Antle, Washington Examiner (@jimantle)
Joe Conason, National Memo (@joeconason)
Earl Black, Professor of Political Science, Rice University
Tom Schaller, Professor of Political Science, University of Maryland
On this holiday dedicated to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., race is still a major factor in American life and politics. Since 1964, black Americans have voted consistently Democratic, but historically it was the Republicans who opposed slavery, Jim Crow and school segregation. A new book called Wrong on Race argues that contemporary Republicans are getting a bad rap and offers a recommendation. Bruce Bartlett, an aide to then-Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, is the author.